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 20, 2012

Matea Alonzo Chumil

(A-80) Status: Not Sponsored
Needs: water filter, a bed & mattress, pila (repairs), doctor's visit
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.  

Alberto speaks through his grandmother in the room she has rented since an earthquake destroyed her home. 
This house looks over a dirt courtyard in the middle of the village, where the neighborhood kids play soccer in the afternoon, kicking the ball into the store fronts and church steps. You can see the game and the expanse of lake from the hallway window, which is caged in chicken wire.
Inside the sparse home Alberto is wearing his latest uniform-- a tape measure around his neck-- for one of the many odd jobs he takes.
Right now, he's a tailor. Before, he worked in construction. The money he got went to drinking. 
He was lucky and went to school up till 6th grade, while his wife never went at all. His two older children made it up till high school but there was no money to continue: the eldest works as a day-laborer, his sister washes dishes when she can. 
Alberto's wife, grandmother Matea and six children share two rooms and two beds. The older kids sleep on a woven mat on the cement. 
They heat water on the stove and go outside to bathe. The electric bill of the house exceeds the salaries of the people who live there.
Matea cannot hear or see well anymore, so her grandkids speak straight into her ears while she looks off somewhere, past them. 
She had two children. One died, the other lives in the neighboring town. 
Besides the family, nothing else is hers. 
If she had her own bed, or even her own little house, Alberto says, she might live with less sadness. 

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