AYUDA Project

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Many of you know that I’ve been living with Type 1 Diabetes since age 4. Because of this, I am incredibly passionate about diabetes around the world – particularly when it comes to access to insulin and diabetes education. My outrage that not everyone living with diabetes has equal access to what they deserve has inspired me to work fervently towards global access to insulin, as well as ensuring support and education for all people living with diabetes. This passion has led me in the direction of a sure to be life-changing experience this summer.

I will volunteer for AYUDA and am hoping to travel to the Dominican Republic this summer to take part in a Spanish-speaking Diabetes camp for kids. I’m trying to raise funds to do so, and these dollars raised go directly into helping Dominican kids receive and learn how to use supplies and education to deal with an often confusing and scary disease. Imagine a 4-year-old getting stabbed with needles multiple times daily for their whole life without anyone to explain things, or helping them understand and still feel valued, loved, and supported. Imagine a 4-year-old who doesn’t even have the insulin or needles. Luckily I had these things, but kids around the world are often lacking these necessities, education included. That’s why I’m doing this.

My husband is supporting this project, too. Click the link to see what he’s up to. He’s crazy and amazing.

What is AYUDA?
AYUDA is a non-profit volunteer organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for empowering local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives. I am so excited and lucky to be one of those volunteers.

As a volunteer, I will go to the Dominican Republic for almost a month to support AYUDA’s local partner organization, Aprendiendo a Vivir. Together we will organize programs for young people with diabetes to promote youth leadership and motivate young people with diabetes to lead healthier and happier lives. My experience as an International Diabetes Federation Young Leader has prepared me for this challenge. For some of the young people in the DR, it will be their first experience receiving diabetes education and meeting other people living with diabetes.

Please get in touch if you have further questions about the program or my involvement with AYUDA. You can also read my interview with Merith from the organization to get a better Idea about AYUDA’s important work.

Why is your donation so important?
AYUDA endeavours to remain a grassroots volunteer organization in a unique way: by asking its volunteers to participate in fundraising for the cost of their programs. Fundraising by volunteers contributes to the majority of the costs to run AYUDA’s programs and sponsor local diabetes projects, so every donation goes directly to the program.

I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in June, but my journey has already begun. I need to reach my hefty fundraising goal by June 14th. Please support me in this important goal by making a contribution! A tax-deductible donation online makes supporting AYUDA quick and easy. Your support will ensure that local diabetes programs will continue to thrive and that young people in these communities will have access to education and tools that will help them live happier, healthier lives with diabetes. I cannot stress enough the importance of this program. Whatever you can give will help – it all adds up!

we greatly appreciate your support towards this hugely significant experience. Thank you!
¡Juntos Somos Mas Fuertes!


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