Survivor Girls

We had an amazing team working on the Survivor Girls documentary project. The team was truly international, with talented and generous individuals coming together from India, the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Our founder, Nicole Watson, who headed up this project, flew solo to Kolkata with a very small budget, to begin work and selected the Director of Photography, Shubham Kasera, who also assisted in the production. She assisted Terra Global Solutions with updates on the installation and spent time at the facility participating in activities with the girls to get a feel for the organization and the work they do rehabilitating, educating, and training the girls for their re-entry into a more normal day-to-day life.

One of our production assistants in India, whose dream is to work in film and who also acted as a camera operator on the Go-Pro, was a trafficking survivor herself rescued by the Sanlaap Shelter many years before, who was referred by the founder of the organization. During the filming of the short documentary, Indrani Sinha, the founder and president of the Sanlaap trafficking rescue, passed away unexpectedly. It was traumatic for everyone because she was such a huge force for the organization in addition to her work in changing women’s rights in India during the 25 years she ran the organization.

Nicole spoke with her numerous times and having had the opportunity to meet her and share in her vision we believe makes this project that much more important to our effort in bringing it to screens around the world.

Positive Impacts

  1. 1. Clean, filtered water from the taps so the girls and staff no longer need to boil the water before drinking it, which impacts the medical well-being of all those residing and working at the shelter.
  2. 2. Consistent power at the housing shelter during outages, which occur frequently in the outskirts of Kolkata. This helps maintain psychological stability among the girls, who equate darkness to their traumatic past experiences of being trafficked and abused.
  3. 3. The energy cost and financial savings, which allows additional resources for programs and supplies needed at the shelter.
    Aprox. $125 USD in savings per month.
  4. 4. The educational value for the young residents and staff at the shelter about clean energy alternatives and their benefits.
  5. 5. A lower carbon footprint and reduced electricity consumption in a region that has high air pollution and still relies on coal for much of its power.
  6. 6. Acts as a positive and clean energy example to other organizations who are interested in this program.
  7. 7. The global benefits of moving to renewable energy, which impacts all of the Eco-system as a whole.