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~Connect, Support, and Help others with Type I Diabetes~
One of the most noteworthy experiences I had was traveling to small towns outside the capital city to visit several type I diabetic children and their families. This allowed me to see more of the country's richly diverse geography and helped me understand more of the socioeconomic conditions that exist in Ecuador. It was on this outreach trip that I got to meet a little girl and her grandmother outside of their home, which doubled as a little convenience store. The little girl was seven years old and had been diagnosed at five. Tragically, her mother had passed away when she was six, and she now lives with her grandmother and ailing grandfather in the back of the convenience store with the financial support of her father. On top of all of these struggles, she was also dealing with type I diabetes with hardly any funds. Test strips used to test blood glucose are very expensive, and her family only had enough money to test once or twice a week (at least 4 times a day is recommended in the US). The little girl had a similar-aged female cousin, and with the two girls playing side by side it was very evident that the one with type I diabetes had much less energy and life than the healthy girl. Long story short, we were thankfully able to convince this little girl to come to Campo Amigo and her family had to pay nothing thanks to YOUR donations!!!
AYUDA is a nonprofit 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 to develop and implement sustainable diabetes programs throughout the world, with its initial focus emerging out of Latin America. AYUDA's innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for empowering young people living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives.
Address:AYUDA Inc, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington VA 22209
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