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What impact are the Millennium Development Goals having on inhabitants of Kibera, a massive shantytown in Kenya? This film about local midwife Silva Adhiambo examines some of the tensions that exist between aid organizations and the people they are trying help.

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Segment 1

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Scenes from the feature documentary: Good Fortune
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Kibera Nairobi Kenya
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Kibera is one of the largest informal settlements in Africa, with an estimated population of up to 1.2 million inhabitants.
FRANCIS OMONDI
My name is Francis Omondi. I'm secretary of the Settlement Executive Committee, which is in charge of the slum upgrading. UN Habitat has something called Millennium Development Goals. One of the goals of the Millennium Development is that by the year 2020, they should provide better housing for at least 100 million people living in slums like the one we live in. So the plan is to move people being evicted from here into temporary housing. Do you understand?
SILVA ADHIAMBO [midwife]
This is government land. Every time they threaten to build on it we get worried that we'll lose the only place we can afford to live.
SARA CANDIRACCI [United Nations Program Manager]
Kenya Slum Upgrading Program is a joint program, it's a partnership with the government of Kenya and the main purpose is to improve the livelihood of people and the situation of people and the infrastructure of slums.
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The United Nations is partnering with the Kenyan government to build modern housing in Kiberia.
SARA CANDIRACCI
So many institutions, small organizations or big organizations go in there and do these small projects but at the end the impact is very low. I mean, you need to go there with a big project working together with the community to have a big impact. Now the challenge is a lot of people need to be relocated.
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During the first phase of the project, 20,000 families will be moved to temporary housing
SARA CANDIRACCI
All the strategy to move people and to bring them back is still not clear so I prefer not to ... you know. I can give you my opinion but maybe it's better if I don't. You know, it's like this: when you work with people it's not easy, never easy. You know, the infrastructure is the soft work. The hard work is dealing with people, it's dealing with the government, it's dealing with the community, it's dealing with all the institutions, all the interests, so it's dealing with people is, like, the hard work.
SILVA ADHIAMBO
If they demolish these houses and evict us, I won't have a place for these women to give birth. That's the problem with leaving Kibera, it will be like losing my job. If I move from here, then that's it. I won't be able to carry on the work I've been doing in this house here in Kibera.
FRED ODHIAMBO [Silva's husband]
The problem is that the people who send aid don't know where it's going. In Kenya it's difficult for aid to reach the common man. When foreign aid reaches the grassroots then we shall improve.
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