Boat for Sara | Fundraiser for Lesvos: by Jim Kroft

Fundraising campaign by Jim Kroft
  • €19,277
    raised of €15,000.00 goal
128% Funded
433 Donors
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THE AIM

The aim of this campaign is to raise money for a foundation called PROEM - AID. They are a team of professionally trained Spanish Rescue Workers continuously on Lesvos.

All profits from the campaign will be used to buy a boat. If the target is exceeded, we will buy a better boat.

Jim Kroft was on Lesvos for 3 weeks to document the situation as a part of the JOURNEYS project.


THE FUND RAISER

1) PROEM AID workers travel from Spain UNPAID and on their own HOLIDAY time to contribute. We are not raising money to pay them but to assist their work.

2) This project is about human beings not politics. Whatever one believes politically, children dying in European waters is unacceptable.

3) In the event of not being able to directly save a life, this money is the nearest thing to it.

4) Help PROEM AID prevent any more children's deaths in the Aegean.



PERSONAL STATEMENT

"I will never forget last night as long as I live. There is simply no leap the imagination can make to replicate these scenes. Scenes which happen over and over every night, and only the latest of which I have participated in. We arrived at 11pm last night and only finally left at 12 noon today simply because every human hand was needed. And those were by far not enough. During the night, our beach alone handles around 10 boats with I don't know, 40 to 60 people per boat. I'm talking mothers, children, screaming babies, teenagers, Dads, old men and woman.

Freezing cold. Soaked in rain, waves, panic. Some in a 2 hour crossing. Some in 6. At night in the dark. One little girl, lost from her parents, faints in my arms and I don't know if she's going to die of cold right there, and I don't know what to fucking do because I'm panicking and the medics are frantically resuscitating another child. Who does not make it. Who dies, right there on the beach next to me, while her parents scream and scream. And every clever opinion and narrative I've come across just noise and nonsense next to this. You're talking kids dying on our shores next to their screaming parents, and not one measly article in the BBC news today.

I take off the water sodden top of the girl, SARA and she wakes, freaking out because she does not know where she is or who I am. Her Mum finally finds us amongst the commotion and we get her dry & put warm clothes on her upper body. After that I realise that there is no use in anything but to hug this little girl until she warms up. At some stage by the grace of God she starts even smiling & I poke her nose, she laughs and I realise it's not me getting her through it, it's her getting me through it. We get the family at last into the bus to Moria, and the next boat arrives. I have never scene such a sight, and I salute all the people who suffered the journey and all the INCREDIBLE volunteers and aid workers there - every night."



ABOUT

Jim Kroft is a musician and documentary film maker. Every night he followed Proem Aid on Lesvos and saw as they were first into the water, dragging the boats in, collecting the kids first, ordering the pandemonium. Giving people their first experience of European soil - dignity, safety and professional care. Beyond that, during the 3 weeks there he became great friends with the team personally. He believes in them as rescue workers and as people.

Rewards

JOURNEYS #3 CD (48h Album)

176 Backers

HAND PRINTED TEE-SHIRTS OF "BOAT FOR SARA" LOGO DESIGNED BY BERLIN'S SUNST STUDIO - LIMITED EDITION

11 Backers

HAND PRINTED POSTER OF "BOAT FOR SARA" BY BERLIN'S INFAMOUS SUNST STUDIO - LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION

5 Backers

Organizer

I am a musician & filmmaker from UK, based in Berlin. I have been on Lesbos in February 2016 and am now at the Greek-Macedonian border to report.

I am a musician & filmmaker from UK, based in Berlin. I have been on Lesbos in February 2016 and am now at the Greek-Macedonian border to report.

Donors

  • Loreena Meda
  • Posted On Apr 05, 2019
  • Dear Friends and Funder, My name is Loreena and am at risk of loosing our family home. As I never asked help in my life, I find myself embarrassed to go out so publicly. but than nothing is difficult when a family needs help. I’v reached here because I want to ask you if you can join my campaign and help me on supporting this cause and help spread the word. I would be grateful if you could put my link further and help in my fund-rise. All I am asking is to share it and spread the word. I know I’m a complete stranger – but if you will still reach out with such generosity and kindness, It will mean a world to me. Throughout all the challenges life sends, it’s always easier with great people supporting you. Please keep on supporting this cause. Thank you! save-denis-home-after-his-tragic-death-would-you-help-me-in-this-fight In gratitude, Loreena

  • Mubarak Hossain
  • Posted On Feb 17, 2019
  • My Name: Mubarak hossain. Campaign Name - Please help with the construction of a new mosque . Need Donation: $30,000*. Check my campaign and please help if it touches your heart.

May 17

BOAT FOR SARA | Update #2

Update posted by Jim Kroft at 09:23 pm

Hello everyone,Just a brief update with 2 important bits of information! First of all I am just off the phone with PROEM AID. I will be giving a full update when I hear a few more details via mail in the next days. However, I wanted to just give a. . . . .

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May 04

BOAT FOR SARA | Update #1

Update posted by Jim Kroft at 08:37 am

Dear friends and donors,First of all I want to say, from the deepest part of me, thank you to everyone for the contributions towards Sara’s Boat. To raise the money has been a huge labour of love for me and the interest and support online, both in terms of money. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

433 donors
  • Loreena Meda
  • Posted On Apr 05, 2019
  • Dear Friends and Funder, My name is Loreena and am at risk of loosing our family home. As I never asked help in my life, I find myself embarrassed to go out so publicly. but than nothing is difficult when a family needs help. I’v reached here because I want to ask you if you can join my campaign and help me on supporting this cause and help spread the word. I would be grateful if you could put my link further and help in my fund-rise. All I am asking is to share it and spread the word. I know I’m a complete stranger – but if you will still reach out with such generosity and kindness, It will mean a world to me. Throughout all the challenges life sends, it’s always easier with great people supporting you. Please keep on supporting this cause. Thank you! save-denis-home-after-his-tragic-death-would-you-help-me-in-this-fight In gratitude, Loreena

  • Mubarak Hossain
  • Posted On Feb 17, 2019
  • My Name: Mubarak hossain. Campaign Name - Please help with the construction of a new mosque . Need Donation: $30,000*. Check my campaign and please help if it touches your heart.

  • MD TANVIR HIDER
  • Posted On Oct 26, 2018
  • Hello everyone, Please, help for my campaign.See campaign please..need your Immediate HELP....Please DONATE me.Humanity still alive. God bless us all.

  • favor eric
  • Posted On Feb 13, 2017
  • my name is meiroku eric i am looking to a good man to love pleases my love reply me in my email Box([email protected]) OK i love you so much

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 26, 2016
€20.00
  • Bastian Bielig
  • Donated on May 26, 2016
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 26, 2016
  • Hey Jim, have been meaning to get this T-Shirt for a while now. Glad you posted a campaign reminder a few days ago, would have forgotten otherwise. So happy to see many people supporting a good cause. All the best, Stefanie

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 26, 2016
  • just need another one of the CD - and I have not even listened to it yet ;)

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  • Eva Maria Kiefer
  • Donated on May 26, 2016
€20.00
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€19,277
raised of €15,000.00 goal
128% Funded
433 Donors