The elderly are a huge part of family life in the communities where we work in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Peru. 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 malnourished as they are forced to wait until there is more food to eat, if more food comes.
By providing trees for them to grow, this removes the necessity to walk miles to find firewood. The medicinal plants help when usual medicine is affordable for day to day ailments and the food we give out helps to supplement what little food is available. By providing family sustainable income plans there is more money to share.
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.