The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is an independent humanitarian agency established in 1984 by the Seventh Day Adventist Church for the specific purpose of community development and disaster relief. The church’s involvement in organized humanitarian assistance goes back nearly 80 years. The economic and social council of the United Nations granted ADRA general consultative status in 1997.
Through a variety of projects, ADRA strives to support the dignity that is inherent in each person. Committed to improving quality of human life, ADRA helps people in need, especially those most vulnerable such as women, children, and senior citizens. ADRA serves people without regard to their ethnic, political, or religious association. ADRA partners with communities, donors, other non-governmental organizations, and governments to improve the quality of life for millions around the world through five core portfolio activities: food security, economic development, primary health, basic education and emergency management.