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

Feb 14, 2012

Fidelia and Maria Lucas need your help!

Fidelia (A82) recently became very ill so she went to a private doctor who ran several tests. He found that her blood sugar was very high and she complained that her entire body hurt to the point that she couldn't walk. The doctor gave her some medicine and also sent her to an OB/GYN because she has a UTI. She has made her appointment, but she can't afford to go because of the cost. Fidelia needs $75.
Maria Lucas with a previous donation of Ensure

Maria Lucas (A10) does not have enough money to eat nutritionally rich foods. Besides the meal she receives form our program, she can only afford to eat corn tortillas and coffee. We've given her Ensure in the past and it is a great source of much-needed vitamins and nutrition. Finances are very tight for her family and she needs more Ensure. We would like to help her and buy a bottle of Ensure for her. Maria Lucas needs $30.

To help these women with these medical needs, please go to Donate Now and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the "Other $" box.  In the "Details" box, write "A82 Medical" to help Fidelia and/or "A10 Ensure" to help Maria Lucas. Thank you so much!

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