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 28, 2012

Maria Zamines Saput

(A-48) Status: Not Sponsored
Needs: new house, water filter, full mattress, Onil stove, food
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.  

Maria shows us where the rain comes into the house when it's storming. 
During the rainy season the water soaks everything inside, filling her kitchen, drowning her bed.
Because of this she had to get rid of her mattress, and now sleeps on just the boards.
She can't cook when it rains, because it puts out the fire beneath her plancha, a wood-burning griddle.
There is water everywhere, but nothing to drink. She drinks the dirty water from the tap. 
Her belly is distended and her head hurts from probable parasites.
But health, at present, is less a concern than showing us where the walls have rotted in their joints, where the water comes through. 
Her own joints are a little old, and she holds her knees while she walks up the steps made of rocks and dirt, which are also eroding.
They form a canyon around some leaky tubing, where water sprays constantly. 

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