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Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
ADRA logo
Founders Seventh-day Adventist Church
Type Humanitarian/Aid/Disaster Relief/Development
Founded 1956
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Staff Charles Sandefur, President

Mario Ochoa, Executive Vice President

Gideon Mutero, Vice President for Finance
Area served 125 Countries Worldwide
Revenue $173,000,000 (2009)
Employees 5,000 (2009)
Motto Changing the World, One Life at a Time

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International (also, ADRA, and ADRA International) is a humanitarian agency operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the purpose of providing individual and community development and disaster relief. It was founded in 1956, and it is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America.

Charity Navigator has given ADRA a 4-star rating, one notch higher than better-known American Red Cross.[1] As a 4-star earner, ADRA was in the company of well-known charities, including CARE, Doctors without Borders, and Food for the Hungry. The 4-star rating is described as "Exceptional: Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause." [2] The Agency used 92% of its expenses towards relief efforts, 7% in administrative costs including salaries, and 1% went toward fundraising.[3]

In 2004, ADRA reported assisting nearly 24 million people with more than US$159 million in aid. Its staff numbered over 4,000 members.[4] As of the end of 2007, it had operations in 125 countries [5] According to Forbes, in 2005, ADRA ranked among America's 200 largest charities.[6]



ADRA's mission statement is: ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible actions.[7] ADRA says the reason for its existence is "to follow Christ's example by being a voice for, serving, and partnering with those in need".[8]


ADRA partners with communities, organizations, and governments in order to develop:

  • Food Security
  • Economic Development
  • Primary Health
  • Emergency Management
  • Basic Education

ADRA says that it serves people without discriminating their ethnic, political, or religious association. Priority is given to those with disabilities, children, and senior citizens.[9]

ADRA's areas of expertise include: Education, Emergencies, Food/nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Health, Refugees and IDPs, Shelter, Training and development, Water and sanitation, Women, Children, Monitoring and Evaluation, Programme management, and Security.[10]

A Los Angeles Times story from 1998 reports on ADRA's 1996 10-year strategic plan, which calls the agency "a bona fide ministry of Jesus Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church" and "provides a strategy to reach people previously untouched by other church institutions. The church's mission is incomplete without ADRA's distinctive ministry."[11]


ADRA was established as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) in November 1956. The name was changed to Seventh-day Adventist World Service in 1973.[4]

In 1983, the organisation was renamed the 'Adventist Development and Relief Agency' to better reflect its missions and activities. The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted ADRA general Consultative Status in 1997.

In 2005, ADRA responded to over 50 emergencies worldwide and benefited at least 28 million people.[12]

ADRA Offices

Regional Offices Donor Offices Implementing Offices
ADRA International ADRA Austria ADRA Bahi/Brazil
ADRA Africa Regional Office ADRA Australia ADRA Bulgaria
ADRA Asia ADRA Denmark ADRA Cambodia
ADRA Australia ADRA Canada ADRA China
ADRA Euro-Africa ADRA Germany ADRA Czech Republic
ADRA Trans Europe ADRA France ADRA South Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC)
ADRA Japan ADRA Croatia
ADRA Netherlands ADRA Guinea
ADRA Norway ADRA India
ADRA Portugal ADRA Indonesia
ADRA Spain ADRA Kenya
ADRA Sweden ADRA Laos
ADRA New Zealand
ADRA São Tomé e Príncipe(STP)
ADRA South Africa
ADRA Somalia
ADRA Sri Lanka
ADRA Tanzania
ADRA Thailand
ADRA Yemen

External links


  1. ^ Charity NavigatorRetrieved January 26, 2010.
  2. ^ Rating DescriptionRetrieved January 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Forbes Charities ReportRetrieved 01-26-10.
  4. ^ a b Our History
  5. ^ GuideStarRetrieved January 26, 2010.
  6. ^ ForbesRetrieved January 26, 2010.
  7. ^ GuideStarRetrieved January 26, 2010.
  8. ^ Why ADRA Exists, ADRA
  9. ^ Who we are
  10. ^ Thomson Reuters FoundationRetrieved January 26, 2010.
  11. ^ A History of Complaints Dogs Adventist Aid Agency, Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1998
  12. ^ Charitablwe ChoicesRetrieved Janaury 26, 2010.

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