We are working with our local partner in Quito, Fundación Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador (FDJE) in order to continue to offer sustainable locally appropriate and high quality AYUDA programs in the future. Opportunities may become available and will be advertised here. Please continue to check back for updates!
Working with FDJE, AYUDA has worked to empower young people living with diabetes in Ecuador for over ten years. Below is a summary and video from our 2012 Summer Program.
AYUDA Summer Program Ecuador 2012
In July 2012, 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. Over the course of 3 weeks, AYUDA volunteers, working with 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.
“ 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.”
- Suzette Morabito, 2012 AYUDA Ecuador volunteer
This past spring AYUDA volunteer mentor Sam Wohns traveled to with Quito, along with fellow volunteer mentor Corey Greenblatt and AYUDA Director of International Operations Merith Basey, to work with the Fundación Diabetes Juvenil del Ecuador (FDJE) on diabetes outreach projects. This trip was captured in a short video by filmmaker Dr. Jonny White of Welcome to type 1. In this video, Sam reflects on the personal meaning of “Together we are Stronger” and the strength of the diabetes community within Ecuador.