Around the world millions of children, women, and men are persecuted or denied basic human rights. Minority groups are discriminated against and denied education. Children and women are sexually exploited. Often, these vulnerable groups have nowhere to go for help.

ADRA is dedicated to protecting the vulnerable wherever they can be found in the world.

By working with governments and establishing educational programs in countries around the world, ADRA is the staunch defender of children who are sold to be sex workers, of women who must fight for the chance to learn to read, and for the millions of others around the world who suffer in silence.

For many people, basic education provides the key to breaking the poverty cycle.


Health is at the very core of much of the world’s poverty and suffering. Deadly diseases like AIDS and malaria are absolutely devastating in many areas, leaving parents without children, and many orphans who must fend for themselves. ADRA is lowering the incidence of horrific diseases like these by teaching methods of prevention.

In addressing the most basic health care problems in the developing world, ADRA’s primary health care activities benefit women and children. Health programs are designed in response to local indicators of health, including infant mortality rates, under-5 mortality rates, maternal mortality rates, evaluation of populations with access to health services/safe water/sanitation, immunization rates, percent of malnutrition, and average life expectancy rates. Most often, health programs focus on activities such as improving access to clean, potable water, sanitation systems, immunizations, and nutritional intake.

Water and Sanitation

ADRA works with communities to improve access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and to raise awareness of the importance of hand washing and waste management.

Lack of clean water and good sanitation, something that is often taken for granted, can debilitate entire villages with waterborne illnesses. By digging new wells and building sanitation systems, ADRA helps prevent many of the common medical problems that plague communities.

Food Security

ADRA does more than just give food to hungry people.

By providing families with ways to grow their own gardens or increase the crop yields of their farms, ADRA helps people discover true food security. Families with a surplus of food are even able to improve their economic standing by selling the extra.

ADRA gives people the food, nutrition, and tools not just to survive—but to thrive.

Economic Development

Poverty threatens the wellbeing of families all over the world.

All over the world people are stuck in an apparently endless cycle of poverty, with no way to provide for their families, and no way to improve their situation. Those who do have jobs sometimes make less than $1 a day, barely enough to survive.

These hardworking individuals are desperate for a chance to better themselves, and ADRA is giving it to them. ADRA knows that one of the best ways to boost people out of the cycle of poverty is by providing livelihoods. Through small loans of money or livestock, job training, and encouragement, ADRA gives men and women the ability to support themselves and their families.

Emergency Management

In the wake of emergencies such as wars, hurricanes, famines, floods, or earthquakes thousands are forced out of their homes and left destitute. Often, they lack basic necessities like food, water, and shelter.

ADRA works to prevent further lose of life by responding quickly to evaluate the greatest needs, and then developing plans to get help to the areas where it is needed most. Often, ADRA coordinates with local governments to provide medical care, food, water, and shelter to victims of tragedies.

In the midst of civil conflicts ADRA is there, providing aid to those affected on both sides.

ADRA knows that these victims need more than just a rapid response, that’s why ADRA also establishes long-term programs to help affected areas recover.