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

Nov 29, 2012

Alejandra Ramos Bocel

(A-39) Status: Not Sponsored
Needs: food, corn, cough & pain medicine
To help, please visit here
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

Alejandra's granddaughter speaks for her during the visit, standing in the doorway of their unlit home.
The space contains two beds, a table for making mostacilla--beaded jewelry--and little else. The granddaughter, Juana, guards the shack surrounding a stove and water filter.
My husband is the only one who works in the house, she says. He's a day-laborer, which means there's no guarantee that he'll work everyday. They have four kids, and are caring for another at the moment.
Alejandra sleeps with three of the children in one twin bed. The parents sleep with two more children in the other bed.
Juana says she doesn't want to show us where Alejandra slept before.
The added income she gets from the jewelry is little; she and her husband hardly cover the expenses of their home. But, she says, it's good because I can do it at home. Alejandra has a cough that makes her granddaughter afraid to leave her alone.
They carry water from the community water tank and on the weekends they have to look for firewood.
Her kids are poor, Juana says, and don't support their mother.

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