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 email@example.com
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
May 30, 2011
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May 18, 2011
May 17, 2011
Donate Now, and enter your donation in the "Other" box. In the "Details," write "A70 Medical". Thank you!
Dolores lives in Panajachel with her husband, who also suffers from medical problems. They live in a single room next to Isabel and her children (ages 22, 20 and 17). Isabel and her siblings all chip in to pay the modest rent for their parents' room, but even that is a stretch. Isabel's two sons, Antonio and Alberto, are studying, but both work taking gravel out of the river--a very difficult job, with low and uncertain pay--in order to support the family. Her daughter Josefina, 17, is studying full time (Antonio and Josefina have scholarships through another organization). Isabel does what she can to care for her parents, but with the rainy season coming, it is likely that the boys won't be able to mine gravel for a few months, leaving the family without an income. Any help that you can give them as they try to care for Dolores would be very much appreciated.
May 13, 2011
|Maria Vincenta in her house|
Maria is very fortunate to have a caring and supportive family, however they all struggle greatly to be able to provide her with enough food, and they all often go without. If you would like to ensure Maria gets at least one nutritious meal a day at the San Jorge lunch centre it costs $40 a month. Please go to the donate monthly page and enter A62 in the other program box.
Thank you for your support.
May 10, 2011
|Juan and Vicenta receiving their new mattress|
Vicenta and Juan outside their grandchildren's home.
The bed, without a mattress, that Vicenta and Juan share.
May 6, 2011
Santos has been blind since June 2010, no one really knows why he went blind. Simply he was fine, then one day his eyes started to itch, and gradually the itchiness became stronger and more frequent and then the itch turned into pain, and he finally went to a doctor. The doctor he consulted at the public hospital said that there was nothing that could be done, and Santos lost his sight in both eyes.
Santos is very fortunate and grateful that he has a caring family who look after him. His 7 year old grandson, Alex, lets Santos put his hand on his shoulder and leads him around from place to place whenever Santos leaves the house.
This family of 6 shares one bedroom and one small kitchen. They have two beds, one of which Santos shares with Alex.
The family already have a stove and water filter. Though they have very little, when we asked them what their needs are, they said they don't really need anything. We would like to make sure that Santos receives daily meals from the Mayan Families Elderly Feeding Program - both to ensure he gets at least one hot meal everyday, and to ensure the rest of the family can conserve what little food they can afford on one small, unstable, poorly paid wage. Sponsoring Santos to ensure he can receive daily hot meals with Mayan Families, and to provide him with daily vitamins would cost $60 monthly. If you would like to sponsor Santos for all or part of this amount please go to the donate monthly page and enter A68 in family name box.
Thank you so much for all your support!