October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons, a day established to fight discrimination against the aging and to raise awareness of the situations of older people. In Guatemala, as in many countries around the world, older persons are often forgotten about or are left to fend for themselves. Without families who are able to care for them, many elders are forced to continue to do hard labor or to beg on the street in order to survive. Many elders never leave their houses, and when they do, they remain invisible while the rest of society rushes around them. Our elders face similar conditions in life. The Elder Center is a place where these forgotten persons can feel like human beings again. It's a place where they can receive nutritious meals that so many depend on to survive, access to the medical care that they so desperately need but are unable to pay for, and social interaction. Help us to continue to provide this essential care by sponsoring an elder or making a donation to the Elder Center.
Sharing the Dream in Guatemala
Diane Nesselhuf is Sharing the Dream in Guatemala's director and founder.