Our History

We are the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church—part of the 20-million strong Adventist community, with hundreds of thousands of churches globally and the world’s largest integrated healthcare and education network. Here are the historic milestones!

 

1956

1956

In 1956 the ‘Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service’ (SAWS), was created to aid those affected by serious disasters that were becoming more and more frequent.

1973

1973

In 1973 the name changed from ‘SAWS’ to ‘Seventh-day Adventist World Service’ but it was, however, still a department of the General Conference (GC) largely focussed on North America.

1970s

1975

In the 1970’s, external funding for medium term development projects was becoming available in some European countries, Canada and Australia. The church in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands applied successfully for government funding to help with overseas humanitarian aid projects, including schools and clinics. Similar applications for funding were successful in other countries, including Australia and Canada.

The Northern European Division established a department to coordinate this new way of securing funding for overseas development projects. This was the Northern European Division Development Aid Department – also referred to as Adventist Development Aid.

1984

1984

In 1984 steps were taken to the merging of Adventist Development Aid and SAWS into what is now known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. ADRA was officially confirmed as a new agency at the GC autumn council in 1984. The new agency was different from the concept of departments, service or institutions to reflect the clear separation of assets and work.

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Our History

We are the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church—part of the 20-million strong Adventist community, with hundreds of thousands of churches globally and the world’s largest integrated healthcare and education network. 

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