AYUDA, Inc

Empower youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world.
Sep 30, 2016

2016 Summer Program Recap

Dear Friends of AYUDA,

I am excited to share with you some life-changing personal stories from an exceptional team of AYUDA volunteers from AYUDA's 2016 Dominican Republic Volunteer Programs. AYUDA volunteers recently returned from the Dominican Republic after spending the past six months preparing for service and then spending part of their summer working with AYUDA's local partners in the DR to empower youth with diabetes to live happier and healthier lives.

During AYUDA's Campo Amigo Dominicano Volunteer Program, volunteers worked closely with young leaders from local partner organization Aprendiendo A Vivir to design engaging, educational, and empowering activities for two weekends of educational outreach programs. During the first weekend, campers and their families participated in Día de la Familia, a day-long program focused on empowerment and community building within members of the foundation. The second weekend saw the 9th annual Campo Amigo educational diabetes camp. This camp was oriented toward newly diagnosed and more at-risk children with diabetes. AYUDA volunteers led educational activities for their groups to provide campers with the knowledge and empowerment to live happier and healthier lives with diabetes. During these two programs, AYUDA volunteers served over 150 youth living with type 1 diabetes and their families. 

This summer also saw the launch of AYUDA's En El Camino Volunteer Program! During this ten day pilot program, AYUDA volunteers worked alongside Dominican youth volunteers from our local partner organization Aprendiendo A Vivir to plan and lead educational outreach workshops in diabetes communities across the country. Volunteers visited five different provinces and reached upwards of 200 people living with diabetes; helping to strengthen the sustainability of individual diabetes communities as well as the connection between Aprendiendo A Vivir and communities in the surrounding provinces.

You can read volunteers' individual stories from this summer by visiting our AYUDA Volunteer Blogs page on our website. 

As we finish evaluating and debriefing from our summer programs, I want to thank you again for your support of AYUDA, our volunteers, and the youth we serve in the Dominican Republic. We are looking forward to continuing this work into the new year and to another summer of educational and empowering diabetes programs!

Juntos somos más Fuertes! Together we are Stronger!

Nick

Nicolas Cuttriss, MD, MPH
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, AYUDA

Jul 1, 2016

Campo Amigo 2016 Kicks Off!

Greetings from Santo Domingo!! 

Over the past two weeks, AYUDA's Campo Amigo volunteer team has been hard at work collaborating with local partner organization Aprendiendo A Vivir (AAV) to plan and run 2016's summer camp programs! Last Sunday, over 40 campers and their families joined us for Día de La Familia. Throughout the day, AYUDA volunteers together with local AAV leaders ran educational activities for campers and their families to empower youth to live happier and healthier lives with diabetes and build community support. Over the next few days, AYUDA & AAV volunteers have been traveling to the nearby communities of San Pedro de Macorís and San Cristobal to visit campers and learn more about their day-to-day lives outside of camp. Using their experiences from these outreach trips, volunteers are preparing activities for this weekend's Campo Amigo: a two day campo for those more recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We are looking forward to returning to camp tomorrow!

AYUDA is so grateful for the support of donors who allow us to continue this impactful and sustainable work! Together with AAV, AYUDA volunteers are working hard to make sustainable change and positively impact the lives of those living with diabetes in the DR. 

 

Thank you again for your support! Juntos Somos Más Fuertes!

-- The AYUDA Team

Mar 21, 2016

AYUDA March 2016 Update: Dominican Republic

Dear AYUDA Supporters, 

Happy (almost) Spring! Over the past few months, AYUDA has been busily preparing for our upcoming programs supporting type 1 diabetes communities in the Dominincan Republic this summer. After finalizing our team of incredibly qualified and passionate youth volunteers, pre-program training is well underway! Last weekend, AYUDA Volunteers, AYUDA's partners from the Dominican Republic (Aprendiendo A Vivir), AYUDA staff, & Guest Speakers gathered at our headquarters in Washington DC for our training summit. This summit, coupled with a semester-long online E-Course webinar series, make up AYUDA's comprehensive training program designed to prepare volunteers to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities abroad during their summer programs. Not only does our training program aim to equip volunteers with the tools they need to be the most effective changemakers during their AYUDA experience, but it also teaches them skills such as advocacy and social entrepreneurship that will help them be agents of social change in whatever path they choose to pursue in life!

This past weekend's summit focused specifically on preparing volunteers to deliver culturally relevant, sustainable, diabetes education and in doing so empower young people to live happier and healtheir lives with diabetes in the Dominican Republic. Our volunteers will be participating in two outreach programs this coming summer focusing on diabetes educations summer camps for youth and their families, and delivering educational workshops to communities surrounding the capital of Santo Domingo in an exciting new program aimed at connecting diabetes communities throughout the country.

With your support, AYUDA and its volunteers can continue to deliver these programs that change both the lives of our volunteers, and those we serve abroad! 

We tremendously appreciate your support! To learn more, please see our website or feel free to contact us directly.

-- The AYUDA Team

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