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 7, 2012

Medical Needs for Ancianos

We are still seeking donations, especially monthly sponsorship, for our Elderly Care program. For most, the meal they get with Mayan Families is the only meal they get per day. Please consider sponsoring an elderly person to eat at least once a day, five days a week. A monthly sponsorship costs $35. 

Even by their own families, the elderly are ignored, thought to have lived out their need to be cared for. Their sons and daughters are often so poor they must choose between feeding their parents or feeding their children. Please help us to provide this small but necessary contribution to their lives.

There are several more who need more than just one meal, of course, and if you would like to make a one-time donation or consider sponsoring an elderly person's medical costs, please review the extra needs below. Remember that these costs are in addition to the cost of their lunch per month, at $35.

A-2 Tereso Ajcojon needs vitamins monthly, at $13.

A-10 Maria Lucas needs a monthly supply of Ensure, at $32.

A-70 Dolores Leja needs medicine and milk each month, which cost $78.

A-85 Casimiro Leja needs a monthly supply of Ensure, at $32.

A-75 Santiago Bocel needs medicine and Ensure at $104.35 a month.

A-79 Adrian Motta needs Ensure at $32 a month.

A-82 Fidelia Pinzon needs medicine and diapers at $62 a month.

A-88 Petrona Pablo needs medicine at $10 a month.

and A-84 Felipa Xingo needs medicine at $4 a month.

Go to www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow and write "Elderly Care Sponsorship" or list the number and need (for example A-91, vitamins $13) in the Other box. For any questions you may have, or for more information on a particular Anciano, please email familyaid@mayanfamilies.org.

Thank you so much for your help! A link to more information can be found here.

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