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

Apr 25, 2013

Juana A65 has passed away

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.

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