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

Oct 25, 2012

Felipa Ramos Bocel

(A-38) Status: Sponsored as of January 23, 2013! 
UPDATES: January 30, 2013 Felipa now has a water filter, bed and mattress, thank you!
UPDATE: August 28, 2013 Felipa received a food basket! She was so thankful!
Needs update: September 3, 2013: firewood, medical care, food (maiz),  blankets, sheets, a pillow, thick socks and sweaters, roof repair.
UPDATE: September 12, 2013: Felipa received much needed firewood, corn, blankets, and a pillow!

For more stories and photos of the ancianos in the Feeding Program, please consider purchasing a book compiled of our participants. All profits go to the Elderly. You can preview the book here.

Felipa sleeps on wooden boards laid on her dirt floor.
She did not go to school.
She had one child who died when he was born.
She had another, who died when she was born.
She had another child, and he died when he was born. 
After this, she and her husband stopped trying, and had no more.
Her husband died some years ago; she passes the time threading bracelets to sell in the street. 
He left some things, which she sells so she can eat.

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