Every three months we would like to provide a food parcel containing enough food for two months for an elderly person and extra fruit and medicinal trees to help with nutirion and health.
We provide rice, flour, sugar, beans, herbs, apple trees, pear trees, medicinal trees for general ailments and seasonal goods.
We provide two months and the family must provide the other month so they have support, not hand outs and learn to support their family.
The elderly are a huge part of family life in Guatemala. They live with the family, under one small house and they help with the grandchildren, cooking, cleaning, working, they do everything! But, when it comes to dinner time their isn't always enough food for the grandparents. They are often malnurished as they are forced to wait until there is more food to eat, if more food comes.
Our food parcels are specifically for the granparents. They are designed to give the right nutirion and support for that age group of people, allowing them to be healthier, help around the house, freeing up the younger generations to go out and earn money for their family.
It's simple. Provide nutrition and simple, natural remedies for everyday ailments and you have another pair of hands to get the work done and make the family operation smoother.
With the elderly running the home the children can go to school and leave the chores to them, allowing them to get a formal, vital education and develop their family out of poverty. The parents can leave the house and childcare in their hands to go out to work and earn more money for the family.
The elderly have often been neglected as there simply isn't the money for families to feed so many people. It is not that families don't want to feed their elderly relatives, they simply can't. - Elena Siquinajay de Suy, Indigenous Leader, San Andres Itzapa
Total Funding Received to Date: $22,001
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,998
Total Funding Goal: $30,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).