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

Savina Bocel Palax

Savina Bocel Palax is 73 years old.  She lives in San Jorge, with her husband--sort of.  As Savina explained with a chuckle, she's separated from 81 year old Nicolas.  He sleeps in the only bedroom, while she sets up a small cot in the kitchen.  Each morning, she packs her few blankets and puts them in a bag, so they won't smell like smoke from the open fire.  

Savina and Nicolas have children, but they are all grown with families of their own to care for, and for the most part they can't provide their parents with any help.  One son occasionally brings his mother some beans, but this support isn't regular.  Savina's diet is inconsistent--some days she has food, and some days she doesn't.

Despite the hardships in her life, Savina is constantly smiling and laughing.  She was happy to have visitors as she showed us her small house, and she laughed as she explained why she keeps her blankets packed up during the day.

She is receiving a multi-vitamin each day at the feeding program, but she would like to try some pain medicine for the pain and swelling in her feet and knees, which at the moment keeps her from making tortillas.

If you would like to help Savina, either with support for pain medication or food, you can do so at Donate Now, by entering your donation in the 'Other' box, and putting A51 and the purpose of your donation ('food,' meds' etc.) in the 'Details'. To continue giving Savina a daily nutritious hot meal at the feeding centre, it will cost around $60 monthly. If you would like to provide a monthly donation for Savina please go to the donate monthly page and enter A51 Thank you!

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