| Our Commitment|
At St. Mark's, we are excited by the Millennium Development Goals and their promise to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and improve health, education, environment, and quality of life worldwide.
As part of our commitment to the MDGs, we have created a new mission of the church to support the Millennium Villages Project in Mbola, Tanzania. This project, managed by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will research a number of approaches to improve the village's education, health, environment, sanitation, and infrastructure. The goal for each Millennium Village is for its people to live in environmentally sustainable ways within five years, and for the lessons learned in the project to be available to other villages across the globe.
We will contribute $5,000 per year to the Earth Institute to support this project for the next five years. Approximately one half of this amount will come from a 1% allocation of our plate and pledge revenues. The remainder will be made up from special fundraising. (We began this mission in November 2006, and by December we had already raised funds for our first year's commitment).
We welcome other churchs and organizations and individuals to join with us in this important endeavor.
Below are some links to more information about the Mbola village project:
http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/mvp/locations/mbola/index.html (project Web page).
Project Progress Report - July to November 2006
Photographs and testimonies from Mbola