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

Jan 20, 2012

Thanks for helping our elderly!

We are very grateful to the many donors and volunteers who have helped our elderly! We have been doing home visits, checking heart rates, blood pressure, and weight. Many of our elderly suffer from chronic pain due to their life of lifting heavy loads, doing manual labor, and working in the fields. Many suffer from eye problems and loss of vision because they've worked in the strong sun all their lives and then gone home to cook over a fire which fills their home with smoke.

These circumstances have caused many physical consequences, but we are so happy to be able to offer them comfort and care, all thanks to your donations and support. Many of our elderly are still looking for monthly sponsorship. If you're at all interested, contact us at familyaid@mayanfamilies.org Thank you so much!

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