THE SAME HEART means, “Sharing the same path, purpose and unity of action, having the same spirit.”
I’ve often heard the phrase spoken by a young community organizer we’ve worked with, Geoffrey Bakhuya. Raised in rural poverty, Geoffrey has seen first-hand the efforts by governments and NGO’s to help Kenyans help themselves. To Geoffrey, the same heart has little to do with money.
“We should be our brother’s keeper, everyone from Kenya and beyond should have the same heart to fight poverty the same heart to help children who are in need of care and protection. So when you come together, the common enemy is poverty. It’s like rainwater, it collects in small streams until it becomes like a big river. There’s power in numbers.”
This is a film about children and poverty. We began THE SAME HEART five years ago as an attempt to make sense of what we’ve seen and experienced making our previous films on child labor and street children. In 1990, the global community came together in an extraordinary moment to set eight Millennium Development Goals: to end poverty, hunger, fight disease, protect the earth, promote gender equality and create a more equitable planet. Pledges of funding were made, programs initiated, and funds spent to achieve the goals by 2015.
There has been real progress. Poverty has been cut in half, mostly as a result of economic growth in Asia, polio has all but been eradicated, malaria and TB reduced. Deaths from HIV have declined, child mortality is down and millions of children have gone to school for the first time. The world has seen what’s possible.
What it will take is THE SAME HEART.