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

Feb 25, 2013

UPDATE: In need of water filters!

March 11, 2013: We have received one water filter for the program, one to go! Thank you so much for your kind donation!


Our Elderly Care program in San Jorge is due for a new water filter. The water filters they are currently using expire after two years. The cooks are dependent on clean, filtered water to cook the meals for the Elderly and Orphans served in the program. 

 Every two years, we have to depend on donations to replace the filters. However, a new water filter is now available which will last for 10 years without a replacement. We would like to provide our Feeding Care programs with these new filters, for $96. New filters for the ones we already have cost $48, which will need replacing after two years. 

Please consider donating toward the two filters we would like for the program, providing clean drinking water for about 40 elderly and 25 orphans who are in the San Jorge program. 

To make a donation, please visit www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow and write "water filter San Jorge Elderly Care" in the Other or Notes box. Thank you!


  1. Hello :) ,
    i would like to ask please , is there a way to donate from Israel ?
    I'll be more than glad to help especially because i also have an eldercare place and i know what's it like to face such problems !

    Looking forward for your reply :)

  2. You can donate at http://www.mayanfamilies.org/DonateNow. There should be instructions on how to donate specifically to the elderly care program. No problem if it is from Israel! Thank you!