Embrace Project

The Embrace Project aims to support the most vulnerable women and children affected by the Syrian crisis by establishing a centre that provides protection and support, and offers education services for children. The centre, in Dahiuua Qudsiyya, Damascus, will support the welfare of woman and children and provide much needed hope to those affected.

ADRA is partnering with Women’s Ministries in an extraordinary effort to raise $10,000 to help Syrian women and children. We know that if we are able to achieve this, we will be able to help over 1,000 Syrian children continue their education and provide support to over 1,400 women by providing shelter and support services. 

Are you willing to work with us to support Syrian families?

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The Syrian crisis has entered its sixth year. Thousands of families continue to be torn apart. The most vulnerable – women and children. Not only have they been forced from their homes and jobs, but increasingly suffer from sexual and gender based violence, early marriage, child labour and separation from family members. Many women and children in Syria have no place to turn and no options to receive the support and assistance needed.


The key activities for this project include:

  • Establish an Emergency Reception Centre for woman and children in Damascus, Syria.
  • Create a safe and supportive environment for families to consider their options and plan for the future.
  • Supply bedding and shelter for 600 families.
  • Provide counselling and support for families.
  • Provide education for more than 1,000 children.


With your support, the Embrace Project will help over 600 families by providing a safe environment for their families to receive necessary support. Women will have access to counselling services, legal support, recreational activities and skills training to help them support their families.

More than 1,100 children, who can no longer attend school, will receive the opportunity to continue their education and have open access to a safe space which supports their growth and development.

Read Rita’s Story


The Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Resilience Building Project aims to reduce the disease rate in SANMA and PENAMA provinces by providing communities with safe water, sanitary hygiene facilities and education about safe hygiene practices. The project will impact 9,000 people.

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Access to clean water is never taken for granted in rural communities in Vanuatu, with many villages lacking safe, sustainable and secure water supplies, no sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices. This lack of clean water facilities result in poor health which does not only affect a person’s body, but also their ability to earn, attend to family duties and contribute to society. Sanma and Penama provinces have the second and third highest ranking for incidences of health related diseases in Vanuatu. Many of these diseases could be prevented through the use of a clean water supply.


The key activities for this project include:

  • Establishing water committees in the villages to promote safe hygiene practices.
  • Training men and women in the community about Water, Sanitation and Hygiene practices.
  • Supplying the community with 2,000 latrines to be installed in households, schools, and aid posts.
  • Integrating disaster risk reduction principles and plans to increase water safety in the event of a disaster.


Through this project, ADRA is providing the Sanma and Penama provinces with over 2,000 fly-proof latrines which are being constructed in households, schools and aid posts. People in these communities now have better access to resilient and clean water resources and improved sanitation, lowering the risk of disease significantly.

ADRA is now in the process of training individuals from the community to manage and maintain the water and sanitation systems. The project is also providing villages with disaster risk reduction analysis and planning training to help the communities to be prepared and know how to respond in a safe and sanitary manner. The communities are becoming more resilient to disasters.

Read David’s Story

SURE Project

The Sustainable Rural Economic (SURE) Development Project will work in 12 villages in Myanmar’s Chin State to ensure families have the skills and resources they need to produce more nutritious and profitable crops, while at the same time taking better care of their environment. This project will impact thousands of families by increasing their harvest through more productive and sustainable farming techniques, providing access to more profitable local and international markets and see innovative irrigation systems installed to allow a more diverse range of crops to be grown.

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One in three children in Myanmar experiences stunted growth due to malnutrition. Compared to New Zealand, more than 10 times the number of children under five die every year. The story behind these statistics is the great difficulty families have in providing adequate nutrition or earning an income that can support their growth, health and education.


The key activities for this project include:

  • Training 1200 farmers to grow more profitable crops in a sustainable way.
  • Construction of irrigation systems to allow an additional growing season and make rural argicultural land more sustainable and profitable.
  • Providing support for farmers to improve profits in both local and international markets.


This project will impact thousands of families by increasing their harvest through more productive and sustainable farming techniques, providing access to more profitable local and international markets and see innovative irrigation systems installed to allow a more diverse range of crops to be grown.

As a result, families who once relied on UN food rations to survive will produce enough not only to survive, but provide an income that will kickstart their journey out of poverty.

Read Ay Ming’s Story

SARAM Project

ADRA’s Sustainable and Resilient Agribusiness Development in Mercedes (SARAM) project is helping families’ secure sustainable incomes and improved nutrition. Through the project 1715 people will be trained in improved rice farming, fishing and gardening techniques, giving them the opportunities to provide more for their families and the hope of a better future.

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Almost three-quarters of families in district of Mercedes (Philippines) live below the poverty line. Their poverty is compounded by inadequate access to rice, protein sources and fruit and vegetables. On top of this, the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Each disaster slows progress and leaves vulnerable family to suffer the most.


The key activities for this project include:

  • Forming and supporting groups of rice farmers to work together to best improve the chances of successful harvesting.
  • Training Rice Farmers to improve their rice planting and harvesting techniques.
  • Teaching fisher-folk more sustainable and productive ways of fishing.
  • Teaching men and women and providing them with equipment to improve the productivity of their gardens through organic farming techniques.
  • Working with the community to identify risks and plan for future disasters to reduce their impacts and save lives


  • The Project is helping the people of Mercedes grow more rice, vegetables and fish farming by providing training to farmers, fisher folk and gardeners on sustainable and efficient growth.
  • 55 Labourers have participated in the System of Rice Intensification training.
  • 176 farmers have received weeding equipment F 382 gardeners have been trained on Organic Vegetable farming
  • 5 Communal gardens are operational and continuing to result in increased income and consumption
  • 7500 grouper fingerlings have been distributed to 15 groups within the community to help support the fish farming process.
  • The Project has supported the Mercedes community by providing opportunities for economic growth and sustainable rice farming, gardening and fish farming.

Read Franco’s Story

Navosa Project

ADRA’s Livelihoods, Health and Disaster Management project is working with 15 of the poorest communities to reduce poverty and improve disaster resilience, impacting 15,000 people.

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The remote inland province of Navosa is one of Fiji’s poorest regions with 50-60% of the population living in poverty. While agriculture is the main source of income for families in the district, most struggle to generate the F$150-200FJD needed to feed and care for a family each week. Poor road conditions limit their ability transport their produce to sell at higher priced markets – the closest project community is 45km from the nearest commercial business district.

On top of this, Fiji remains one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Every disaster marks a step back for a community’s development out of poverty.


The key activities for this project include:

  • Providing training to farmers on sustainable land use and organic farming.
  • Training 1500 community members in Water, Health and Sanitation, and Disaster Risk Resilience.
  • Supporting farmers by giving them access to the cold storage facility.
  • Providing 10,000 people with access to the financial service provided through the banking agent established as part of the project.


The Livelihoods Health and Disaster Management project is improving family’s lives by providing training to farmers on sustainable land use, organic farming and other improved techniques, financial literacy, and business management. Plus, ADRA is constructing a cold-storage facility that will allow individual farmers to sell collectively to wholesalers to receive a better price.

The project will also assist in the refurbishment of community water systems and providing hygiene and sanitation training to protect families from water-borne disease.

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LIBRE Project

The Livelihood Improvement for Building resilient Communities (LIBRE) Project focuses on sustainable economic development in agriculture and community-based disaster risk management. By educating the community in agriculture and disaster risk management, the project will maximise food security and introduce alternative income opportunities, such as animal husbandry to the poorest families in Vinh Long Province.

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Vietnam is affected by more natural disasters than almost all other countries in the world, and most of these disasters correlate with Climate Change and future sea level rises. The Mekong River Delta is one of the poorest regions of the country with a very high poverty rate, low education and poor infrastructure. The most immediate impacts of natural disasters like inundation, river bank collapse and tree diseases due to weather changes, have resulted in the loss of traditional means of support, with the poorer families losing the most.


The key activities for this project include:

  • Developing plans and training community members in community-based disaster risk management.
  • Teaching farmers how to increase their incomes through value adding processes including scheduling planting and harvesting in seasons that will produce the greatest vegetation.
  • Loaning out cows for families to increase income through the use of cow products.
  • Providing revolving loans for families to invest in income generating activities.


Through the LIBRE Project, 154 families will receive training in cow husbandry and will be provided with a cow as part of the cow husbandry scheme. The Cow husbandry and monetary loans schemes allows families to increase their income then pass the calves and loans once they have been able to successfully grow their income.

In addition, ADRA is providing disaster risk management training in 35 villages in Vin Long province. This training teaches people to prepare the communities for disasters and prevent food insecurity and damage to their homes and lives. To date, 3455 households have already begun implementing what they have learnt throughout the training.

Read Tran Anh Phong’s Story 

BWASH Project

The Bakan Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project(B-WASH) focuses on empowering poor households throughout 30 villages to improve their own health and contribute to community prosperity. This project is helping 2,000 rural households to improve their health through better access to safe water supply and access to more hygienic sanitation facilities while integrating local disaster preparedness into these plans.

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Cambodian’s have the least access to water and sanitation coverage in East Asia, one of the lowest rates in the world! Rural Cambodian families are vulnerable to water-borne diseases, many of which could be prevented through clean water, and safe sanitation and hygiene practices. The low water and sanitation coverage also prevents many families ability to grow abundant vegetation although 80% of the rural families depend on agriculture to survive.


The key activities for this project include:

  • Training 3,200 families in the community about Water, Sanitation and Hygiene practices.
  • Providing the community with 1,200 water filters, 600 latrines and other water safety infrastructure to support sanitation and hygiene practices.
  • Helping to establish disaster risk reduction plans to increase water safety in the event of a disaster.


The Bakan Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project is improving families lives by providing training to 3,200 men and women about safe sanitation and hygiene practices to protect families from water-borne diseases. In addition, ADRA is supplying the communities with sanitary latrines, wells, water filters, catchment tanks and ponds to help support safe sanitary and hygiene practices within these communities.

The community is able to help make their villages a safer and disease-free place with the equipment and knowledge about sanitation and hygiene supplied through this project. The project is also providing villages with disaster risk reduction analysis and planning training to help the communities to be prepared and know how to respond in a safe and sanitary manner in the case of any disaster.

Raise Funds

Have you ever wanted to change the world? At ADRA we believe that you can! ADRA is supporting life changing work at home and overseas and would love for you to be a part of this dynamic change. ADRA is welcoming of any party wanting to partner in order to raise funds to support vulnerable families.

At ADRA, we believe everyone is capable of changing lives. “We cannot help everyone, but everyone can help someone”

If your interested in helping to change someones life today and would like some support from ADRA, please get into contact with us to see how we can help!

Different Ways You can get involved

Stuck on where to start? ADRA has events in place which can help you reach your fundraising targets. Through participating in one of our events you can have both an awesome experience and raise funds to support families in need. Check out some of the awesome ways you can get involved.


Every year, ADRA holds the Making Heroes Fun Run! This is an awesome event for the whole family to enjoy. Walk, jog or run distances of 5km, 10km, or 21km. This fun filled day is an awesome way to raise funds for ADRA. You can dress up as your favourite superhero and really change the world! Find Out More and enjoy a day filled with family, friends and fun.



The Queenstown Classic is a 3 day bike ride around the picturesque Queenstown. Designed for people who love a challenge and are enthusiastic about reaching fundraising targets, this is the ride for you! Find out more about the event and don’t miss out on an awesome experience!

Still Stuck for ideas? 

Here’s a list of our top 5 Fundraising Ideas to help get you started
For more fundraising idea’s or support, please contact the friendly team at ADRA and we’ll help get you sorted.

1) Be an advocate
Be an advocate

Sometimes the best way to raise funds is from simply asking people to sponsor you! From simply telling people about why you want to Fundraise, and how these funds are going to help vulnerable families across the world, many people will acknowledge your effort and donate. Start by asking family, friends, teachers and workmates. You can also start up an online profile where people can read more information about you and why your fundraising, you can also share your online profile on Facebook or sending an email out to friends.

2) Bake Sale
Bake Sale

Who can resist a good old bake sale!? Get your oven mitts on and bake some cupcakes and cookies which aren’t only delicious but are going to support vulnerable families.

3) Movie Night
Movie Night

Get out the popcorn, pull out the DVDs and gather all your friends and families together for a fun filled movie night!

4) Raffle

A Raffle is an awesome way to Fund-raise! Firstly, put together a prize pack filled with whatever you like, then start selling tickets to friends and family members to enter the raffle to win the prize pack. Place all the names of those who have entered into a hat and pull out a winner. Don’t forget to thank everyone for helping to raise funds not just to win the awesome prize, but to help families in need at home and overseas.

5) Use your talents
Use Your Talents

Are you the next piccasso? Do you have the voice of an angel? Or are you the next masterchef? Whatever your talents may be, you can use them to raise funds! If you can draw, offer your artistic skills to people, if you can sing, put on a concert, if you can cook, put on a meal for your family and friends. Use your talents to change the world, whatever your talent may be.

Thanks for all your wonderful support!

Thanks again for wanting to get involved with ADRA and raise funds to help families at home and overseas thrive, you are a world changer!

Contact Us for more info! 

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Be Somebody 2 Someone

You either know it from experience or observation—being a young person is tough. There is no more important time in life. Between the ages of 10 and 24, young people face unprecedented pressures, make life-altering decisions and experiment with risky behaviour. We know many young people don’t make it through unscathed. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The BeSomebody2Someone programme is based on years of research and practical youth mentoring experience that identified four vital elements for young people’s lives—Connectedness, Mastery, Generosity and Independence. The resources, training and support are specifically designed to ensure mentors are able to be that somebody young people need.

To learn more about the programme and if it is right for your church visit www.besomebody2someone.org.nz


bs2s graphicThe cost of a BeSomeone2Somebody project varies dependent on the scope of the project, but is generally *$15,000. Through the CPP the costs are split three ways.

Church costs in the following years of the programme may change depending on frequency and numbers involved in the BeSomebody2Someone programme.

*Subject to change depending on the size of the church

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Franco’s Story

Franco Pascual was 15 years old when he began fishing as a way of helping his parents. Franco would use illegal and dangerous fishing techniques until he realized the effects of these techniques. “I stopped fishing illegally when I realized that the fish catch in the wild was declining and being quickly depleted because of these hazardous methods.”

Now at age forty, Franco is involved in the ADRA SARAM Project. Since joining with this project, Franco’s life has changed. “I knew I had to set the best example. For almost 4 years now, I have been advocating against illegal fishing.” “I strongly believed in the objectives of the ADRA-SARAM Project, and I have high hopes that our livelihood and economic problems will be lessened through this project,” Franco says. Safer and more sustainable fishing methods are being taught to fisher folk just like Franco. “The Association will take charge of the management of our fish farming livelihood. Indeed, we are very grateful to this project.”

Learn more about the SARAM Project here