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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Apr 25, 2013
Last week, Juana fell ill with pneumonia and died soon after.
Her daughter Rosaria is now living alone in the house she shared with her mother.
The two were lucky to have been recently sponsored, and Juana was glad to have a comfortable bed to sleep in and a guaranteed meal in her last months of life.
She spent the majority of her life washing onions or working in the fields for a bit of income. As she got older and it became difficult to walk, she and her daughter wove bracelets to buy their corn.
Rosaria carried large loads of wood on her back daily, so that the two would have fuel for the fire they cooked over.
A link to Juana and Rosaria's story can be found here.
If you would like to help Juana's surviving family please click here.
The Las Fotos wheatpasting project has come to a close in Panajachel. The girls and Anna, the leader of the project, were able to paste black and white photos on an otherwise graffitied wall for a number of weeks, offering a beautiful alternative to spray-painted swear words and other atrocities for passers-by.
To make sure that the photos and stories make it out into the world, I am creating a Kickstarter project to offset the initial costs of book production, so that we can sell the book in our store here and at-large. (It is almost finished!) I will provide a link to the project soon.
Thank you for your continued support of the Elderly Care program, every bit helps us to feed the 72 elderly we serve in San Jorge and Panajachel!
|Photo by Anna Miller|