Project #1860

Lifesaving Diabetes Education for Ecuadorian Youth

by AYUDA, Inc

This note is to thank all our supporters who have generously contributed to our activities to provide lifesaving education and support for children living with diabetes in Ecuador. 

AYUDA has been collaborating with its local partner in Quito: la Fundación Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador (FDJE) since 2004 and we are happy to report that the local team is now in a position to lead and sustain the majority of their activities. This is an achievement!

As we go forward we are discussing new ways to support the local diabetes community in Ecuador via AYUDA’s mission to empower youth to serve as agents of change. In the mean time we are also carrying out multiple ongoing grassroots projects we have in diabetic communities in the Dominican Republic and a pilot program we intend to launch with partners in an additional country in 2014.

Click here for more information on our Dominican Republic Projects on Global Giving.

Thank you!

Since we last wrote, AYUDA's partner organization, the FDJE, the Fundación Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador, and AYUDA have been in ongoing, weekly discussions about new opportunities for collaboration in Ecuador.

In the early years, AYUDA volunteers worked closely with the local youth with diabetes from the FDJE and lead many of the activities. Today, after more than 10 years of projects together, the local youth are now leading the activities and AYUDA provide their support. A huge success! Now, together we are able to consider focusing on new activities and projects to support the Type 1 Diabetes Community in Ecuador.

This summer, an experienced AYUDA Volunteer will be spending 6 weeks in Quito supporting the summer diabetes camp activities and beginning to explore the possibilities of a mobile technology initiative to increase compliance among young people with diabetes.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as our discussions and plans with our partner continue and we look forward to sharing as we go forward. We are excited about this new phrase in our partnership!

If you're interested in learning more about other diabetes education projects AYUDA is supporting, take a look at our newest endeavour in the Dominican Republic, also featured on Global Giving:

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.

AYUDA is excited to share it's latest insight into our diabetes education outreach work on the coast of Ecuador, in conjuction with our partners la Fundacion Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador. The video is narrated in English and Spanish by Sam Wohns, one of AYUDA's Volunteer Mentors. This video was completed in time to commemorate November 14th, World Diabetes Day!

This month our Ecuadorian partners have been increasing awareness of diabetes through the provision of  free screenings for the general public. The FDJE manned a stand in one of the main shopping centres in Quito, el Centro Comercial el Inaquito. Apart from providing blood glucose tests they were able to provide counselling and information on diabetes, its symptoms and how to prevent and/or manage the consition.

Take a look:

Guido, FDJE youth leader, leading camp protocol
Guido, FDJE youth leader, leading camp protocol

This July, 15 AYUDA volunteers, 2 volunteer mentors, 2 volunteer assistant mentors, and 5 volunteer health care professionals traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to take part in the 2012 Summer Ecuador Volunteer Program (accompanied by AYUDA staff). Over the course of 3 weeks, AYUDA volunteers, working with AYUDA's partner organization the Fundación Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador (FDJE), experienced an extensive training program that prepared them for their in-country experiences, particularly the home visits. They also took part in outreach activities, visiting the homes of their campers; planned camp activities with FDJE youth leaders and became committed Campo Amigo counselors.

For the volunteers, two of the most powerful experiences were the home visits and camp. The goal of the home visits, led by FDJE youth leaders, was not just to give volunteers the chance to meet first-time campers prior to Campo Amigo but most importantly to give new campers the opportunity to connect with their counselors before camp and for parents to feel comfortable with some of the team who would be taking care of their children during Campo Amigo. It also gave volunteers a greater understanding of the daily lives of those living with type 1 diabetes in Ecuador. Volunteers and youth leaders, were able to gather information from families about diabetes care prior to camp, and also answer questions from parents about the program.

The home visits helped prepare volunteers for Campo Amigo Ecuador, which was attended by 72 campers from ages 5 to 18, all with Type 1 diabetes. Working together with youth leaders, counselors-in-training, FDJE’s technical staff, endocrinologists and a medical team, volunteers supported campers through education, nutrition, sports and arts activities during the five-day program.

Learning through doing was a major emphasis of the camps – even meal times served as key learning opportunities with discussions encouraged at each table around portion size and carbohydrate counting.

Below are some thoughts from the volunteers.

Jeanette Schnierle To be honest, I have no idea how anyone could ever choose “negative experience” or “no impact” [when talking about AYUDA]. I learned so much through AYUDA, especially about all the aspects necessary to facilitate change for a global health issue. I only hope that I had an impact on people I was fortunate enough to meet as much as they impacted me. Volunteering with AYUDA has undoubtedly been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and has only reinvigorated my passion and interest in Latin America and working in the global health realm.

Courtney Jones First, AYUDA has helped me with my own diabetes care. I really can’t thank the program enough… after 17 years, I felt like I had kind of lost my way with my management. I feel like I am back on track, and for that I feel grateful. AYUDA has truly opened my eyes to varying levels of healthcare in the world. I realize I have been living in a bubble, and now I want to study more and get back out there and help more. I know that camp wouldn’t have been what it was if I hadn’t have raised $6,000. I think it was also really empowering for campers to see other people with diabetes not from Ecuador…so they can learn that they aren’t alone, and that others are doing okay living with the same condition.

Suzette Morabito “ I don’t have enough space to describe AYUDA’s impact! It not only helped me to understand diabetes with a world perspective but also to embrace my own diabetes. Working with all sorts of people with different perspectives on diabetes helped me to see it in such a new light.”

As always, thank for your continued support of AYUDA and our partners - as AYUDA's motto says "Juntos somos mas fuertes! Together we are stronger! We look forward to continuing to make a measurable differences in the lives of children living with diabetes in Ecuador and beyond.

If you think you might be interested in volunteering in our 2013 programs, our online application process opens on October 19th - check out for further details!

AYUDA medics prepare for campers arrival
AYUDA medics prepare for campers arrival
Lowering your blood sugar through dance!
Lowering your blood sugar through dance!
Campo Amigo Ecuador 2012!
Campo Amigo Ecuador 2012!
One of the boys group at camp (11-15yrs)
One of the boys group at camp (11-15yrs)

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Location: Arlington, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nicolas Cuttriss
Arlington, VA United States

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Thanks to 117 donors like you, a total of $6,337 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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