"When I come here I feel happier and more energised than if I stay in the camp"
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Frank has been coming to Trampoline House for 3 years.
"I like it here because I see so many people from all over the world and sometimes people from my home country of Ghana which gives me the chance to speak my own language. When I come here I feel happier and more energised than if I stay in the camp, where there is very little for us to do. Here in Trampoline House there are many activities. I learned how to speak Danish by going to classes here, and I was able to meet and speak with Danish people to improve even more"
His friend, Madda, is an intern in Trampoline House.
"What I like most about Trampoline House is the platform it provides for people. It's an open space where anyone can come and feel at home. The concept of it is attached to the fact that you have people living in camps and there is no communal space where everyone can be and just be there and be themselves.
People who come to the house can also get food, it is warm to be inside here and if you actually need assistance in any area Trampoline House can help with counselling, legal help and medical. It is a holistic place where you can get a little bit of everything."
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Support from Novo Nordisk Fonden, Lauritzen Fonden og private donationer, has made it possible for Trampoline House to hire a Children’s Club Coordinator. "The Children’s Club is to function as a nice place, where these children can find ease, security, positive relations, predictability and happiness," says Sara Ipsen
“The kids with citizenship got all that is needed, but not children who are growing up in the camps. I'm just sorry they don't have the same rights as Danish citizens. Also, they don't have the same opportunity, freedom, house, food, generally normal life.”
“There is discrimination on both sides. She wasn’t completely comfortable telling us that she was from Dansk Folkeparti. That’s why it’s an important thing for us to go to People’s Meeting and talk with people that are different from us.”
“If someone would ask what I miss the most from home, I would tell them I missed the smell of my mother and my brother. And the voice of the man I loved.”
“Before I started coming to Trampoline House, I was just in Roskilde. Sometimes I went shopping for maybe half an hour, and then I returned home to watch TV.”
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