Donor Impact Report 2013

One Community
Deep Relationships
Standing in Solidarity

Lemonade International exists to partner with local leaders as they facilitate community development programs in solidarity with the people of La Limonada in Guatemala City.

Letter from
Guatemala Director

“Rescue the perishing
don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,”
will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know—
Someone not impressed with weak excuses.”
- Proverbs 24:11-12

I wanted to thank you for all of your support, and for every single grain of passion that you have invested into God’s Kingdom and into this ministry. At the same time, I wanted to make a petition, with all the love and gratitude there is, of course. Lately I've been reflecting on the value of devotion— the value of being united until the end.

In this walk with those that are marginalized, in this battle against injustice, in this community full of oppression— but in which Jesus is always present—many people have offered or promised to be at our side in this battle, which is something that we are very thankful for.

Those of you who have chosen to walk with us represent such a great diversity of points of view, gifts, talents, opinions, where every single one of us can and should be who they were supposed to be, in order to contribute what no one else would be able to contribute but themselves. Above everything else, we are grateful for those of you who are so willing to give your time through your powerful and valuable prayers.

My prayer for you is that your heart would be filled with love for God, that you would be filled with God’s love for you, and that you would keep moving forward with us—with the love Paul talked about in Corinthians 13.

For God's love and justice: "Let's keep going" no matter what, and let's hope that everything that comes our way keeps us united. Thank you for everything, and let's keep up with this, because God and thousands of people are waiting and counting on our "yes".

Such a medicine is love,
Tita Evertsz

Six-Year Financial Summary

Revenue Progression

Expenses Breakdown

More than 2,000 donors have invested a total of $2,425,197

2013: By the Numbers

281
Children enrolled in three academies

61
Students provided with scholarships for continuing education

52
Team members serving in Guatemala

19
Children in our Safe Home

32
Clients in our Economic Development programs

2013 Revenue Distribution

Program Expenses 2013 Actual 2014 Projected
Academies 209,230 234,337
Scholars 21,748 24,358
Give Christmas 35,876 40,181
Safe Home 34,124 38,219
Community Support 12,800 14,336
Economic Development 23,149 25,927
Program Administration 39,816 44,594
Short-term Groups 36,249 40,599
International Workers 2,596 2,907
Total Program Expenses $415,588 $465,458
Administrative Expenses $81,208 $90,952
Fundraising Expenses $44,342 $49,663
Total Expenses $541,137 $606,073

2013 Highlights

Guatemalan
couple gives back

One couple who have huge hearts for this community often serves with their gifts and skills. She is a psychologist who provides training for the Guatemalan team. He is a dentist who provides free dental care to the children in La Limonada, at the safe home, and for staff members.

Bloggers Trip

Special thanks to Katie and Tim Høiland, Scott Bennett, Paul Burkhart, and Dana Byers and her family for being a part of our 2013 Bloggers Trip. Their time, hearts, words and photos helped to convey the stories of La Limonada in a way that we have never experienced in such a short time.

5th
Anniversary Gala

In May of 2013 we celebrated our 5th Anniversary with events in Raleigh and Cincinnati, and with an online campaign for those who couldn’t attend the live events. More than 250 people attended the events and, combined with the online campaign, invested $53,760 to support our Scholars program.

New
team members

In 2013, four people joined the Lemonade International team. Tim and Katie Høiland (co-directors of communication), Daniela Lombardo (education development director), and Lindsay Schupbach (stateside sponsorship coordinator & education consultant) have been an incredible addition to an already amazing team of people.

Full Circle
Coffee Project

An exciting experimental coffee project developed in partnership with Josh and Amy Allen, Jubala Village Coffee and Ekklesia – Church at Raleigh. The Full Circle Coffee Project brand of coffee sourced from Guatemala at better-than-fair-trade prices, raised over $3,000 in profits that supported our work in solidarity with the people of La Limonada.

Launch of the
Root Collective

A partnership was established with The Root Collective—an online retailer connecting shoppers with artisans, communities with each other, and reminding society of humanity. Selections of their products are made by artisans who live and work in La Limonada—including shoes, handbags, and jewelry made by artisans in our Economic Development programs.

Partnership with
Silent Images

In October, we hosted a photographer and videographer from Silent Images, based in Charlotte, NC. Silent Images is a nonprofit organization that provides charities with professional photography and video services that educate and inspire viewers to give, go, and pray. They have provided us with high quality photography, and a short film that helps to communicate the focus of our work with the La Limonada community.

Local Suport in Guatemala

For most Guatemalans, La Limonada is a notorious place known only for danger and theft. Though visible from main roads and located in the heart of Guatemala City, it is largely ignored and avoided. Despite this, many city residents have started to see through these narratives, considering the children and families who live, work, and play there. And in recent years they have begun to partner with Vidas Plenas in their community development work. University students, local doctors, and other professionals have made contributions of time, money, and trade-specific skills. A local food company has also provided consistent donations of rice and beans. It is beautiful to see the barriers of marginalization begin to crumble as various Guatemalans commit to walk alongside their brothers and sisters in La Limonada.

Avg annual support from Guatemalans (2009-2011): $21,983

Support from Guatemalans in 2013: $136,188

Program Highlights

Education

Over the past five years, there has been a transformation toward higher standards and we continue to move in that direction where we are more fully embracing a call to make a lifelong impact in the lives of the students we serve and in families throughout the community. We continue to work to provide the best training for the team so that the children receive the best education for their whole lives.

Education Development Report

The academies in La Limonada are offering educational support to the children at the physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual levels. There is always plenty of food to ensure that the children are well fed. The children are taught about healthy eating and the importance of nutrients for their physical development. They are also given vitamins and are expected to brush their teeth, encouraging proper hygiene habits.

Each day, the teachers plan lessons in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies. Along with academic instruction, the teachers infuse character values and Bible stories into their schedules. They encourage the children to think about how their actions affect themselves and others. They discuss the importance of values such as respect, responsibility, and teamwork. Examples of these values are highlighted in interactive children’s books and Bible stories, outlining exemplary people who have demonstrated strong character.

Further emotional and spiritual support is offered daily as teachers take time for house visits. During this time, they deliver food, visit homes of children who are struggling, pray for sick family members, and much more. They seek to serve the students and their families in every way possible, and have incredibly passionate and devoted hearts for meeting the needs of others.

There is no doubt that the teachers in the academies are influential agents of change in the La Limonada community. While it is obvious to see the love the teachers have for the children within the school buildings, there is evidence that this expands into their home life as well.

There is no doubt that the teachers in the academies are influential agents of change in the La Limonada community. While it is obvious to see the love the teachers have for the children within the school buildings, there is evidence that this expands into their home life as well.

Daniela Lombardo, Education Development Director

Safe Home

Thanks to the work of a psychologist who works one-on-one with each of the 19 children at the Safe Home, all of them are in the process of leaving behind the trauma of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Thanks to the staff members who serve there, the children are truly provided with a “safe haven”, and a loving home to call their own.

Tita met one of the boys who lives at the home when he was eight years old. At the time he was holding a shotgun, which the gang members in the community were teaching him to use. It was clear that the gangs were grooming him to be one of their own because he had been given the same nickname as the leader of the gang. Now, he is 16, and Tita says, “he reads his Bible, and he is an amazing gentleman”.

Speaking about one of the girls at the Safe Home, Tita said, “she has no one who would take her in. No mom. No dad. No one. She has a very rough story; it’s hard and painful to hear. But now, she is a princess. She has big dreams, and a beautiful, thankful heart.”

Report from Safe Home Psychologist

Because of the confidence, approval, and unconditional love the kids have found in the support system, the healthy experiences their new environment provides; and of course, and the mercy and grace of God, their worldview is starting to be restructured.

The fruit is starting to “spring forth”… I know for certain that most of the children have achieved (and some are on their way): hope for their future, a new sense of belonging, a new and healthier notion of “family”, a healthier self-value and self-acceptance, freedom to be different, vulnerable, and honest, and to learn and grow through making mistakes.

In the end, we are clear that it is not our job to change these children, but to guide them, teach them, and walk with them. The real change comes from God.

Sofi Scoffield, Safe Home Psychologist

Economic Development

In the microenterprise program we were able to finish the year serving 27 people compared to 17 we started with. During this year we trained people in basic financial concepts like savings and budgeting. In one of the sessions, we talked about setting saving goals. We also talked about how to save more money by spending money wisely and following a budget. With all this in her mind, one of our clients, Maria Isabel, set her savings goal to the amount it would cost to remodel her house. At the time, it was January and she set out to reach her goal by June. From what she learned through the lessons on savings, she was able to reach her savings goal by April. I believe the lessons on savings have the most impact on the clients, as most of them had no savings before being a part of the program.

In the vocational training program we continued to work with the women that are part of it. We continued to work in partnership with Women at Risk International, and we also developed a new partnership with the The Root Collective for whom the ladies make upcycled PET bottle necklaces. We also started organizing our operations better keeping a better control of the inventories of material and finished products. One of the women in the program is now in charge of keeping these records.

Sam Brizuela, Micro-Enterprise Program Coordinator

Strategic Focus
2014 and Beyond

Community Development Through Child Sponsorship

Lemonade International and Vidas Plenas (our partner organization in Guatemala) are rooted in, and motivated by, Christian faith. While our staff members come from different backgrounds and belong to different churches, we are united in our commitment to God’s call to love all people and to seek justice for those who are oppressed.

Scholars Program: A Bridge To Adulthood

In order to strengthen our Scholars program, a full-time Scholars program director, Yoli Prado, is now in place. Yoli serves as a liaison between parents and schools for more than 50 students in 7th grade and beyond. Our plans include providing this same opportunity each year for every one of our graduating 6th graders.

Clarity of Purpose

Early in 2014, we clarified our mission as an organization, and the core values that inform our work. In the years to come the following statements will guide us, and serve as criteria for measuring our effectiveness as an organization.


Our Mission

Lemonade International exists to partner with local leaders as they facilitate community development programs in solidarity with the people of La Limonada in Guatemala City.

Our Values

Dignity: We believe all people have inherent worth, with unique gifts given by God to share with others.

Solidarity: We stand with the marginalized people of La Limonada and with the committed staff of Vidas Plenas.

Deep Relationships: We believe in listening, knowing, and honoring the stories of community members, staff, donors, and partners.

Authenticity: We seek accountability at all levels to ensure honesty, transparency, and effectiveness in everything we do.

Partnership: We partner with one community, acting as a conduit for generosity and love.


Lemonade International and Vidas Plenas (our partner organization in Guatemala) are rooted in, and motivated by, Christian faith. While staff come from different backgrounds and belong to different churches, we are united in our commitment to God’s call to love all people and to seek justice for the oppressed. As we serve the people of La Limonada, we seek to partner with all people of goodwill and common cause regardless of race, religion, or any other status.

From the
Board of Directors

In April 2013, my family and I had the privilege of visiting La Limonada. We were captivated by the community, to say the least. The experience of seeing God at work among the people of La Limonada led us to sponsor a young girl and her mother, whom we met on the trip. We saw first-hand that life change is happening one relationship at a time and consider it a special opportunity to get to play a small part.

After returning home, we continued to pray for the work being done and relational bridges being built in La Limonada. My children often asked me for updates on the people of the community. Imagine my family's joy when I was invited to serve on the Lemonade International board! It is a blessing to us to hear updates, pray for, and invest in the ministry happening in La Limonada every day.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who are investing time, money, and prayer into La Limonada. God is doing a restorative work in La Limonada, and every effort matters. Nothing is wasted, and it all brings glory to God.

With a grateful heart,

Dana Byers
Lemonade International Board Member


Board of Directors

Ray Strecker
Kevin Peyton
Todd Hiestand
Rebecca Caswell
Dana Byers
Bill Cummings

Guatemala Team

Ingrid Jeaneth Alonzo Bran
Elba Yaneth Alva Lima
María Isabel Arriola
Sonia Maricela Barrera Godinez
Rosa Hilda Barrientos de Saregure
Lucía Elizabeth Chach Zapón
Abner Moises Chajaj Solis
Catalina Chupina Chimil de Yool
Mérlin Arcely
Miriam De López
Heidy Bélen Díaz Pérez
Susan Evertsz Hahmann de Mejia
Tita Evertsz
Rebecca Gant
Daniela Lombardo
Sarah Lauffer
Gladiz Carina García Menchú de Chang
Elubia Mariela Gómez Hernández
Celica Galicia Juracan Saquic
Marleny Elizabeth Lima López
Hilda Marina López de Sánchez
Sofí Majús
María Guadalupe Matzar Coch
Gloria Anabella Menchú Castillo
Karla Ivonne Paredes Yool
Yoli Prado
Jeymi Aleida Reyes
Magda Haydeé Reyes Pérez
Edgar René Rodas Contreras
Mirza Janina Rodríguez Pérez
Sofi Scoffield
Leonor Sandigo
César Leonardo Saregure Pineda
Néstor Raúl Sicajá Bringuez
Victor Samuel Brizuela Martinez
Mayrita Judith Tebalán de Ramos
Verito Velásquez Alvarez de Soto
Ana Xiloj Xom
Priscila Yool Chupina de Saregure
Damaris Ester Yool Chupina de Sicaja
Salma Guzman
Alma Herrera
Betty Moran
Inna Sinkevich
Mirna Juárez
Esperanza Monterroso
Diana Rosales

Stateside Team

Bill Cummings
Cherie Cummings
Sommer Wisher
Terry Bracey
Lindsay Schupbach
Katie Høiland
Tim Høiland
Alejandra Urdaneta (Intern)

Special Thanks

Adam & Katy Watts
Amber Wright
Apple Matching Gifts Program
Athentikos - Nashville, TN
Audria Culaciati
Beatriz Woodall
Bethany & Thanh Tran
Bob & Amy Neiman
Brad Nortman
Brady & Jasmine Sullivan
Brenda Hanna
Brian & Lindy Cross
BridgePoint Bible Church - Houston, TX
Carlisle Evangelical Free Church - Carlisle, PA
Carolina Microfinance Initiative - UNC Chapel Hill
Center for Transforming Mission - Tacoma, WA
Charlene Dark
Charlotte Dunaway
Cheri Janssen
Chris Gorsuch
Christopher Nathan Kattner
Cincinnati Christian School - Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute - Cincinnati, OH
Cooper Industries Foundation - Houston, TX
Dan & Kelsey Hoffman
Dana & Chris Byers
Daniela Lombardo
Dave & Shannon Wik
David & Geralyn Kiser
David & Katherine Shonerd
Deanna DiSarro
Diane Reeves
Dienetics - Jenison, MI
Dominick & Christen DiGerlando
Dorene Gorsuch
Doug & Leah Arrington
Dr. Baron Holt - Raleigh, NC
Ekklesia - Raleigh, NC
Elisabeth Stenner
Elise Janssen
Elizabeth Holland
Emily Aker
Evergreen Community Church - Raleigh, NC
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
First Covenant Church of Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Flipside Christian Church - Madera, CA
Forest Hill Church - Charlotte, NC
Formstack - Indianapolis, IN
Frank & Tammie Dame
Friendship Baptist Church - Montalba, TX
in situ studio - Raleigh, NC
Istrouma Baptist Church - Baton Rouge, LA
Jay Armstrong
Jamie Tharp
Jerome & Denise Lazarczyk
Jesse Perales III
John & Danielle Perry
John III and Dana Yockey
Jonathan Seda
Joshua Casella
Juan Pablo & Sonia Soto
Jubala Village Coffee - Raleigh, NC
Judy & Paul Hoskins
Julie & Bryan Matchell
Julie & Ken Fleming
Karen Burke
Kathleen Schwab
Ken & Cheryl Cummings
Kenneth Lentz
Lifechurch
Linda & Kevin Routh
Linda McCallian
Lindsay & Marcelo Schupbach
Lyle & Vickie Henkel
Lynn Aeiro
Maria Southman
Marianne & Bob Lintz
Mark & Viola Goodacre
Michael Mann
Morgan & Sandy Dean
Nathan & Janele Good
National Christian Foundation
Nona & Kevin Peyton
Ordinary Community Church - Liberty Township, OH
Otilia & Ray Rivera
Paul & Carmen Gant
Proctor Academy - Andover, NH
Rachel & Tony Rodgers
Ralph Schoenrock
Ray & Carole Strecker
Rebecca Caswell
Regina & David Smith
Renaissance Charitable Foundation
Renee Engberg
Rivers Crossing Community Church - Kings Mills, OH
Rosalie Culaciati
Sandra & Sis-Obed Torres
Sara Brumfield
Sarah & Guillermo Quezada
Scott & Sharon Williams
Steve & Linda Lindholm
Susan Olmstead
Tammi Palpant
Tanya Brown
The Root Collective
The Well - Newtown, PA
Thomas Tutolo
Tim & Katie Hoiland
Todd & Tami Sneller
Tracy & Kevin Rains
Tyra & Paul Stephens
Women at Risk International - Wyoming, MI
Zack Tomlin

Thank you for another incredible year. We are grateful for your support and prayers, the confidence you have in the Lemonade International and Vidas Plenas teams, and the passion you have for joining us to serve the people of La Limonada.

— The Lemonade International Team

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