All Field Notes

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

NEW 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

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,

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

On 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

“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

NEW 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

In 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

Sumitomo 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

It’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,

TechWomen visit Mayange’s high schools as part of Connect To Learn

Until a few years ago, the chance of finishing secondary school in rural parts of Rwanda was a dream few girls could fulfill. According to the World Bank the gross total enrollment of girls in secondary school in Rwanda was only 37% in 2011. The secondary school transition rate was low, with only 71% of