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About us

Viva Denmark is an international faith-based children’s rights organisation that supports and coordinates efforts for vulnerable children and youth in some of the world’s poorest regions. Viva was founded to improve conditions for children and youth so that they can enjoy a safe and healthy upbringing with the opportunity to create their own future. Viva works with local networks of churches, faith organisations and civil society organisations in 27 countries.

Viva creates child-friendly communities. We prevent and combat violence, abuse and exploitation of children. The family is the starting point for a safe upbringing, and Viva therefore works closely with children’s homes to return children to their families or place them with a foster family so they can grow up in close relationships with adults. We work to make unstable families more resilient and able to cope with challenges despite poverty.

Viva trains young active citizens. Through youth programmes, we promote opportunities for children and young people to contribute to active democracy and the development of a healthy community. We fight for the rights of children and young people and collaborate with authorities to ensure a safe upbringing for children.

Viva sends young Danes to our partner countries through the training and volunteer programme Impact. They become part of Viva’s initiative for children and young people and are closely involved with development work. By combining learning and travel experiences, we help mould young people to become global citizens and take active responsibility for their neighbours.

This voluntary engagement is the foundation of Viva’s ethos. Viva aims to create a movement of committed individuals who apply their abilities and resources to make a difference for vulnerable children and young people. Viva believes that all people are valuable, created for community and have a responsibility to help vulnerable children and young people.


Viva's position

Core values

Viva is founded on the Christian view of life and humanity. For us, this means that all people are valuable, created for community and have a responsibility to use our resources to help vulnerable children and young people.

Personal commitment

We bring personal commitment to the organisation and the projects we are involved in.

A community with room for everyone

We aim to be an open and diverse community, where there is room for everyone to participate and contribute.

Dynamic partnerships

We actively work to create dynamic partnerships both at home and abroad, characterised by reciprocity and long-term results that are tangible from the child’s perspective.

Trustworthy administration

We seek to uphold accountable administration with respect for partners, staff, volunteers and entrusted funds.

Board members

Morten Ove Andersen (Chairman)
Morten is Digital Transformation Lead at Vestas Wind System A/S. He has been on the board since 2010.

Birgitte Stieper
Birgitte is International programme-manager at SOS Children’s Village. She has been on board since 2017.

Jens Jørgen Jensen (substitute member)
Jens Jørgen is Inbound Marketing Specialist at Avidly Denmark. He has been on the board as a substitute member since 2018.

Thomas Hjort (deputy chairman)
Thomas is physiotherapist at EliteSilkeborg. He has been on the board since 2013.

Hanna Meilandt
Hanna is partner coordinator at Mission Afrika. She has been on the board since 2014.

Cathrine Pedersen
Cathrine is a socialworker. In 2003 she was a Viva volunteer. She has been on the board since 2014.

Daniel Toft Jakobsen
Daniel is Member of Parliament. He has been on the board since 2016.

Rune Bysted
Rune is Chief Data Scientist at The Perfect App. He has been on the board since 2017.

Mikkel Cantzler Christensen (substitute member)
Mikkel is video journalist at Aarhus Teater and freelance. He has been on the board since 2018.

Employees