Mediterranean Hope (MH) is the refugee and migrant programme of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, funded in large part by the Otto Per Mille tax allocation of the Waldensian Evangelical Church – Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches, and by other Italian and foreign Protestant churches and donors.
MH was established in the aftermath of the shipwreck of 3 October 2013 when, a few miles from the island of Lampedusa, 368 people died in the attempt to reach Italy across the Mediterranean Sea.
MH aims to support migrants with their right to migrate, applications for protection, self- determination, solidarity activities, reception, implementation of safe and legal pathways, advocacy, and awareness-raising on issues of social justice, rights and discrimination. MH operates in various border areas working with local communities, churches, civil society and institutions.