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

Mar 26, 2012

Update: Rosita is in constant pain after her accident

Since her accident, Rosita had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in her stomach and found out that her hip is broken.  Unfortunately because of her advanced age and compromised health, her doctors decided that the surgery to repair her hip would be too risky.  Now, she is home in bed, but in constant pain.  Rosita needs help to buy pain medication that costs $9 every month, milk that costs $20 every month, and adult diapers that cost $44 every month. 

If you are able to help Rosita with any or all of her monthly needs, please go to Donate Now and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the Other $ box.  In the Details box, write "A1 - Medical".

Thank you!

Rosita, the first participant in the Elderly Care program, was hit by a car last week when she was walking to the Martí to have lunch with the other Elderly in the program.

Rosita was immediately taken to a hospital near by but doctors only gave her pain medication.  The doctors did not examine her the day of her accident and she was sent home with just a small bag of medication.  Now, Rosita cannot leave her bed, is in constant pain, and is in need of a medical exam because her family has noticed her hip bone protruding from her side. 

To help Rosita and her family, please go to Donate Now and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the "Other $" box.  In the "Details" box, write "A1 - Medical". Any amount will make a great difference!

Thank you!

Mar 20, 2012

Florencia has passed away

On Saturday, Florencia, a member of our Elderly Care Program, passed away in her home with her daughter. Florencia has been bedridden for over a year and received almost all of her food, medication, and other necessities from Mayan Families. When she was still able, Florencia made tortillas and sold them in the street, with her basket in one hand and cane in the other.
She has been living with her daughter who has been unable to find work and now has the responsibility of paying all of the funeral expenses. We would like to help Florencia's daughter to pay for the coffin so that she does not have to suffer debts over her mother's death. A coffin costs $250.

If you can help Florencia's daughter to cover all or a part of the funeral expenses, please go to Donate Now and scroll down. Enter your donation in the Other $ box. In the Details box, write "A5 Florencia Funeral." Thank you!