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AYUDA a 2014 Big Blue Test Grantee


Video taken during Diabetes Hands Foundation visit to Campo Amigo Dominicano

 AYUDA is pleased to announce that we have been named a 2014 Big Blue Test Grant Recipient. The aim of the Big Blue Test Grant is to help people with diabetes who are living in communities that are traditionally underserved, and are at high risk for or have a high incidence of diabetes. The Diabetes Hands Foundation has pledged US$15,000 to support AYUDA’s World Diabetes Day (WDD) educational outreach program in the Dominican Republic this November.

During the WDD Program, AYUDA volunteers will work in conjunction with our partners in Santo Domingo, Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV) to provide health education sessions to Dominican school students on the subject of diabetes and healthy living. We will also be promoting the Big Blue Test during this 9-day program.

For more information about the Big Blue Test Grantees, click here.  Click on the link for more information about AYUDA’s WDD Program.




AYUDA receives $25,000 donation from Exotix Partners as Charity Day Beneficiary

Arlington, VA: April 3 2014 – AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad) is a volunteer based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young people to become agents of social change in diabetes communities around the world.


Register now for Gamémosle!

AYUDA is pleased to announce that it was chosen as a 2013 beneficiary of Exotix Partner’s (Exotix) charity trade day that took place on December 3rd, 2013. Exotix, a specialist merchant bank in fast-growing emerging, frontier and illiquid markets, donated $25,000 to AYUDA to support volunteer outreach activities in their 2014 Ganémosle Program in the Dominican Republic (DR).

“Exotix is our first new corporate donor in 2014; this is a crucial area of growth for AYUDA to expand its reach, and we are confident others will follow suit,” stated Ellen Carver, AYUDA Executive Director.

During the 2014 Ganémosle Program, taking place May 24 – June 2, 2014, AYUDA volunteers will conduct outreach activities in the DR that raise diabetes awareness and promote fitness. In a country where 1 in 4 are either living with or at risk for diabetes, this Program was created in support of AYUDA’s partner organization Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV)’s campaign: Ganémosle la Carrera la diabetes (“Lets beat diabetes”) which aims to motivate better lifestyle choices though nutrition, exercise and education. The culmination of this campaign is the 10k race and fitness event occurring on June 1st, 2014 in Santo Domingo. Team AYUDA will wear t-shirts branded with the Exotix logo in gratitude for their support.

“Exotix is extremely proud to sponsor the valuable work of AYUDA in the Dominican Republic. We are delighted that we are able to help make a real difference to people’s lives through our support for this and other charities”, said Claire Mackay, who coordinates the Exotix annual Charity Day.

Exotix contributes a portion of its annual revenue to various charities as a result of its annual Charity Day in December. Their aim is to assist charities who do excellent work and whose focus is on the countries and regions where they do business. Since 1999, Exotix has donated over US$1,500,000 to various charities.



To make a personal donation to the AYUDA Ganémosle Program, click here. To register to run alongside AYUDA volunteers and Dominican youth leaders in the Ganémosle race on June 1st in Santo Domingo, click here.



AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.) is a non-profit volunteer-based organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of social change in diabetes communities throughout the world. AYUDA is dedicated to working with local diabetes communities to develop and implement sustainable diabetes programs throughout the world, with its initial focus emerging out of Latin America. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as a catalyst to empower local youth living with diabetes to form healthy habits and better manage their diabetes. AYUDA has established an international volunteer program that mobilizes individuals - ranging from high school students to world-class medical professionals - to support educational and leadership programs around the globe. To learn more:

About Exotix Partners

Exotix Partners is a specialist merchant bank with global capability and expertise in fast-growing emerging, frontier and illiquid markets. Established in 1999 in London our offices now span Dubai, New York and Lagos with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals. We have a research sales and trading platform across the major asset classes; equities, loans and bonds. We combine skills in raising capital with an understanding of illiquid, distressed and undervalued debt. In the last 15 years we have advised more than 1,000 clients and through this extensive client base and investor relations, our international presence and research capability, we identify value, provide specialist support and advice and intermediate buyers and sellers. We are an independent business owned by employees and Michael Spencer, CEO of ICAP plc, together with his family trusts.

Frontier markets account for 22% of the world’s population and 7% of the world’s GDP (on a purchasing power parity basis), but only 2% of the world’s market capitalisation (on a float-adjusted basis), compared to emerging markets with 63% of the world’s population, 43% of world GDP and 13% of the world’s market capitalisation (source: CIA World Factbook, IMF, MSCI)

Happy Thanksgiving from AYUDA


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Greetings from Tucson! TEAM AYUDA has just wrapped up an inspiring weekend biking alongside members of the Pascua Yacqui Tribe and over 9,000 other riders in the Perimeter Bicycling's 31st El Tour de Tucson, presented by Casino Del Sol Resort. Unprecedented rainfall (a first for in the 31-year history of this desert ride!) and cold winds out of the Catalina Mountains gave a couple of team members hypothermia scares, but all of TEAM AYUDA finished the ride in one piece! Our Pre-Ride Dinner and Sweet 16 Celebration featured a heart-warming slideshow from 16 years of camps, a toast to Merith Basey for 9 years of service, and amazing testimonials from members of the Pascua Yacqui tribe about how their involvement in the fitness program has improved not only their A1Cs but their lives. Click here to see our twitter updates from the event.


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EARLY APPLICATION UPDATE: We have filled a quarter of our 2014 Volunteer positions under our new Early Decision policy.These volunteers will receive introductory AYUDA training and begin their fundraising in early December! Our standard application deadline is January 26, 2014. January will be upon us in a hurry, don't miss this life-changing opportunity! Apply Now!


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SUPPORT A VOLUNTEER: Get into the holiday giving spirit! If you aren't planning on volunteering this year, and want to give back to AYUDA, consider supporting current volunteers by donating to their personal page! Click here to search Volunteer pages. Want to help in another way?  Visit the Ambassadors section of our website and see how you can help support us in other ways!

COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN: For Federal employees, through Child Aid International you can donate your pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction to AYUDA. Our number is: 39207. Search for AYUDA in the CFC directory under key word: Diabetes

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WORLD DIABETES DAY: To commemorate World Diabetes Day on November 14, AYUDA launched a pilot program in the Domincian Repbublic (DR) that focused on raising diabetes awareness in schools across Santo Domingo. Along with our amazing experienced volunteers, this program was funded via a new $5,000 grant from Medtronic Diabetes. Our volunteers, working with AAV leaders were able to reach over 1,000 students in the DR and many more after making television and radio appearances. And if that wasn't enough they also hosted a global twitter chat #wdd2013. Click here to read more.


Big blue test: Join the movement!


It's time to get your test on!
The 2013 Big Blue Test campaign has started.  Between now and November 14th, we challenge you to do as many #BigBlueTests as you can to help us reach our goal of 20,000 entries.
Each entry triggers a donation to nonprofit groups that provide life-saving insulin, diabetes supplies, and education.  This year the #BigBlueTest will benefit St. Anthony's Medical Clinic in San Francisco, University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, Co., FHADIMAC in Haiti and Aprendiendo a Vivir in Dominican Republic (FHADIMAC and AAV are both AYUDA partners!!!)

 If you have diabetes or if you do not, taking the test is really simple:

1. Test your blood glucose (skip this step if you do not have diabetes).
2. Get active for 14-20 minutes.
3. Test again.
4. Share the results on or use one of the smartphone apps on their website.
5. Come back every day and tell others!

Remember that every time that you take the Big Blue Test between now and November 14th you will trigger a donation on your behalf to nonprofit groups that are providing life-saving supplies, services and education to people with diabetes in need.

Join the movement.  Log on to and submit a test or use your iPhone or Android device.


Join Us For El Tour de Tucson

Join Us For El Tour de Tucson
America's biggest "cyclosportive"
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tucson, Arizona

We are excited to share with you that AYUDA has been selected as a beneficiary of El Tour De Tucson!

For the past year, AYUDA’s Volunteer Mentor and elite cyclist, James Stout, has supported an exercise and empowerment initiative with youth from the Pascua Yaqui Nation who are living with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes.  James has used his own experiences riding and living with diabetes to inspire members of the tribe – most of whom are training to participate in El Tour for the first time.

We are hosting a registration portal to raise funds to support AYUDA’s programs that empower youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. From 5 miles to 111 miles, El Tour offers riding distances for all abilities and fitness levels!

Join Us! Register Now!

El Tour de Tucson: Benefits to Joining TEAM AYUDA

james2.jpeg●      Join a motivating team that includes youth from the Pascua Yaqui Nation and AYUDA volunteers and alumni who are empowering youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world.

●      Be part of the largest cyclosportive event in the USA (El Tour de Tucscon attracts over 9,000 participants each year) and ride with some of the USA’s finest cyclists, including Olympians and Tour de France winners!

●     Receive incentives such as access to a pre-event VIP private dinner, VIP access to a post-race hospitality tent, AYUDA prize pack, exclusive access to online training plans, and an opportunity to win free accommodation during the weekend of the event.

●    Feel good and do good at the same time by having fun and raising money to benefit AYUDA.  



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