What we do

ADRA’s work is about empowering communities. We believe empowering entire communities to be involved and a part of their own development is more cost effective, sustainable and the most powerful way to break the poverty cycle and see entire generations lifted out of poverty. When we implement a project we work in two distinct areas:

International Development

Development is a process of social and economic change whereby people are empowered to take care of themselves, sustenance and future within a civil society. The basis of development is simply expressed in the well known statement: “Give a person a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Responsible development practice is designed to have a long-term, positive impact on a community.

ADRA believes it is essential to engage the community in the process of planning for an intended community change. Thus, consultations take place with the local community to determine and prioritise their needs. This enables the community to have a voice in the decision-making and take ownership of the project. In delivering its work programme overseas ADRA NZ targets 6 Key Sectors:

• Food security – ensuring families have adequate and sustainable food sources
• Civil society strengthening – empowering communities with strong leaders and groups
• Health – preventing the spread of disease and also promoting healthy living within communities
• Education – breaking the poverty cycle by giving famlies access to essential education
• Economic Development – creating self-sufficient families by providing income opportunities To learn more about ADRA’s work overseas click here. In New Zealand ADRA have over 40 projects across the country. These projects have a key focus on family wellbeing. Click here to learn more about ADRA’s work in New Zealand.

Emergency Management

Emergency Management includes short-term assistance given to relieve immediate emergency needs. This includes projects such as shelter, clothing, food and medical treatment. Disaster relief activities often transition from this ‘handout’ mode to development to avoid the creation of dependency and to enable long-term sustainability. ADRA also works to mitigate the effects of a crisis by developing regional strategies for effective disaster response. We respond to disasters in New Zealand and overseas. Keen to find out what disasters we’ve responded to? Head to our Newsroom for the latest updates on our response efforts.

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