Where We Work: Central America & the Caribbean

Throughout Central America there are many who hope for a better tomorrow. ADRA is helping to make that hope a reality in 16 countries throughout the region.

Poverty is on the rise in Central America, thanks in part to the recent global financial crisis. In the region’s large cities the problem is particularly severe, and many families and children are forced onto the streets. In rural areas, where most families depend on agriculture, seasonal flooding can sometimes ruin crops and even destroy entire communities. Sanitation and clean water are also serious problems throughout the area, contributing to widespread disease and poor health.

ADRA is working to improve the lives of men, women, and children throughout Central America. To find out more about the lives ADRA is changing, read the stories and project descriptions by clicking on the tabs above

Making a Difference in Honduras

Making a Difference in Honduras

One in five rural Honduran households have no access to a clean water source. One in four Honduran children don’t finish primary school. 34% of children in rural Honduras are stunted due to malnutrition.

By providing basic necessities like clean water, nutritious food, and basic education, ADRA is improving the lives of women and entire communities throughout Honduras.

The Gift of School Supplies Uplifts El Salvadorian Children

El Salvador Children

Gifts received through the 2009 ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog, were given out to grateful students in El Salvador this past year. Each of the 150 students, grades 1 through 6, were selected by the principal of their school. Although there were many needy students, the bags were reserved for those that needed the most assistance.

Relentless Rain Causes Major Flooding, Isolates Communities in Costa Rica


Torrential rainfall along Costa Rica’s eastern coast has flooded the rain-weary Caribbean province of Limon, destroying homes, damaging local infrastructure and isolating more than 100 communities. In response, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) provided emergency food baskets for more than 570 residents struggling to recover from what has been reported as the worst rainfall to hit the region in more than 60 years.

The Determination Of A Mother To Save Her Child in Nicaragua


Your child has anemia and is malnourished." The words filled Edora Maria with despair. Her 1-year-old son Wilfredo was not thriving and now needed a prescription of vitamins and a diet of better food. How could she afford either?

Lone Survivor


“Oftentimes I wonder if my mother has seen me but didn’t recognize me,” shared Ginny.

Born 16 years ago in the countryside of Haiti, Ginny’s mother gave her up at birth, and her father wanted nothing to do with her. Until age four she was cared for by a string of people she doesn’t remember, until she eventually ended up on the street.

Hope Rising


“I haven’t had any time to cry,” the young teen confided. “Until now. Today, I will cry.”

For many Haitians caught in the trauma of the 7.0 earthquake, which struck on January 12, it has taken weeks for the flood of emotions to really come out. Overnight, Haiti became a nation described as a place, “where everyone has lost someone.” With overwhelming destruction all around them, and the weighty loss of homes, jobs, family and friends within them, it seems that only their determination and a drive for survival kept them going. February 12, the one-month anniversary of the earthquake, was Haiti's National Day of Mourning, a day fashioned by the Haitian government as an opportunity for the nation to grieve and begin to heal.

Ice Cream Kisses


It was the last place I expected to hear a child calling my name; but as I turned I saw my nine-year-old friend, Mala, running up the dirt path behind me. I was trekking through the middle of an internally displaced persons camp in Carrefour, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Each night, it became home to nearly 15,000 people, including Mala. I had met her a couple days earlier when she was getting water, but was still surprised she recognized me and remembered my name. Her mother had sent her on an errand to buy supplies from a small shop. But like most activities involving kids, it had been interrupted to...well... go potty. It was this diversion that caused our paths to intersect.

U.S. Ambassador Visits Food Security Project in Nicaragua


The United States ambassador to Nicaragua, Paul Trivelli, recently honored ADRA with a visit to its Development Activity Program (DAP), a multi-year food security project that since 2002 has changed the lives of more than 75,000 individuals in some of Nicaragua’s most impoverished regions. During his visit, Ambassador Trivelli officially opened the first annual Tomato Fair, held April 30 in the town of Totogalpa.

Providing a Promising Future


Claudia Roxana Murguía lives in Caserío El Limón, a small community nestled in the hilly region of Morazán near the Honduran border. At 17, she faces the enormous task of being a mother. Her 10-month-old daughter, Ivana, is a happy baby. She looks around with her big captivating eyes and is perfectly at ease in the arms of her mother.