Welcome to the Verde Valley School's Malawi MDG Project
The Millennium Development Goals Project:
In 2005, The Millennium Development Goals Program was created by concerned students and faculty of VVS to align the school with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The UN MDGs are a call to action to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and develop a global partnership for development.
The VVS MDG Program strives to further the UN MDGs by taking action to educate ourselves, increase awareness, conduct meaningful projects for communities in need, and respect the relevance of these goals to our school values. We believe that by accomplishing this mission, VVS will be doing its part to save the world one community at a time. VVS is proud to have received a $50,000 grant in 2009, from the E.E. Ford Foundation to assist its students in living up to this altruistic vision of personal responsibility for public welfare. VVS contributed a $100,000 match for our MDG efforts.
The VVS MDG Project has focused most of its work on Kamangilira village in Malawi. In cooperation with the villagers, students develop projects and raise funds to support them. Each summer a group of students travels to Malawi to complete projects and learn firsthand what it means to grow up in a UN designated “red” (critically underdeveloped) nation. Since 2007, VVS has:
built three teacher’s houses at the Kamangilira Primary School
tutored students in English, math and the earth sciences
taught Standards 5, 6, and 7
put concrete floors in all of the classrooms
painted murals in the classrooms
resurfaced all of the blackboards
paid the yearly school fees to allow 45 boys and girls to attend secondary school
distributed mosquito nets village-wide to combat malaria
repaired and built beds for the maternity ward of a local health clinic
distributed medical and educational supplies and sporting equipment
trained villagers in small animal husbandry practices to augment food supplies
built a large community center at the heart of the village
In 2012, VVS’s work continued in Kamangilira and was expanded to include several new projects and partnerships in Blantyre and Mangochi. VVS students:
cared for infants who have been orphaned because of HIV at Open Arms Malawi. Open Arms aims to return healthy, immunized toddlers to their extended families in their home villages by the time they turn five.
taught standards 1 through 4 at Victory Primary School
painted a newly built maternity and pediatric ward at Koche Medical Center
brought $68,000 worth of prescription eyeglasses to vision-impaired Malawians through a partnership with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon Lions Club, Zeiss Lenses, VSP Optics Group and Blantyre’s Sight First Eye Hospital
We are currently expanding the MDG Program to include a comprehensive four year VVS “NGO” curriculum. This curriculum will teach students how to plan, fund, execute and assess service orientated projects or business ventures. These critical skills and concrete tools will enable our students to serve more effectively and to continue to positively shape the world of tomorrow.