Three continents, 15 villages, eight goals, one vision: Village inhabitants who proudly call for their right to sustainably and autonomously improve their living conditions.
When, in 2000, representatives from 189 states signed the ‘Millennium Declaration’, they set ambitious targets; they specifically committed themselves to freeing people from poverty globally. In order to do this, eight goals – the Millennium Goals – were agreed upon which, by 2015, are to provide more sustainability and global justice.
Welthungerhilfe is also taking-on this challenge. For the organisation, it became clear very early on that in order to achieve these goals, not only financial support, but also the commitment of the population, was needed. In 2006, the Millennium Villages initiative was started.
In so doing, it gives the local population a voice and a face, supports them in breaking down the Millennium Goals to a village level and makes progress measurable. The focus is on the principle of “help to self-help”; village communities identify their problems and work on possible solutions, with the support of Welthungerhilfe and partners, and then implement them autonomously in order to improve their living conditions.
VIDEO: visiting some of our Millennium Villages