The director of Proactiva Open Arms, Òscar Camps, visited the Ciutat de l’Aigua to explain the NGO’s operations during the summer in the Mediterranean. Since the rescue work began in July, this Badalona-based organisation, the only rescue organisation working in seas off the Mediterranean coast to help refugees, has rescued 7,000 people.
In his meeting with Ignacio Escudero, the managing trustee of the Agbar Foundation and Aigües de Barcelona General Manager, Òscar Camps explained the operations carried out in July and August in central Mediterranean waters. Over the two months, Proactiva Open Arms volunteers, on board the yacht Astral and supported by a rescue lifeboat sponsored by the Agbar Foundation, experienced days where they rescued from 700 to 3,000 people, as on the 29 August. In total, they have saved 7,000 people since starting rescue operations off the coast of Libya in July.
At the meeting, Ignacio Escudero presented Òscar Camps, named Catalan of the Year 2015, with the €29,000 collected by the Agbar Foundation to acquire the lifeboat to help refugees in the Badalona NGO’s operations. It is worth mentioning that €4,024 were collected thanks to a micro-donation campaign started by the Agbar Foundation in June, while the rest of the amount was provided by the organisation itself.