Adventist Development and Relief Agency

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a non-governmental, non-sectarian, development-oriented organization established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The worldwide ADRA network comprises 134 supporting and implementing country offices. ADRA’s mission is to work with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action. The agency reaches across boundaries empowering and speaking out for the at-risk and forgotten to achieve measurable, documented and durable changes in lives and society.

ADRA Ghana emerged in 1985 from an emergency relief program implemented by Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Services (SAWS) in 1983 in response to a situation of acute food shortage in Ghana. The agency has worked in all the 10 regions of Ghana since its inception (and still works in all the regions).

The core sectors of ADRA Ghana include

  • Health: HIV and AIDS, nutrition education, malaria prevention as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH);
  • Food security and agriculture;
  • Economic development;
  • Environment;
  • Education; and
  • Emergency Management.

ADRA is known for its ability to work in hard-to-reach areas around the country and under very difficult conditions, with many of its projects being implemented in rural communities and remote localities.