The programs at the Academies operate with high standards of excellence. Children from La Limonada are loved, valued, fed, clothed, educated, taught proper hygiene and provided with scholarships to attend formal school.
The buildings provide much more than a space for these programs. They serve as community centers and beacons of light in the two barrios where they are located. They provide a place for parenting classes as well as a safe space for community gatherings.
More than twenty local Guatemalans, a majority of whom are from La Limonada, are employed by the academies as teachers, assistant teachers, cooks, and custodians – all of whom have devoted their lives to unconditionally loving the children entrusted to their care.
Through Child Sponsorship you can support the work of the academies and help make a difference in the lives of the children whose lives are impacted through the programs provided.
Through Teacher Sponsorship you can help to provide a fair wage for the teachers and staff members who have given their lives to serve the children of La Limonada.
You can also partner with us to make quality education a reality for the children of La Limonada by investing in the academies.
Allison Fernanda is an energetic six year-old from La Limonada who attends the Limon School. She constantly has a smile on her face and will run to greet anyone who walks through her classroom door. She says she loves going to the school because within its walls she has learned to love her neighbor and share her life with her friends.
Thanks to our scholarship program, she attends formal school in the mornings then she attends the Limon School in La Limonada in the afternoons.
The school provides a warm meal and vitamins, and each day a loving teacher awaits her arrival. In the afternoon, she is one of seventeen six and seven year-olds in her class. Maria, her teacher, provides the class with holistic education - the children learn everything from math to Bible to hygiene.
Allison is the oldest of three children - and a daughter to a single mom. “God is our Daddy,” she says, when asked who He is.
Allison says that although she learns in her formal school, she prefers attending the Limon School in the afternoon because there is more friendship and it is better than other places she knows. “I like to pay attention in class. When I grow up I’d like to be a veterinarian or a photographer. I’d like to help my family, too. It’s nice because my best friends live in La Limonada and they attend the Limon school, too.”
Without an opportunity to be educated and mentored, the children of La Limonada are often neglected and abused. By their teen years the boys are lured into gangs and the girls become pregnant without the means to care for a baby. Children like Allison are provided with an education and hope for a better life through God's love.
You can make a difference in the life of a child just like Allison by sponsoring a child today.