DR Congo




Health, WASH, Nutrition, Agriculture



ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, founded in 1956 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the United States, operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with a focus on humanitarian and development interventions. With projects spanning health, water, sanitation, and food security, ADRA addresses the root causes of poverty and engages in participatory development across about ten DRC provinces.

The organization has impacted over 22 million people in the last six years through more than 202 projects, funded by donors and facilitated by the ADRA network. In 2023, 2.8 million of the most vulnerable individuals in eight of the twenty-six DRC provinces affected by crisis were impacted by all deployed programs. ADRA in DRC implements four projects in the eastern zone, six in the western zone, and one in the southern zone.

In the health sector, ADRA DRC implements programs to enhance access to quality healthcare for displaced individuals, collaborating with qualified medical staff and other sectoral actors. Its Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation (WASH) interventions integrate with development and humanitarian aid programs, aiming to provide clean drinking water and sanitation infrastructure while promoting community ownership. Additionally, ADRA’s multisector interventions involve partnerships with local and international NGOs to tailor responses to the specific needs of vulnerable populations, focusing on areas facing food insecurity, malnutrition, refugee influxes, floods, and epidemics.

The organization’s strategy in food security and nutrition involves distributing aid to mitigate malnutrition, improving food situations, and supporting sustainable livelihoods. ADRA DRC’s recognized capacity in nutrition programs includes treating children suffering from malnutrition and implementing initiatives in collaboration with UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), WFP (World Food Program), and CFGB (Canadian Foodgrains Bank. In addition, ADRA DRC engages in sustainable development initiatives, providing material and financial support for long-term improvements in living standards, health, knowledge, and professional skills for households and young people in collaboration with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and FAO (Food and Argicultural Organization).



Goats Building Lives for Families

Rosalina remembers a time when she could not afford to send her son to school. For lack of funds, the 13-year-old boy was stuck at home, with no opportunities except manual labor.

Rosalina also remembers when ADRA delivered a small herd of goats to Honokuma, her remote village in the mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The goats were brought as a business opportunity for the local ADRA-supported Women Empowerment Group of 25 women, of which Rosalina was a member.

In the beginning, she did not understand the power of those ten little goats. But in the coming months, Rosalina would learn firsthand how goats can overhaul a local economy, elevate gender equality, and transform an entire community.

When most people see a goat, they see a cute barnyard animal. When ADRA sees a goat, we see an investment. Goats help families earn an income, provide nutrition from their milk, empower women to actively participate in their families business, and are a sustainable business as the herd expands. Goats change lives.



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