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.
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.
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.
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.
I live in Slagelse where I study International Business Communication and International Marketing. I have travelled extensively in different parts of the world, and I have seen many fates. That's why it's of a great personal value for me that I can help make a difference to other people who do not have the same living conditions as myself. I first heard about DINNødhjælp when DR sent the first documentary about Anja and the witch children, and I have since followed the organization closely, and when I went to one of Anja’s talks in 2017 I was sure I would really like to help witch children in Nigeria. When I saw that they sought volunteers for SoMe, I joined, and are now happy to help the organization with the skills and experiences I possess through my study and work. I'm so happy to help you as a Social Media Assistant.
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.
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.
Nanna Krogh Nielsen
I am born and raised in Silkeborg with my parents and my little sister, but moved a few years ago to Aarhus to read a bachelor in finance. My boyfriend and I still live in Aarhus. After graduating, I got a job in Nordea, where I now sit as an adviser. I love to make a difference to others, and before I started my study, I used to volunteer at an orphanage in Tanzania. I loved it and have several times since thought of going back again. However, I do not feel that I have the same opportunities anymore due to work and family, but I want to make a difference in my spare time. I got acquainted with Anja and DINNødhjælp a couple of years ago through television programs and social media, and have been to several lectures with her. Each time I have been sitting with a lump in my stomach over the work they do, but also the world we live in. But on my last lecture, Anja told me about all the volunteers who helped one way or another - and that struck me. How can I make another difference? I therefore took the chance and sent an email and asked if they were still seeking volunteers - and luckily they did. I have now become part of DINNødhjælps Auction team together with a handful of other enthusiasts. It is with great passion and ownership that I am a volunteer in this organization, which in my eyes makes a huge difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Julie Wind Larsen
I am born and raised in the southern part of Denmark, but a couple of years ago I moved to Aarhus to study Communication at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. During one of my gap years I travelled to Tanzania, where I worked as a volunteer at an orphanage. I have seen with my own eyes how tough it can be growing up in a less developed country. The first time I heard about Anja and DINNødhjælp was when 'Anja and the Witch Children' was shown on Danish television. The documentary made a huge impact on me, and since then I have been thinking about being a part of the organization. Obviously, I therefore applied for the position as Social Media Assistant when I was aware that they were recruiting. I think DINNødhjælp is doing a fantastic job, and I am very proud of being a part of an organization that makes a difference for the children I 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 come from a small town called Langå. Today I live in Aarhus, where I study International Business Communication in English. Like thousands of others, I first became acquainted with DINNødhjælp when the documentary 'Anja and Witchchildren' rolled on the TV screen. Since then I have followed the amazing work that Anja and the team perform in Nigeria. What inspires me most about the organization is their transparency in their work, their love for the children being saved, and the huge success story of the organization. As a child of parents who fled from war and moved to Denmark to ensure better opportunities and a better future for me. I have a personal level of experience of the importance of a safe and a safe childhood, and how important it is for a child to have the opportunity for education. These fundamental values are something that characterizes DINNødhjælp and therefore I was delighted when I saw the opportunity to use my professionalism to help the organization by becoming a Social Media Assistant.
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.