TP Vision, brand licensee of Philips TV & Sound, has started a collaboration with the KLABU Foundation. For the next two years, TP Vision will support KLABU in their mission: to use sports as a powerful tool to support the unbeatable spirit of refugees by sparking hope and joy in refugee camps. TP Vision will not only contribute financially but will also provide KLABU clubhouses with Philips TV & Sound products including Ambilight TVs, headphones, sound bars and Bluetooth speakers.
KLABU clubs are unique safe spaces located in refugee camps where children, teenagers and their families can unlock the power and joy of (e)sports, music and community. To run the clubhouses, KLABU developed a smart library system. Local managers lend out sports equipment and games. The clubhouses also offer access to solar powered Wi-Fi / connectivity, broadcasted TV games, music and more sources of entertainment and education. Philips TV & Sound products will contribute to the community experience in KLABU clubhouses. Philips Ambilight TV screens are mounted in the KLABU clubhouses for education purposes as well as to play e-sports and watch football matches, while Philips Sound products give a superior music experience.
KLABU is aiming to set up 50 clubhouses in the next 10 years, getting at least 1,000,000 refugees onto the playing field. When KLABU started, the first clubhouse was opened in the Kalobeyei Settlement in Kenya in 2019, home to over 40,000 refugees. It was built with the help of local artisans and project partners and supporters including UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency and the non-profit Roof For Humanity. The name KLABU was soon adopted by the local community, as KLABU means ‘club’ in Swahili and people started to call the clubhouse their KLABU.
The second KLABU was recently opened in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh, home to over a million Rohingya refugees, a stateless Muslim minority that has been forcibly displaced from Myanmar in successive waves of violence since the 1970s. 40% are children under the age of 12.
TP Vision partnership
TP Vision will work together with KLABU for the next 2 years (2022-2024), with an opportunity to extend the partnership. In 2020 TPV, mother company of TP Vision, became a signatory of the UN Global Compact, committing itself to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Through the partnership with KLABU, TP Vision actively contributes to improving communities’ Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG3) and Quality Education (SDG4).
“We are very proud to help make a difference in the lives of refugees through our partnership with KLABU,” says Stefan van Sabben, CSR & Sustainability Manager at TP Vision. “Our products and our people are at the heart of all we do, and this is a great example of how TP Vision creates meaningful ways to help people and communities reach their full potential.”
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