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

Sep 22, 2011

Our elderly need your help

The weather is getting cooler here in Guatemala, and those who are living in delapidated houses are feeling these cooler temperatures the most.  As a result, we have many needs among our elderly.  If you would like to give a general donation to our Elderly Care Program, please go to Donate Now, and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the "Other $" box.  In the "Details" box, write "Elderly  Care Program".

Or if you would like to donate to a specific elderly person in our program, please read below to learn of some our most recent needs:
Juana Tereta is getting more and more weak, she cannot sit up in bed anymore.  She is losing weight and doesn't have much of an appetite.  Because it is difficult for her to eat, we'd like to buy her a supply of Ensure milk.  This will help give her vitamins and minerals and hopefully strengthen her.  We'd like to give her a large supply of Ensure which costs $31.  If you'd like to make a one-time donation for Juana, please go to Donate Now, and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the "Other $" box.  In the "Details" box, write "A73 Medical".

Manuel and Miguel are very sweet brothers who have been in our program for a while.  Thanks to your donations, their niece is able to take care of them every day.  However, with the colder weather coming, they are in need of two blankets that cost $50.  They also need more nutritious food.  To give them a large supple of Ensure costs $62, and to feed them warm soups and atole (a nutritious Guatemalan form of oatmeal) will cost $35.  The cost to provide warmth and food for these brothers is $147 total.   If you'd like to make a one-time donation, please go to Donate Now, and scroll down. Enter your donation in the "Other $" box. In the "Details" box, write "A24 Medical" to donate to Miguel or "A25 Medical" to donate to Manuel.

Santiago cannot get out of bed alone, so he lays in bed almost all day every day.  However, his bed consists of a frame and thin straw mat.  Santiago's body is aging and he is often in pain.  He is in desperate need of a mattress so that he can lay in bed and at least have a few moments free from pain.  To give him a mattress costs $45.  Also, as the weather is getting colder, Santiago needs a blanket which costs $25.  We'd like to give him a supply of Ensure so that he receives proper nutrients, which costs $31.  To give Santiago all of these necessities costs $101 total.   If you'd like to make a one-time donation for Santiago, please go to Donate Now, and scroll down. Enter your donation in the "Other $" box. In the "Details" box, write "A75 Medical".

Thank you so much for caring for our elderly!  We strive to give them dignity and comfort as they age, and we can't do it without your help!

If you have any questions, email us at familyaid@mayanfamilies.org

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