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Since February 2010, drought has been devastating families in Burundi. Without rain, farmers have had nothing to harvest which has resulted in many families being displaced as they seek work and food in Rwanda. Tens of thousands have been left in need due to this drought. Due to the scarcity, the price of beans has tripled since the onset of the drought. Food that is shipped to Burundi will benefit those who are most vulnerable: children under five, those struggling with chronic illness, elderly individuals, as well as pregnant and nursing moms.
Useful and updated medical equipment is desperately needed by the over 211,000 residents in the province of Neuva Segovia Province. The equipment will be put to use in the main hospital in the regions capitol of Ocotal City, as well as a few nearby clinics.
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