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One month since Earthquake in Nepal, ADRA responds

Take Care Nepal: One month since Earthquake in Nepal, ADRA responds to community needs KATHMANDU, NEPAL —It has been one month since the Gorkha earthquake hit Nepal and almost three weeks since a second quake rocked the country. ADRA continues to provide urgent care and relief to the hundreds of thousands afflicted by this catastrophe. “Many […]

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Second Earthquake Strikes Nepal

ADRA Continues Relief Efforts as Second Earthquake Strikes Nepal WASHINGTON, DC.— A second earthquake has struck Nepal in almost as many weeks, hampering already strained relief efforts and inflicting a new wave of damage across the country. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck 42 miles (68km) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount […]

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ADRA, GlobalMedic Deliver Medical Tents

ADRA and GlobalMedic partner to distribute tents to replace health posts KATHMANDU, NEPAL— ADRA and GlobalMedic have partnered to provide large tents that will provide a temporary place for health posts that have been damaged or destroyed by last month’s earthquake. “The people of 10 communities in Kavre District will have a better place to […]

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ADRA prepares food packs for Nepal

ADRA distributes food packs; partners with Scheer Memorial Hospital KATHMANDU, NEPAL—ADRA staff and volunteers began packing food kits complete with rice, lentils, noodles, sugar, salt, and oil yesterday. The packs will last a family of six for two weeks, and will be distributed this weekend.   Twenty-six community volunteers met ADRA staff yesterday at the […]

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Beauty in the Brokenness

I never imagined my first visit to Nepal would be to lead the communication efforts during the aftermath of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. But here I am. I’m here in the middle of a disaster zone grabbing breakfast with the rest of our emergency response team (ERT), thinking about what I’ve seen so far since I […]

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ADRA distributes tarps in remote villages

ADRA distributes tarps in hard to reach villages in Nepal KATHMANDU, NEPAL—ADRA Nepal staff are working around the clock to deliver much-needed tarps and food to families in remote villages in Dhading and Kavre. Tough road conditions, including rubble from houses destroyed by the earthquake is making distributions more difficult. ADRA workers are driving up […]

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Shelter Distribution Begins in Nepal

Response to the earthquake in Nepal continues as ADRA begins to distribute much needed shelter to affected families in Dhading and Kavre districts. Rainfall has already begun in Kathmandu and other affected areas. Meteorologists have predicted rainfall for the next 10 days, creating difficulty and discomfort for those still forced to sleep outside. “We are working […]

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ADRA Begins Shelter Distribution

ADRA Begins Shelter Distribution in Nepal KATHMANDU, NEPAL— Response to the earthquake in Nepal continues as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency begins to distribute much needed shelter to affected families in Dhading and Kavre districts. Rainfall has already begun in Kathmandu and other affected areas. Meteorologists have predicted rainfall for the next 10 days, creating […]

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Massive 7.8 Earthquake Devastates Nepal

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has devastated much of Nepal, leaving thousands dead, injured, and missing. Search and rescue teams have yet to reach remote and rural regions and with strong aftershocks still shaking the country, more destruction is anticipated, with a likely increase in the death toll. The need in Nepal is strong and very […]

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Pray for Victims of Earthquake in Nepal

ADRA Emergency Director: “Pray for Victims of Earthquake in Nepal” Updated on April 25 at 3:44 p.m. KATHMANDU, NEPAL— A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal about 50 miles from its capital, Kathmandu, on Saturday, leveling buildings and killing hundreds. News sources are reporting 1,400 deaths so far, with the death toll rising. The earthquake hit […]

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ADRA’s Ebola Response Continues

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was unprecedented in its scale, with 25,600 reported cases and 10,600 deaths. Along with the health threat, Ebola also disrupted farming, economic activity, school systems, and even social customs, leaving very few not affected. ADRA’s Ebola response in Liberia and Sierra Leone is focused on three main areas: Awareness […]

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ADRA Urges USAID Leader Appointment

ADRA encourages President Obama to appoint USAID Administrator WASHINGTON, DC.— On April 15, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International joined more than 100 other individuals and nongovernmental organizations in advocating President Barack Obama to nominate a permanent Administrator to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Although ADRA commends the work of […]

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Support for Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency

ADRA Continues to Support Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency LAGOS, NIGERIA—One year ago, Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria captured the attention of the world and provoked the #BringBackOurGirls viral campaign. On Monday April 13, UNICEF announced that Boko Haram has to date rendered a total of 800,000 children and their […]

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From Here to There

Welcome to ADRA’s new blog! We are very excited to have this outlet where we can share not only what we do, but also how and why we do it. Whether your contribution is a prayer from your heart or a donation from your pocket, we want you to see how your action here changes […]

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A Women’s World

A Women’s World: Behind the Scenes With Sanjay Seated at the large oak desk centered in her expansive office, I couldn’t believe that Hermilia’s successful career as a lawyer was built entirely with the money she earned from a copy machine business just a few years ago. But here in the high plateau city of […]

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Vital Needs Met in Vanuatu

PORT VILA, VANUATU— ADRA Vanuatu continues to support the response to Tropical Cyclone Pam by providing local communities in need with safety, food, and access to water. On Friday, 130 water filtration kits were distributed to four locations in the northeast area of Efate, the main island of Vanuatu. The filtration kits convert contaminated water […]

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Cleanup After Cyclone Pam Begins

Cleanup begins in Vanuatu, ADRA’s response continues PORT VILA, VANUATU— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is playing a key role in securing the health and sanitation in 10 of the 20 evacuation centers in Port Vila. ADRA has made plumbed water available at nine of the 10 evacuation centers with the last evacuation […]

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Long Road Ahead for Vanuatu

“Severe and long-lasting crisis for Vanuatu” PORT VILA, VANUATU—“This is going to be a longterm recovery and rebuilding process for Vanuatu. Agriculture, houses, and infrastructure have been destroyed,” reported Mark le Roux, ADRA Vanuatu Country Director reported after meetings with local partners and aid agencies. “This will be a severe and long-lasting crisis for Vanuatu.” […]

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Cyclone Pam wreaks havoc in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam wreaks havoc in Vanuatu, ADRA in place to respond PORT VILA, VANUATU—Tropical Cyclone Pam ripped through the islands of Vanuatu yesterday, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is already on the ground in place to respond in coordination with local partners and aid […]

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ADRA Prepares for Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

ADRA ready to respond to Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu PORT VILA, VANUATU 4:30 p.m.—The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is on high alert as category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam hits the archipelago of Vanuatu. ADRA is prepositioned to release emergency kits from three warehouses in Shefa, Efate, and Tafea. The kits include soap, […]

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Turning a New Leaf

Turning a New Leaf: Behind the Scenes with Sanjay On the gentle slope of the green hill upon which I stand, there occurred atrocities too horrible for most people to imagine. On this hill, perhaps even this exact spot, children were killed by children, fathers by fathers. Here on the hill, a thousand more like […]

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Any Lengths

Any Lengths: Behind the Scenes with Sanjay The noon sun glares down from an azure sky and, even under the canopy of trees, I feel its convective omnipresence in my lungs, in my shoes, in my skull. Sweat stings my eyes. I blink to clear my vision, my foot strikes a root and I stumble. […]

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Stronger than the Storm

Stronger than the Storm: Behind the Scenes with Sanjay   The man and his boy are bowed over the side of the boat, their faces dark in the shadow of the setting sun.  Cast against the light fading behind ageless mountains, they seem to flow formlessly with the sea, and, but for the flash of […]

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Selling Stories

Selling Stories: Behind the Scenes with Sanjay Pim is not happy to see her father.  The 14-year-old nervously avoids eye contact and her small hands flit about like broken-winged birds.  She shifts her weight from one leg to the other, bites her lip, and blows at a strand of hair falling across her forehead.  It […]

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Winterization Assistance in Syria

ADRA’s Winterization Assistance program provides Syrian internally displaced persons (IDPs) with winter clothes and blankets to stay warm during the brutal Syrian winter. Rita is an elderly woman who never imagined having to leave her home behind at this stage in life. But when violence and unrest in Syria threatened the safety of her and […]

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Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope: Behind the Scenes with Sanjay There is a moment during every sunset when the world is drained of all ugliness and pain and only colors remain.  In that ephemeral space of light and shadow, the world is beautiful. Then the colors fade, the shadows lengthen, and the moment is gone. In Adjumani […]

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No One Left

No One Left: Behind the Scenes with Sanjay The festival seems like any other—clowns, balloons, painted faces and broad smiles.  There is music and dancing.  There are games and activities.  There are mothers and children. This little boy is excited to see his mother in prison. Clowns and balloons made the day extra special for […]

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Ebola Fight Continues

ADRA decontaminates homes, prevents spread of Ebola, Monday, January 26, 2015 FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE— ADRA Sierra Leone is managing a decontamination center and deploying teams to the homes of Ebola victims to decontaminate exposed surfaces and prevent further spread of the virus. ADRA Sierra Leone has decontaminated more than 988 homes since November 2014. The […]

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Jonathan Duffy to interview on BRITE Radio

Monday, January 26, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC.—ADRA International President Jonathan Duffy interviewed today with BRITE Radio host Stacia Wright about ADRA’s work around the world. In the interview with Wright, host of “The Drive,” Duffy spoke about his work at ADRA, his childhood in Australia, and even ADRA’s Spread Love concert with Take 6. Stacia Wright […]

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The Roma

The Roma: Behind the Scenes with Sanjay ADRA was lucky to have Sanjay Thomas join our crew and act as our “A Closer Walk” host in the field, experiencing the reality of humanitarian aid work. He shared the following photos and thoughts from his time with ADRA and the Roma community in Albania. Two street […]

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Support for Refugees From South Sudan

ADRA works hard to provide refugees with items essential to survival. Whether it is through water and food in drought-prone regions or blankets and tarps in rainy ones, ADRA is there to bring relief. At the age of 10, James went to school for the first time. He was ecstatic. He had no idea that […]

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ADRA Liberia to distribute Christmas Packs to Ebola survivors

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – ADRA Liberia is distributing 800 Christmas Packs to Ebola survivors and their families in five counties in Liberia, including Margibi and Montserrado, the two hardest hit by the virus. The Christmas Packs—also called solidarity kits—contain disinfectant, laundry and bath soap, one set of bedding, basic clothing, a mattress and pillow and cooking […]

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ADRA on High Alert in Philippines for Typhoon Hagupit


SILVER SPRING, MD—The Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA) emergency response team (ERT) is on high alert and has prepositioned resources as Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, approaches the Philippines. While the Typhoon has lost some strength and was downgraded from Super Typhoon to Typhoon, it seems to be regaining strength. According to the […]

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Dr. Jill Biden visits IDPs at Ukraine ADRA Center

KIEV—Dr. Jill Biden spoke to a group of ADRA staff, UN agency representatives, and other partner nongovernmental organizations including USAID at the ADRA center in Ukraine on Friday, November 21. Biden took a tour of the ADRA Center and visited with an ADRA-hosted family who is internally displaced as a result of the conflict in […]

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ADRA partners with USAID in Food Security Program to reach 264,380 people

 ANTANANARIVO— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is one of two agencies partnering with USAID in a $75 million food security initiative in Madagascar. The five-year ADRA program titled Asotry* will reduce vulnerability and food insecurity among households and communities in the regions of Amoron’i Mania, Haute Matsiatra, and Atsimo Andrefana. The program will directly […]

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Ebola Update: ADRA & GlobalMedic send second shipment to Liberia and Sierra Leone

On October 8, ADRA International, in partnership with GlobalMedic and ADRA Canada, will send containers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Cooper Hospital in Liberia and Waterloo Hospital in Sierra Leone. On October 8, ADRA International, in partnership with GlobalMedic and ADRA Canada, will send containers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Cooper Hospital in […]

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ADRA presents response to Ebola at NALAA conference

On September 26, the North America Liberia Adventist Association (NALAA) launched their Fourth Biennial Convention to address the spread of Ebola, to raise money, and to support one another through prayer. “We have come to humble ourselves before God,” said lead speaker Matthew Kamara.  “We must reach out in faith.” As pastor of Pilgrims Seventh-day […]

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ADRA partners with GlobalMedic & Loma Linda University to respond to Ebola

In March, 2014, an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever started to spread in the forested areas of southeast Guinea. In March, 2014, an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever started to spread in the forested areas of southeast Guinea. Since then, the outbreak has rapidly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. In August, the World […]

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ADRA responds in Nigeria

North-Eastern Nigeria has become increasingly tense and volatile since June 4, 2014, when the fundamentalist group Boko Haram killed nearly 500 people in the state of Borno. Less than a week later the group was suspected of kidnapping 20 young women from the village of Garkin Fulani close to the location of the abduction of […]

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ADRA hosts candlelight vigil to commemorate World Refugee Day

This Friday June 20 at 8 p.m. ADRA International will host its “Light the Way Home” candlelight vigil to commemorate the United Nations’ World Refugee Day. The event will take place at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, near the pond and will feature Alison Brook, Christian singer/songwriter. The event is open to the public, […]

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International Community Joins forces for South Sudan

Five months of war is South Sudan have resulted in thousands of deaths and displacement of approximately 1.3 million people. The world is watching in horror as the conflict brings the three-year-old country to the brink of the worst food crisis in 25 years. The situation is complex, and mass hunger and starvation threatens the […]

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Rebuilding Livelihoods After Typhoon Haiyan

After Typhoon Haiyan, ADRA provided boat repair materials to close to 600 fishermen so that they could get back to work and recover their livelihood. Danilo is a fisherman from Panay Island in the Philippines. Growing up impoverished, he had no chance to get an education and began fishing for a living at 12 years […]

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Oklahoma Tornadoes

On the Ground: ADRA International Responds to the Oklahoma Tornado Devastation On Monday, May 20, a tornado raked through parts of Oklahoma with winds that exceeded 200 miles per hour, leaving a trail of destruction about 17 miles long. This has caused the destruction of thousands of properties and has injured hundreds of people. Emergency […]

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Congolese Refugees in Rwanda

Rwanda: ADRA Improves Condition of Hygiene in Transit Camp SILVER SPRING, Md. – The political climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been volatile since the highly disputed presidential elections of November 2011. Since then, Congolese refugees have been seeking shelter in Rwanda, escaping clashes between DRC government forces and armed militia. The […]

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Acting President Announcement

ADRA International Announces Acting President Former General Conference Treasurer, Robert L. Rawson, has accepted the role of Acting President until a permanent successor to the post is found. “Elder Rawson is a leader who is widely respected and accomplished with experience at various levels of administrative leadership. We have every confidence in him to lead […]

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Leadership Change

ADRA International Board Votes Leadership Change SILVER SPRING, Md.- The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International Board of Directors met June 24 and removed Dr. Rudi Maier as president and executive director of ADRA International with immediate effect, announcing the formation of a search committee to find a replacement. “Making a change in the […]

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World No Tobacco Day May 31, 2012

World No Tobacco Day: ADRA Fights to End Tobacco Use SILVER SPRING, Md. – SILVER SPRING, Md. – On May 31 the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is joining the World Health Organization (WHO) in the annual World No Tobacco Day, an initiative created by the WHO to raise awareness of the dangers of […]

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Transitioning to a New Life

Uganda: ADRA Responds to Improve the Lives of Congolese Refugees SILVER SPRING, Md. – Following the heated November 2011 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the battle between government forces and armed militia has been ongoing, causing thousands of Congolese to flee to the neighboring country of Uganda. The Adventist Development and […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers’ Day: ADRA Continues to Support Mothers Around the World SILVER SPRING, Md. – This coming Sunday, millions of men, women, and children around the world will be taking the time to honor their mothers who have sacrificed their time and energy, juggled various roles from nurturer to bedtime storyteller, and have given so much […]

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Responding in Peru

Peru: Extreme Weather Patterns Threaten Vulnerable Communities, ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is assisting families in Peru’s southeastern region, who have been enduring harsh weather conditions during this year’s first quarter. The region has been severely affected by heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and strong winds, leading to the […]

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World Malaria Day April 25, 2012

World Malaria Day: ADRA is Making a Difference SILVER SPRING, Md. – April 25 marks World Malaria Day, a day set aside to commemorate worldwide efforts to control this preventable yet deadly disease. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is continuing its work to reduce the numbers of people infected and killed by malaria […]

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Giving Hope in Ethiopia

Ethiopia: ADRA Restores Hope to Hopeless Village Article Reprint – Hannah Ndungu works as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the ADRA Africa Regional Office. In this article, Ndungu shares an experience of how ADRA’s work restored hope to one Ethiopian village. SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Kelafo Woreda-Somali Region of Ethiopia, lies a small village […]

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Helping Girls in Thailand

Thailand: ADRA Transforms the Lives of Young Girls SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Thailand, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is working to rescue girls from forced prostitution in the sex slave trade. The Agency has opened a shelter that houses at-risk girls from poor families, providing them with nutritious food, education, and most […]

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Earth Day April 22, 2012

Earth Day: ADRA Celebrates Commitment to Maintain a Healthy World SILVER SPRING, Md. – April 22 will mark Earth Day 2012, a day set aside each year to remind us of our responsibility to protect the rich resources available on our planet that sustain the lives of the world’s estimated 7 billion inhabitants. The Adventist […]

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Community Health in Mongolia

Mongolia: ADRA Improves Access to Education and Health Services for Children with Disabilities SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Mongolia the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is helping society transform the way they view children with disabilities, and give them access to education and health services. This is being achieved through a project called, Ensuring […]

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Drought and Famine in Horn of Africa

Somalia: ADRA Calls on International Community for Continued Support in Wake of Uncertain Future SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Horn of Africa is no stranger to drought, which was most recently demonstrated in 2011 as the region grappled through a deadly famine, and according to the World Food Program affected 13 million people to date. […]

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Improving Sanitation in Rwanda

Rwanda: ADRA Donates Latrines to Primary School SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has made the school day far less challenging for Janjagiro Primary School in the Rwamagana District of Rwanda, through providing the school with significantly needed latrines. In total, 14 latrines were constructed, two of which were built […]

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Emergency Response in Montenegro

Montenegro: Severe Snowstorms Leave Thousands Stranded, ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – Unrelenting snowstorms have overwhelmed the Southeastern European nation of Montenegro, paralyzing traffic and leaving travelers stranded on roadways. Many homes have endured significant snow-related damages, causing thousands to have no access to basic necessities. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding […]

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Overcoming Poverty in Nepal

Nepal: ADRA Combats Poverty Through Agro-based Training Program SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is fighting against the effects of poverty in the Kapilvastu, Palpa, and Rupandehi districts of Western Nepal. The local ADRA Nepal office developed this three and a half year project entitled, Develop Local Economy to Eradicate […]

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World Water Day, March 22, 2013

World Water Day: ADRA Transforms Communities with the Power of Water SILVER SPRING, Md. – On the 22nd of March, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joins the world in commemorating World Water Day, and continues to implement projects that make clean water available throughout disadvantaged communities around the world. ADRA recognizes the life-saving […]

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Livelihood Support for Families

ADRA Diversifies Household Diets in Somaliland SILVER SPRING, Md. – As a result of drought, Somalia is experiencing a wave of change in the diversity of menus that families are having on their tables. What most Somalis would have easily dismissed as fodder for their livestock is now finding its way comfortably to the dinner […]

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Rebuilding Lives in West Africa

Cote d’Ivoire: ADRA Helps Returnees Rebuild Their Lives SILVER SPRING, Md. – Civil war persists in the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, causing thousands of families to flee their homes due to dangerous circumstances, or worse, destroyed homes. Many of them have sought refuge deep in the protection of the forest or have escaped […]

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Fighting the Freeze in Romania

Romania: As Deep Freeze Covered the Country, ADRA Provided Relief to Stranded Families SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Romania, below freezing temperatures paired with heavy snowfalls have jeopardized the lives of thousands of stranded travellers as well as the country’s homeless population. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA ) Romania office intervened through providing urgently […]

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Earthquake in the Philippines

Philippines: Following Deadly Quake, ADRA Provides Relief in the Midst of Chaos SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is distributing emergency rations of food to families in the Philippines rocked by a deadly 6.9 magnitude earthquake. The quake struck moments before noon on February 6, and triggered devastating landslides, causing […]

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Flooding in Fiji

Fiji: ADRA Distributes Emergency Rations of Food in Wake of Floods SILVER SPRING, Md. – Heavy rains over the South Pacific island of Fiji triggered extensive flooding during late January, taking the lives of six victims and prompting the government to declare a state of emergency for the Western Divisions of the island. An estimated […]

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ADRA Thailand Brings Hope to Refugees

SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Thailand, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is offering vocational training classes to refugees striving to make ends meets. Amongst beneficiaries are Na Aye Yin, her husband Kyite Yee, and her two children who fled from her home country of Myanmar to Unpiem Mai refugee camp in Tak, Thailand. […]

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India: Women Lead Community to Control TB

SILVER SPRING, Md. – With an unemployed husband, dominating in-laws, and the hardships of poverty, Gauri Devi’s life had become miserable. The stigma of having leucoderma, a chronic skin disease characterized with white patches of skin, added to her woes. Her plight is not considered uncommon, especially in the eastern Indian state of Bihar where […]

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Liberia Welcomes Cote d’Ivoire Refugees

Liberia: ADRA Working with Refugee Populations from Cote d’Ivoire SILVER SPRING, Md. – The eastern region of Grand Gedeh, Liberia has become home to more than 150,000 refugees from neighboring country, Cote d’Ivoire. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to assist some of the neediest of families who have sought refuge in Liberia […]

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Cyclone Thane in India

India: Cyclone Thane Strikes, ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – The New Year began tragically for the 18,000 people in Cuddalore district and Pondicherry of India, as they remained sheltered in government buildings and schools after cyclone Thane hit the shore with a forceful speed of 77 mph (125 kph) in the pre dawn hours […]

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Renewed Hope in Romania

Romania: ADRA Renews Hope Amongst Persons with Disabilities SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Romania, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is bringing a renewed sense of hopefulness and dignity to individuals often neglected and ostracized by others. Through a project focused on assisting persons with disabilities, ADRA has been boosting self-esteem and helping these […]

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Tropical Storm Washi

Philippines Update: ADRA Continues to Assist Families Devastated by Tropical Storm Washi SILVER SPRING, Md. – In the Philippines, efforts are still underway to assist an estimated 720,000 individuals affected by damaging tropical storm Washi. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is continuing their response of distributing food, making safe drinking water more readily […]

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Response to Storm in Mexico

Mexico: Tropical Storm Arlene Hits, ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – Tropical storm Arlene made landfall on Veracruz, Mexico in the early morning hours of June 30, pouring heavy rains over much of eastern Mexico. Thousands of homes are now submerged under floodwaters and a number of rural communities that endured extensive damage are now […]

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Drought in the Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa: ADRA Delivers Food & Water in the Midst of Severe Drought SILVER SPRING, Md. – More than 10 million people in East Africa are in dire need of humanitarian aid as a result of diminishing food sources stemming from the recent rise in food prices and severe drought that has overwhelmed the […]

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Helping Ivorian Refugees

Liberia: ADRA Continues to Help Improve the Lives of Ivorian Refugees SILVER SPRING, Md. – Internal conflict stemming from a tumultuous election result between opposing political parties in Cote d’Ivoire has triggered an exodus of Ivorian refugees to seek safety in nearby countries such as Liberia. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to […]

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ADRA Combats Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

SILVER SPRING, Md. – In the capital city of Port au Prince, Haiti, recent heavy rains have triggered another cholera outbreak among persons displaced by the earthquake in January 2010. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is combating the spread of this life-threatening disease through a multifaceted response, expecting to benefit approximately 50,000 beneficiaries […]

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Training for Myanmar Refugees

Thailand: ADRA Offers Vocational Training to Myanmar Refugees SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is helping improve the quality of life for thousands of Myanmar refugees residing in camps in Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border. Through vocational training, ADRA is cultivating self-reliance and sustainability within seven refugee communities, helping to […]

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ADRA Receives Award

ADRA Receives 2011 American In-house Design Award SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA) design team has recently been recognized for outstanding design work by Graphic Design USA, a magazine providing graphic designers and creative professionals with latest news and trends for nearly 50 years. The agency’s design team received six […]

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Food for Fire Victims in the Philippines

Philippines: Fire in Manila Engulfs Hundreds of Homes SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been responding to the needs of families forced to flee their homes for safety after an early morning fire broke in the capital city of Manila, Philippines. ADRA implemented a seven-day intervention, providing $5,000 worth […]

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Food for Displaced Families

Brazil: ADRA Feeds Families Displaced by Floods SILVER SPRING, Md. – Several days of heavy rains in the Northern state of Roraima, Brazil has led to severe flooding causing the Brazilian Civil Defense to declare a state of emergency in seven cities. More than 355,000 people have been affected by the flood, which has displaced […]

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ADRA Aids Nigerians Fleeing Cote d’Ivoire

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Following November 2010’s outbreak of civil war in Cote d’Ivoire, tens of thousands of Nigerians have fled the country, seeking refuge from recent attacks targeted against them. Neighboring francophone countries have turned away the sizable number of Nigerian refugees, forcing thousands of men, women, and children to travel across Ghana, Togo, […]

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Enditnow: Rallies Support in Botswana

SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Botswana, government officers, police cadets, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), pastors, and members of the local community marched through the city of Gaborone showing support for enditnow™, a worldwide campaign advocating for the end of violence against women and girls led by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and […]

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Japan Earthquake Update

Japan: ADRA Continues to Respond to Appeals for Aid SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to provide humanitarian assistance to victims affected by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11. Currently ADRA Japan has provided more than 750 meals over the period […]

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Community Change in Rwanda

ADRA Promotes Positive Community Change in Rwanda SILVER SPRING, Md. – In Rwanda, several communities are now taking action to improve tolerance and advocate the need for change over issues once seen as insignificant. This heightened state of awareness comes as a result of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA) efforts in community training […]

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Best Practice Award for ADRA

ADRA Receives Best Practice Award for Women Empowerment Project SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been awarded the Best Practices & Innovations (BPI) Award for Improving Livelihoods through Women Empowerment by InterAction, the largest U.S.-based alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). During the May 4 ceremony, ADRA was recognized […]

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Earth Day April 22, 2011

Earth Day:  ADRA Promotes Green Farming SILVER SPRING, Md. – On April 22, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) will be commemorating the worldwide environmental movement, Earth Day.  This year more 1 billion participants are expected to participate in the 41st anniversary of the campaign in more than 192 countries. This year’s theme of […]

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Support for Yemen

Yemen: ADRA Granted Award for Emergency Support SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been awarded nearly $900,000 by the United States of Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to continue assisting displaced persons through ADRA’s Yemen Emergency Support (YES) Project. The additional funding comes […]

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Malaria Day April 25, 2011

Malaria Day: ADRA Recommits to Eliminate Disease SILVER SPRING, Md. – On April 25, The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is renews its commitment to the fight against malaria in support of World Malaria Day, a date set aside to advocate the global movement for the elimination of malaria. “We believe the fight against […]

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ADRA President Outlines Agency’s Future

SILVER SPRING, Md. – “The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International must adapt to the changing development requirements to remain a leader in the humanitarian community and continue to be a vital voice of compassion for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It has to develop and implement conceptually sound and innovative strategies to position itself […]

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Response to Landslides in Brazil

Heavy Rains in Southern Brazil Trigger Landslides, ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – In late March, heavy rainstorms over southern Brazil led to flooding, triggering destructive landslides carrying fallen trees, rocks and other debris through several cities, destroying the homes of thousands now left with little or nothing. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) […]

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Response to Crisis in Libya

ADRA Aids Refugees Affected by the Libyan Crisis SILVER SPRING, Md. As the political crisis in Libya continues to escalate, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) remains committed to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing turmoil. ADRA has been on the ground since early March distributing provisions of potable water, inspecting […]

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Recent Changes at ADRA International

ADRA International Board Reviews Recent Changes SILVER SPRING, Md. – At the regularly scheduled spring meeting, The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International Board of Directors on April 6 reviewed the recent reduction in employees (Reduction in Force) and positional realignment that took place on February 22 at the agency’s international office. After much […]

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ADRA Celebrates World Water Day

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) commemorates World Water Day on March 22, a day devoted to further clean-water initiatives worldwide. Stemming from a recommendation by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), World Water Day seeks to focus on the importance of clean, drinkable water and promotes […]

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Flooding in Namibia

Namibia Braces for Worst Floods in History: ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – A dangerous combination of heavy rains and overflows from the Kavango and Zambezi Rivers are threatening tens of thousands of people in Namibia to flee their homes. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding, proving emergency supplies to people who […]

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Response to Landslides in Bolivia

Bolivia: Towns Destroyed in Seconds by Landslides, ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – Weeks of heavy rains triggered massive landslides, destroying hundreds of homes in the capital city of La Paz, Bolivia. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is on the ground, distributing emergency supplies to families now homeless. ADRA’s response is targeting the […]

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Japan Response Update

Japan Response Update: ADRA Begins Aid for Evacuees SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues its response following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Through ongoing coordination efforts with local governmental authorities, ADRA has been appointed to support an evacuation enter in Wakabayashi ward […]

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Japan Earthquake Response

Japan: ADRA Continues Response in Tsunami Affected Region SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to respond to the devastating tsunami that was triggered by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on Friday, March 11. Assessment teams reached the severely affected city of Sendai in the Miyagi Prefecture within […]

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Record Earthquake Strikes Japan: ADRA Responds

Record Earthquake Strikes Japan: ADRA Responds SILVER SPRING, Md. – A powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook the island nation of Japan damaging infrastructure and triggering a massive tsunami that swept through Japan’s north-eastern coast, killing hundreds of people according to initial media reports. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding, coordinating efforts and assessing […]

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Help for Disabled Children

Zimbabwe: Disabled Children ‘Looked Down On’, ADRA to Provide Support SILVER SPRING, Md. – “My baby was born normal, but at eleven months she started getting ill,” says Pauline Moyo, 34, of her nine-year-old daughter Michelle who began having an inexplicable high fever. Concerned for her child, Pauline brought her to a local hospital in […]

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Support for Students in El Salvador

ADRA Delivers School Supplies to Children in El Salvador SILVER SPRING, Md. – As the new school year got underway across El Salvador recently, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) delivered school supplies to 150 vulnerable children in various schools across the country. The project, funded by ADRA’s popular Really Useful Gift Catalog, benefited […]

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Relief for Drought in Somalia

Somalia: Drought Prompts ADRA to Distribute Water to Affected Communities SILVER SPRING, Md. – As drought threatens millions of Somalis and their livestock once more, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is delivering water to vulnerable villages in the northeastern Puntland state, the agency reports. ADRA’s two-month water trucking intervention will provide safe drinking […]

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Relief for Cambodians

ADRA Drills Wells to Assist Displaced Cambodians SILVER SPRING, Md. – More than 30,000 people have fled their homes following renewed violent clashes in a disputed area between Cambodia and Thailand, prompting the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to begin well drilling operations in an effort to provide clean drinking water to thousands of […]

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Response to Flooding in South Africa

Heavy Flooding Prompts ADRA Response in South Africa SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is providing relief assistance in South Africa where widespread storms and floods have affected eight of the country’s nine provinces, leaving more than 80 people dead and injuring 375 others. ADRA’s operation aims to reduce the […]

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Rebuilding in Haiti

ADRA Relocates Displaced Haitians Living on Dangerous Road Median SILVER SPRING, Md. – Hundreds of people who had been living in precarious makeshift shacks in the middle of a busy Port-au-Prince road since last year’s deadly Haiti earthquake are now staying in safe new shelters provided by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the […]

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Food Security for South Sudan

ADRA Providing Increased Support to Vulnerable Areas in Southern Sudan SILVER SPRING, Md. – As the results of a historic referendum in Southern Sudan were announced on January 31 effectively declaring independence from the north after decades of hostilities, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is continuing the implementation of a multi-year project to […]

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OFDA Grant Awarded

Brazil: New Grant Aids in Relief Efforts for Mudslide Victims SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been awarded a $135,000 grant by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to continue assisting persons affected by the recent devastating mudslides in Brazil. The grant will further ADRA’s current work of […]

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Food Aid to the Displaced

Côte d’Ivoire: ADRA Assisting Families Displaced by Post-Election Violence SILVER SPRING, Md. – The recent post-election violence in the West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire, which has left more than 250 dead and forced thousands to flee their homes to escape the political crisis and inter-ethnic clashes, has prompted the Adventist Development and Relief Agency […]

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Response to Flooding in Australia

Australia: ADRA Responds to Severe Flooding in Queensland SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia has committed AUD$100,000 towards relief efforts in response to the disastrous floods, which have turned approximately three fourths of the northeastern state of Queensland into a disaster zone. In response to the devastating flooding, which […]

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Flooding in Brazil

ADRA Delivering Aid to Survivors of Brazil’s Worst Flooding SILVER SPRING, Md. – Following extensive flooding that has so far left more than 700 people dead in Brazil’s mountainous state of Rio de Janeiro, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is delivering relief aid to survivors in some of the worst hit areas. To […]

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ADRA Report: Haiti One Year Later

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Exactly one year has passed since the devastating earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti on January 12, 2010. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has provided more than USD$4 million in aid, personnel and assets to assist Haitian survivors in the months since the earthquake. Through out the twelve […]

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