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

Apr 15, 2011

Maria Luisa Coroxon

Update May 5th 2011
Maria receiving her new mattress and blanket
Thanks so much to kind donors Maria now has a brand new mattress and a nice thick woolen blanket to keep her warm. Thank you to those who made this possible!

Original Post
Maria in the doorway of her room.
Maria Luisa Coraxon is 89 years old and is entirely alone. She has no children to take care of her or provide any form of support. Because of the lack of family support the only food that Maria is able to eat is the lunch provided by Mayan families. She told us that she saves the tortillas from lunch and brings them home so that there is something to eat in the evenings for dinner. Maria rents a room for just 10 Q a month--essentially nothing--because the landlord knows that she has nowhere else to go.  Her tiny home consists of one room, and she has no electricity, no running water, no stove, and no water filter. The walls of her room are covered in a thick black soot from the open fire that is burning inside.

Maria suffers from chronic back pain, which is not helped by the fact that she sleeps on a wooden bed with no mattress.  Her aches can be alleviated with simple over the counter painkillers, but she cannot afford to buy them.

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