Sunday October 4th at 10:00 an event took at Vesterbro at a place called ‘Ukirke’. ‘Ukirke’ is a youth church. The event in the church this day had different activities, workshops, music and auction aim to welcome the new coming refugee. Further, the event tries to create good experiences and some positive meetings in Denmark
Noura is a refugee from Syria who has a temporary resident in Denmark. She has been here for almost four years.
She is one of the people who has been creating events for new coming refugees.
“My name is Noura I am a refugee from Syria. I have been in Denmark for almost four years.
My educational background is political science. I also did international diplomatic studies.
Right now i’m doing my master in Social Entrepreneurship and Management at Roskilde University.”
“I’m the founder of an organization called Emissa. Basically it works with women and children who were subjected to violence. We help them to start over.
We are a group of mostly students at the moment. We try to use our different cultures and different backgrounds to support women and to create jobs for them.”
“We started with a project called “One Billion Rising”. It’s an energy, a platform, a global movement, a catalyst, a worldwide decision to end violence against women because one out of three women in the world are being subjected to violence, beating or raped, and that’s one billion women.
This project was a huge success in Denmark, which helped us to build ‘’Emissa’’.”
Emissa now has another project called ‘’Emissa’s Homemade Social Kitchen’’.
“We basically thought of all the older female refugees who can’t find a job in Denmark because they are to old, but who likes to cook. So we decided to create jobs for them so they could cook and get some money. But at the same time to feel that they were useful, and that they were doing something.
In a huge part of the women and children who have been subjected to violence the main problem is negativity and a negative energy. So we help these women by helping them to do something – we take them to other projects like zoo, painting and other stuff.”
About the event
“Sophia is a Danish musician and a friend of mine. She talked about that she really wants to make music with Syrian refugees or any other nationalities refugees.
Her and me together decided to make a big festival because we thought that a lot of refugees are stuck in the camps, and that they need to go out.
So we contacted different camps and talked with them about the festival, and we talked to the youth church ‘Ukirke’. It’s not really like a church, it’s more like a culture house, but they gave us the place for the festival today.”
“Today the group, Emissa, will be representing themselves, and ‘’Emissa’s homemade social kitchen’’ will be teaching how to make Syrian food to other people.”
“The headline of the festival is ‘’Share your land, share your heart’’, because we believe that we share this land of Denmark with a lot of women and a lot of people who came from war, came from horrible situation, came from difficulties, and we should share our hearts with them.”
Activities in the event
“The music being played at the festival is a mix made by danish and refugees musicians. There is a ‘loppemarked’ with a lot of donations for children and adults, from danish citizens and non-danish people who live in Denmark. They donated many things such as money, clothes, books and other stuffs, it’s all free for refugees to take also for Danes in need.”
“There are a soccer game and karate for children outside the church, inside there is drinks, music, dance and theatre. At about 17:00 we will have dinner and speeches.”
“Trampoline house is presented today to give free snacks for refugees, so that they don’t feel hungry before the dinner time. The snacks were also made by other refugees who have been in Denmark for a long time, and they come from different camps.”