World Diabetes Day, Quito, some of the FDJE team
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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FDJE's Majo young leader & nutritionist in action
FDJE's nutritionist Mercedes