Sailors Helping: Marine and UK Charity Week
In UK Charity Week VHR reports on Sailors Helping, the Marine non-profit supporting those displaced by humanitarian crisis.
Victoria Fine and Jon Vidar are a young couple from Los Angeles who exemplify passion and sportsmanship within the sailing community. In 2013 Fine and Vidar bought a boat without knowing how to sail, and have spent the past four years sailing around the world. Their blog, Sail Me Om, details their experiences on the water – and reveals the day that sailing changed their lives.
When Hurricane Irma devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017, Fine and Vidar were in San Juan and reached out for help to all the sailors they had met during their adventures. Their email chain grew into a Facebook group with over a thousand members, and gave birth to Sailors Helping: a non-profit dedicated to helping Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands rebuild lives and communities following Hurricane Irma.
Sailors Helping: Marine Industry Involvement in Global Humanitarian Aid
“There are friends, and then there are boat friends. We’re there in a pinch or in a disaster, no questions asked”. The Sailors Helping website opens with these words. Sailors Helping received an overwhelming response and a huge level of support for their aid trip around the islands.
In the first few days following Hurricane Irma, Sailors Helping provided a phenomenal level of support, including:
Coordinating two planes to send £16,000 of aid to Anguilla and Tortola
Assisting an airplane evacuation in St. Martin
Working with Airbnb to provide free housing to displaced people
Raising $200,000 through fundraisers of sailing friends
Now, Sailors Helping aim to promote recovery in the local communities by encouraging sailors to return to the islands and support their economies. To attract more sailors to the area, the team are developing an application to provide reports about the situation of the islands and helps boaters find a safe harbour. Sailors Helping provides an interactive map that indicates port access status, available mooring and information about water, electricity, fuel and groceries.
Sea of Solidarity is a non-profit providing vital services on the ground at refugee camps.
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