AYUDA, Inc

Empower youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world.
Feb 14, 2013

Let's win the race against diabetes!

 

In 2012 AYUDA supported its Dominican Republic partners Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV) in the development of a national diabetes prevention and exercise campaign “Ganemosle la Carrera a la diabetes” which included a 10K run, a 5k Run/Walk and a Zumbathon. The program was met with such success with close to 4,000 people participating in the event that it is to become an annual event with potential smaller offshoot programs throughout the year. Click here to see the 2012 video. 

In a country where an estimated 70% of the population do not exercise and with an increasing prevalence of diabetes, obesity and other non-communicable diseases, there has been a demand for larger scale events that reach even more members of the general public.

AYUDA is proud to introduce our newest Dominican volunteer program, in partnership with AAV : The Ganemosle 2013 Volunteer Program. This nine-day program will run from June 1st to June 9th. Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on a national grassroots public awareness campaign and fitness event to be held in the nation’s capital, Santo Domingo. We are seeking volunteers who are passionate about being part of a grassroots diabetes exercise movement abroad, and in doing so changing the way the public views diabetes. To skip to the program details, click here
The funds generated from this activity will go to support our partners in their mission to educate children and youth with Type 1 Diabetes in the Dominican Republic. 'Ganemosle' will be the second annual diabetes program that AYUDA and AAV will support in the country, alongside the diabetes education family programs held in the nation's capital, Santo Domingo, since 2009. 
Feb 13, 2013

Update on Ecuador

Since we last wrote AYUDA has been supporting our partner organization based in Quito, Ecuador - la 'Fundacion Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador' (FDJE) through a period of strategic planning for their immediate and longer term future goals. As with all NGOs their goal is to become increasingly sustainable and find increased financial support for their locally based projects.

In the meantime, AYUDA continues to support their project goals in line with our mission to 'empower youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities abroad'. This summer some of our more experienced volunteers plan to return to Ecuador to support the FDJE with smaller, locally focused projects in conjunction with Ecuadorian young leaders with diabetes. As these projects develop we will continue to post!

Currently, AYUDA is preparing for its annual Volunteer Training Program and new intake of volunteers for 2013 projects.

Nov 15, 2012

A video insight into diabetes camp 2012!

This summer Diabetes Hands Foundation joined forces with AYUDA and our partners Aprendiendo a Vivir in Santo Domingo for the Big Blue Test. The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation that encourages people with diabetes to test their blood sugar, exercise for 14-20 minutes, test again and share their experience. During this summer's program for children and youth with type 1 diabetes, as well as their parents, rising young leaders along with the support of the AYUDA staff and volunteers, Campo Amigo Dominicano came together as a community to all do 'The Big Blue Test'. Children and adults alike learned that, for the most part, after 14 or more minutes of exercise their blood sugars were lowered. A simple teachable moment for all.

Please take look at this short, high-energy video of our activities just completed in time for November 14th, World Diabetes Day...

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To commemorate World Diabetes Day, Aprendiendo a Vivir met in el Parque Independencia in Santo Domingo with volunteers and supporters. People were welcomed with blue balloons, T-shirts and big smiles to get together, exercise and unite as a community. Aprendiendo a Vivir also launched a TV campaign to encourage the Dominican TV personalities to all wear the UN Blue Circle pin to show their support for the campaign and encourage others to learn more about diabetes, which affects an estimated 366 million people globally.

This year, to commemorate World Diabetes, AYUDA is collaborating with  Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV) and Caring and Living as Neighbors (CLAN), an organization based in Australia that works to improve the lives of children living with chronic health conditions in resource poor countries including Vietnam, to connect young people living with diabetes via  a “Global Art Works Exchange.”

Inspired by the World Diabetes Day postcard exchange, young people living with diabetes in the US and Dominican Republic have filled out short online questionnaires which speak to their personal experiences of living with diabetes.  These questionaires will be translated by CLAN into Vietnamese and presented to  children and adolescents at a meeting of a youth diabetes club in Ho Chi Minh City later in the month.  The children and young people in Vietnam will then create their own cards, which will be shared with everyone who participates. 
 
We hope this experience will be inspiring and empowering to everyone involved, and will be a great way to connect globally with people living with diabetes on World Diabetes Day.

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