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

Maria Luisa Coroxon

(A-50) Status: Sponsored as of March 6, 2013!
Needs: a new space to live (rent $)
A previous story about Maria Luisa can be found here
To help her, click here. To sponsor her to eat each day for $35 a month, click here.
UPDATE Jan 3 2013: Maria received a chair, and a new bed for the mattress she received last year!
                   Feb 2013: Maria received a new water filter
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.  

We follow Maria, who is bent over at a right angle like a periscope above the ground, toward her home where the stove, bed and mattress she were given take up most of the room. 
She cooks and sleeps with only a few feet between the stove and the bed. The walls are black from smoke, though the stove she has is fuel-efficient.
There is only enough space for one person indoors, so she sits in the doorway while the rest of us stand outside. 
She barely hears a word asked of her, even in her native tongue: do you have family? what are your needs? 
And she is shy to reply, as if it is obvious what she has and what she does not.
She looks off, nodding when she feels it might be appropriate to do so, telling stories here and there. 
Her three kids left a long time ago, and don't take care of her at all. Her back hurts from years of sleeping on the ground. Everyday, she carries her water from the community water source up the hill where she lives.
She pays nothing to rent the room without light, a bathroom or space for even a table. 

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