Newsletter – May


In cooperation with Anja Dalhoff HopeNow has produced a new documentary about a woman, Joy, who we met 7 years ago when she was trafficked to Denmark. She was then deported back to Nigeria where she lives today.
The documentary shows us her hard life in Benin City with many obstacles. Her husband has left her and their three children who she has difficulties providing for on her own. In spite of the difficult situation, there is still hope. Joy has succeeded in starting up a sowing shop in Nigeria’s capital, Benin City, on the basis of 7 years of support from HopeNow and our loyal private donors.
See this documentary the 14th of May at 8 o’clock pm at DR2.


In cooperation with C:NTACT (a part of the Betty Nansen theatre) HopeNow has created the play “Trust”. It is a personal story, told by a trafficked woman. She tells us, how she was sold to slavery as a child in Nigeria, trafficked to Spain and after that to Denmark. Her powerful story illustrates the various phases of human trafficking; vulnerability, recruitment, psychological and physical violence, exploitation and the terrible trip from Africa to Europe.

Joy is being very brave, coming forward and telling the public her story about being trafficked as an African woman and all the trouble she has endured on her way. I will assert that this kind of presentation where a trafficked woman stands out and tells the public about her experiences is the first of its kind in Europe.” (Michelle Mildwater).


The children in the photograph above are some of the many stigmatized, marginalized, abused children HopeNow met and interviewed in Benin City, Nigeria, between 2010 and 2012. They are accused of witch craft and abandoned by their families and due to their vulnerability, they also risk being trafficked. The local authorities have no facilities for these children, so they often end up imprisoned in remand homes. Within the local communities, if they are not rescued in time, they die from starvation or other forms of torture, which occur when priests and ju-ju doctors try to drive out the witch in them. HopeNow have over the years made a number of interventions in families and communities, together with a local NGO. called Society for the Empowerment of Young People “SEYP”.
So far we have rescued only 18 children, as we are limited by lack of funding. The Benin shelter has room for 4o children, but we have to be able to provide a professsional, all round intervention with education, medical care and the possibility to send children on to boarding schools, after they have been evaluated.
HopeNow and SEYP with support from HopeNow’s private donations, have now established a shelter where these children can receive the love, care and education they deserve. Some children, like the boy in the middle of the picture, cannot be reintegrated with his family and is now placed in a boarding school with another little girl called Peace. Other children have been successfully reintegrated back to the community. But this can only be permitted because of the support from our partner, the local NGO, and the education of the family and local village elders. Our dream is that this shelter can become a best practice model and that the local NGO SEYP can start to make awareness campaigns to educate the local communities and stop the spread of this destructive practice, that is a violation of the basic human rights of these children.


The Body shop collected 20.000 Danish kroner for HopeNow through an exclusive evening with this spring newest makeup trends and personal stories from two trafficked women who have been working with HopeNow the last years. .
The donation makes a big difference for many of the trafficked people that HopeNow works with.

HopeNow is grateful to have The Body Shop as a CSR partner.

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