Located in Western Kenya, Sauri was the first Millennium Village (MV) to see the light in 2005. Five years on, the project area has grown to nearly 70,000 people and has registered numerous successes in its multi-sectoral approach.
The MV team and the community celebrated this at the inauguration of new classrooms at the end of October 2010.
It was pomp and color at Uyonga primary school, with music filling the air. What was previously all mud walled with no desks, windows or doors, boasts now four blocks of permanent buildings courtesy of the community, the government and the Millennium Villages Project. In five years, 50 classrooms were constructed in 28 of the 33 primary schools and handed over to the community who is now maintaining them.
As the song goes: ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one, and you will be surprised what the Lord has done for you.’ That day, the project was counting some of the achievements: