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Project information

Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal

Our Chaplains are helping to connect Filipino seafarers to their loved ones back at home in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Chaplains from Manila and Subic Bay in the Philippines have been relocated to be nearer to the epicentre of the disaster, offering comfort and practical aid to those in the area

3 years

Charity information: Sailors' Society

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  • Need


    Around a third of the world’s seafarers are from the Philippines, far more than any other maritime nation. Imagine being thousands of miles away when the storm hit. Imagine not knowing if your wife, your husband, your children or your parents made it out alive.

    This is the reality for a huge number of people from the Philippines, who find themselves in foreign ports, or on foreign waters, without access to communication facilities and with no-one to turn to in their fear and worry.


    Sailors’ Society's global Chaplains are on the ground helping to connect Filipino seafarers to their loved ones back at home. Ailton de Souza, our chaplain in Brazil, helped one ship’s crew to call home:

    After I had managed to connect one seafarer with his wife back in the Philippines, he said that despite the fact he had lost his house, he felt better. He had learned that his wife and daughters were in a safe place. He said: “Lives are more important. As for the house, we can build another"

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support Filipino seafarers and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan


    » Chaplains from Manila and Subic Bay have been relocated to the epicentre of the disaster, offering comfort and practical aid to those in the area.
    » Our global network of Port Chaplains will hand out free phone cards and top ups to Filipino seafarers so they can contact their loved ones at home
    » Our Chaplains will provide free transport to local amenities so that Filipino seafarers can access internet facilities and contact their loved ones
    » Our global network of 73 Chaplains and volunteers will provide vital emotional support and counselling to Filipino seafarers affected by the disaster.

    What success will look like

    Our Port Chaplains will provide regular reports, photographs and updates about their work with Filipino seafarers and their families.

  • Impact


    We are currently assessing the need in the Philippines and how we can work with other aid organisations to maximise the impact where the need is greatest. We shall continue to provide emotional support to those seafarers and their families affected for as long as they need. Regular reports will be made.


    By working with other maritime charities and seeking advice from experts in the field, we have ensured that any risks have been addressed and minimized.


    We shall report to donors using fedback from our Chaplains with statistical reports, stories and photographs.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500,000 Typhoon Haiyan Project costs include global Port Chaplaincy costs and Philippines emergency reponse

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Supporters £72,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our Port Chaplains work in 66 ports across the world including Africa, Belgium, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine and the UK. Our Chaplains in the Philippines are based in Manila and Subic Bay but hav been relocated to areas close to the epicentre of the disaster.


    28% of the world's 1.5 million seafarers are Filipino. Our project will benefit Filipino seafarers and their families and those based in the seafaring communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sailors' Society has been looking after the welfare of merchant seafarers and their families since 1818. Our Chaplains and volunteers assist thousands of merchant seafarers each year; extending a hand of friendship, hospitality and pastoral care to all the seafarers we meet regardless of their rank or circumstance.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Port Chaplains And Ship Visiting Volunteers

    Our Port Chaplains and ship visiting volunteers are at the heart of the project, supporting Filipino seafarers and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal

Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal


Will connect a Filipino seafarer with his family