* East-Central Africa * Euro-Africa * Euro-Asia * Inter-American * North American * Northern Asia-Pacific * Southern Africa-Indian Ocean * South American * South Pacific * Southern Asia * Southern Asia-Pacific * Trans-European * West-Central Africa
* Secondary schools * Higher education
Ellen G. White
* James White
* Joseph Bates
* J. N. Andrews
* J. H. Kellogg
F. D. Nichol
M. L. Andreasen
H. M. S. Richards
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The ADVENTIST DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF AGENCY INTERNATIONAL (ADRA or
ADRA INTERNATIONAL) is a humanitarian agency operated by the
Seventh-day Adventist Church
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
Charity Navigator has rated ADRA 4 out of 4 stars with a score of 61.9 out of 70; with 93.2% of funding spent on program expenses, 4.1% on administration expenses, and 2.6% on fundraising.
* 1 Mission
* 1.1 A Biblical Perspective for Humanitarian Work
* 2 Purpose
* 3 History
* 3.1 International Development Degree Program * 3.2 United Nations * 3.3 Emergency Response
* 4 See also * 5 External links * 6 References
ADRA's mission statement is: ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible actions. 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:
* God sent Jesus Christ into a sinful and evil world in order to
answer human need and show a new way of life that would demonstrate
the principle of love in all human relationships: John 3:16, Luke
19:10, Luke 10:27
* Jesus Christ showed special concern for the very poor, the
despised and the deprived. He condemned those who failed to respond to
their situation: Luke 4:18, Luke 20:47, Luke 12:21
* The New Testament condemns the use of categories or groups of
people as a basis for Christian involvement in meeting need: Mark
16:15, Col. 3:11, Rom. 3:23.
* Jesus Christ, in His initiatives and in the commission to the
Church, regarded man as a whole, offering 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 give itself 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 deplored in the world and by its Lord, and to
which the Church responds by identifying the causes and seeking to
relieve those harmed by injustice: James 5:1-6, Isa. 58:6,7, Rev.
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, Programme management, and Security.
A Los Angeles Times story from 1998 reports on ADRA's 1996 10-year strategic plan, which calls 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 institutions. The church's mission is incomplete without ADRA's distinctive ministry." Much has been said about faith-based agencies taking US government funding and using those funds to further religious doctrinal missions, however ADRA does not proselytise. It claims to operate "by love with no strings attached". As a global organisation, 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 will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint", 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 organisation 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 as a model by
the Food Aid Management members as an example of "best practices for
local capacity building." The model was well received by
United Nations Economic and Social Council
So far in 2014, ADRA International has responded to approximately 60 emergencies worldwide, by which more than 127,000 people have directly benefited.
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