The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Australia in 2024.

ADRA is the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that serves communities regardless of ethnicity, political party, or religious affiliation.  The international non-profit agency works with communities, organisations, and governments to enhance the lives of millions of people via sustainable community development and disaster relief.

‚ÄúOur 40th anniversary is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff members and partners, who have worked relentlessly to provide healing and hope to people in need.¬† ADRA has made significant progress in its four decades of existence, nevertheless, more work remains.¬† As we commemorate this milestone, we also look forward to the future and the opportunities to continue making a remarkable difference in underprivileged¬†communities,‚Ä̬†says Michael Kruger, president of ADRA International. ‚ÄúADRA is¬†grateful for the support of¬†donors, volunteers, partners, and the Adventist Church, which make¬†it possible for us to positively impact the lives of the millions of people we serve. We remain committed to our¬†mission of serving humanity so that¬†all people¬†may¬†live as God intended.‚ÄĚ

You can read our press release here.


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ADRA’s History

ADRA has a long heritage of humanitarian work that dates back over a century. Before the Seventh-day Adventist Church established ADRA in 1984, it had already been organising relief activities since 1918, when it sent aid to regions devastated by World War I.

The increase in disasters and famine prompted the Adventist Church to establish the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) in 1956, which began supplying relief shipments to 22 nations by 1958.  Over the years, SAWS evolved from a welfare agency to a global role in long-term development initiatives, therefore it changed its name to the Seventh-day Adventist World Agency in 1973. As the need for international sustainable community development grew, SAWS was reorganised and renamed the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in 1984 to better reflect its overall mission and activities.

ADRA achieved General Consultative Status by the United Nations in 1997, the highest degree of nonprofit organization accreditation. This afforded ADRA the potential to serve even more marginalised populations around the world on a greater scale.

Today, ADRA is a global humanitarian agency with over 5,000 employees and 7,000 volunteers serving in over 120 countries. Apart from supporting communities in long-term humanitarian crises and conflicts, ADRA responds to an average of two disasters per week. Although our country offices are spread across different continents and thousands of miles apart, ADRA works as a unified body to provide innovative solutions to a world in need.

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