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  • 1. AYUDA in the Dominican Republic
  • 2. Welcome to Campo Amigo RD!
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    • Where kids with diabetes of all ages come to learn vital self management skills
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    • such as how to check their blood sugars and interpret the results ,
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    • identify appropriate injection sites,
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    • and give themselves insulin injections.
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    • At camp they also play sports and games,
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    • sing and dance,
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    • and spend time with other kids with diabetes.
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    • The goal is for them to know how to manage their diabetes so that it can become a smaller part of their lives.
  • 11.
    • Meet the volunteers!
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    • Three of us have diabetes ourselves, and we were all trained in diabetes education before camp
  • 13.
    • As AYUDA volunteers, we collaborated with the Dominican foundation "Fundacion Aprendiendo A Vivir" and local med students
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    • While we weren’t working at the camp,
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    • we worked on preparing materials for sports, nutrition, and education,
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    • visited communities around Santo Domingo,
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    • met with kids individually,
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    • and visited the local hospital where our campers go for prescriptions and treatment.
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    • We also enjoyed delicious Dominican meals, such as mangu (mashed plantains),
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    • And learned traditional dances.
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    • Here is a typical day at camp:
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    • The day starts with the volunteers setting up for activities, snacks, and blood testing breaks,
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    • And then the campers start to arrive. They are weighed, and their blood sugars are taken and recorded.
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    • Then the volunteers begin lessons in nutrition, diabetes education, and sports
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    • Between every activity, all of the campers check their blood sugars and are given insulin injections if the doctor thinks it is necessary.
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    • After lunch and a third activity, all of the groups and parents come together for a final group activity
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    • Thank you to all of my supporters! Your donations made this camp possible.
  • 28. ¡Juntos Somos Mas Fuertes!
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