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

Mar 31, 2011

Cayetana, Maria Anacleta and Guadalupe

Cayetana is 89 years old. She shares her bed and her one roomed house with one of her daughters, Guadalupe. Another daughter, Maria Anacleta lives next door. Cayetana's husaband died 8 years ago when he got hit my car while walking home one evening. Cayetana is in remarkable health considering her age and the life she has led. Her daughter Maria Anacleta is blind, and therefore relies on Cayetana to lead her whenever she leaves the house, they achieve this by Anacleta holding onto Cayetana's sleeve. Cayetana's other daughter, Guadalupe is also blind, and is furthermore unable to speak or walk. She is now 40 years old and her mother still has to assist her to wash and dress herself. They do not have any furniture other than the bed that Mayan Families donated to them 3 years ago, Cayetana and Guadalupe keep their clothes in a sack on the ground, and Anacleta keeps hers in a cardboard box. They share a kitchen that has a dirt floor and a corrugated iron roof and walls, however the walls and roof have a lot of holes and gaps and during the rainy season (a good 5 or 6 months every year) the floor becomes a quagmire of mud.
Cayetana, despite her advanced years is the only one of the three women who is able-bodied enough to collect wood to cook with. She has to climb up the steep mountain and then carry back her findings on her head and back.
Maria Anacleta
To support these women in receiving nutritious cooked lunches from the Mayan Families elderly program, and to provide cooking wood bought from the market rather than Cayetana having to fetch it from up the mountain and to provide pain medication and vitamins and a daily hot meal with Mayan Families, we estimate they each require a monthly donation of $67. To provide for Cayetana, please go to the donate monthly page, scroll down to the other programs box and enter A 60
If you would like to support Guadalupe, please go to the donate monthly page and enter A 61
To assist Maria Anacleta please go to the donate monthly page enter A 55
If you would like to make a one-time donation please go to the donate now page, scroll down to the other box and enter A60, A 61 or A 55.
Thank you so much!
Maria Anacleta's bed

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