ADRA believes in serving humanity so all may live as God intended. The “all” encompasses anyone in need, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, political affiliations, or other considerations 

As a faith-based organization, ADRA’s presence in some communities raises understandable skepticism. The Muslim villages in Mandera West, Kenya, had their reservations when ADRA first offered to help seven years ago.  

“It’s good to be frank,” says Mohamed, a village chief. “When ADRA first came, people had a bad perception of them. Why are they here? Is it to make people Christian? Are they here to convert people by force? Many people wanted to refuse any aid coming from ADRA. 

“As leaders, we said religion is not a must anywhere. All other agencies that have been here were Christian, not only ADRA. So why single out ADRA? We tried to teach our people. We know that we can coexist together as human beings. Not just as religious sects but as human beings.  

“ADRA never tried to convert people, as they feared. But it has changed their lives.” 

For seven years, this region of Kenya has been enduring a prolonged drought. The people are primarily semi-nomadic herders. The drought devastated their flocks, leaving them without a livelihood or sustenance. ADRA, in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, provided emergency food assistance to hundreds of families. 

The initial emergency project has become a long-term livelihoods project. This work is improving the people’s ability to withstand the many climatic and economic blows they face.