From the first day of the new year 2016, the budget for Trampoline House has been cut by the Government. Within six months the Trampoline House will be closed if there will not be found support. Read our interview with the angry – but hopeful – director, Morten Goll
By Marion Chen
Why will the Trampoline House be closed?
Our main sponsor, the Immigration Service, has been supporting Trampoline House with 1, 47 mio kr per year since 2014 . The new government has cut the money from the Immigration Service’s budget.
How do you feel about that?
I feel sad and angry, but full of hope.
Why was the funding stopped?
I can only guess. It is not easy to understand why the government want to spend less money on this area, in a time where we get more and more refugees. But I think one reason is that our politicians believe that Danish asylum seekers should have a miserable life in the isolated asylum centres. We do the opposite: we want asylum seekers to join the house because we need them to help develop the house. We want to use their resources and in return they become part of Danish society.
We have created a survival plan for the house. It includes a 12% cut in all staff wages. Also a 30% cut in transportation costs. This means our volunteers from the asylum centres cannot visit us so often. This reduction in costs gives us 6 months before bankruptcy. 6 months to find new donors. Of course we apply for funding in many different foundations, but we need a steady income. Our plan is to find 1200 people who each pay 100 kr each month to Trampoline House. This is enough to replace what the government took. We can make it if we all pitch in!
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Go to www.trampolinehouse.dk and sign up as a donor. Spread the word – let your friends know how easy it is to make a difference for integration and for asylum seekers![/quote]