Here are answers to some of the questions we often hear
DINNødhjælp works in the state of Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, which is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. Due to the high-risk area where DINNødhjælp is residing, it is not possible to accept volunteers. We can not guarantee anyone’s safety, and therefore we work alone.
In addition, it is also important for us that our children feel safe and secure in their homes in Land of Hope. By shifting volunteers, the children learn that adults are coming and going, and this can cause relationship disorders in the long run.
We advise everyone to read the travel instruction for Nigeria on the website of the Foreign Ministry of your home country. Read more about the English travel instructions here.
DINNødhjælp does not adopt the children who have been saved, primarily because adoption is illegal in Nigeria. If someone tries to adopt a child, they are accused of child trafficking and may be punished with imprisonment for up to 15 years. The license to run the orphanage would be deprived and the orphanage would close.
Because the children have already been exposed to major traumatic experiences, removing them from the country and the culture they know will cause the child further trauma. In addition, many of our children still have contact with their biological parents, this is important for the children as they still love their family. It is also an important factor in our information work that they attend a “home visit” when we consider it’s safe for the child. The residents of the village can see that the child is healthy and well-functioning, and thus this can help conclude that the child is not a witch.
DINNødhjælp needs a lot of support and we are very pleased that so many want to help us. DINNødhjælp has developed a communication strategy to ensure the communication is appropriate and follows the vision of our organization. Therefore, it is important that you as a volunteer at DINNødhjælp know our strategy as there must be a targeted connection between what we (DINNødhjælp) say and what we do.
NOTE: We are currently not looking for any new volunteers, but keep an eye on our Facebook pages, as this is where we would publish new opportunities.
There are many ways to support our work. Simply by sharing our updates from our facebook groups (DINNødhjælp, Anja’s facebook page), you can share our message to even more. We are always grateful for this help.
I would like to donate clothes, toys, teddy bears, books and other things to DINNødhjælp. Do you accept it?
DINNødhjælp is very grateful for the great support we get from so many people. Only TOGETHER we’re able to make the biggest difference.
As it is very expensive to ship to Nigeria we have made a danish auction page at Facebook where companies as well as private persons are able to auction off a wide variety of things. When an auction closes all the money goes to DINNødhjælp and we use it to buy food, clothes, medicin etc. Doing so, we support the local trade.
You can start your own collection in favor of DINNødhjælp in the following ways:
At Facebook you are able to raise funds on behalf of DINNødhjælp. Go to DINNødhjælp’s facebook page or Anja’s official facebook page. At the top of these pages you are able to create a fundraiser.
A US platform where you can create a fundraiser by referring to DINNødhjælp or you can choose to add one of our live projects to raise further awareness of our fundraisers
A platform for businesses that are cautious of charitable giving. If your company register with Benevity, you can create fundraisers through the site.
Start by writing a good text about why you started the collection/fundraiser and why you want to support our work. Insert a good photo and you’re already well on the way. Be sure to provide correct information about DINNødhjælp.
Remember to share your collection with your friends on social media, and ask them to share thus creating more attention to your collection/fundraiser.
If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have an idea for your own collection/fundraiser please contact email@example.com for more information.
I want to display DINNødhjælp's posters at my workplace. I would like to distribute some flyers about DINNødhjælp. Can you send some to me?
DINNødhjælp will be happy to send posters and/or flyers to you but since we have gradually gained a large demand we can´t afford the postage, therefore we ask you to pay for postage.
Contact administration for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
DINNødhjælp need sponsors and you can become a sponsor, both as an individual or as a company. DINNødhjælp need support with the salaries for our local employees at our orphanage in Nigeria, for food/medicine, education for the children, and much more. You can read more about sponsorships and have a look at our current sponsors here
As an alternative you can also make a sales campaign in cooperation with DINNødhjælp or help us give something back to our volunteers. Read more here
Please contact: email@example.com if you want to be a sponsor and help us support the children in Nigeria to get a better life.
Note: If your country supports tax deductions, please send us all information about your sponsorship no later than January 12, of the following calendar year to: firstname.lastname@example.org to pull a sponsorship report for deductible tax.
Please contact your governmental tax office for queries regarding tax deductions for donations. If it’s supported in your country please send us an email at email@example.com with below information so we can process a donation receipt for you:
Social Security Number/business Number
Payment method: Bank transfer or Paypal?
Date of donation
If you want to support DINNødhjælp several times a year, it is sufficient that you no later than January 12, of the following calendar year, send us an email with above information for all transactions as we cannot facilitate reports from single donors.