Adventist Development and Relief Agency
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International is an independent humanitarian agency established in 1984 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the specific purposes of individual and community development and disaster relief. Working in more than 120 countries, ADRA is one of the more efficient relief agencies operating in the world, keeping its administrative costs to about 10 percent while benefiting more than 15 million people annually with assistance valued at more than $109 million (figures from 2002).
Adventist development and relief work covers five core activities: Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health, Disaster Preparedness and Response, and Basic Education. They work at bringing solutions and training rather than just handouts. Recognizing the dignity that is inherent in each person, ADRA is committed to improving quality of human life without regard to their ethnic, political, or religious association. Helping people in need is the primary goal, especially those most vulnerable such as women, children, and senior citizens.
The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations granted ADRA general consultative status in 1997.
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A Global Impact
ADRA is changing the world in more than 120 countries around the globe without regard to gender, age, ethnicity or political or religious association.
About Us (ADRA)
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was started by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a way to follow Christ’s example of serving and caring for those in need. Put simply, ADRA improves the lives of people around the world. The agency searches out deprivation, social injustice, and need—then works to eliminate them. ADRA invests in the potential of individuals through advocacy, supporting families, promoting health, providing food and water, establishing livelihoods, and responding to emergencies.
1956 ADRA is established under the name Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS). 1962 SAWS provides $2.3 million of relief to 29 countries. 1984 SAWS becomes the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). Focus shifts to development work. 1989 ADRA begins working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Provides education for 37,000 Liberian refugees. 1994 During the Rwandan genocide, ADRA is the only nongovernmental organization to stay in the country. Feeds 400,000 and medical staff treat 1,000 patients a day. 1997 ADRA is granted General Consultative Status by the United Nations. 2001 ADRA is one of 14 agencies selected to be part of the Global Food Education program. Allows ADRA to feed 90,000 students in Madagascar. 2004 Following the Asian tsunami, ADRA launches its largest emergency response ever, helping thousands of survivors in four countries.