Organisation: Adventist Disaster Relief Agency Samoa (ADRA)

Contact names: Su’a Julia Wallwork

Phone/Contact #s: 27349, 7770109

Post Office box: 1407    Street address: Lalovaea, APIA

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SUNGO Member since: 1997.

The Adventist Disaster Relief Agency Samoa (ADRA) is a Non for Profit organisation which was set up in 1980 by the Seven Days Adventist Church in Samoa as one of the many organisations to quickly respond to those who affected by natural disasters and in-need of instance assistance. The humanitarian services provided by ADRA were made possible from its national and international partners in order for the agency to continue its support to the wider communities all around the country wherever and whenever possible. It is a part of its international process and guidelines which is correspondingly operated in more than 120 countries around the world.

ADRA Samoa is governed by an Executive Board and a part of the ADRA international and ADRA New Zealand as its main supporting partner. According to the country director Sua Julia Wallwork, ADRA was established more than 20 years ago however restructured again after 2009.

 

The main roles of ADRA Samoa:

  • To respond and assist whatever there is need regardless of race or creed
  • To provide emergency relief during times of disaster such as cyclones and floods in the form of food, clothing, building materials, and temporary housing.
  • To elevate the standard of living for the benefit of the Samoan People
  • “Making a difference – one life at a time”

Key Activities:

  • Community based development activities
  • Disaster preparations and risk reduction (e.g. provides equipment and facilities to rebuild and to help in getting people on their feet after disasters by distributing items such as chainsaws, generators, tarpaulins, lanterns, cooking equipment and especially food and clothing.)
  • Response, relief and recovery for disasters and emergency situations (e.g. seek and arrange contracts for the rebuilding of homes, schools, and re-establishing regular water supplies in villages.)