Mahama Refugee Camp

Located in Rwanda, the Mahama refugee camp is providing emergency assistance to people fleeing conflict in Burundi. ADRA Canada responds to the needs of people who are facing natural and man-made disasters each day.

People displaced from their homes by Cyclone Nargis in the delta region of Myanmar received emergency food rations. Anita and her husband helped with this response effort for one year.

Water Distribution after the Earthquake in Haiti

One of the most urgent needs after a disaster is safe drinking water. ADRA volunteers help in the distribution of water after the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Anita and her husband arrived on the scene just two weeks after the earthquake and stayed for two and a half years.

Emergency Distribution after Typhoon Haiyan

Shortly after Anita began working at ADRA Canada Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. ADRA Canada’s relief efforts are still ongoing. Our REAP project is helping people re-establish their livelihoods.

Emergency distributions after the 2015 Nepal earthquake saved lives.

IDP Children in Myanmar

Anita with children at a camp for the internally displaced in the Kachin state of Myanmar.

Refugees from Myanmar

Rohingya refugees receive an emergency distribution from ADRA at their camp in Bangladesh.

After the recording of this podcast, Anita applied for and received a $1 million grant from the Canadian Government to help with the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Refugees from Burundi get food

Refugees from the conflict in Burundi receive a food distribution at the Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda.

In 2017 ADRA Canada, with Anita’s leadership, responded to famine and drought in Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan.

Anita with ladies in South Sudan

Anita with internally displaced people in South Sudan.

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Meet the People of Today’s Podcast

Anita M. Odondi is the Emergency Program Director for ADRA Canada.  Hailing from Uganda, Africa, Anita has been serving in the ADRA Network since 2000.  Anita gained firsthand experience in Emergency Response as she worked extensively with ADRA in responding to the Tsunami in Indonesia, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and the Earthquake in Haiti.  Joining ADRA Canada in 2013, Anita has worked diligently in implementing emergency responses to disasters here in Canada and around the world.  In this podcast she shares some of her experiences of helping people facing crisis.

Frank Spangler is the Communications Specialist in the Supporter Relations Department of ADRA Canada. When he is not out traveling the world filming and photographing ADRA stories, you will find him at his desk editing videos and photographs to help tell the story of what ADRA does. He also works on the website of ADRA Canada and is now producing this monthly podcast. Frank has been filming and producing videos for ADRA Canada since 1989 as a freelance producer. In 2014 he began working directly for ADRA Canada.

Heather Grbic is the Engagement Coordinator in the Supporter Relations Department. She joined the ADRA Canada family in 2014. When she is not out in the field collecting stories for our donors, Heather is responsible for the ADRA Canada Prayer Angels program, coordinates ADRA Church Ambassadors, and reaches out to the youth of the church through Pathfinders and Adventurers programs. She is pictured here with her husband Michael, on a recent visit to ADRA Canada projects in Mongolia.

Michael Kirkby is the Design and Communications Coordinator for ADRA Canada. He is responsible for creating many of the visuals that ADRA Canada uses at events and in publications across Canada. As a graduate of the International Studies program at Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Alberta, Michael is now happy to use his degree at ADRA. Before taking this position with ADRA in 2014, Michael honed his organizational skills at an asset management firm in Toronto. Michael enjoys visiting our projects in the field and always returns with many photographs, video footage and stories of his adventures.