WHO WE ARE
We are Proactiva Open Arms, a NGO from Badalona (Barcelona, Spain) and we are dedicated to saving lives in the sea. In the beginning of September 2015, we decided to move to the Island of Lesvos to help the refugees that arrived to the Greek coast.
The journey through the sea is one of the hardest parts of their trip. Their boats are very precarious. The risk of dying by drowning is very high.
Our team covers 17 km of coast by land and sea, from Skala Skamineas beach, helping refugees to arrive and disembark safely.
When we started, there were about 20 boats per day. At present, although the total has decreased, we stay there, fulfilling our promise not to leave a single life adrift.
OUR ACTION IN LESVOS
We arrived at the Greek coast in September 2015 with € 15,000 from our pockets. We invested them on financing the rescue works for a month. With this we achieved that disembarked safely about 20 boats a day, with 50/60 people in each one, including the elderly and children. In total, more than 1.000 people land in our beaches every day.
WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED?
Since then, until the agreemen signingt between the European Union and Turkey in March 2016, we have achieved:
- Help 143.358 people reach the coast.
- Rescue 10.273 people adrift.
- Rescue 9.067 people trapped in the cliffs.
- Rescue 475 people from the water at high risk of drowning.
Why we do this
"Everything started with some pictures posted on social media of four drowned kids on a beach. Then we thought: if our work is to rescue people on the sea and we do it on our local beaches… Why are people dying there and nobody is helping them?"