Where We Work: East Asia

The largest geographical area that ADRA works in, East Asia is also the most populated with more than 1.5 billion people.

In recent years East Asia has made rapid progress in many areas. In some regions the overall rate of poverty is down, but experts have warned of the growing gap between the booming urban middle class and the rural poor. As countries continue to develop there is a growing risk that the rural population, who depend on agriculture, may fall farther into poverty. There are still millions of people who lack basic education, employment opportunities, clean water, sanitation, and hope.

ADRA is creating opportunities for those who are dreaming of a better life in the 13 countries comprising East Asia. Read project descriptions by clicking on the tabs above to find out more about what ADRA is doing for the people of East Asia.

Provide a Brighter Future in Asia


Four billion people call it home.

The deadliest disasters happen here.

It has the worst polluting cities . . .

And most of the world's undernourished.

For more than 50 years, ADRA has been ministering to the needs of millions of people in Asia. Without ADRA's continuing ministry of compassion and mercy, millions of children, women, and men would be left hopeless in the depths of poverty.

Toilets save lives


Every 20 seconds, a child dies from poor sanitation.

ADRA’s sanitation programs are curtailing these unnecessary deaths. We are constructing latrines and providing basic sanitation education, and saving countless lives.

Life-threatening illnesses and dangers caused by poor sanitation are a problem. Today, you can be part of the solution.

Autumn 2009 ADRA Works


South Vietnam, along the Mekong River, sustained heavy destruction and losses during the long years of war. The ethnic Cham communities, established in the area more than 400 years ago, became a forgotten minority. ADRA is working to lift these communities out of poverty.

The Stork Center - Nurturing the Unwanted


Imagine unwanted babies born to HIV-positive mothers in one of the coldest places on earth. This was the challenge that was presented to ADRA in Siberia. To provide care for these little ones we opened the "Aistenok" or the "stork-baby" center at the City of Irkutsk Hospital for Infections in Irkutsk, Siberia, in November 2002. Providing warm woolen clothing, bedding and towels, and nutritious porridge are some of the many ways that ADRA is caring for these children.

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.

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