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Mr. Krishna Sivakumar
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Goal: $5,750.00
Achieved: $3,000.00

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This summer, I will embark on a life-changing experience in the Dominican Republic (DR) as a volunteer for AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.). Together with AYUDA's in-country partner organization, Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV - "learning to live") and my fellow volunteers, we will organize diabetes education initiatives for young people and adults living with diabetes in 5 different provinces around the country.

What is AYUDA?

AYUDA is a non-profit volunteer organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. AYUDA is dedicated to supporting local diabetes communities in their development and implementation of sustainable and global diabetes programs. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for empowering local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives.

AYUDA is guided by three main principles:

A lack of education is as dangerous as a lack of insulin. AYUDA was founded in reaction to seeing children with diabetes who had access to insulin and medical treatment, but still faced complications and early death because they did not know how to manage their condition. AYUDA programs address the severe lack of education by implementing our innovative youth-to-youth education model.

Youth can serve as powerful agents of change. Youth empowerment is the fundamental principle for AYUDA, and is also exemplified by the members on the AYUDA team. Our educational and youth leadership programs increase interaction among youth, develop awareness of their ability to impact change in their communities, and provide them with the tools and skills to do so.

Understanding is just as important as doing. AYUDA partners with local communities and organizations in order to better understand their issues and to help create innovative solutions. Learning and understanding cultural context is critical to developing solutions prior to taking action.

For more information about AYUDA and its important work, please visit their website. (www.ayudainc.net )

My Story

It all started off with a simple visit to the doctor's office, but in 15 minutes, that visit set off a chain of events that would change my life forever. At the age of eight, I was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1), most commonly known as Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition that involves the immune system destroying the person's own beta cells in the pancreas. These beta cells produce the hormone insulin, a hormone which allows cells to absorb glucose. People with diabetes must therefore administer their own insulin (usually through shots or an insulin pump) and prick their fingers regularly to test their blood sugar. For a more in depth look at diabetes, WedMD has a great explanation (http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/type-1-diabetes).

Over the years, I have been grateful enough to have the support of my family and countless friends to help me through this journey. While I have grown accostomed to managing my condition and trying not to let it prevent me from doing the things I love, I still feel heartbroken when I view the growing numbers of diabetes-related deaths mainly in developing countries because there is so much we can do to help them. My desire to bring this wealth of knowledge to underdeveloped communties is what has driven me to apply to AYUDA. Your gift to AYUDA will help countless generations of children in the Dominican Republic prosper for years to come. 

How you can help

I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in July, but my journey begins today! I need to reach my fundraising goal by July 22nd. Please support me in this important goal by making a contribution. Therefore, I need your help. Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $5,750 by June 14th. Your donation goes directly to AYUDA and it is completely tax-deductible. Every contribution helps fund AYUDA’s goal of educating and empowering youth in the Dominican Republic. Your support will ensure that young diabetics in these communities will have access to education and tools that will help them live happier and healthier lives. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up! In fact, without fundraising by volunteers like me, AYUDA’s in-country work would not be possible.

If you prefer to donate online, you can click on the orange button at the top of the page to donate. You can also send your contribution to the address listed below.

To mail a donation, please make all checks payable to “AYUDA Inc.” and please put my name in the Memo field.

Mail to:

AYUDA Inc, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington VA 22209

I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

¡Juntos Somos Más Fuertes!
Together We Are Stronger!

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