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.


Mwandana's Junior Chiza, 11 (right), suffers from tuberculosis, and the nearest medical facility is seven miles away. "When my brother is sick, I carry him on my back to the hospital," says sister Mary Richards, 18 (left). Still, the two are survivors. When their parents died of AIDS 10 years ago, they went to live with grandmother Elizabeth Smoke, 72 (center).