01 May OPEN ARMS
Open Arms is a non-governmental, non-profit organization whose main mission is to rescue from the sea those people who try to reach Europe fleeing from war, persecution or poverty. Born from a rescue and first aid at sea company with extensive experience in the Spanish coasts.
We specialize in surveillance and rescue missions of boats carrying people who need help in the Aegean and Central Mediterranean sea, as well as raising awareness of all the injustices that are happening which have been untold.
It all started with some pictures of children that drowned on a beach. We thought: if we dedicate ourselves to this and we do it on our beaches, why are they dying there and why is nobody helping them?
With the help of lots of people who collaborate with donations, we were able to increase our resources and save more lives every day.
These donations also helped us to be able to rotate our teams. Our volunteers rotate every 15 days due to the physical and emotional impact of the situation.
After the agreement between the UE and Turkey, we are also in the Mediterranean Sea with a rescue and surveillance boat. We do not want to lose one more life to the sea, neither do we want to allow the sea to silence the injustices that happen there.
We also work with an essential team on land: a group of psychologists specialized in crisis situations, emergencies and victims of terrorism who support the lifeguards at all stages of their work.
Upon returning, they offer necessary psychological support in order to help manage the situations that the volunteers have survived, prevent the manifestation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and help them return to their everyday reality, while ensuring their emotional stability for future interventions.