In Denmark and other places around the world, there are some very special people, enthusiasts who work for the Danish team in DINNødhjælp every day. You can learn more about who they are here.
Anja Ringgren Lovén
I terminated my position as a shop manager in 2011 to travel to Africa and pursue my lifelong dream of making a difference for African children. I worked as a relief worker in Malawi and Tanzania, and here I experienced extreme poverty and hunger, which I could not forget.
In 2012, I founded DINNødhjælp, invested everything I owned and traveled to Nigeria to make a difference for the so-called 'witch children'. In Nigeria I met my great love, David who is a law student and advocate for children's rights. In 2014, I gave birth to our first son, David Jr. and today, David and I have created an important platform for DINNødhjælp 's work in the form of 'Land of Hope', DINNødhjælp Children's Center, Child Hospital and School, where we will continue fight the superstition, save many more children and give them a safe and loving future.
Christel Janize Grubert
I am single mother of two lovely children and live in Egense.
Since 2016, I have been employed as a general manager of DINNødhjælp, and is part of DINNødhjælp's board of directors. I started as a volunteer in the beginning of 2013, when I came up with the idea of making DINNødhjælp's auction page. By 2015, I was voted into the board, while continuing my work as a volunteer with a focus on a number of tasks. My job as general manager is a position that spans a wide range of work areas, which makes my work really exciting. I am the one who keeps the wheels running and who has a finger in everything that happens in DINNødhjælp. The work in DINNødhjælp has become a major part of my life, and is not just a job but also a hobby.
Personally, it is important to me that I can help make the world a better place to be. In DINNødhjælp, I get to live out this passion and furthermore I am challenged daily in my areas of work, which to me is important in my personal development.
Kaja Monica Bitsch Vigtoft
I live in Odense, where I have lived since 1995, have 2 girls and a nice granddaughter.
March / April 2013 I accidentally fell across a British documentary about witches, it touched me so deeply that I sought more information about the term 'witches'. Here I found DINNødhjælp and their work to save these children. I joined the organization the same day and DINNødhjælp has since had a big place in my heart. I worked as a volunteer until 2016, where I enjoyed interacting with many of our supporters, answering the questions that came in. Today I am an administrative assistant.
In addition to DINNødhjælp, I am an end-of life assistant, at the board where I live, I am also an ambassador for my neighbourhood committee.
Bettina Kulk Nielsen
I live in Nørresundby, and daily I study the bachelor's degree in International Trade and Marketing, which is a continuous education for what I completed in the summer of 2017.
It is my education as a marketing economist who led me to DINNødhjælp, as a last part of my education we were in practice, and I was lucky enough to get an internship at DINNødhjælp.
I was born and raised in Frederikshavn, thus increasing my interest in DINNødhjælp, back to the time Anja started up. Therefore, it was natural for me to try and get my internship at DINNødhjælp, which luckily I succeeded.
I have now become part of DINNødhjælp's amazing team, I'm employed in study jobs, as an administrative assistant for the daily manager. But I am also a volunteer, where I am working with Google Analytics and Google Adwords, as I have a personal passion for working with digital marketing.
I am proud to be part of an organization where you not only have coworkers but where you are a part of something bigger - where we together struggle to make the world a better place especially for the lovely children in Nigeria.
I live in Copenhagen and work daily at a Danish company called Steelseries, a manufacturer of hardware for the Gaming industry.
In addition, I have been volunteering in DINNødhjælp since 2016, where I now am responsible for DINNødhjælp's auction page on Facebook (see link below the text).
My volunteer work in DINNødhjælp consists of being responsible for our auction site, where we seek donations from private individuals and companies, and then put it up on auction on our Facebook page where the item goes to the highest bidder. Our auctions can be anything between heaven and earth. Products/goods, breaks, tickets, activities or gift cards for both children and adults, women and men. All the money we collect goes untouched to DINNødhjælp. In addition, I also help out in events, lectures, etc. by selling merchandise.
I am very grateful to be part of the DINNødhjælp’s family and make a difference and help the children of Nigeria to a better life. They deserve a dignified life without being called witches, being tortured, living in need, going without food and water, and being kept outside society, just like you and me!
Tina Ringgren Lovén
I live in Risskov with my husband Johnny, my beautiful teenage daughter Sille and our son Odin. I am a graduate of cand.ling.merc. in international marketing communication & PR, and an additional degree in journalism from the Danish School of Journalism.
One can say that I've been with the organization from the start since I am Anja's twin sister. I'm the one who knows her the best and I've always known that one day she would travel on an adventure to Africa. I helped her get started in 2012, when she got the idea to save the so-called witch children in Nigeria. It was also me who came up with the name DINNødhjælp. We wanted a name that indicates that everyone who contributes, help to save lives.
I am very proud and happy of how far she and the organization have come today. The children in Nigeria deserve all the support and love they can get. It hurts in my heart when I think of the torture and pain the children have been through before they were rescued by Anja and DINNødhjælp's amazing team in Nigeria. No children in the world deserve such a cruel destiny. Therefore, I am also extremely grateful to work as Head of fundraising, where I am both professionally challenged and help give the children a safe future.
I am the mother of Noah and works as a Head of Operation for Jensens Bøfhus.
I have always been politically active/interested. From 2011 to 2014, I worked as hotel manager in Gambia, where I got the opportunity together with a local NGO to start a school and a training centre for teachers. Working in West Africa woke up more than ever, my interest in CSR and Sustainability, as well as Renewable Energy. During that period I was a representative of the Task Force Committee on Child Protection in Tourism, a collaboration between Unicef, Child Protection Alliance, Social Welfare, and the Gambia Tourism Board to inform and teach Child Protection in Tourism.
In 2016, I was given the opportunity to work with Operation Hope, an event to support DINNødhjælp, thus getting better acquainted with Anja and the organization. I have always wanted to work with charity for an organization that is transparent, energetic and that actually makes a difference and as a co-manager for the fundraising team at DINNødhjælp I have finally got this opportunity.
I dream of a future in charity, CSR and Renewable energy.
Maija Linnet Ahrentløv
I live in Copenhagen, is married and have one child + two bonus children. I have my own jewellery company that designs, produces and sells jewellery internationally.
I first heard about DINNødhjælp when DR sent their first broadcast about Anja and Witches. The broadcast that was sent later where Hope is rescued made me study how children might end up in this situation. The reason being superstition, a superstition that causes people to torture, banish or kill children made me so mesmerized that I knew my work should contribute to DINNødhjælp 's work. Shortly after I had sent my first piece of jewellery on the street, I contacted DINNødhjælp. A collaboration was initiated and the meeting with the sweet and workable people who work for DINNødhjælp every day inspired me so much that I volunteered and started as External Funding co-manager. Later I have been responsible for IT together with Mads Skovgaard Thrane and the website is my primary area of work.
Mads Skovgaard Thrane
I am married and have three children. I am an independent software developer where I work on many different projects.
I got an interest in DINNødhjælp when I saw them on TV. The story of Hope went well with me. I think it was really hard to see that the children are treated so badly. When I was at a lecture with Anja, I decided that I would like to do whatever I could to help these children. Therefore, today I am a volunteering as a co-manager for IT.
I study to become a production engineer and live in Copenhagen.
I first became aware of DINNødhjælp when the television documentary 'Anja and the witch children' was broadcast on television. The documentary made a huge impression on me. The combination of DINNødhjælp not being a huge organization and the focus on information and education to promote the children's terms meant that I immediately knew that I would be part of DINNødhjælp.
I met Anja when I was volunteered for Operation Håb, who had made a support arrangement for DINNødhjælp. I explained to Anja that I would very much like to help. I am now employed as a volunteer Social Media Assistant and help out in various events by selling merchandise.
I was born and raised in Germany, but as an adult, I moved to Denmark as my husband lived here. I am married and have two lovely bonus children. I am employed as operations manager at Vehco A / S, which is the provider of fleet management solutions for the transportation and logistics market.
I started as a volunteer in 2016 as a German translator, and I answer questions in German. My work in DINNødhjælp means that I can help make a difference to the children who are, or have been accused of being witches in Nigeria.
As a volunteer I am responsible for DINNødhjælp's collection platforms, and as a social media manager. I started in DINNødhjælp in April 2017 after following the organization since Hope was rescued in the beginning of 2016. DINNødhjælp's work is something that is close to my heart, I have travelled to Nigeria where I have brought things such as clothes, toys and money for a local orphanage. But I wanted to do more, but did not know how before I saw that DINNødhjælp sought new volunteers.
I have lived in Norway, Sweden and now in Ireland. I'm employed as Merchant Risk Consultant in PayPal, while I am taking my bachelor in business psychology. In addition to being a voluntary in DINNødhjælp help, I also help local Irish organizations to seek funds and gather clothes and food, especially for homeless people.
Catrine Knøsgaard Christensen
I live with my boyfriend Kim for 16 years and our little son. I work as a graphic designer for 3 different companies. The work in the 3 companies is very different, which means that the career path is never boring.
The feeling of doing something good in a humanitarian way is something I've missed in my daily work, but I could not see any immediate link, as there are two widely different sectors.
During my study time at HF I have written a project about albino children in Africa; also considered to be witches. The exam with the African albino children woke up a desire to learn more about Africa and why they expose designated 'witches' to these horrors. This desire to know more about the African 'witches' has since led me to Anja's work. When DINNødhjælp sought a new graphic designer in August 2016, I saw an opportunity to 'give something back' to some children who are in need of it, while working on a topic that previously made a big impression on me.
The family means everything to me - I have a very big family, and is the oldest of 4 siblings. I have lived for years in the Czech Republic, England and Norway, because of my work as an automation engineer.
The first time I heard about DINNødhjælp, was a year after Hope was saved – “before and after” pictures made a big impression on me. A couple of months later I participated in a charity race to collect money for DINNødhjælp. With help from family and friends, I managed to collect almost 5,000 DKK.
While I was informing my family and friends at home in Spain about DINNødhjælp 's work, I became aware that DINNødhjælp lacked the ability to inform Spanish speakers, so I offered my Spanish translation.
Ever since I was little I've always struggled for the world around me to be better. I'm sure the best way to do this is to lead the way.
I am one of DINNødhjælp's volunteer fundraisers. My communication background and charm will ensure that funds will be thrown in to support DINNødhjælp. My voluntary love comes from my parents who taught me about compassion. I have since been nurtured as a gym teacher, and as a volunteer at the Youth Red Cross.
I spotted Anja's admirable work through television broadcasts, and after talking to Anja for a lecture in Aarhus, I sought volunteer work in the organization. I want to work for sustainable, progressive humanitarian purposes in Africa, and I can do that in DINNødhjælp. Most of all, I'm sold on the process: development takes place through enlightenment, not condemnation.
I have 4 children and live in Egense with my boyfriend. I work as an English teacher at Egense School of Health, I appreciate my work as it is loving to be with the kids and teaching them something new.
I started as a volunteer in the summer of 2016, as English translator, as DINNødhjælp lacked one to translate their website. Since then I'm continuing to help translate Danish texts into English as needed. To me it is important that all children are doing well and being able to help make a difference for children in Nigeria means a lot to me.
My name is Michelle Rieck, I'm 42, lives in Allerød with my husband and my 2 boys. I work in a business travel agency, where I am used to having customer contact and providing good customer service.
I got acquainted with Anja and DINNødhjælp in November 2017 when Anja held a lecture in Copenhagen. It touched me deeply and I immediately knew that I had to do something. So I help with administrative work on a volunteer basis, as well as helping out on events. I love to know that helping makes a difference.
Tina Pilegaard Nielsen
I come from a small island in Denmark called Langeland and have by many different detours ended up in Copenhagen, and it suits me very well. I have been working with professional recruitment for many years, and previously in IT-related jobs. I have never really been active in any kind of volunteer work, but when I first saw Anja in 'Danskere', making a difference, it made a big impression on me. I am busy with many things daily - work, sport, dance, but think there should also be time to contribute to something that makes a difference to others. I have travelled a lot in Africa, - seen so many beautiful places and people, - it is hard not to be fascinated by the continent even though there is a gloomy backside of it.
I am a part of the fundraising team at DINNødhjælp, and I will work with the team to raise funds to help ensure a continued operation and development of the work Anja started with DINNødhjælp.
Eva Louise Lindholt Andersson
I live in Kgs. Lyngby with my boyfriend Morten.
To me it is a great pleasure to contribute to the great and life-saving work DINNødhjælp does for the so-called witch children in Nigeria. The children deserve love, care, education and a bright future in the same way as all other children.
For my work in DINNødhjælp, I will utilize my skills from my Master degree in Danish with a dissertation in communication, and my experience in the subject of games by producing videos to our Auction Page on Facebook. The auctions plays a big part in our work and it is my hope that even more will use the page.
Caroline M. Gullacksen Hvenegaard
My husband and I live in Copenhagen and we are parents of our little girl Ukhona, whom was born in South Africa. I am on an extended maternity leave and enjoy collecting our girl early from the nursery, baking muffins, taking her to the zoo, Hygge and being there for her.
I saw Anja the first time many years ago on television and I became so concerned about the fates the children in Nigeria have had or can have. But I also got the greatest respect for Anja and her work. Therefore I have followed and supported Anja ever since. It is the greatest joy for me to be able to contribute as a volunteer and in that way help the children in Nigeria.
I am originally from Vejle but live in Aarhus, where I have taken a bachelor's degree in South Asia Studies and a candidate in Human Security. Particularly the latter have had a great deal of focus on development work and the individual's right to security on a wide variety of coherent parameters. I have long wanted to engage in practice in some way, and now I can as a volunteer. As a fundraiser assistant, I am looking forward to help DINNødjælp scrape money together for projects in Nigeria. Like thousands of other Danes, I have come to know DINNødjælp through TV and social media. Besides being a fantastic project, I as an outsider always found it both transparent, tangible and with a great focus on information rather than condemnation. I am glad to be a part of, and support it.
I grew up in North Jutland, but moved to Aarhus as a 19-year-old to study. I am still living in Aarhus, where I work as a social worker.
I got acquainted with DINNødhjælp via TV and social media. I love to keep track of all the updates and pictures on the Facebook page, sharing the one moving story after the other. I have long wanted to be a part of DINNødhjælp and help make a difference. When I saw the message about the lack of volunteers, I therefore took the opportunity and sent in an application.
I have now become part of DINNødhjælps Auction Team, where I am an auction assistant. I am proud to be part of an organization that fights for children's rights and which in my eyes makes a huge difference.
Isabel Randløv Søndergaard
I am a volunteer graphic designer at DINNødhjælp, and my primary work area is the website, ensuring it is a delight for the eye and for Google's search bots. In addition, I also help with the graphical needs that may arise. I originally graduated from the Design seminar in Højer, and has a number of years of experience in the advertising industry/graphic industry. Right now, I work freelance for a former employer. My knowledge of DINNødhjælp and the work they performed was seriously printed in both heart and soul with the shocking images of Hope that ran back the screen in 2016. I have dreamed a long time of combining graphic work with some form of charity work, and it makes sense for me to join this community, where we are together to make the world a bit better. It didn’t take many seconds to respond when I saw that they were looking for new volunteers in February 2018. Originally I'm from Ikast but have been living in Skanderborg since April 2014 with my boyfriend and daughter.
Mette Pallisgaard Justesen
I am a vendelbo of blood and heart, usually living in Hørsholm, but currently living in Manila in the Philippines.
Besides the fact that, like many others, I find the work of Anja, David and all the employees of Land of Hope incredibly admirable, my time here in the Philippines has also shown me that information and education are the only way children can gain skills and fulfil their dreams.
I have been working as a consultant for the last 2-3 years, helping SMEs seek funding for innovation and development projects. Together with the rest of the fundraising team, I hope to help DINNødhjælp continue to help 'witch children', for a better and brighter future.
I was born in Esbjerg. Moved to Copenhagen in 2010. I live with my beloved cat Malou and I work as a restaurant manager at Pincho Nation in Copenhagen. In my spare time I run or go for long walks. But whenever possible I travel, as I love new experiences. However, it happens that my family in Esbjerg has a visit.
I have supported DINNødhjælp since I saw Anja on TV some years ago, telling her story and the occurring superstition hit me very hard. I found great inspiration in her courage to make a difference. When I got the opportunity in 2018, I jumped in the boat to make a difference for the beautiful children.
I live in Aarhus, where I study a bachelor in Marketing and Management Communication. I have travelled a lot in many parts of the world where I have met/seen many fates and living conditions. Therefore, it is of great personal value to me that I can help make a difference, for example through the work of DINNødhjælp.
The first time I heard about DINNødhjælp was when DR sent their first broadcast about 'Anja and Witchchildren' - a broadcast that touched me deeply, but also inspired me. Since then I have followed the organization and the significant work that is done. Especially DINNødhjælp as an organization caught my attention extra much, as I think it stands out from the crowd by showing the work done in very close teams. As the opportunity offered to combine my study focus areas with something I find hugely interesting, I joined to volunteer as a social media assistant for the organization.
Jackie Maxwell Sehested
I am from Scotland and have lived in Denmark for many years. I met my Danish husband on a skiing holiday in France! We live on a lovely little property in the country with a horse and two small (dog size!) ponies, hens and cats! My spare time is filled with cycling, running, swimming (sometimes all three together! - triathlon) and riding. I also do sports massage together with a friend. I have worked in Marketing for 20 years and currently work for a large Danish company called Grundfos. I have for a long time wanted to do some work that really gives a meaning to society. After seeing a documentary on TV about Anja and her work, we went to see a presentation Anja gave in Århus. You cannot help but want to help after hearing all about her work first hand. I sat throughout and wondered how I could help and wondered if they had plans for the UK. I am so pleased to be able to help as a Digital Marketing Assistant on Adwords and SEO.
I have been working in business for almost forty years. With a background as an independent accountant, I started the company WinKAS A/S in 1995, WinKAS was started in the same way as DINNødhjælp, ie. with the same kind of pioneer spirit and help of 'hunger'. I'm still working actively in WinKAS from my address in Aarhus in the district of Risskov. From here I also work actively in the Aarhus association.
Throughout the years I have been very interested in what is happening around the world and traveled a lot. One of the experiences you get when you travel in the world is that many people do not have such good living conditions as we have in Denmark. It has made me want to 'do' something. Which is why I have opposed Anja's call to enter the board and use energy in cooperation with Anja and DINNødhjælp. I've known Anja for more than thirty years and know what she's standing for in this area. Here I can use my experience and knowledge to 'take care of her' and support her in the amazing work she performs, including giving advise in the administrative work. To me there is no doubt that Anja makes a difference in the world and we can be proud of being part of her followers and workforce, to back up DINNødhjælp. I am now approaching 'the third age' and wish that this will, to a large extent, be used actively to back up this work.