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

Mar 27, 2013

Las Fotos Fundraising!

Las Fotos project has been doing a fantastic job instructing some of our sponsored girls in San Jorge in the art and mechanics of photography.

They interviewed and photographed the ancianas who come to eat with the Elderly Program, with the idea that their stories and photos will be part of an upcoming photo book about the Ancianos we serve. The second part of their project is to advertise, fundraise and raise awareness about the situation the Elderly face by using these portraits to line the streets of Panajachel!

The portraits of the beautiful faces of the Guatemalan elderly women will be blown up and wheatpasted onto a familiar wall in the busiest street in Panajachel. However, the process is somewhat expensive, and we would like your help to fund the project. Las Fotos has made the donation process easy. You can learn more about the project and donate here:


The Las Fotos Ladies

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