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#50Days4Refugees #DanishRedCross #Denmark

Day 1: “Feels Like Home,” Part 1

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Published on Aug 12, 2019

When we began this project, we had no idea what to expect on so many levels. We were entering new terrain personally, linguistically, musically, geographically, socially, culturally…the list could go on for a while.

On August 12, 2018, we entered our very first refugee camp in Jelling Denmark, feeling almost like school children on our first day - with butterflies flitting about our stomachs not knowing what to expect. Very lucky for us, however, our very first encounter was with the head school teacher in the Danish Red Cross Jelling School - Alma. We later speculated that we experienced perhaps .01% of what the refugee children she works with must feel when entering her school and meeting her for the first time - because within minutes, our nerves were assuaged and we felt an immediate attachment to this kind, gentle, open, and generous woman who made us feel instantly welcome and at home.

Alma is a Bosnian refugee herself and has spent the past 25 years teaching at the Jelling school. She brings to the school a lightness, motherly warmth, and kindness that is reflected in the way the children interact with her. She is deeply loved and respected by all in her care.
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