To love means to help - Adra Germany

Together for a better world

Together with our strong partners worldwide, we help thousands of people every day through development cooperation and disaster relief. Our goal is to work together with people in the poorest parts of the world and empower them to live a self-determined life through sustainable and comprehensive measures. Along this path, they are given a perspective and hope for a better life. This achievement is not ours alone. As an aid organization, we depend on donations. Our successes, which we report on regularly, are also the successes of our donors. At ADRA, the keyword COMMON is very important. Why? Only together we can achieve great results. Together we work for a better world!

Who we are?

The independent non-governmental organization was founded in 1987 and is affiliated with the Protestant Free Church of the Seventh-day Adventists. As part of an international ADRA network, we have been providing support to people in need for more than 30 years – regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity. The ADRA family is represented in over 130 countries around the world. ADRA Germany is based in Weiterstadt, Hessen, and has an office in Berlin. ADRA stands for Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

Side by side with our supporters

Together with our partners, donors, and supporters, we directly helped more than 1.7 million people in 2020. In our projects, we work together with various aid organizations, institutions, and governments. Our partners include the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), the German Foreign Office, the European Commission, and various United Nations (UN) organizations. ADRA is a member of “Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.” (ADH), “Gemeinsam für Afrika e.V.” (GfA), the Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen e.V. (VENRO) (Association for Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid of German Non-Governmental Organizations), the “Arbeitskreis Lernen und Helfen in Übersee – Netzwerk und Fachstelle für internationale Personelle Zusammenarbeit e.V.” (AKLHÜ) (AKLHÜ) as well as in the “Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband – Gesamtverband e.V.” In addition, ADRA has access to a broad network of volunteers and experts worldwide. This enables us to do our work more effectively and to provide quick help where it is needed most. We offer various opportunities to work for more justice and a hopeful future – whether in Germany or abroad.

All our project activities are integrated into the globally applicable 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the international community.

Disaster Risk Reduction Fiji – Acting together to reduce suffering

“Being prepared for a disaster can save many lives,” says one participant in the disaster preparedness training.

In Fiji, climate change is particularly noticeable. In 12 months, the island nation of Fiji has been hit by five cyclones in categories 2 to 5. In December 2020, Cyclone Yasa caused major destruction. Rising sea levels, extreme weather events and coastal erosion threaten the livelihoods of the inhabitants.

Together with them, we are taking precautionary measures to minimize the impact of future disasters. Emergency plans are being drawn up, relief supplies provided, and rescue teams formed. Shelters have been set up in churches and schools, and food supplies, drinking water and hygiene articles have been stored in stormproof locations. To deal with extensive measures such as simulation exercises, evacuation planning and the training of rescue teams, various aid organizations and local churches joined forces to form a network. Volunteers are trained and can provide specific rapid assistance in the event of a future disaster. A total of 6,650 people directly benefited from this project.

About Fiji

  • Population: 890,000 (2019)
  • ADRA Germany has been active in Fiji since 2012

Covid information

  • The Covid 19 pandemic affected 75,000 jobs in Fiji

  • Corona-related restrictions made it difficult to implement the project as planned.

  • ADRA helped 25 households to survive with in-kind donations.

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