Ex Student Paul Chamberlain Returns to Inspire Others
Ex Alderman Peel High School student, Paul Chamberlain spoke to all students on 4th January 2019.
Paul works for *MOAS: The Migrant Offshore Aid Station, the only professional search and rescue charity in the world.
This is third time Paul has returned to APHS and on each occasion has kept students updated to his latest work and challenges which are truly inspiring. He regularly keeps in touch through email with his latest update copied below.
“Another few thousand saved at sea in 2017 and for the last 363 days, not that I’ve been counting, I’ve been in Bangladesh working around the world’s biggest refugee camp, dealing with diphtheria, 2 cyclone seasons and a monsoon season where we got over 400mm of rain in one day…. What could possibly go wrong!”
Principal Alastair Ogle said: “Pauls work is literally life changing and he provides our students with information and experiences which is absolutely fascinating. He is a real inspiration”
Paul takes a simple view to his work:
“Everybody deserves a chance, all I do is give people a chance”
Paul left APHS 30 years ago and went on to save lives by jumping in the sea and rescuing those who want for a better life and is now managing the crisis in Bangladesh and working for the UN; raising awareness to us of what is happening over the world.
Founded in response to the October 2013 humanitarian disaster off the coast of Lampedusa, in which some 400 men, women and children drowned, MOAS aimed to provide a model for a civil society response to the unfolding crisis.
Having been established in 2014 as an independent humanitarian organisation, it was the first search and rescue (SAR) NGO of its kind in the Mediterranean. Our maritime operations were designed to provide desperately-needed SAR services to people attempting dangerous sea crossings while fleeing violence, poverty and persecution.
Since our inception, we are proud to have rescued and assisted over 40,000 people on the world’s most dangerous migration routes, and continue to advocate and lobby for the creation of safe and legal routes for vulnerable people in desperate need of international protection.
In September 2017, MOAS shifted operations to South East Asia, where the MOAS team are working to provide aid and medical care to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh through our specialist field clinics known as ‘Aid Stations’.