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 23, 2011

Update: Enriqueta is in a lot of pain

Update July 20th, 2011

We are very sorry to inform that yesterday Enriqueta passed away.

She was no longer speaking or eating and was suffering and in pain with her sores, muscles, and nerves.  We know she is in peace now.

We thank all the support we received for her and her family during this difficult time.



Update June 2011

We were able to send Enriqueta to the hospital last week where they treated her ulcer and helped relieve her pain. She is feeling better and is back at home. We would like to provide her with her medications, but we would need some help doing so. The total cost of Enriqueta's medication is $151. To donate any amount, big or small, please go to Donate Now and enter your donation in the "other" box and "A71" in the "details" box. 

We could not continue to do what we do without your support.

Thank you!


This lovely lady has been going through a lot recently. While her pressure sores and arthritis are now under control, she has developed an ulcer and is in a lot of pain.

She is not eating well and her family says that she constantly complains of stomach pain.  On top of that, she has stopped talking. She was seen by a doctor yesterday, but he said they have to take her to the hospital. The family, however, is very concerned about taking her to the public hospital here in Pana because last time they were there the doctors did not give her proper care. They even refused to give her water to allow her to take her medicine.

It will cost U$50 to take her to a private doctor and buy her medicine. If you want to help Enriqueta and her family, please go to Donate Now and enter your donation in the "other" box and "A71"  in the "Details" box. 

Thank you for your help!


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Sweet Enriqueta developed pressure sores

Enriqueta is a very sweet 83 year old lady who recently had a stroke. Her left side is now paralyzed and due to her advanced age she won't be able to recover completely. She spends her days lying on her bed, she hardly speaks and needs help even with the most basic things such as turning in bed.

We recently found out she has some pressure sores in her left heel and in her back. Luckily we have a nurse volunteer with us who took a look at Enriqueta and pointed out that her family is taking good care of her and her granddaughters are doing everything they can to keep her as comfortable as possible which is essential for her well being, however the family doesn't have enough money to pay for her medicines and bandages for the wound.

Because she spends her days in bed, she needs to be as comfortable as possible and at the moment she doesn't have a proper bed, a mattress nor the pillows she needs to avoid the wounds touching the bed. As her wounds have to be cleaned very often, a water filter would be of great use as well, because the family has to buy a lot of bottled water and it is expensive for them.

A bed with mattress for her will cost U$170, the water filter costs U$50, her medical supplies will cost around U$30 and her medicine for the arthritis costs U$35 a month. If you would like to help Enriqueta with any of these items, please go to Donate Now and enter your donation in the "other" box, with "A71" and the purpose of your donation in the "Details" box. 

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