SIRF Impact

The Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF) was established as an emergency relief initiative to respond to the increasing and desperate needs of seafarers and their families, resulting from the pandemic in India and extending its support to seafaring communities in the Philippines.

SIRF is now extending its emergency support to seafarers and their families devastated by the crisis in Ukraine and is calling on the maritime and shipping industry to help the seafaring community.

Since its inception back in May 2021, SIRF has awarded over US$790k in grants to deliver emergency support for seafarers and their families in India as follows:

£83,343 awarded to Stella Maris

to provide 10 oxygenators which will prevent approximately 60 lives being lost to COVID-19; 1,100 food parcels, each sufficient to feed a family of five for one month; and post COVID-19 care, counselling and therapy for one month to help recovery and getting back to work where possible.

£159,350 awarded to Sailors’ Society

to help fund the purchase and distribution of 5,000 COVID-19 Care Kits to seafarers across 10 Indian ports; and a medical helpline that will be staffed by two full time paramedics for 12 months to provide professional advice on COVID-19 symptoms.

£38,000 awarded to ISWAN

to fund ISWAN’s existing SeafarerHelp helpline to provide emotional support to seafarers and their families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The money awarded has has also funded medical treatment for seafarers, their wives, children or dependant parents as a result of COVID-19 hospitalisation, and provided financial support to 23 families whose seafarer died of coronavirus.

£43,500 awarded to Mission to Seafarers

to support a food ingredients programme in Southern India, where many seafarers are experiencing difficulty in taking up new employment contracts, causing severe financial difficulties. The programme will provide 1,350 seafarers with ingredients such as rice, dhal, oil, fruit and vegetables, helping to meet their basic nutritional needs for 15 days.

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