We are lifeguards
and we are saving lives

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We are 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.


Mediterráneo central

The crossing

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

Lesbos, Grecia

Our team

Our team covers 17 km of coast by land and sea, from Skala Skamineas beach, helping refugees to arrive and disembark safely. 

Lesbos, Grecia

We stay there

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.



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.  


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.




We decided to expand our base to the central Mediterranean, with the consolidation of new migration routes in these waters and the absence of action by the official media.

Do you help us to give them a hand?

As soon as they arrive, their objective is to recover their life and start building a new future.
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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?"

Oscar Camps, Open Arms director.
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