Our History

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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organisation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The agency has a long and successful history of providing humanitarian relief and implementing development initiatives.

Through its locally based offices and supported by a network of 118 ADRA Partners, ADRA has been serving countries all over the world for more than 60 years to reach the most vulnerable communities.

 To date, the ADRA network is providing support, relief and empowerment in more than 118 countries.

Below is a brief timeline of ADRA’s history since its establishment.

1956 – Founded in 1956 as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service
1983 – Renamed the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
1997 – ADRA was granted General Consultative Status by the United Nations
2010 – ADRA Timor-Leste was established with offices in Dili and Viqueque