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

Nov 29, 2010

Another Successful Supplies Distribution!

Lencha Bocel and her great granddaughter

November 25, 2010 - We just had another successful distribution of supplies to our members and their families. This time we included shoes, soap, skin moisturizers (especially important for the bedridden), sheets, towels, and more blankets and sweaters.

The supplies that we distribute are based on the needs that we observe. Through our daily visits of our elderly members, we are also able to check up on and help their families. 

For example, through our lunch runs we found out that Jose David, the handicapped grandson of Fransisca Chuiqirin, wasn't getting any assistance. Now, with the help of Mayan Families, he is getting physical therapy twice a week. Also, when we found out that elderly member Maria Sequec's grandchildren didn't have shoes or enough clothes, we got them all some.

For more photos of the event, click here!

Maria Sequec's family receiving clothing, shoes, and blankets.

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