Friday, July 6, 2007

Help a Village in Tanzania

Imagine a village, isolated, poor and malaria-ridden, far from any major urban center and almost devoid of navigable routes. This is Mbola in western Tanzania, a cluster of small communities living in extreme poverty.

But there's good news too. The You+Village Campaign is working with the people of Mbola in community-based initiatives to help locals lift themselves out of poverty in a sustainable way. Things this Campaign has already achieved include:
  • Laying the foundations for a new medical clinic, maternity care ward, and staff housing that with the help of the Ministry of Health will soon become a fully functioning health center positioned to combat malaria, AIDS, maternal health and other challenges,

  • Distributing 33,000 bed nets throughout the cluster of villages, with preliminary indications that malaria cases have already fallen,

  • Distributing improved seeds and fertilizer to 6,000 farmers to help increase their overall food yields.

See how you can get involved here.

This Campaign is a project of Millennium Promise, a non-profit organization supporting the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This campaign supports the work of Millennium Villages, a "bottom-up" approach to ending extreme poverty in Africa. See this previous post for more information.