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.

LONG WALK HOME

Before the Millennium team built a clean water source within a mile of their home, Cecilia and daughter Anna would walk four miles each morning to get water. "Unfortunately, the water that was there was not very good," says Cecilia. "At times I would find goats drinking from the same pool." The dirty water often left her children sick with diarrhea.