Millennium Villages

Fighting Extreme Poverty in Africa

Going back to the basics: Promoting literacy in Malawi

7.15.2014
mwandama_edu2Global attention is increasingly being drawn to learning levels of students in school, particularly literacy. Students in low income countries often drop out of school early, and leave either illiterate or with very limited reading abilities. For those who do remain in school, they are often found to have very poor reading skills, even in later

Japan to Further Support the Millennium Villages in Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda

7.7.2014
Sauri_agricultureNEW YORK, July 7, 2014 — A new $5 million grant from the Government of Japan to the Millennium Villages Project will support the project’s work in Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda. The funds will support operations in four Millennium Villages sites—Sauri and Dertu (Kenya), Pampaida (Nigeria), and Mayange (Rwanda)—in keeping with Japan’s commitment to conflict

Boosting Community Education Workers in Nigeria

6.23.2014
CEW meeting in initial days of the program.Since 2010, the Millennium Village of Pampaida in northern Nigeria has made many positive developments including notable increases in primary school attendance. Throughout the cluster of villages, schools have also become a integral part of Pampaida’s development infrastructure and an invaluable resource for the community. With the cooperation between the community, local government and the MVP team,

Interview with Jeffrey Sachs on Partnership Between Korea and Millennium Villages

6.18.2014

Beyoncé Gives $125,000 to Help At-Risk Newborns in the Millennium Villages

6.6.2014
From left to right: Amy Shaw from Millennium Promise, Jane Chen of Embrace Innovations, Chime for Change co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, a representative from Shining Hope for Communities, Gucci Creative Director Frida  Giannini, a representative from Girls for Gender Equality. Photo Courtesy of Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.comOn June 3, Chime for Change co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made a surprise appearance at this year’s anniversary celebration at the Gucci Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City, and presented a $125,0000 check to Millennium Promise to help nearly 2,000 at-risk newborns in the Millennium Villages.

Library books transform learning in Ruhiira Millennium Village

5.27.2014
Martha_books“For the first time, we are getting story books to read at home. We have never had anything like this before. My favorite book is “The Clever Little Hare,”” said Martha Tusimire, a primary seven pupil of Ngoma primary school in Ruhiira Millennium Village. Martha and her fellow students are the first beneficiaries of the

Korean Government Pledges $3 Million in Continued Support for Millennium Villages

5.1.2014
Maize harvest, Mbola TanzaniaNEW YORK,  May 1 – Millennium Promise and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) are pleased to announce their continued partnership in support of the Millennium Villages Project-Saemaul with a new pledge from KOICA of US $3 million through 2015. This gift will fund project activities in the Millennium Village of Mbola, Tanzania, as well

Helping Young Women Become Leaders in Uganda

4.22.2014
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 2010, to complement a project in Uganda with UNAIDS on the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, the HIV program at the Earth Institute started an initiative to empower girls and young women in the Millennium Village of Ruhiira, a small rural community in southern Uganda. They called it Eminyeeto, or “youth” in the

Sumitomo Chemical Donates 330,000 Bed Nets

4.7.2014
bednet MbolaSumitomo Chemical Company, Limited of Japan will donate 330,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to the Millennium Villages Project, the third round of such donations by the manufacturer toward the goal of demonstrating that malaria deaths can be eradicated across Africa.

Going Back to Mayange

4.3.2014
DSC_0119It’s been 19 months since my first visit to the Millennium Village of Mayange in Rwanda, and wow, things have changed. I first visited Mayange in 2012 when I worked for Millennium Promise. Then two months ago, I found myself in back in Rwanda with a friend. With some spare time between memorials and gorillas,