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Ms. Pao’s Story

In the past, we have not always had enough income for our family.  My husband and I are both farmers and we have 3 children.  We have had many difficulties, like the lack of seeds and not being able to plant when the rainy season comes. With the MMIDI project, we have been able to […]

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Bousy’s Story

My name is Mr. Bousy, I’m 45 years old and from the Oudomxay Province in Laos. I am married with 5 children, working as a farmer. I used to attend primary school, but later on dropped out. “We live our lives as best we know how, but we don’t know how to live our lives in […]

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Ly Yang’s Story

In the past, villagers depended on nature for survival. There was no connection with outsiders because the road to our village was very difficult. There was no clean water to use, no latrines, no medicine and no one to help us improve our knowledge about hygiene and health.  Our men didn’t know any agricultural techniques.  Pregnant […]

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Bounsurm’s Story

Before ADRA, my family faced so many difficulties and challenges. We did not have enough water for our daily use. Every day we had to walk about 40 minutes back and forth to get water from the small river. My children used to be sick with diarrhea due to contaminated water. Before ADRAs’ involvement we […]

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WASH Project

Clean water, health and sanitation play a very important role in a village’s wellbeing. Read how Mr.Yang, the village chief of Thumxoy village, testifies of the positive changes his village has seen. The mountainous, ethnically diverse Xhiengkhouang province of central Laos is one of the poorest provinces in the country with an overall poverty rate […]

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Gender Awareness Project

Woods, mountains and poverty isolate Namon village. A cluster of households with split bamboo roofs defines the community. Remote villages like this, once heavily bombed during the 1988-1972 war, have been undergoing rapid development over the past 40 years. The introduction of roads, even in their unsealed state, has allowed villages to become increasingly interconnected […]

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One Day in Mok Mai

Chelsea (Third year International Development Studies/Communications Student) from Australia visited the ADRA Laos office and writes about her field trip adventure to Mok Mai for the annual MMIDI yearly report meeting.   Development is contagious. This is the most beautiful lesson learnt during my visit to Mok Mai. I also learnt about the Wet Season. […]

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What is ADRA’s Privacy Policy?

You can read ADRA’s privacy policy here.

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How can I make changes to my Gift Catalog monthly donation?

If you’d like to make changes to your Gift Catalog monthly donation please contact ADRA directly at 1.800.424.2372.

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Train a Health Worker

Training a local person in emergency aid and basic health practices means that a community always has someone they can turn to when in need. Often villages are hours or even days away from their nearest health clinic, so having someone close to home for small things and first aid is a true blessing.

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Educate an Orphan

Education is a gift that lasts forever. Providing the necessities, such as books, a uniform, and supplies, means that an orphan can go to school and be ready for the future just like the other kids. For an orphan who may face neglect or discrimination, it’s a chance at a future that would otherwise not […]

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Keep a Girl Safe

Community education is the key to preventing a girl from becoming a victim of sexual exploitation and violence. Counseling, education, and support in a community center improve her circumstances and reduce the threat of the sex industry.

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Nourish a Baby

Infants are often the first to suffer in times of hunger, when undernourished mothers aren’t able to produce adequate milk for nursing. A gift of special high-protein, calorie-rich formula helps the littlest ones survive, while also being gentle on their tiny digestive systems.

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What is ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog?

The gift catalog is powerful way for you to give a gift with meaning that helps to transform a life in the developing world. ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog is filled with many ideas on how your friends, family, or church can be part of ADRA’s mission together. Browse the gift catalog to see how […]

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How can I become involved in ADRA’s programs?

We rely on the support of private individuals, churches, and schools to fulfill our mission. We’re always developing new ways for supporters to represent ADRA in their communities. Learn how you can spread the word about ADRA’s work in your neighborhood.

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How does aid reach ADRA’s beneficiaries?

We have a worldwide infrastructure in more than 130 countries that enables the agency to preposition and store aid, such as food, medicines, equipment, emergency supplies, etc. Depending on the type of program and needs, ADRA uses a wide variety of transportation methods to get aid to our beneficiaries— a boat on the Amazon, a […]

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Can I sponsor a child through ADRA?

Children are major beneficiaries of our programs, designed to benefit entire communities rather than focus on individuals. As such, ADRA has chosen not to do child sponsorships. Learn more about our work with Children & Orphans.

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Does ADRA accept clothing?

ADRA does not accept used clothing. Often, unsolicited goods like used clothes, and canned goods clog transportation routes, hindering supplies from receiving clearance at shipping ports. ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog has several ways you can support families in need worldwide.

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How do I make a donation in a currency other than US dollars?

ADRA has offices in more than 130 countries, so you may be able to donate in your local currency. Donations to ADRA International given in foreign currencies are subject to variable exchange rates and, in some cases, bank processing fees. Find an ADRA office near you

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What is the best way to help ADRA’s response to a disaster?

Monetary donations are the best, as they allow ADRA to immediately buy items that survivors need. Most essential relief goods are purchased in country to help reach the disaster zone quickly and to help stimulate the local economy.

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Does ADRA help in the United States?

We have a close partnership with Adventist Community Services (ACS), local organizations and other trusted partners that enables us to provide assistance to those who have been affected, when a disaster strikes within our borders.

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Are ADRA International projects audited?

The ADRA office in each country is responsible for coordinating audits for the projects they are funding. Responsibilities of the Internal Audit Office at ADRA International include monitoring and arranging external audits for projects funded by USAID. The General Conference Auditing Service audits ADRA country and administration accounting. All audit reports are submitted to ADRA […]

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Are donations to ADRA tax-exempt?

Yes. ADRA International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations are deductible for income and estate taxes. Tax deductibility only applies to donations given by individuals and entities filing for taxes within the United States. Anyone giving a qualifying donation directly to ADRA will receive a receipt […]

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Does ADRA participate in workplace campaigns?

Yes we do. To donate to ADRA through workplace campaigns such as the United Way, Combined Federal Campaign, designate ADRA #10654.

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How much of private donations are used for direct humanitarian service?

For every $1 given to ADRA, 90 cents goes directly to supporting our lifesaving programs around the world. Each gift you make is a contribution to the entire mission of ADRA, to be used wherever the need is greatest.

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Does ADRA proselytize?

ADRA does not proselytize. God’s love in ADRA’s programs is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation. We work in harmony with a broad array of cultures, traditions, and people of non-Christian faith, respecting the human dignity of all. The positive impact of ADRA’s […]

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How can I volunteer with ADRA?

Internationally, we rely on the service and skills of local volunteers to implement our programs. Volunteers are key to helping us reach communities in needs. Available positions vary between ADRA offices.

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How can I work for ADRA?

You can view current job openings on our careers page.

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How is ADRA funded?

In 2013 ADRA’s program expenses totaled $137 million—made possible through private contributions from private individuals like you, corporations, foundations and other entities. We also obtain funding and commodities from governmental and intergovernmental organizations, such as USAID and the United Nations.

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What does ADRA do?

Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. By partnering with communities, organizations, and governments, ADRA is able to improve the quality of life of millions through 9 impact areas. Learn more about Our Impact.

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What does the name ADRA stand for?

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. Learn more about Our History.

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ADRA Around The World

ADRA is changing the lives of millions of people around the world. Our on-the-ground approach has grown to include local offices in 134 countries. When disaster strikes, ADRA is already there to help those in need. Once the urgent need has passed, ADRA stays there to provide ongoing support, ensure rehabilitation and continue long-term development […]

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Social Justice

Advocating for the integration of marginalized population into mainstream society and for the advancement of existing infrastructure.

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Disaster Relief

Delivering immediate emergency relief and ongoing support for the recovery and development of hard hit areas.

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Economic Opportunity

Promoting economic growth through vocational skill training, access to markets, secure credit lines, and income management education.

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Women, Girls, & Gender

Empowering women, girls, and family members through education, targeted training, and empowering them with the tools to support their families.

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Community Health

Shifting health behaviors, improving the quality of health resources, and ensuring access to community health services.

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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Ensuring access to safe water, hygienic sanitation facilities, and educating families and communities on hygiene practices that are vital to good health.

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Hunger & Nutrition

Working with communities to reduce the risk of hunger through sustainable food supply methods, preventing and treating malnutrition, and distributing emergency food aid in crisis.

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Animals & Agriculture

Ensuring long-term food security and income generation through sustainable agricultural practices, livestock management, and improvements to fundamental infrastructure.

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Our Impact

Our work touches millions of lives in more than 130 countries and across 9 crucial impact areas. ADRA’s hardworking network of almost 6,000 people actively implement region-appropriate solutions for positive and sustainable change where it is needed most.

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Mok Mai Integrated Development Initiative

The project goal is to increase resilience and decrease vulnerability to poverty in target rural communities through a comprehensive integrated approach to ground level community development. Context: Laos sits as the second poorest nation in the Southeast Asian with around 80% of the population dependent on rural livelihoods. With 27% of the population living on […]

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SEA: REACTi

The project goal is to facilitate an informative forum and specialized training in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management climate change adaptation techniques to ensure that rural community members will have the tools to plan for the future in the face of escalating climate change effects. Context: South East Asia is annually affected by extreme […]

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Gender Awareness Project

The project goal is to improve women’s socio economic well being in Mok Mai ensure that the burden of poverty on women in Mok Mai District is reduced through gender awareness training, small business group formation and capacity building techniques. Context: Gender awareness and equality are necessary components for the advancement and sustainability of development […]

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Climate Change Adaptation

The undesirable effects of climate change are forecast to impact Lao PDR in the foreseeable future. It is imperative that dialogue between farmers, governments, NGOs and scientific organizations are facilitated in order for them to work together effectively to build resilience. ADRA Laos has worked together with ADRA Vietnam to do just that! The SEA: REACTi […]

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WASH for HEALTH

The goal of the project is to improve the health of the families in the target communities – approximately 4,000 individuals. This will be achieved by improved access to potable water and family latrines coupled with positive health behaviour changes through regular health promotion. 25% reduction of diarrhoeal disease morbidity in children under 36 months, […]

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Ready Start Law!

In 2009 ADRA was successful in supporting the government to pass a new Tobacco Control Law through its highest decision-making body, the National Assembly. However, passing the law is not enough. The country now has the tough job of putting this new law into practice and then implementing it according to the government’s plan and […]

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Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS

Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) project is making a huge impact in villages across Luangnamtha Province. YEAH has empowered school students, villagers, school teachers and district government representatives to act as peer-to-peer educators on the dangers, issues and facts surrounding HIV/AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted infections. The Government recommended extending the program into […]

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Mok Mai Integrated Program

Based on ADRA Lao’s experience and the participatory assessment, it was determined that year 3 of MKWASH would be used as an opportunity to move into working with some of the poorest villages and households in Xiengkhuang Province, in the areas of health, education and food security. Our Mok Mai Integrated Programme is committed to […]

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Mok Mai Integrated Program Phase 2

Mok Mai Integrated Program (2nd phase of MKWASH Project) Based on ADRA Lao’s experience and the participatory assessment, it was determined that year 3 of MKWASH would be used as an opportunity to move into working with some of the poorest villages and households in Xiengkhuang Province, in the areas of health, education and food […]

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SEA Games Initiative

The SEA Games Initiative (SEAGI) advocated for a smoke free 2009 SEA Games, held in the Lao PDR, 9-18 December; specifically free of tobacco promotion, sponsorship, advertising, and smoking in public sporting venues and related services. The broad influence and media interest associated with the Games, both within the Lao PDR and internationally, provided a […]

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Planning and Legislating Tobacco Control in Laos

Planning and Legislating Tobacco Control in Laos (PALTCIL). The tobacco epidemic is one of the greatest public health challenges in the Southeast Asia region. One in four of the deaths that occur from the effects of tobacco occur in this Region. Although there have been no national surveys on tobacco use in Lao PDR, estimates […]

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Advocate for Tobacco Control Law

In order that the tobacco control law is considered and approved by the National Assembly in 2009, the draft tobacco control law must obtain approval from the Cabinet in September 2008. To facilitate this movement, intensive advocacy activities with policy makers and parliament members must be done during this time. Media advocacy is also needed […]

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Community Initiative for Education Development

Supporting Community Initiative for primary Education Development in the southern provinces (CIED) project, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), took an integrated approach by focusing on advocating for better student to teacher ratios, resourcing classrooms, teacher capacity building, as well as building a parent teacher framework to provide a platform for parents to […]

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Water Plant

In the mountainous region of the northern part of Laos, traditional shifting cultivation agriculture is undergoing drastic transitions. New government policies stopping traditional cultivation and the rapid expansion of commercial agriculture with its mass deforestation is terminating traditional cultivation agriculture. Up until now, villagers in the area have relied on shifting cultivation and the surrounding […]

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Luangnamtha Ethnic Minority Health

The Luangnamtha Ethnic Minority Health Project (LEMPH) works with thousands of people in Luangnamtha Province with the aim of increasing the basic health facilities, knowledge and practice of the ethnic minority people group. LEMHP engages the beneficiaries as laboures, contributing their own time in the construction of the latrines and the Gravity Fed water Supply […]

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MMIDI

MMIDI is the Mok Mai Integrated Development Initiative which is being implemented in the Mok Mai District of Xiengkhuang Province. This project implements work in various sectors on a community demand-driven model that enables the project to tailor activities to the exact needs of each community.  In 2014 we focused our efforts on the marginalized ethnic Hmong district of […]

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ONWARD

ONWARD is the Oudomxay Nutrition and WASH Advancement for Rural Development which is being implemented in the Houn District of the Oudomxay Province. This project is an integrated community development program focused on improving nutrition for 7,500 household members, including 3,560 women, particularly women of reproductive age and children under 5. Oudomxay Province ranks as one of […]

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Contact

Location: Unit 45, House 182 Ban Phonthan, Xaisetha Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000 Vientiane, Laos Telephone: +856 (021) 264611 or 264612    

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Internship

Put your passion to work in Lao PDR! An internship at ADRA Lao is chance for you to make a difference in the world and put your passion to work. ADRA interns are ambitious, talented undergraduate and graduate students interested in contributing to the mission of ADRA. Internships generally run between three months to one year. Internships are […]

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Partnerships

ADRA Lao would like to thank its supporters and partners all around the world!   Winning Partnerships At the core of ADRA’s mission is the deep conviction that through empowering partnerships, we are able to create positive changes in the lives of those in poverty and distress. We pursue strong, equitable relationships with community-based and […]

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Staff

Luc Sabot Country Director Luc came to ADRA Laos in 2014 from his previous post as Country Director and founder of ADRA Timor-Leste.  He has over 10 years experience working in the ADRA network in implementing offices in Africa and Asia and has a Master’s Degree in International Development.  He is Belgian-Canadian, speaks fluent English and French and […]

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History

ADRA Lao, improving quality of life in Laos since 1991. ADRA in Laos From 1964 to 1973, the US dropped more than 2 million tons of ordnance on Laos 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 Laos the most […]

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Children

Protecting vulnerable children through nutrition, protection, and educational support programs.

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Home

ADRA works within communities in more than 134 countries to bring long-term development programs and immediate emergency relief. ADRA Lao is part of this active network of global offices.

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