DINNødhjælp is a Danish humanitarian non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Anja Ringgren Lovén. DINNødhjælp is fighting for children´s right, focusing on the so-called witch children in Nigeria. Witch children are children accused of being witches and on this basis, they are often tortured – many children die of their injuries, are banished or killed by the local community.
In 2015, Anja Ringgren Lovén established the children center Land of Hope in Nigeria, serving as a loving and secure home for 71 children who have been tortured and abandoned by their families on grounds of child witch stigmatization. Besides the children´s private home, Land of Hope also offers a children hospital, volunteer house, conference hall and a vocational and entrepreneurial school.
At Land of Hope, DINNødhjælp gives the rescued children necessary life resources; a loving home, education, food and nutrition, medical care, counselling and life-skills training, enabling a sustainable future for the children. DINNødhjælp believes that education is a fundamental right of a child. Therefore, all 71 children go to school in the local communities.
DINNødhjælp’s work is based on the principle that child witch stigmatization can be stopped by the means of education and awareness campaigns. Therefore, a large part of the organization’s work, in addition to rescuing the witch children, involves advocacy programs, educating local communities on the truth about superstitions. DINNødhjælp believes that dispelling superstitions by sharing knowledge and information can save the lives of thousands of children being accused of witchcraft, thus combatting one of the most prolific human problems on the African continent.
Donations to DINNødhjælp will be used to safeguard the running of Land of Hope, which includes school and education fees, food, nutritional and medical care, hospital treatment of tortured children, clothing, staff salary, operation and maintenance of Land of Hope and advocacy programs. DINNødhjælp works in the spirit of our Vision, Mission and Values, guiding our actions, decisions and relationships as we advocate against child-witch branding.
Mission: We give vulnerable children in Nigeria a place and a strong voice in the world
Vision: A Nigeria without superstitions, where children’s right to protection, development and education is intact
Values: Education, Child Protection and Rights, Child Participation, Dialog and Understanding, Determination, Credibility & Independence.