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 9, 2012

Update: Rosa Guit Ramos

Rosa is now sponsored to be part of our Elderly Feeding Program! She will be able to receive food each day, thank you to a generous donor. This comes as a huge relief for her and her family. We will continue to update you on what is happening with Rosa in the future. A link to Rosa's story can be found here.

If you would like to sponsor an Elderly person to eat once a day for a month, check out the biographies on the sidebar. Then go to www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow to begin a subscription.

A link to a story about the situation faced by elderly Guatemalan indigenous can be found here.

(A-32) Status: Sponsored!


  1. On the 10th anniversary of our adopted children's homecoming from Guatemala we sat together as a family and read the stories of the elders here on this blog.
    Our dear Rosa was moved by the story of this Rosa and her daughter and so we shall sponsor her for the rest of her days.
    One meal a day, a kind word and a little respect can mean so much...thank you Mayan Families for making this possible for us.
    The Contreras Family

    1. Thank you so much for your generosity, your comments moved me! As the current writer of the blog and program coordinator for our beloved Ancianos, I'll make it priority to keep you updated with stories and photos of Rosa.


  2. Just posted a $75 donation, thanks to Ivar and Olga getting married at Hacienda Doña Andrea de Santa Fe.
    Please use it to provide Rosa and her family with whatever they most need in their home.