Frank has been volunteering in Trampoline House's cleaning team 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 energized 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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At least 120 children have lived between 4 and 12 years in Danish asylum centers - some of them their entire lives. That is an existence unworthy of any child.Therefore, asylum seeking children and their parents from Trampoline House call for a campaign focusing on the right to a safe childhood for children in the asylum system.
It's the best kept secret in the asylum law that asylum seekers have the right to work in Denmark. Trampoline House is going to ensure that right with the new, job-focused initiative 'Next Practice'.
At this year’s Roskilde Festival, Trampoline House’s catering service Sisters’ Cuisine opened their own food stall in the Festival’s food court. It was a great experience, and hopefully a step towards opening a permanent Sisters’ Cuisine restaurant in the future.
"For me, People’s Meeting was so different from my own country. There were politicians who came and spoke with local people, something that is the opposite of in my country, and I think Danish people should be proud of their democratic culture"
In the beginning of April, Humanity in Action and Roskilde University invited Trampoline House to participate in a workshop about the asylum system in Denmark. 10 people from Trampoline House's democracy class travelled to Roskilde University to join the workshop.
Trampoline House's catering service Sisters' Cuisine has published a cookbook that combines recipes and migration politics. The cookbook is filled with delicious recipes by Sisters’ Cuisine. But it's not only a cookbook: the book also portrays the cooks behind the recipes.
Dejene and Marie have started a new activity in Trampoline House: Radio workshops, where the participants learn to plan and produce radio as part of their internships in Trampoline House. "There is no specific requirement, people just need to be interested, then they can come and learn something together"
Trampoline House's Director Morten Goll has been interviewed in Bashy's Corner on TV København/Kanal Hovedstaden / Trampolinhusets Daglige Leder Morten Goll er blevet interviewet i Bashy's Corner på TV København/Kanal Hovedstaden
2016 was a fateful year for Trampoline House. We began the year by officially declaring the house in danger of closing, and at the same time, we witnessed a humanitarian catastrophe on the political level that included the jewelry act, border control, stricter asylum policies and deliberate deterioration of asylum seekers’ conditions. The result was evident amongst the asylum seekers that we meet: increased poverty, isolation, and forced passivity.