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 10, 2013

Lucia Chumil

(A-19) Status: Not Sponsored
Needs: Meal sponsorship, water filter
To help: www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow "A-19 [write needs, sponsorship etc.]"
For more stories and photos of the ancianos in the Feeding Program, please consider purchasing a book compiled of our participants. All profits go to the Elderly. You can preview the book here

"Here look at me," Lucia stands up from her chair and bends over, putting her hand out for an invisible cane. "Look at me, my back, I'm all bent over."
More than this, she says, she can't see, her feet hurt, she's sure she has gastritis and her bones ache and ache. She gestures at the sky when talking about her pills, "no relief! No relief!" Or her few possessions, "I have nothing, nothing, nothing." 
She gets her water from the tap and if it wasn't for the food she gets from Mayan Families, she'd eat "one, two tortillas a day. I worked all day everyday making them, 10 years ago, hundreds everyday. But my hands don't do that anymore."
She lives with her granddaughter and her husband, who plan to move soon to a house at the river. Lucia doesn't want to go. "They don't have any light! What am I supposed to do in the dark?" Though she has her own piece of land there too. "I feel bad because they let me stay here with them, but I don't want to move in to the new house. There's no one else to care for me, so what choice do I have? The rest of my days, alone in the dark."

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