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

Nov 25, 2011

Sad News

A dear member of our elderly care program, Lucia, passed away today. She had been ill for a while, unable to eat very much and extremely weak. Her condition worsened and we are very sad to report she passed away.

We are asking for help in raising $182 to help her family pay for the funeral costs, which include a traditional ceremony for family and friends and a meal hosted by the family.
If you would 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 "A16 Family Aid". Thank you so much!

1 comment:

  1. Poor Lucia. She was SO sweet, so full of joy! I am so deeply sorry for this loss to Lucia's family and especially her sister Juana (also in the Elderly Care Program)-- they were very close (and it's even clear in the photos - https://picasaweb.google.com/110451788994899868894/Octubre19De2011FotosDeAncianosDePanajachel). I remember one time during a food run we saw a motorcycle parked outside Lucia's family's home, and another volunteer asked if the motorcycle is hers. All of us were in tears laughing as Lucia pretended to ride the bike. She really had the widest smile I have ever seen. Here is my all-time favorite photo of Lucia, to give those who didn't personally know here an idea: https://picasaweb.google.com/110451788994899868894/Septiembre29De2010FotosDeAncianos#5522716707604815282. It was a great pleasure and honor knowing Lucia. The world has lost a ray of sunshine!