Interview Questions

Interview questions:
What is your medical background?
What brought you to Nigeria?
What was your first impression stepping into a hospital in Nigeria? What were the conditions of the medical equipment? What are some of the problems doctors and staff runs into daily?
What are some complications during childbirth women in Africa face that women in the United States may not?
Are women in Africa reluctant to go to the hospital?
What has your work in Africa taught you?
Not everyone can say they have saved a life, how does it feel to know your efforts save lives every day?
You were named a CNN hero, what does that title mean to you?
Who is Hal? / How does it feel to share this project with your husband?
What is a Solar suitcase? / What did the first prototype look like? / How has the suitcase progressed?
What could change if more people knew about the lack of electricity in developing countries?
You are dedicating your life to help people around the world. You are taking time away from your family, time away from your own personal life, what keeps you going?
Do you have a favorite story from your work around the world?

Our approach

While making this documentary we hope to convey a strong narrative with aspects of real personal footage from Dr.Laura Stachel herself.  Following a narration, we will integrate animation and visual effects to bring life to the story. Also, we will be bringing in our own footage and interview with Dr. Laura Stachel. We can not wait to show you all what we put together. Stay tuned.

Pitch Piece – Dr. Laura Stachel

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Here is my pitch piece for the documentary I would like to make.

NOTE: All video, and images are from Dr. Laura Stachel.

Meredith Paulley (Voice) Music

“Accralate” Kevin MacLeod ( 
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Voice Over Script

Everyday in the world roughly 800 women die giving birth.  Most of these deaths occur in poor countries where access to the most basic necessities is scarce.  In Africa the chances of a woman dying during childbirth are 1 in 39, compared to the United States where approximately 18.5 women die for every 100,000 births.


In 2008 Dr. Laura Stachel traveled to Nigeria to find answers about maternal mortality and how it could be lowered.  She found many state hospitals were running without reliable electricity.  Nighttime deliveries were being preformed by candlelight, flashlight, torch, or in complete darkness. Some patients were even being sent away – often with fatal consequences.  If there were any complications during childbirth, doctors would be unable to use medical equipment to save the life of the mother or child without electricity to operate the machines.  Many of these deaths could be prevented if the hospital simply had a reliable source of energy.  Performing surgery in almost complete darkness is very dangerous, often with devastating results.


Dr. Stachel contacted her husband Hal Aronson who has a solar energy background.  Together they came up with an idea to bring power to these hospitals.

The Story of Dr. Laura Stachel

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Here is a voice over introducing my project.

Meredith Paulley (Voice)

Music “Accralate” Kevin MacLeod ( 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0