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Established in 1956 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, ADRA underwent two name changes before becoming the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in 1984. Originally called Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service or SAWS, the agency became Seventh-day Adventist World Service in 1973.
Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation or religious association. By partnering with communities, organizations and governments, ADRA is able to improve the quality of life of millions through nine impact areas.
ADRA works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to end gender-based violence and provide opportunities for vulnerable women. Studies have shown that two of every five women in the eastern DRC have been raped. Our mission is to reduce this statistic while fostering education and development through community engagement.
To create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action
To reach across boundaries empowering and speaking out for the at-risk and forgotten to achieve measurable, documented and durable changes in lives and society