The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is an independent Christian humanitarian agency. Following the ethos of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is was established for the specific purposes of individual and community development and disaster relief, ADRA fulfills this primary directive of its charter without regard to race, gender, and political or religious affiliation.
Because of the complexity of ADRA's development projects we are normally not in a position to place people for short term project assistance. ADRA's projects are implemented by local specialists that speak the language and understand the culture they work in. We cannot disrupt this process. There are other organisations that do offer such opportunities. See our links section for more information.
ADRA-UK strives to make the best use of every pence received. In excess of 90 percent of funds raised through the Annual Appeal in the UK are used for direct humanitarian services, among the highest percentages in the humanitarian industry. ADRA-UK takes seriously our responsibility to manage, in a wise and efficient manner, the gifts entrusted to us by our donors.
ADRA is sometimes featured on TV, in newspapers, and on Web listings. For instance, in response to cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in 2008, ADRA received coverage on BBC Berkshire TV and several regional radio stations. ADRA was also featured in local newspapers and on web sites. In covering relief and development work the news media will often use the blanket terms "aid agencies" or "humanitarian agencies" to cover all the organizations responding. Some identify only those agencies with generic names that describe the work we each do. Also, in today’s fast-paced news industry, an agency may be featured for only a few seconds.
Monetary donations are the best, as they allow ADRA to immediately purchase specific items that survivors need. Most essential relief goods, such as medicines, temporary shelter, tools, clothing, blankets, and latrines, can be purchased locally or in neighboring countries at a lower price. Purchasing them locally not only helps provide these items quickly but also helps stimulate the economy in the disaster area. Often, unsolicited goods (such as used clothes, canned goods, etc.) clog transportation routes, hindering needed supplies from gaining clearance at shipping ports.
Absolutely. There are many components that lead to a situation in which families in poverty have many children. ADRA is addressing those components with various programs that assist in the well-being of mothers and children worldwide. ADRA's mother and child health programs provide medical aid and teach child spacing, and adult literacy classes educate mothers and fathers on the benefits of smaller families.
ADRA aims to benefit whole communities rather than focus on individuals, as this builds up intra-community relationships. As such, ADRA has chosen not to do child sponsorships. Children are major beneficiaries of ADRA programmes that seek to integrate health, clean water, sanitation, food production, small businesses, and basic education-including literacy.
ADRA-UK's financial statement is audited annually in line with Charity Commission
regulations. Our office is responsible for coordinating audits for the projects we are funding. ADRA-UK's responsibilities include monitoring and arranging external audits for projects funded by the Department For International Development (DFID) and the European Commission (EC). ADRA-UK is audited by Kingston Smith LLP in St Albans, England.
The "Adventist" in Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is reflective of the fact that the Seventh-day Adventist Church established this independent, humanitarian agency. The values that shaped the agency are the traditional Christian values of the potential of each individual to reflect the compassionate image of God, the dignity that is inherent in every person, and the importance of quality in human life. ADRA-UK meets needs without regard to an individual's religious affiliation, helping those who need it most.
ADRA does not proselytize. It operates and is motivated by love that has no strings attached. The Christian ethos in ADRA programme activities is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation. ADRA operates in more than 125 countries worldwide and has an established track record of working in harmony with and respecting a broad array of cultures, traditions, and people of non-Christian faith. The positive impact of ADRA's contribution in all these countries validates our heritage and belief in benevolent giving.
We don't have any projects in which we help ONLY one group or another. If we discriminated, you'd have a village where some children would get food, clothes, and clean water, and other children would be hungry, naked, and thirsty. Instead, we follow Christ's example of helping those who need it most, no matter their background. That way, we demonstrate His unconditional love. ADRA's mission is to provide assistance without regard to religious, political, or ethnic background. Because we follow this mandate faithfully, we are sometimes the only humanitarian agency able to reach people in need.