I think this is a cracking initiative.
Millions of children across the world can't read, write or draw after sunset as they have no electricity. This obviously impacts on their education as they can't study of do homework once it gets dark.
For each solar powered SUNNAN lamp Ikea sell before the end of August, they'll donate another one to Unicef, on your behalf, for free.
Unicef will then give them to children without electricity in their homes.
From the site:
"Starting in June 2009, UNICEF receives one SUNNAN solar-powered lamp for every SUNNAN sold in IKEA stores worldwide. This will enable children in homes without electricity to do their homework even after dusk.
The first donations go to UNICEF in Pakistan, helping children in refugee camps and remote villages without electricity in two provinces. The province of Balochistan was struck by a major earthquake in October 2008, when thousands of people became homeless and several hundred schools were destroyed. In the North West Frontier province, unrest has affected half the population and displaced many thousands."
Eighteen quid might appear to be a lot of money for a desk lamp and you'd be right. However, when you consider that you'll also be changing the life of a child in the third world, improving their living conditions and helping their education then it suddenly becomes an absolute bargain!
It's also a very cool looking lamp and very bright!