A Village of Hope

In the African nation of Malawi, families toil in fields as malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases go untreated. But hope is within reach: The Millennium Promise, a philanthropy run by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and supported by Angelina Jolie, is working with 60 villages (so far) to make them healthily self-sufficient through such simple tools as schools, seeds and clean drinking water. Here is what PEOPLE reporter Mary Green saw in the village of Mwandana.


Working her calloused hands for 12 to 13 hours a day, Cecilia (left) has been supporting her family since her husband's AIDS-related death in 2003. "It was difficult for me to keep going on," says Mkhota, who has a 1-acre maize farm. "But I wanted the family to keep going." Her village, Mwandana, is benefiting from Millennium Promise shipments of fertilizer and seed.