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BRAZIL: When severe rains displaced more than 400,000 people in northeastern Brazil, ADRA responded, providing emergency food baskets packed with rice, beans, oil, flour, sugar, salt, and couscous for survivors. ADRA gave priority to those most vulnerable, such as pregnant or lactating women, young children, the elderly, and farmers who lost at least half their crops in the disaster.
BOLIVIA: To improve the household incomes of more than 56,000 residents in southern Bolivia, ADRA recently finished a seven-year project that taught low-income farmers eco-friendly agricultural techniques. ADRA showed them how to implement natural resource management practices that have increased the fertility of their land, improving their crop quality and productivity. As a result of the project, participating farmers have seen their household incomes grow from approximately $941 a year to $2,861.
COLOMBIA: This fall, ADRA helped approximately 10,000 displaced and vulnerable schoolchildren obtain the basic tools that they need to acquire a good education by distributing school kits in one of Colombia’s most impoverished regions. Each child received a kit packed with school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, and scissors. The kits were packed by Pathfinders attending the 2009 International Pathfinder Camporee, held in mid-August.
HONDURAS: ADRA recently completed the implementation of a USAID-funded food security project that increased food access, household incomes, and agricultural production for more than 19,000 families in Santa Bárbara, in western Honduras. The project also improved the health and nutrition of more than 5,000 children in the region and strengthened their communities’ ability to withstand and appropriately respond to risks and shocks that may affect their food access and availability.
NICARAGUA: In the mountainous department of Nueva Segovia, ADRA has ended a water and sanitation project that improved the health of nearly 2,000 residents in nine communities in the municipality of Mozonte. Through the project, ADRA provided household latrines for low-income families without access to adequate sanitation, as well as a mini-aqueduct to provide clean water in one of the communities. Each family also received training in latrine construction and maintenance and personal hygiene.
PERU: To increase access to quality care for those infected with TB or multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), ADRA and its partners are strengthening the capacities of those responding to and affected by the epidemic. By its completion in 2011, this project will have directly benefited nearly 1,400 patients with MDR-TB, 120 patients suffering from extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), and health personnel in 25 health centers throughout the nation.
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