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Native Eyes by Claudia Paul

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I was documenting a woman’s journey through breast cancer years back when my friend Lisa (a filmmaker) suggested I should meet Wendy Black-Nasta, founder of Non-Profit Artists for World Peace.

Little did I know that she would change my life. 

Wendy told me about her humanitarian work worldwide and before I knew it I was on a plane to Tanzania with her in 2012. It’s been an amazing experience filming and photographing the projects they are doing - I went to Africa three times and continued working with AFWP locally as well. 

Which brings us to the trip I am embarking on right now. After running an extremely successful eye clinic in Tanzania, we are going to open the first free eye clinic on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, serving around 1200 tribal members. The Native American community is extremely neglected when it comes to access to proper health care, education, housing, food, etc.

I am very excited to be part of this project in our own country - I often get asked why I am traveling all the way across the world to do good. I don’t think it matters where you help - as long as your heart is in it and you are making a difference, even on a very small scale.