We Must Prevail

29 Jan 2021

One of the greatest gifts one can give a child is to enable them to develop and grow through learning about the world. That is why we believe that every child, everywhere, has the right to attend school and get an education.

Written by: Bert Smit, CEO


In South Sudan, ADRA-UK is helping more girls to attend school every day instead of staying at home to help their mothers cook, work at the family business or look after their younger brothers and sisters. To achieve this, ADRA runs radio programmes, and we ask the families to listen to the programmes in their village groups. We discuss the importance of education, especially for girls, and how this will benefit their future. ADRA also provides cash support to families so they can afford to send their girls to school. We continue to look for creative ways to keep girls in school, and help them to enjoy their school experience, which will give them a chance at a better life. This project is fully funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Thanks to your generosity we can continue to help people both here in the UK and overseas.

Here in the UK, ADRA is blessed with a church community that for so many years has been phenomenal in supporting our work. Your help in going from door to door to collect and to organise church events to raise money for ‘Ingathering’, or the ADRA Appeal, has been instrumental in enabling ADRA to help so many people across the world. Even in 2020, while our income was down by 75%, we still helped 608,450 people in 11 countries, including the UK (and over 50% of these were women)! Our planned 2021 Ingathering/Appeal period is set to start on 27 March. However, we have had to make the decision not to organise door-to-door fundraising in 2021, and the likelihood of face-to-face fundraising in churches is also now unrealistic. In spite of these challenges, our resilience must prevail. Please know that your financial support is the reason ADRA exists. Without it there could be no ADRA. It is only when we put all our efforts together that we can help and change people’s lives.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40, NIV Together we can feed people. Together we can clothe people. Together we can educate people. Together we can quench thirst. Together we can save the neediest people of the world. Your financial support of ADRA’s work is critical – especially now, as our normal way of fundraising is not possible. So, please, think about ADRA – look out for our upcoming ADRA Impact News, watch our upcoming Appeal video, and make a commitment to help! Your gift will work hard to make a real difference in people’s lives – not just overseas, but also here in the UK. Let’s do this together! Because, only together, we can . . .

(Pictures by Frank Spangler/ADRA Norway)