To serve humanity so all may live as God intended.
Justice. Compassion. Love.
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. We deliver relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, or religious association. By partnering with local communities, organizations, and governments, we are able to deliver culturally relevant programs and build local capability for sustainable change.
How We Enable Change & Well-Being
ADRA acts as a catalyst for change by inspiring, engaging and empowering people to strive together for the greater good. In doing so, ADRA embodies values that are grounded in human dignity and respect for peoples’ innate capabilities, expressed through ADRA’s commitment to well-being as its core development objective, taking a holistic approach to programs, humanitarian response, and advocacy. For ADRA, ‘holistic’ refers to spiritual, social, and physical dimensions, addressing the multi-faceted causes of poverty, and to the emergency relief—reform dimension of our 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, which remains ADRA’s long-term, over-arching aim. In its most tangible forms individual well-being derives from access and opportunities in relation to three key areas: Education, Health and Sustainable Livelihoods. They shape what is described as ADRA’s Well-being Triangle.
ADRA’s intended program outcomes focus on connecting the ‘edges of the Well-being Triangle’ through 1) holistic programming and thematic advocacy; 2) linking education with livelihoods in vocational education programs; and 3) linking nutrition and agriculture in maternal and child health.
ADRA aims 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 manmade 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.