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.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

In Mwandana, concerns like Cecilia's are part of a constant discussion between neighbors and the Millennium project leaders. "We rely on them to tell us what their needs and challenges are so we can help them achieve their goals," says Sachs (center). "We don't go in and tell them what to do."