The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was started by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a way to follow Christ's example of serving and caring for those in need.
ADRA was established under the name Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) in 1956. SAWS sent relief shipments to countries that had experienced disasters. By the mid-1970s, SAWS had begun to broaden its focus to include development work. In 1984, SAWS becomes the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
ADRA International and its country offices work to improve the quality of life for people in need all over the world. ADRA invests in the potential of individuals through advocacy, supporting families, promoting health, providing food and water, establishing livelihoods, and responding to emergencies.
More than 4,000 ADRA staff members currently work in 125 countries.