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.


Mary, who looks after her little brother, pumps water from Mwandana's new spring. The Millennium project stresses self-reliance and building communities from the bottom up. For Mary, an aspiring doctor, that means working the field each morning before starting her studies.