The roots of
the Adventist Development and Relief Agency reach back to the year
1890 where a relief organisation of the Seventh-day Adventist church
worked in the slums of Chicago. Based on the experiences of two
World Wars and the immeasurable misery they caused, the relief organizations
of the Seventh-day Adventist church were established and grew in
many countries of the northern hemisphere.
While the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Swaziland has for many
decades been actively involved in various community services and
relief activities like the following, which are now embraced with
ADRA’s more comprehensive program:
• Food and clothing distribution
• Building and renovating homes for the aged
• Helping needy people with school tuition
• Christmas food hampers for vulnerable adults and children
• School holiday camps for underprivileged children
• Free clinics for rural communities
In 2002 ADRA Swaziland was formally registered with the Swaziland
Government as a non-profit making organization. ADRA as an NGO is
exempted from all import taxes for materials and equipments imported
REFLECT the Christian values through
humanitarian and developmental activities.
ACTIVELY SUPPORT communities in need
through a portfolio of development activities which are planned
and implemented cooperatively.
PROVIDE assistance in situations of
crisis or chronic distress, and work toward the development of long-term
solutions with those affected.
WORK through equitable partnerships
with those in need to achieve positive and sustainable change in
BUILD networks that develop indigenous
capacity, appropriate technology, and skills at all levels.
DEVELOP and maintain relationships
with our partners, which provide effective channels for mutual growth
PROMOTE and expand the equitable and
participatory involvement of women in the development process.
ADVOCATE for and assist in the increased
use of communities capacities to care for and responsibly manage
the natural resources of their environment.
FACILITATE the right and ability of
all children to attain their full potential, and to assist in assuring
the child's survival to achieve that potential.
ADRA is organised as a world-wide operating network of approximately
120 independently working country offices and 11 regional offices.
All these are combined in an organisation, ADRA International, (with
headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, USA).
ADRA International provides support and coordination but has no
direct authority for the independent country offices. ADRA International
is not financed by country offices, but through its own fund-raising.
ADRA International was granted a 'General Consultative Status' at
the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
The ADRA network cooperates closely with other relief organisations
(NGOs) and UN organisations, especially with the World Food Programme
(WFP), the United Nations High Commissary for Refugees and the UNICEF.
In order to document the cooperation within the world-wide network
of Seventh-day Adventist relief organisations and also to avoid
the use of several names, the international abbreviation ADRA (Adventist
Development and Relief Agency) is used.