The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) reached more than 100 million people in 130 countries globally in the last five years alone through sustainable development and disaster relief programs.
Every day, ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create opportunities that help them not only prosper, but thrive. This includes providing better access to education and health, as well as sustainable livelihoods. ADRA mobilizes the generosity of others in time, abilities, and resources to empower those who need it most.
Faith Affiliation: Christian
ADRA is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They demonstrate God’s love and compassion through hands-on service.

Mission: ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action

Vision: ADRA is a professional, learning and efficient network that embodies integrity and transparency. ADRA reaches across boundaries empowering and speaking out for the at-risk and forgotten to achieve measurable, documented and durable changes in lives and society.


What inspires ADRA’s work?  As needs arise, ADRA staff strive to realize ADRA’s mission, reflecting God’s love through compassionate acts of humanitarian service. Every day they seek to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, and take in the stranger.

As Jonathan Duffy, ADRA International’s CEO states “As we continue our work, we know that the greatest guide is our faith. Luke 4:18-19 comes to mind.“Reading from the scroll of Isaiah, Jesus said, ‘ The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor’” (NIV). “

Key Facts: 

ADRA has around 6,600 staff members, about 15,800 volunteers in 139 different countries.

Also, each year the organization helps more than 18 million beneficiaries no matter faith affiliation.

Key SDGs addressed: 

ADRA’s offices around the world promote the SDGs and implement projects to help reach the Global Goals by 2030. ADRA focuses on eight SDGs: zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, peace, justice and strong institutions, and partnerships for the SDGs.

Humanitarian Standards:

The worldwide ADRA network adheres to the SPHERE standards and is a member organization of Accountable Now.


Key Programs:

ADRA Uganda emergency staff member helping refugees from South Sudan after an outbreak of violence


ADRA Yemen providing women and thousands of others access to clean water in the midst of turmoil


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