The 25th Anniversary of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s work in Madagascar

ADRA’s impact in Madagascar grew over time and the organization expanded to other activities in the health, education and food security sectors and five additional regions of Madagascar.

Protocol greetings…

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am honored to be here tonight to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s active presence, hard work and commitment to development in Madagascar.

ADRA is an important partner for us, having employed funding from the U.S. government to achieve many great outcomes. They have worked extensively with communities to prepare development plans. In partnership with farmers, ADRA has increased the quality and quantity of food being grown by rehabilitating irrigation canals, using improved seeds and better agricultural techniques. Then they have helped those farmers take their crops to market through rehabilitation of farm to market roads. And they have made communities healthier by promoting sound hygiene, nutrition and healthy behavior.

Over the years the United States Government has stood arm-in-arm with ADRA to improve the health and livelihoods of millions of children and adults across the country.

Our partnership with ADRA began in 1998 with two projects: One to build the capacity of the health system in Toamasina, and another food assistance project to improve food security in nearly 10,000 households.

ADRA’s impact in Madagascar grew over time and the organization expanded to other activities in the health, education and food security sectors and five additional regions of Madagascar.

Between 2009 and 2014, ADRA partnered with Catholic Relief Services, Land O’Lakes and CARE, on a USAID Food For Peace-funded Food Security Project called SALOHI (Sa-loo-he). The SALOHI project touched so many lives reducing food insecurity for 100,000 households and bringing better nutrition and health to more than 100,000 children under 5 years of age.

Currently we have two main activities that we are proud to fund through ADRA. The ASOTRY (Ah-soo-tch) project is benefitting over 260,000 people in three districts of Madagascar, reducing food insecurity, improving health and nutrition, increasing access to food, enhancing disaster preparedness and response, and improving natural resources management.

In addition, ADRA has answered the call when Madagascar has faced emergency situations. Whether due to cyclones or drought, ADRA has been an active partner, distributing urgently needed items, clearing roads, repairing damages, and helping the people of Madagascar recover from catastrophic shocks.

Most recently ADRA and the United States Government have partnered to help over 18,000 households in the Bekily (Bey-KEY-lee) region of Southern Madagascar. With resources from USAID Food For Peace, ADRA has saved lives in Bekily by providing emergency food assistance throughout the lean season. In addition, with resources from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, ADRA supported over 8,000 households to get back on their feet by providing hygiene education in schools, access to clear water through the rehabilitation of 11 wells, and seeds, agricultural tools, and training to farmers.

These are just the most recent examples of the outstanding history of service and partnership that ADRA has shown to us, to the government of Madagascar and to the Malagasy people.

Tonight I want to commend you, Peter, for your leadership, and all the employees of ADRA, now and throughout the years, who have contributed their hard work, their dedication and their passion to helping those in need and to creating a better future for Malagasy children. I wish you continued success and achievement in the fulfillment of your mission for the benefit of Madagascar.

Thank you.