Aug 25

Building Belonging – Andrea’s Story

“I was in hospital and rehab for eight months having to learn how to do everything again – walk, talk, speak, make a cup of tea.” Andrea was born legally blind, but she never let it stand in the way of her dreams. Just a few years ago Andrea’s life …

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Mar 08

Gauri’s Story – International Women’s Day 2022

Gauri was married off at just 13 years of age. Living in rural Nepal, this is sadly the case for far too many girls just like Gauri. Widespread poverty forces parents’ hands to either marry their children off or be left with another mouth they cannot feed. But with girls …

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Nov 11

Denise’s Gift Equips Young Women

ADRA is honoured by individuals who choose to leave a long-lasting legacy through  a gift in their Will. After her passing, ADRA was honoured to receive a meaningful gift from the estate of supporter, Denise, whose only wish was that the money be used to help those in need.   Through Denise’s generosity, beneficiaries …

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Sep 13

Debbie’s Story

For as long as Debbie can remember, drugs dictated her life. “I was a drug addict for 48 years,” Debbie says. “I was always rejected from society, being a heroin addict, bikie, gangsta, whatever you wanted to label me.” During this time, Debbie and her family experienced periods of homelessness, …

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May 07

Weekend of healing for women affected by the 2020 Far South Coast bushfires

Words: Amandine Ahrens. This story was originally published in Bega District News, with details added by ADRA Australia Throughout the bushfire season of 2019/20, Bega Seventh-day Adventist Church partnered with ADRA to support their local and surrounding communities who were evacuating to escape the flames. Over one year on, the …

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May 05

How David’s Gift Became a Sanctuary

David John Brown always cared about helping women in their time of need and he wanted this to be his legacy. So, he left a gift in his will to ADRA.  David specified that his gift was to be used to support women’s refuges. At the same time that David’s gift came through to …

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Oct 19

Connection in a time of COVID

Words: Sue Beament – ADRA Manager at Ferntree Gully One freezing, wet and windy Monday, volunteers were dodging raindrops to load up cars with food packages. By 2pm, the delivery drivers were off when an old van entered the car park. A woman, Amanda*, climbed out and hurried through the …

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Sep 14

Ross’ Story

Ross was happily living out his retirement with his wife in western Sydney, but in the space of a week his life was turned upside down. “My wife passed away very suddenly,” Ross says. “She was only 47. I was quite shocked and heartbroken and I wasn’t in a good …

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Sep 08

Counselling continues through COVID-19

“Coming home after a lengthy prison sentence can present far more challenges than most people realise. Being constantly told what to do and when to do it can take away a person’s confidence to make decisions. Years without an income takes its toll on the families who wait outside for …

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Nov 21

Shatha’s New Vision

Last week Shatha’s older sister’s glasses were stolen.   At just 6 years old, Shatha knew she had to do something. She didn’t chase down the thieves or make ‘lost-and-found’ posters – instead she promised her sister that one day she’d become an eye-doctor so she could help.   This was the latest in a series of traumatic events in the …

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