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 29, 2012

Gregoria Xalut Perez

(A-57) Status: Not Sponsored
UPDATE Jan 2, 2013: Gregoria received a bed & mattress!

Gregoria climbs too many steps to her wooden house.
She talks about the eight children who have left her on the hill, who never come to visit.
When I ask her what her life was like before, she asks before? before? 
Before what? She used to spend her days cilmbing mountains, pinching coffee seeds from their branches.
Today she spends her days climbing mountains, picking up sticks.
She carries the load on her back.
Sometimes she will rinse and peel onions in the fields for a few cents.
Sometimes a neighbor will have an extra tortilla for her.

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