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Our Vision: A world without poverty and distress.

Our Mission: To empower the poor around the world with the resources, skills and opportunities to live a better life with dignity and hope.

How we work:

ADRA exists to enable people to live life to the full, physically, socially and spiritually. We associate this fullness with the concept of well-being, ADRA’s long-term over-arching aim. In its most tangible forms individual well-being derives from access and opportunities in relation to education, health and sustainable livelihoods. They shape what is described as ADRA’s Well-being Triangle. ADRA’s intended programme outcomes focus on connecting the ‘edges of the well-being triangle’ through holistic programming and thematic advocacy, linking education with livelihoods in vocational education programs; linking nutrition and agriculture in maternal and child health. ADRA’s programmes aim to address equitable development for women, girls and minorities, whilst aiming to ensure protection for the most vulnerable. 

Sustainable livelihoods also link social well-being with the environment, an emerging part of ADRA’s programming. The threat that natural and man-made disasters bring to well-being is a focus of ADRA’s humanitarian work, but also crosses over into the development sphere in the form of disaster risk reduction, resilience and climate change adaptation.

Beyond these tangible aspects, ADRA seeks in the way it works to promote well-being at a deeper level. ADRA believes that a life lived to the full is marked by an active concern for others. A life lived to the full is one where our abundance – to whatever extent that may be – of health, knowledge, resources, relationships, and spirituality, is exercised through generosity towards others. 

What we are:


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA-UK) is an independent humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the specific purpose of individual and community development and disaster relief. The registered office is located in Watford, Hertfordshire. ADRA-UK is a registered charity in the UK, Scotland and the Isle of Man. 


ADRA-UK partners with agencies in over 25 countries. In addition, it supports projects in the United Kingdom every year. ADRA-UK uses its resources effectively, keeping administrative cost down.


ADRA recognizes the dignity that is inherent in each person and is committed to improving the quality of human life. It serves people without regard to their ethnic, political, or religious association. It helps those in need, especially those most vulnerable such as women and children. 


ADRA-UK is part of the ADRA international network operating in approximately 120 countries. ADRA is loosely organised as a network of independent agencies. Each ADRA office, like ADRA-UK, works independently and is governed by its own board and constitution. The network provides an interface to our work of development and relief.As one of the leading non-governmental relief and development organisations in the world, the Agency was granted General Consultative Status by the United Nations in 1997.