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

Jun 21, 2011

Update: Manuel and Miguel need help!

Update on Manuel and Miguel

These two sweet, elderly brothers are in a difficult situation. They both have disabilities and are in no state to take care of themselves. They are both in our Elderly Care Program, which means they receive one nutritious meal per day. Since they are not able to feed themselves, we always leave the food with their sister. However, we recently discovered that their sister does not give them the food everyday, sometimes only giving them tortillas.

Their niece brought them to the office last week because she is really worried about their health. They are losing weight and are constantly sick due to malnutrition.

Their niece has her own family and needs to work to support her kids, but she would be more than happy to take care of her uncles if we could help her financially.

If you would like to help these two elderly brothers, please go to Donate Now, scroll down to the "other" field, and write A24 and/or A25 in the "Details" box. It will cost U$100 per month to have the niece take care of them full-time, but any amount would be very helpful! If you have any questions, please send an email to dina@mayanfamilies.org.

Thank you!!!
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Manuel and Miguel share a little room behind their niece and nephew's house. However, it is an old building and the roof, which is made of tin sheets, leaks when it rains. Now that the rainy season is on it's way, we would like to get the roof replaced so that they can stay dry and warm and so their room will not become damp and moldy, which could easily lead to illness in both of them considering the state of their health. Manuel has an indwelling catheter and the skin around its entry point occasionally gets infected. It is vitally important that he has a dry clean place to live to reduce the risk of infection. Miguel is also at high risk of illness from a damp and moldy room as he can no longer walk and spends all his time in his bed.

Miguel gratefully receiving his donated mattress

To remove the old roof and install a brand new one will cost $130.
If you are able to contribute to this amount please go to the donate now page and enter A24 and/or A25 with the instructions to fix the roof.
To read more about Manuel and Miguel please review older blog posts here.

Thank you for your help in keeping these two men comfortable and healthy!

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