About us

Our Story

Right from the beginning we knew that our goals would be hard to reach. As time passed we grew as persons and as an organisation by learning from the experiences of others and with the help of many. Here are our most important milestones:

2015

  • May
    Daily reports of drownings in the Mediterranean. The idea of founding JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA is being developed. Networking begins.
  • July
    A core team in Berlin emerges and a network of ambassadors in Germany is being build. We decide to search for a Dutch fish trawler as our ship.
  • Oktober 3rd
    Founding of 'JUGEND RETTET e.V.' (JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA) and official registration in Germany.
  • November
    Start of the fundraising to fund our ship.
  • December 2nd
    First visit to a school and start of collaborations with more schools.

2016

  • March 8th
    Joining 'Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (ITZ)' (Initiative for a transparent civil society) as a member.
  • April
    Proposal for buying the ship.
  • May 19th
    Signing the ship's purchase.
  • June 9th
    Start of the conversion works on the ship.
  • June 24th
    Naming of our ship: 'IUVENTA'.
  • June 30th
    The IUVENTA is leaving it's conversion harbour in Emden. It's heading to Malta to start the rescue missions in July.
  • July 17th
    Arriving in Malta.
  • July 24th
    Leaving the harbour in Malta to start the first rescue mission - named 'Solidarity' - saving 1388 people.
  • August 12th
    Mission Equality starts. 140 people will be rescued.
  • September 1st
    Mission Responsibility rescues 1454 people.
  • September 16th
    131 people are being saved on mission Humanity.
  • Oktober 4th
    On mission Unity JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA is involved in rescuing 423 people.
  • Oktober 21st
    Our crew of mission Dignity was able to rescue 2733 people from maritime distress.
  • November 11th
    Mission Diversity rescues 393 people.
  • Winter
    Planning missions for the next year.

2017

The IUVENTA

The accuracy of the displayed position depends on the current reception of the signal, which can be low while on rescue missions.

The ship selected to become Jugend Rettet’s active contribution to Maritime Search and Rescue in the Central Mediterranean Sea was acquired in May 2016, converted and refitted by the tremendous effort of many volunteers for her new task and christened IUVENTA.

Originally the 33m long IUVENTA was designed as a fishing vessel for the rough and frequently hostile conditions of the North Sea. Redundant features can be found throughout the ship such as two auxiliary engines and design elements of the main engine that ensure continuous operation even in the roughest conditions.

The once large deck spaces for working fishing gear was decluttered in the conversion to allow the accommodation of up to 100 rescued persons. Tarpaulins can be arranged to either protect the deck space from the sun or provide shelter from wind and rain.

In normal rescue operations the crew complement is between 11-13 persons.

Two fast rescue boats (RHIBS) are stored on the main deck which are launched by means of a hydraulic telescopic crane which as replaced for a better model in 2017.

Typically for a fishing vessel the freeboard is remarkably low for handling nets which gives two advantages: first, it allows easy launch and recovery of the two rescue boats; second, rescued boats can be taken alongside and persons embarked quickly in a safe manner.

On a usual rescue mission the crew consists of at least 13 members.

Current mission and position of the IUVENTA

Transparency

JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA is aware of it's duties as a responsible and trustworthy charitable organisation and takes them seriously. Transparency is important to us. This is why we joined the ITZ (Initiative for a transparent civil society) as a member. This means that we committed to make following information public and to keep it up to date.

1. NAME, RESIDENCE, ADDRESS AND YEAR OF FOUNDING

The organisation ('Verein') 'JUGEND RETTET e.V.' (JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA) was founded October 3rd 2015. Residence and address of the organisation are: Ruhlsdorferstraße 151, 14513 Teltow, Germany.

2. STATUTE, GOALS AND IMPLEMENTATION

Our statute in it's current form, how it was properly determined by the General Meeting October 3rd 2015 is public here.

A summary of the goals of the organisation can be found here.

3. INFORMATION ON TAX BENEFITS

The statute of 'JUGEND RETTET e.V.' (JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA) fulfils the official criteria to be eligible as a charitable organisation for following goals, regarding § 5 Abs. 1 Nr. 9, as it is stated by the last notification received from the tax authority 'für Körperschaften I, Berlin (Steuernummer 27/669/53338)' on 11/03/2015:

  • Support of refugees and support of rescue from risk of death (Förderung der Hilfe für Flüchtlinge und Förderung der Rettung aus Lebensgefahr nach § 52 Abs. 2 Satz 1 Nr.(n) 10 und 11 AO)
  • Support of international attitude and support of commitment to citizenship (Förderung der Internationalen Gesinnung und Förderung des Bürgerschaftlichen Engagements nach § 52 Abs. 2 Satz 1 Nr.(n) 13 und 25 AO)

By that our organisation is tax-exempt of corporation tax and business tax.

'JUGEND RETTET e.V.' (JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA) is allowed to issue donation certificates.

You can see the current notification here.

4. NAMES AND FUNCTIONS OF ESSENTIAL DECISION-MAKING INSTRUMENTS

Board:

  • First chair-person: Jakob Schoen
  • Second chair-person: Lena Waldhoff

5. ACTIVITY REPORT

A summary of the organisation's activities can be found in our Annual Report 2015.

6. PERSONAL STRUCTURE

Every person involved in 'JUGEND RETTET e.V.' (JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA), as well as all advisors, contribute unsalaried. Our team consists of mainly young persons. Their motivation derives from the will to rescue lives and to improve the humanitarian situation on the Mediterranean.

The core team of JUGEND RETTET IUVENTA based in Berlin has 11 members. In all of Germany more than 70 people are engaged in our work.

7./8. INFORMATION ON FUNDING AND SPENDING

You can find a summary on our funding and spending in our Annual Report 2015.

9. RELATIONSHIPS WITH THIRD PARTIES REGARDING COMPANY LAW

There are no relationships with third parties regarding company law.

10. NAMES OF LEGAL PERSONS, WHOSe ANNUAL PAYMENTS MAKE UP MORE THAN 10% OF OUR WHOLE BUDGET

Supporters or sponsors whose annual payments make up more than 10% of our whole budget:

  • Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung

Our work is made possible by the contributions of many.