Elderly Info

The food crisis in Guatemala is having a devastating effect on the elderly. Without enough to eat, many older people are becoming weak and malnourished, leaving them more vulnerable to illnesses that they cannot afford medical care for. They are unable to provide for even their most basic needs. In many cases, family members are unable to help as they struggle to feed themselves and their own children, leaving the elderly without any form of support and often living in heartbreaking conditions.

Please help us bring them the life-sustaining food and medical care that they so desperately need. General donations are used to ensure that we always have an adequate supply of food, medicine, and funds for meals, necessary medical treatment, and transportation. Monthly sponsorship would help feed one person, once a day for five days a week. Via blog and web album, we'll show you exactly where your aid is going and help you get to know the men and women whose lives you are changing.

If you would like to sponsor an elderly person for $35 a month, please click here and write "monthly sponsorship'' in the Other box. To make a one-time donation for medicine, rent, or other costs, please click here and enter "Elderly Care Program" in the Other box. Any questions can be directed to Amy at amy@mayanfamilies.org

Media on Mayan Families Elderly

Ancianos : Megan Gette + photos by Rob Bain, Nisa East, Rhett Hammerton and Hiroko Tanaka

Mayan Families- Ancianos Stories : Nisa East

Mayan Families Elderly Feeding Care Program : Rhett Hammerton

Facing Hunger: Elderly in Rural Guatemala

Oct 23, 2010

Help Fransisco See

 *November 18, 2010 Update*
Fransisco has his glasses, and he loves them! He says that before having them he couldn't leave his home on his own because he could see so little, but now with his glasses he can go out and function much more independently. Fransisco has thanked us at Mayan Families and asked us to send deepest thanks to his sponsor. This has made a huge difference for him. 

*November 7, 2010 Update*
We have received a donation to help Fransisco's family buy him glasses! Thank you so much for your support. We are currently working out with the family how to go about making the purchase, and we'll of course keep you posted--photos to come soon! Again, thank you so much. 


Fransisco Sahón is 81 years old and has been living alone since last year, when his wife of over 50 years passed away. They had four children: three daughters and one son, but their son died in adulthood. Fransisco is near blind: he can only see from one eye, but the vision in that eye is very poor. The reason Fransisco cannot see from his left eye is because a failed operation ruined it. After this operation, Fransisco was supposed to go to the optometrist every three months. However, until we took Fransisco for a checkup last week, he hadn’t seen a doctor for four years because his daughters, who are struggling to feed their children and dependent father, hadn’t been able to take off time from their work to accompany him to Sololá, the neighboring town where Fransisco’s doctor is located (Fransisco cannot go there on his own because of his disability).

Fransisco was so excited to finally be able to go see an optometrist with the help of Mayan Families staff, especially because his vision has been deteriorating, making him worried that soon he’ll go completely blind. And at the doctor’s we received great news: Fransisco does not need an operation! Moreover, his vision could be very significantly improved with special glasses. It was very relieving to hear this, but unfortunately Fransisco’s daughters cannot pool together enough money to buy Fransisco the 600 quetzales ($75) glasses. Together they are able to scrape together half of the cost, but they are asking for help to cover the other half ($37.50).

Please help Fransisco get his glasses. Improving his ability to see will make living alone so much easier for him. To make a gift, please click here and enter “Elderly Care, Glasses for Fransisco Sahon” in the Other box. 

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