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ISWAN Regional Programme

Our Regional Programme provides humanitarian support to seafarers and their families in three specific regions: South East Asia, South Asia and Nigeria. It is funded by the Trafigura Foundation.

Seafarers taken hostage have a major worry about what becomes of their families while they face months or years of captivity. Our Regional Programme was developed in response to the needs of seafarers facing the crisis of being taken hostage by pirates and the families left behind. We provided emotional and practical support, training in crisis response, and guidelines for the treatment of seafarers and their families.

To be situated in the areas of greatest need, the programme developed a presence in the Philippines (home to more seafarers than anywhere else in the world), India/South Asia and Nigeria. Our trained responders operate with a network of volunteers and through other seafarers’ welfare agencies to reach scattered families with assistance. As Somali piracy reduced in size and scope, our Regional Programme moved towards the wider effects of crises – deaths, injuries, illness, imprisonment – among seafarers and their families, where we are able to bring practical and emotional support in times of need.

You can read about some of the seafarers and families of seafarers helped by our Regional Representatives in the Regional Stories below.

Regional Stories

  • Support after trauma

    Our Regional Programme offers support to seafarers and their families affected by maritime piracy, like this crew who were attacked by pirates close to Lagos last month.

  • Job-seeking seafarers targeted by fraudulent agencies

    When a number of seafarers reported problems with the same fraudulent manning agent and maritime institute to SeafarerHelp, our helpline team worked with our regional team in India to assist them.

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