The last few months have been busy for the AYUDA and Aprendiendo A Vivir (AAV) teams. Members of the AYUDA team have been working closely with the AAV young leaders from the new office location (now on the 27 de Febrero) in Santo Domingo.
A young leader from AAV, Alexander Estevez, was selected to join the AYUDA volunteer training program summit in Washington DC held from March 30th to April 1st. Alexander spoke with passion to the new volunteer teams, local partners and guests about the realities of living with diabetes in the Dominican Republic and his hopes for the future given the role of AAV in his country.
Preparations are currently in place for a 10k, 5k and Zumbathon event planned for June 3rd in the Botanical Gardens in Santo Domingo to raise awareness about diabetes and encourage people to exercise (in particular given that 75% of Dominicans do not exercise regularly). The event should also serve to raise funds for the foundation's summer activities. In addition, plans are underway for June’s diabetes education programs with AYUDA planned for June and July 2012, including extended outreach activities across the country.
The FDJE, AYUDA's local partner organization in Quito carried out some of its ongoing local outreach activities in Santa Elena, one of the poorest communities in Ecuador. The program closely supports 16 children with type 1 diabetes from the area as well as their families (although the number is growing).The program was supported by the FDJE's staff and 2 local young leaders. The education sessions target parents and children separately but also include many dynamic group activities which include the community as a whole. The next activities in the region are planned for February and March in conjunction with AYUDA. Additional family programs will be planned in the Quito region around the same time.
November 14th, World Diabetes Day, saw the FJDE carry out education, awareness and advocacy in one of the main plaza's of Quito's historic centre (see some photos below). The activities were aimed at the general public to raise awareness around diabetes and encourage people to engage in physical activity sessions led by some of the young leaders from the foundation.
AYUDA has been busy recruiting talented volunteers with and without diabetes from the US and even Europe for the summer programs in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Recruitment ends February 1st so the office is busy with applications. The next few weeks recruitment and info sessions are happening in the West Coast so look out for us there (for more information see our latest newsletter below).
The next report will follow our upcoming site visits and local programs in March.
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The past few months have been busy both for AYUDA and AYUDA's local partner organization Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV), based in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Weekly education sessions at AAV recommenced after the holidays. The education sessions are organized according to age of the participants - with three main groups. A new location has also been found for the AAV foundation - the new site will be much more easily accessed from the local hosiptal where children and young people visit for their checkups and supplies prior to attending their education sessions at AAV. More to follow in the next report!
AYUDA has been actively recruiting volunteers across the US with and without diabetes to serve as volunteers and role models in the DR programs this summer. We have even had applicants from multiple European countries. Both organizations are currently gearing up for a site visit in the coming months and extended planning for the annual program. Applictions are due February 1st when the selection process and then training will begin.
In conjunction with Aprendiendo A Vivir, AYUDA launched it's newest video in honor of World Diabetes Day on November 14th. The video "Empowering Youth in the Dominican Republic" can be seen on this site and is also available with Spanish subititles on AYUDA's youtube page www.youtube.com/ayudainc
Our latest newsletter can be found below. We hope you enjoy it.