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

Dec 21, 2011

Many of our elderly have received tamale baskets!

Thank you to all of you who have donated tamale baskets to our elderly! We hated the thought of so many elderly eating only tortillas and salt for Christmas. Giving them a basket means that they can celebrate with a delicious, and nutritious, traditional meal! We were able to deliver many baskets this week, and it was such a joy to see the enormous smiles on their faces when we gave them a basket.

Thank you so much for making these smiles possible!

Dec 18, 2011

Sad news: Don Julian has passed away

We are very sorry to inform you that Don Julian, a dear member of our Elderly Care Program in San Jorge, has passed away this morning. He was blind and had been suffering from prostate problems for a while. We are sure he is in peace now!

The family is really sad, it is not easy to lose a loved one, specially this close to Christmas.
If you want to help Don Julian's family pay for his funeral, please click here, scroll down, enter your donation in the "Other box" and "A-52-funeral" in the details box. Any amount will be of great help and relief to the family.
Thank you!

Dec 16, 2011

Thank you!!!

Thanks to many generous donors, Rosa has received a brand new bed! Thank you so much to everyone who helped...every dollar made a difference!

Dec 5, 2011

Please help Rosa get a new bed

UPDATE on Rosa: We have received all the money we need for Rosa's bed. Thank you so much! We will buy the bed and deliver it to Rosa shortly!

Rosa is aging and her body is fragile. Unfortunately, Rosa sleeps on a delapidated bed that is falling apart and is very unstable. If she moves in the middle of the night, the bed collapses in the middle and she easily falls out and onto the floor. This has already happened several times and Rosa has suffered injuries from these falls. Rosa's family is worried about her, but they cannot afford to buy her a new bed, so they've come to us and asked for help. Rosa has a mattress to sleep on, but she needs a stronger bed frame that will keep her safe througout the night.
A single bed frame, without a mattress, costs $120. If you would like to help Rosa get a new bed, please go to Donate Now and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the "Other $" box.  In the "Details" box, write "A1 Family Aid". Thank you so much for caring for Rosa and helping to keep her safe! Any amount you can donate helps her! Any questions can be emailed to familyaid@mayanfamilies.org