The heads of state of around 189 countries, including Germany, have committed themselves to the eight Millennium Development Goals, which are to be achieved by 2015. The goals are to reduce poverty, hunger, the burden of disease, illiteracy, environmental pollution and gender discrimination.
The millennium village of Mabote, consisting of the villages of Mangalaze, Chitalahimbhera and Banamana in southern Mozambique, is one of 15 villages or regions worldwide that have been selected as millennium villages. Their example is intended to show that it is possible to achieve lasting improvements in the living conditions of people in need. The district of Mabote suffers repeatedly from periods of drought and resulting poverty, and there is a lack of health facilities and schools.