"Trampoline House is a beginning of life and work"
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Amin is 33 years old and he comes from Iran. He does an internship as a cabinet maker in the Trampoline House.
"I'm working in Trampoline House as a cabinet maker. I build furniture and I attend the Bible class. I also attend the Danish class and the house meeting. The House Meeting is important. It's the brain in Trampoline House which is thinking of what we should do, what we are going to work on, and make plans – everything that we have to do. It's important. The House Meeting is important to me.
I have many friends in Trampoline House. It's a beginning of life and work. I think it's a beginnning of communication with other people, Danish people, and also other people, for example Italianos. It helps the communication to speak together. And it's a beginning of work also, to speak with Danish people.
I have experience as a cabinet maker from 20 years in Iran and Norway. It's my job, old furnitures. I can repair and fix and I can also make new furniture. I hope to find a job in Denmark as a cabinet maker as well.
Trampoline House can help you to start work. I came to Trampoline House and said "I want to work as a cabinet maker", and then Søren said, "yes, you can do that!". He didn't say "stop" or "no". He said, "here you go, whatever you want, here you go"."
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The asylum centers offer very few opportunities for people like Amin to practice and develop their skills.
But in Trampoline House, everyone can contribute to the community in their own way. Some people teach English or Arabic, others build furniture, run tailor workshops or offer their peers a haircut.
By donating DKK 250, you can help us offer the necessary equipment for people to develop their skills and interests.
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.
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Every contribution matters. You can help ensuring that asylum seekers can be part of a community from their first day in Denmark.
It means more than you can imagine.