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 16, 2012

III: Paulino

Paulino Buch Xalcut
(A-87) Status: Not Sponsored
Needs: food, pain medication, wheelchair repairs, glass for a window
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.  

For 15 years, Paulino's knees have ceased to serve him.
He sits in a wheelchair whose wheels don't turn, next to a window without a pane, where a blanket hangs.
It gets cold there, where the house sits overlooking Lake Atitlan and the crowns of broken buildings.
At 92 he has felt a few earthquakes, has seen a few sad things.
His wife died about the time his knees began to ache.
Of his five children, the three men work in the fields like he did, though one has "fallen" to drinking.
One daughter lives with her father and the others, she says, have no concern for him.
She does not speak much Spanish, did not go to school long.
Some grandchildren live in the same rented compound. Because Paulino can walk a little bit sometimes, he'll turn the corner and pass the time with them, chatting.
He coughs in the night, and cannot feel his knees.

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