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

May 28, 2013

A letter from Rosita A-1's sponsor

Last week, we posted a story about A-1 Rosita and the help that she has been receiving. This is a note written from her sponsor. Thank you so much for providing a way for Rosita to hear the music she loves, in addition to provision of her basic needs!
"I have to tell you [Rosita's story] brought tears to my eyes, also. When I have asked you in the past what Rosita needed, I have thought about a radio, but I never mentioned it.
God definitely had a hand in the pairing of Rosita and myself. 
I started to sponsor her in memory of my Dad who passed away. He was a multi-talented musician and played in a band for many years. He played his mandolin in his hospice bed only a few days before he died.
I also am a singer, not so much opera, but play a few instruments,  and write music mostly in the gospel genre.
To hear that Rosita always wanted to be a singer warms my heart so. Music is one of God's blessings that can be such a healer for the heart and soul. 
I also love Pavorotti and Bocelli. I want Rosita to experience this wonderful music which hopefully can bring her some peace while she is homebound.
...Please pass on some of the above on to Rosita. Tell her that I send this gift to her with much love, in Honor of our God, Rosita and my Dad. I hope she can enjoy this music until she takes her last breath, and goes home to the final opera in Heaven, which will be forever."

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