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 23, 2012

Marcela may not live much longer

Marcela is 88 years old. She has recently taken a terrible turn for the worse and is not expected to live much longer. She has asthma and is in a lot of pain, and cannot leave her bed. But she only wants to take natural medicine. She doesn't want any medical help, she only asks for disposable diapers and a blanket. Her family is respecting her wishes and are surrounding her with love and care. They are already preparing for her funeral, but find themselves too poor to afford a proper burial. They have come to us and asked for help with funeral costs and help buying diapers and a blanket to make Marcela more comfortable in her last days. We are asking for $200 to help Marcela.

To help Marcela and her family during this difficult time, please go to Donate Now and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the "Other $" box.  In the "Details" box, write "A36 Medical". Thank you so much for your care and concern!

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