The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International ( ADRA or ADRA International ) is a humanitarian agency operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the purpose of providing individual and community development disaster relief. It was founded in 1956, and it is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America.
In 2004, ADRA reported assisting nearly 24 million people with more than US $ 159 million in aid. Its staff numbered over 4,000 members.  As of the end of 2007, It Had operations in 125 countries  According To Forbes , in 2005, ADRA Official Among America’s 200 Largest charities. 
Charity Navigator has rated ADRA 4 out of 4 stars with a score of 61.9 out of 70; with 2.6% on fundraising, and 2.6% on fundraising. 
ADRA’s mission statement is: ADRA works with people in poverty and helps to create positive change.  ADRA says the reason for its existence is “to follow Christ’s example by being a voice for, serving, and partnering with those in need”. 
A Biblical Perspective for Humanitarian Work
The 1983 organizational documents for ADRA include a biblical rationale for conducting humanitarian work: 
- John 3:16 , Luke 19:10 , Luke 10:27 God feels Jesus Christ into a sinful and evil world in order to answer the question of human need and a new way of life
- Jesus Christ showed special concern for the poor, the despised and the deprived. He failed to Those Who Condemned sponds to Their situation Luke 4:18 , Luke 8:47 p.m. , Luke 12:21
- The New Testament condemns the use of categories or groups of people as a basis for Christian involvement in Mark 16:15, Col. 3:11, Rom. 3:23.
- Jesus Christ, in His Initiatives and in the Commission to the Church, considered healing, teaching and salvation so that the image of the Creator might be restored in man: Luke 4: 40-4: 43 , Col. 3:10 , Luke 10: 9
- The Church is called to the world in a redeeming, healing ministry: John 12: 5, James 2: 15,16, I John 3:16.
- The end time brings cruel and evil distortions in the social fabric, a condition depleted in the world and by its Lord, and to which the Church responds by identifying causes and seeking to relieve those harmed by injustice: James 5: 1-6, Isa. 58: 6.7, Rev. 3-17.
- John 18:36, Acts 4:34, Amos 8: 4. John 11:36, Acts 4:34, Amos 8: 4 .
ADRA partners with communities, organizations, and governments in order to develop:
- Food Security
- Economic Development
- Primary Health
- Emergency Management
- Basic Education
ADRA says that it serves people without discriminating their ethnic, political, or religious association. Priority is given to those with disabilities, children, and senior citizens. 
ADRA’s areas of expertise include: Education, Emergencies, Food / Nutrition, HIV / AIDS, Health, Refugees and IDPs, Shelter, Training and development, Water and sanitation, Women, Children, Monitoring and Evaluation, Program Management, and Security. 
A Los Angeles Times story from 1998 reports on ADRA’s 1996 10-year strategic plan, which calls for the agency “a bona fide ministry of Jesus Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church” and “provides a strategy to reach people previously untouched by other church The church’s mission is incomplete without ADRA’s distinctive ministry. ”  However , ADRA does not proselytise. It claims to operate “by love with no strings attached”.  As a global organization, ADRA is a signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, which states that “aid is given regardless of the race, creed, or nationality”, and that organizations “shall respect culture and custom.” 
ADRA was established as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) in November 1956. The name was changed to Seventh-day Adventist World Service in 1973. 
In 1983, the organization was renamed the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to better reflect its missions and activities.
International Development Degree Program
In 1996 ADRA and Andrews University established the ADRA Professional Leadership Institute (APLI). The institute provided field-based training and continuing professional education to ADRA staff around the world. By the year 2000, the APLI program was used by the Food Aid Management as an example of “best practices for local capacity building.” The model was made by Africare , World Vision , and others. By 2003, the ADRA and Andrews University offered a master’s degree in International Development. More than 160 students had graduated. Sixty of those graduates had moved into management positions across the network. Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education on four continents in International Development. 
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted ADRA General Consultative Status in 1997. 
So far in 2014, more than 127,000 people have directly benefited.
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- Charity Commission . ADRA-UK, registered charity no. 1074937 .
- USA EIN 52-1314847 at Charity-Navigator
- ADRA Mauritania
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