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ADRA Bahamas Volunteers from the local Seventh-day Adventist Church community tagging backpacks for over 5,000 students affected by Hurricane Dorian| Grand Bahama, The Bahamas | 2019

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Our Purpose

To serve humanity so all may live as God intended.

Our Motto

Justice. Compassion. Love

Our Vision

A professional organization that reaches across boundaries to empower people to bring sustainable changes for their communities through responsible action and effective partnerships in sustainable development.

FAQs

What does the name ADRA stand for? 

I’m experiencing financial hardship. Can ADRA offer me financial assistance?

Does ADRA proselytize (attempt to convert)?

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Founded in 1956 as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service and renamed ADRA in 1984, the agency has a long and successful history of providing humanitarian relief and implementing development initiatives.

ADRA cannot provide financial assistance to individuals. ADRA works directly with communities through projects implemented by our national offices.

 

If you are experiencing difficulties and need assistance, we suggest you contact your local ADRA office to enquire if there are any programs that can help you.

ADRA does not proselytize. God’s love in ADRA’s programs is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation.

 

We work in harmony with a broad array of cultures, traditions, and people of non-Christian faith, respecting the human dignity of all.

 

The positive impact of ADRA’s contribution globally validates our heritage and belief in benevolent giving, as well as introduces the Adventist name to communities.

Are ADRA projects audited?

ADRA is not a foundation, and as such does not make donations or grants.

90 cents out of every dollar given by a donor goes directly to the project(s) the donor gives to. This is the same whether it is an unrestricted gift, or a designated gift for a specific project. ADRA Bahamas holds 10% of all private donations to cover operational costs.

Yes. Every national office is responsible for their projects to be audited.

Monetary donations are best, as they allow ADRA to immediately buy items that survivors need. Most essential relief goods are purchased in country to help reach the disaster zone quickly and to help stimulate the local economy. We do not accept material donations.

In most circumstances, ADRA does not have the capacity to accept material donations. Often, unsolicited goods like used clothes and canned goods clog transportation routes, hindering supplies from receiving clearance at shipping ports. You might want to consider selling the item and donating the proceeds to ADRA.

Who We Are

At ADRA Bahamas we reach across boundaries empowering and speaking out for the at-risk and forgotten to achieve measurable, documented and sustainable changes in lives and society. We, like all other ADRA offices worldwide believe that through humanitarian acts, we make known the just, merciful and loving character of God and that to work with those in need is an expression of our love for God.

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.

Since ADRA Bahamas' official commissioning in 2019 , our team has been working hard to think out of the box with our expected projects and their activities. While there is always more that can be done to help those in need in our community, there’s no doubt that we are making a significant impact.

Here are some facts:-

  1. September - October 2019 -9,000 students benefited from ADRA's hot meal distribution

  2. 100 families benefited from our initial Hurricane Dorian response cash voucher

  3. 14 schools = 4,796 students in Grand Bahama directly benefited from an ADRA sponsored reverse osmosis unit 

  4. Over ten (10) residential roofs have been rehabilitated between Grand Bahama and New Providence

  5. Three (3) schools' roofs were rehabilitated 

  6. 500 non-food item baskets were distributed post Hurricane Dorian

  7. 6,008 school appropriate backpacks filled with supplies were donated to all public schools throughout Abaco and Grand Bahama

  8. 4,000 desks and chairs were donated where needed to all public schools throughout Abaco and Grand Bahama 
  9. Donated over 100 santising stations to public and private schools throughout Abaco and Grand Bahama
  10. Rehabilitated and restored over 30 roofs between Abaco and Grand Bahama 
  11. Provided over 100 non-food item packages throughout Grand Bahama during the initial closure of businesses as a result of Covid-19
  12. Donated over 1,000 tablets to students in need as a result of their school's closure (private and public sector) due to Covid-19 throughout Abaco, Grand Bahama and New Providence 

Let's see how you can become a part of the difference we continue to make in our community.