The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is a Malta-based registered foundation that performs search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Andaman seas. MOAS launched after humanitarians Christopher and Regina Catrambone saw an egregious lack of response to hundreds of drownings off the Italian coastline in October 2013. These drownings occurred due to overcrowding on migrant ships. These vessels were filled with occupants seeking asylum from violent conditions in various regions of East and North Africa. Feeling compelled to act, the Catrambones used their private funds to convert a fishing boat to a rescue vessel, and train a team of skilled sailors to perform search and rescue operations. Since then, MOAS has grown into a global NGO operating in world’s deadliest migrant travel routes to help save lives.
I learned about MOAS through a news article a friend posted on Facebook. You can read the story here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/migrant-rescue-libya-mostly-toddlers-among-31-drowned-n763986. After doing more research, I found this incident is not the first of its kind. Seeing such a troubling humanitarian issue, I felt moved to start fundraising. Since MOAS is completely privately funded, it relies heavily on donations to stay in operation. If you agree with MOAS’s mission statement, “No one deserves to die at sea”, please consider donating to keep MOAS in operation.
My goal is to raise 1000€ (about 1147 USD) in 30 days. MOAS works to ensure administrative costs are kept to a minimum so you can be sure your donations are making a difference. 85% of donations go directly toward saving lives. If you’re interested in a more detailed financial breakdown you can check out their website at https://www.moas.eu/. Please free to contact me if you have any questions about donations or if you want to learn more about MOAS’s operations.
- €15.00 Donated
- €1,000.00 Goal
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