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History of Africare in Eritrea:
In 1994, Africare began assisting this dry, drought-prone country to meet pressing needs for increased food production, water resource development, and health care. Africare focused much of its effort on Eritrea's Northern Red Sea zone: one of the poorest, least served and hardest-to-reach areas of the country, located along the edge of the Danakil Desert. There, months of extremely hot, dry weather alternate with flooding so severe that roads are wiped out and tiny rural communities are effectively cut off from the outside. One of the Africare projects entailed irrigation and farmer training to grow more food, benefiting 6,000 residents. That project came to a close in 2005.