Background & History
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was established in 1956 to provide humanitarian relief and welfare regardless of ethnic, political or religious association. Founded by the Seventh–day Adventist Church, the organization was originally known as the Seventh–day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS). Within decades SAWS expanded from disaster response to initiating long term development projects. By the 1970s SAWS changed its name to ADRA to fully reflect its new mission and direction.
ADRA’s reach has now become truly global, focusing on community development, food distribution, institutional development, and ongoing disaster relief. ADRA is currently one of the leading non–governmental relief organizations in the world. The United Nations granted the agency General Consultative Status in 1997, thereby magnifying ADRA’s voice in the international community. As new challenges and needs arise, ADRA continues to strive to realize its mission through compassionate acts of humanitarian service.
ADRA has been active in Yemen since 1995, basing its programs on the needs of the local people. Focusing on primary health care, economic development, education and food security, ADRA Yemen’s main target groups are women, children and the poor, as well as people with special needs and refugees.
ADRA Yemen considers sustainability to a key principle of development, and therefore works with local people and local organizations to create enduring solutions for the future. ADRA Yemen has established a reputation as a reliable, creative and innovative partner for the development of the Yemen. ADRA Yemen will continue to assist those in need without regard to ethnic, political or religious affiliation through careful planning, respectful partnerships, and a grassroots approach to service and a long–term commitment to the people of Yemen.