AYUDA volunteers will help staff a camp for 300 children living with Type 1 Diabetes in the Dominican Republic. Using a peer to peer education model, AYUDA educates and empowers children with Type 1 Diabetes to better manage their condition and lead healthier and happier lives. For a child with diabetes AYUDA believes that a lack of education is just as dangerous a lack of insulin.
25% of the Dominican population is living with, or is at risk of developing, diabetes. The average yearly household income in the DR barely covers the annual costs of proper diabetes care for a child. Most Dominican families affected by diabetes do not have access to diabetes education - an important and vital aspect for managing the condition. However, with the appropriate access to education and supplies they can lead healthier and happier lives.
AYUDA's volunteers work hand in hand with local partner organization, Aprendiendo a Vivir based in the nation's capital Santo Domingo, to provide locally appropriate diabetes education programs for children with Type 1 diabetes and their families. The programs aim to empower young people with diabetes to better manage their condition and in turn become role models for others living with diabetes in their communities.
The program aims to reach the majority of youth with Type 1 Diabetes in the Dominican Republic, increase their diabetes knowledge and enable them to live happier and healthier lives by reducing their hospitalization rates and risk of long term complications due to diabetes. Through promoting youth leadership and civic engagement the project aims to empower new youth leaders, who in turn will support the next generation of children living with diabetes in the DR.