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I have currently been in the DR for two and a half weeks, and it has been the best experience of my life. I have met and worked with the most amazing people, and feel like we have made an amazing impact on the lives of the people here. We have been working along side ayuda's partner organization, aprendiendo a vivir, to teach and motivate those with diabetes in the DR. After two camps, I can see the difference of the attendees. They know how to rotate sites and are now able to give injections on their own, things they were not able to do before. Working with the oldest age group, I know that the things we taught them they will remember and use for the rest of their lives. Some of the children had diabetes burnout, when they do not want to deal with the day to day struggles of diabetes any more. We were able to show them the importance of taking care of themselves, and they understood that diabetes is not something to take lightly.
I have had type one diabetes since the age of two, and I would not be able to thrive with this disease without the help of my friends and family. My dad and both my brothers also have type 1, and we don't really know life without this disease. We struggle every day to maintain good blood sugars, while trying to be successful in our lives.
This summer, I will embark on a life-changing experience in the Dominican Republic (DR) as a volunteer for AYUDA. 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 living with diabetes. These initiatives include "Campo Amigo" a diabetes education camp for young people living with diabetes, and participating in outreach activities such as hospital & home visits.
I want to be able to help young children in the DR and give them the support that I have had. In the DR many children are not able to thrive with diabetes, and need support from others. That is our goal, to help kids who need assistance.
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 endeavors to remain a grassroots volunteer organization in a unique way: by asking its volunteers to participate in fundraising for their programs. In fact, without fundraising by volunteers like me, AYUDA’s in-country work would not be possible.
For more information about AYUDA and its important work, please visit their website. (www.ayudavolunteer.org)
I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in July, but my journey begins today! I need to reach my fundraising goal by July 6th. Please support me in this important goal by making a contribution. A tax-deductible donation online makes supporting AYUDA quick and easy. You can also send your contribution to the address listed below.
To mail in a donation, please, make all checks payable to: AYUDA Inc. and please put my name in the Memo field.
AYUDA Inc, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington VA 22209
Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference. Your support will ensure that local diabetes programs will continue to thrive and that young people in these communities will have access to education and tools that will help them live happier, healthier lives with diabetes. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up!
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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