The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) empowers communities to lift themselves out of extreme poverty by simultaneously addressing the inter-connected challenges of hunger, malnutrition, disease, lack of access to healthcare, infrastructure. Millennium organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty by addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) run MVP in collaboration with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
In Rwanda, MVP works exclusively in Mayange cluster, comprising 35 villages (imidugudu) in the Bugesera district Rwanda, about 40km and drier with pastoralism as the main traditional activity. The area suffers from sporadic rainfall and declining soil fertility.
To attain the goals of the project, says the MP Team leader, Mr. Donald Ndahiro, communities take the lead in drafting interventions and fully participate in implementing them.