What We Do: Providing Food & Water

ADRA does more than just give food to hungry people.

By providing families with ways to grow their own gardens or increase the crop yields of their farms, ADRA helps people discover true food security. Families with a surplus of food are even able to improve their economic standing by selling the extra.

ADRA gives people the food, nutrition, and tools not just to survive—but to thrive.

Help ADRA fight hunger and starvation.


Nearly 1 billion children, women, and men in the world today are hungry. They are the victims of natural disasters and climate changes, the unemployed living in urban slums, the landless farmers tilling other people’s fields, the widows of war, and the orphans of AIDS.

Once again, through God's blessing, every dollar you share with ADRA is leveraged to become seven dollars in the fight against hunger and starvation. Your gift of $40 becomes $280, $75 becomes $525, and $150 becomes $1,050.

Sowing Seeds of Change


With 80% unemployment, the people of Zimbabwe struggle to feed themselves. ADRA’s garden projects are the largest across the country covering 125 acres benefitting thousands of individuals.

Priority is given to families that are caring for orphans, female-headed households, and those who are HIV-positive. All work is done by hand under the hot sun. Growing a full range of vegetables for current consumption, families—with solar dryers provided by ADRA—can preserve food to eat when times are even more difficult

Food Matching Grant


Hunger is the world’s #1 HEALTH RISK, killing more people each year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Malnutrition is, by far, the biggest contributor to infant and child mortality, present in half of all cases.

Around the globe, rainfall is more difficult to predict and tends to be shorter in duration than in the past, leading to lower crop yields for the traditional farmer. The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is UNDERFED, and one-third is STARVING.

Water is life! It's that simple.


ADRA develops clean water systems throughout the world by providing filters that clean contaminated water; digging wells and installing water pipes where water is available yet inaccessible; giving immediate water to individuals whose water systems have been destroyed by natural or man-made emergencies; and supporting reforestation efforts that improve water supplies and the environment as a whole.

Women and girls are freed from the daily burden and dangers of walking long miles multiple times a day to find water for their families. With water, families grow nutritious fruits and vegetables, thus improving their health.

ADRA helps Sahel face their worst famine in 30 years


One out of every eight children under the age of 5 in Niger, Africa, is expected to die in the next 30 days from severe malnutrition. Declaring a state of emergency and desperately pleading for help from others, the government of Niger reports that more than 7 million children, women, and men - in other words, nearly half of the country’s entire population - are literally starving.

Some of you have recently read the reports in the news and watched the videos of the starving, emaciated children struggling to breathe, struggling to suckle, struggling to stay alive.

Multiply Your Gift and Help End Hunger


Think about this: Every three seconds in developing countries, one child under the age of five dies from hunger-related causes. That means six million children every year!

What’s more, most of these deaths could be prevented. These children don’t all die of starvation; many of them die from diseases that take hold of their bodies that are weak from hunger.

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Water for Life


In East Timor, ADRA is the only humanitarian agency focusing its efforts on the hard-to-reach region of Viqueque. Instead of assisting the needs of people near the capital city, the few ADRA staff are bringing clean water to remote villages.

The First Drink of the Year


When you think about drought, Falanfay is the place you’re imagining. Water has been scarce for more than a decade. There are no visible clues of recent rains. The chronic problem of this community of all southeastern Somalia has forced people to look down, instead of up, for their water.

Becoming Healthy and Prosperous in Madagascar


As soon as R. Niels Marquardt, the U.S. ambassador to Madagascar, arrived at the small village, he sensed something was different about this farming community in rural Madagascar.

Two Worlds


Imagine spending over twenty years of your life completely isolated from the outside world. Gambat was sentenced in 1987 to one and a half years in prison for a minor offence. In order to survive he joined a prison gang. One day a gang fight broke out and he was implicated, the sentence was extended to nineteen years.