Welcome To Isabella Hartley's Personal Page
Dear my friends and family,
This year I am incredibly blessed to have been given the chance to return to the Dominican Republic with AYUDA. I will embark on a life-changing experience in the Dominican Republic (DR) as a volunteer mentor in training 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 that focus on instilling the necessary information to live happy, healthy lives. These initiatives include "Campo Amigo Dominicano" a diabetes education camp for young people living with diabetes, and participating in outreach activities such as hospital & home visits that allow us to truly understand the culture we are working with.
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.
When I learned of such an organization, I could not pass up the opportunity to voluneer! I cannot imagine how such a personal experience will educate and inspire me and cannot wait to witness for myself the impact a youth can have and the difference anyone can make. As I hope to pursue a career in medicine, I know such a mission will be, not only the perfect start, but life-changing. AYUDA uniquely allows those of my age to venture in country and to directly have an impact in a place that needs it.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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.ayudainc.net )
I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in July, but my journey begins today! I need to reach my fundraising goal by July 1st. 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! Your support means everything to me.
Also, I created a Youtube video from my time in the DR. If you would like to experience my journey for yourself, click the link below.
When I try to sum up my previous experience simply, I struggle. I learned and experienced so much while abroad. But here are a few words that sum up what AYUDA has taught me.
We live in a world where our journies always begins with hope and big dreams, but it's easy for desire and want to cloud such things. The people of the Dominican Republic spread wholesome joy and constant smiles despite the environment they are surrounded by. Anger is too heavy to hold onto and instead, we should take a page from their guidebook and live with laughter and spread light. Perhaps it's the extra vitamin D, as a camper told me, but I know I will strive to live as joyfully and as meaningfully as they live every moment.
I truly believe that if everyone could walk this same path I have, our ideals of happiness, hope, and what it means to be great would be completely different. AYUDA allowed me to see how much joy is in the world, and gave me the opportunity to bring more to those who are nothing but deserving. Seeing the effect we were able to have on our Campo Amingo kids through the knowledge and smiles we presented them has been strongly the most empowering time of my life.
Thank you AYUDA for a lesson in hope and happiness & thank you for the opportunity to teach, serve, and spread love in a place of smiles, laughter, and need.
¡Juntos Somos Más Fuertes!
Together We Are Stronger!
With much love,
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