About Us

Our Purpose

To serve humanity so all may live as God intended.

Our Motto

Justice. Compassion. Love.


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 delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 118 countries – regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, or religious association.

By partnering with local communities, organizations, and governments, ADRA is able to deliver culturally relevant programs and build local capacity for sustainable change.

Where ADRA works

ADRA’s work touches millions of lives in more than 118 countries around the world. ADRA’s on the ground approach allows immediate assistance in times of crisis and true partnership with the communities we serve.


About ADRA Laos

ADRA Laos, improving quality of life in Lao PDR since 1991.

From 1964 to 1973, the US dropped more than 2 million tons of ordnance on Lao PDR during 580,000 bombing missions. That is equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 years. This makes Lao PDR the most heavily bombed country per capita in history!

ADRA has been operating in Lao PDR since 1991 and has been registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since July 1992. ADRA aims to build the capacity of the communities in which we work to ensure a bright future for all.