Today we heard the very sad news that Juan passed away this afternoon, shortly after lunch time. No one was aware that he was unwell, and we believe he went peacefully. Thank you to those who contributed to making his last few days of life more comfortable. He was so grateful for the new mattress, and to be receiving daily hot nutritious food. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and family in their time of grief.
We would greatly appreciate any donations toward the funeral, which is always a very costly event for Guatemalan families.
Update April 19th 2011
Thanks to generous donations, Vicenta and Juan are now getting a brand new mattress for their bed!! They will be so delighted when they find out! Thank you so much, this will improve their quality of life considerably. We are also happy to announce that their first month of medication has also been covered by the same generous donor. Thank you for making this wonderful difference to Vicenta and Juan's life.
Vicenta Chial is 93 years old, and her husband, Juan Ramos, is 87. They live next to their grandchildren, who give them what they can for breakfast and dinner, to supplement the lunch they get from the program.
|Vicenta and Juan outside their grandchildren's home.|
|The bed, without a mattress, that Vicenta and Juan share.|