She's Living Proof That We're Not as Powerless as We ThinkNone By Matt Alesevich
In a world where it seems like a powerful few control the fate of the world, it’s no surprise that many people deem their philanthropic dreams unrealistic and overambitious, and continue on with life as usual.
Trude Jacobsen could have been one of those people.
Just two years ago, Trude was your average working mom in Oslo, coordinating customer relationship management efforts at a Norwegian television company while raising five children.
But something changed all that, ultimately snowballing her into a life of philanthropy: overhearing a few stats about Europe’s growing refugee crisis.
Today, the 45-year-old runs Dråpen i Havet, or A Drop in the Ocean, a Facebook group turned NGO that provides aid, services, and activities for refugees in three Greek refugee camps.
To help prove that everyday people (we’re looking at you!) can start small to make a big difference, Happify caught up with Trude, the original drop in the Dråpen i Havet ocean.
What were you doing professionally before getting involved in the refugee cause?
I have a degree in relations management. The prior six and a half years before I started A Drop in the Ocean, I was working for Norway’s leading cable television company.
Did you ever imagine taking on something like this?
I would never imagine I'd be working in the humanitarian sector at all. I had no previous experience with refugees, and I'd never really given the situation of displaced people very much thought.
What changed that?
On August 21, 2015, I heard a discussion on the radio that was all about numbers—130,000 [refugees] had reportedly arrived on