Jugend Rettet is an organization founded by a group of young people who want to do something against the continuous dying of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. For this purpose, we will buy and renovate a ship to perform professional maritime rescue missions between the Libyan and Italian cost. At the same time, we are building up a political network all over Europe, to voice our demands for a stronger commitment of all EU member states for maritime rescue of refugees.
In 2015, 3772 people died of cold, thirst, or drowning trying to reach the European coast via the Mediterranean. Especially on the dangerous central route between Libya and Italy, many fatal accidents occur. However, the EU still refuses to set up an official maritime rescue program in this region, but prioritizes combating human trafficking. Without any change in this attitude it is to be expected that the human tragedies in the Mediterranean will continue in the coming years.
We want to show the European public that more can be done about the situation. The EU with its current passiveness silently accepts the fact that thousands of people die at its borders every year. The fact that citizens have to step in to do the job should be a worrying signal. However, if we manage to get our rescue mission out there and help people in danger, we would already consider this a success regardless. Saving a person's live is, after all, one of the greatest possible achievements.
Our ship will be bought in the end of March. It will be transferred to a dockyard and rebuilt for our purposes. The putting together of our crew is already in process. We plan to transfer our ship to Lampedusa (Italy) in June to begin our first rescue mission. Our ship will locate people in distress, provide first aid and make sure they reach the coast safely.
At the same time we are building up our network. We currently have ambassadors in more than 30 European cities. They support us through local fundraising and PR work, but also monitor what their countries do on the subject. During the summer, we will hold an ambassador conference in Berlin, where we will jointly develop concrete political proposals on how the EU can do more to improve the humanitarian situation in the Mediterranean.
With our mission we want to help those people who otherwise find themselves entirely left alone in a situation where their life is at risk.
The audience of our work is, as described before, the European public.
Moreover, as an organization composed of mainly young adults, we would particularly like to address people of our generation: Show awareness for politics in Europe and do not hesitate to get active when you have the feeling that issues are ignored!
We are not the only organization which runs a sea rescue mission in the Mediterranean. However, one of our distinct features is that we are at the same time a humanitarian as well as a political organization. While we use our modest resources to help people in distress, we also call on European politics to become active as well. Another characteristic of our organization is its openness for participation: our ambassador network enables everybody, no matter where in Europe, to get involved.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
The following numbers relate to the running costs of the rescue mission. We estimate at the moment that they will roughly amount to 40,000 € per month. This sum is composed of: ship fuel: 30,000 € technical maintenance: 6,000 € supplies: 2,000 € expenses for the crew: 2,000 € The administrative expenses of our organization are negligible in comparison.
Any idea, advice or comment is welcome! Please also feel free to voice remarks or criticism on the approach we have chosen to tackle the problem. We are always open for interesting debates that help us to reflect our work. Finally, we are of course happy about everyone who would be interested in getting involved and representing Jugend Rettet as an ambassador in his or her city. For that purpose please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.