Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement, with an area of 250 square kilometers, and 270,000 refugees from South Sudan, is considered to be the largest refugee settlement in the world today.

Boreholes provided by ADRA are providing refugees with pure clean water within a convenient distance from their homes.

ADRA Canada is installing solar powered street lamps in Bidi Bidi to help refugees collect water after dark. Light helps people avoid snakes and scorpions and provides a safer environment for women to collect water.

Charged by the sun, these lamps provided by ADRA help young people to do their homework after dark and provides safety when having to walk around after dark.

ADRA projects in the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement is providing some of the most vulnerable individuals special assistance. From an accident on his farm, this man had become paralyzed in one leg, making it very difficult for him to walk the half kilometer to the bush to relieve himself. ADRA has built him a toilet and provided him with a solar lamp.

Girls and women receive hygiene kits at a distribution from ADRA. The feminine products in the kit help ensure that girls can stay in school and live life with dignity.

Michael Kirkby and Anita Odondi of ADRA Canada dance with refugees from South Sudan at an ADRA distribution.

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Meet the People of Today’s Podcast

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.

Kayla Casey is the newest member of our Supporter Relations team. Kayla is a recent graduate of Andrews University and is currently assisting in many roles here at ADRA Canada, including communicating to our supporters and friends through social media. She is a big fan of podcasts and has helped bring the ADRA Canada Podcast into fruition.