Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA)

An agency established in 1983 after the reorganization of Seventh-day Adventist World Service, Incorporated (SAWS). As the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church ADRA works in more than 90 countries around the world. The values that have shaped the agency are the traditional Christian values of the potential of each individual to reflect the image of God, the dignity that is inherent in every person, and the importance of quality in human life. ADRA approaches humanity as an integrated entity comprised of physical, mental, social, and moral facets. ADRA works on behalf of the poor. It regards them with respect, as partners with whom it works in a learning and sharing relationship. ADRA is legally incorporated in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is one of the largest international...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.