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Mia Antoinette Eisenberg
Dear Family and Friends:
This summer, I will travel to the Dominican Republic as a volunteer for AYUDA( American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad). Along with AYUDA's in-country partner organization, Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV - "learning to live") I will work alongside other volunteers to create action plans to educate other young people living with diabetes. These initiatives include "Campo Amigo" a diabetes education camp for youth living with diabetes, as well as participating in outreach activities such as hospital & home visits.
In October of 2014, I was diagnosed with Type One diabetes. I remember the uncertainty I experienced when I first learned to check my blood sugar and give myself injections. I also remember being feeling extremely fortunate that I had the resources to learn about my medical condition. Diabetes is a constant part of my daily life and my goal for this summer is to lessen the burden of diabetes on the global T1D community by educating and supporting those around me. I believe that education is just as important as the insulin and that is one of the reasons why I am going to the Dominican Republic this summer to work with AYUDA.
This past year I have volunteered at Braden Diabetes Clinic supporting children and adults with type one, type two and gestational diabetes. I have also taken Spanish classes for three years and I am super excited to use what I have learned from my experiences in the United States and apply them to my work with AYUDA.
WHAT IS AYUDA
AYUDA is a non-profit volunteer organization that empowers youth to work with diabetes communities around the world. AYUDA is dedicated to supporting local diabetes communities in their development and implementation of sustainable and global diabetes programs by helping educate the community on diabetes healthcare. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for empowering local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives and be proud of their experiences and accomplishments!
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 trip 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 updated on my progress.
¡Juntos Somos Más Fuertes!
Together We Are Stronger!
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