Take 10 months program provides 4 days of action related to more thorough
and practical research about poverty in Denmark. Our team had the opportunity to
enjoy this experience and bring new baggage with us and real facts about this issue.
Each of the 4 days occurred in different places and focused on different targets.
So, I can tell a resume about each of those days:
The first day, we went to Copenhagen and joined the “Food For Homeless”
the organization led by Peter Thaiger. Through supermarkets, shops and people’s donation
it’s possible to prepare coffee, hot chocolate and some sandwiches to be distributed
along the street to people who need to eat, to have some conversation, company and
perhaps this little action can change some lives. Peter gave us a few examples of people
who changed their lives in a sustainable way. Even though, I believe sometimes this kind
of aid doesn’t work, because the majority of its help is focused at the moment (the
present) and people get used to receiving things for free, quitting their motivation to
fight to supply their own basic needs. Despite this, I consider this day a change in my
perspective of the Poor in Denmark we got to know that most of the Poor don’t choose
to be poor and there are a lot of things involved in this event such as backgrounds,
country rules, education, no support and so on… Most of the Poor we interacted with
could have a conversation with us and treated us well. I felt they could change their lives
if they could believe more in themselves. Poverty is also about shame and feeling
The second day occurred in our school where some refugees nearby came to
spend the Carnival day with us. There were women and their children and all of them
were super emphatic. The women spent the afternoon in the kitchen preparing dinner
and they made a really good job. I can say that they put a lot of their love and care on it
and this shows how dedicated they are. The kids enjoyed the playground, different
games and face paintings. They have a lot of positive energy however some of them
drew sad faces which shows a deeper hidden feeling. All of them share a common
culture that is not so well accepted in Denmark, so they suffer in their daily life. It’s a
different kind of poverty than the one we refer to when we talk about homeless people.
The third day was a questionnaire day where we had to talk with people in the
street and ask them questions related to poverty in the area, in order to get to know
also the perspective of the general population. I can say I felt my work was really valued,
most of the interviewed provided their time and attention trying to help us get as much
information as possible. It was interesting in relation to some/other perspectives and to
have a more global overview.
The fourth day, we visited the Kofoeds Skole which works with people who are
not integrated into the current society. It was amazing to see how many different
workshops they do there such as woodwork, arts, mechanic work and so on… The
school seems really focused on improving student’s skills and support their growth and
development. This was another kind of Poverty we faced: exclusion.
After learning about this school we were divided into duos and trios to ask more
questions in different areas of Copenhagen. We found a lot of different organizations
that work for the elimination of poverty.
It’s harmful to receive so many good things about this investigation, I feel thankful
and more motivated to keep fighting with the poor.