Lemonade International Blog

Category: Child Sponsorship

Anyi, a Permanent Resident of My Heart [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is from Frankie Erwin, who recently joined a Service Learning Trip with Istrouma Baptist Church, a partner church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Frankie shares a reflection from her time in La Limonada and the special relationships God began during her time in the community. – I recently returned from La Limonada, and […]

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The children are delighted to reply to letters from their sponsors! Where do you keep the notes and pictures your child has drawn for you?

Exciting Opportunity To Visit Your Sponsored Child In La Limonada

Join our sponsors-only trip and spend three days in La Limonada this October! You will get the chance to meet your sponsored child and their family. See first-hand the impact the academies, teachers, and psychologists are having on your child and their friends. And meet the local leaders who are embodying Christ’s love for your […]

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There is so much joy when a sponsor and a sponsored child meet in person!

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When you sponsor a child, our very own Lizza Majus delivers the happy news to the children in the academies. When you send a letter, she helps your child read and respond to you. If you choose to go meet your child, she hosts you and introduces you to your sponsored child. Lizza makes special […]

Double Your Gift for Unsponsored Children This Week Only

Over the past two weeks, you’ve heard a lot about how child sponsorship is making an eternal difference in the lives of vulnerable children in La Limonada. Now two generous donors have offered to give $20,000 for unsponsored children to receive the life-changing impact of the academies – if we can match their gift dollar […]

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The academies are more than classrooms. They are a refuge of hope. (Photo by Silent Images)

From Sponsored Child to Teacher

Walking into the 4- and 5-year-old classroom in the Limon academy, it is clear these children have a truly special teacher. While new to teaching, Abby was made for the role. Her eyes sparkle and her smile exudes passion and love for the children. It fills up the entire room! As she calls the class […]

5 Reasons to Sponsor a Child With Lemonade International

Sponsorship impacts the lives of children, families, and the entire community of La Limonada. Here are 5 ways child sponsorship with Lemonade International is unique: It addresses the unique needs of children in La Limonada in appropriate ways. This is not a program easily plopped down in another context. It is deeply relational and specifically targeted […]

Change a Life This Summer!

Hard stories are common in La Limonada – stories of abuse, hunger, violence, trauma, and deep poverty. Children who watch life after life around them spiral into destructive, desperate, and fatalistic futures, without a source of hope that things could be different. Children desperate to have their stories known, heard, and guided towards a better […]

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Child sponsorship impacts whole lives and whole families. Have you seen Dulce’s video? (Photo by Silent Images)

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We want this little girl to grow up knowing she is a valued child of God. Next week, the doors of the academies will open for another great year of spiritual, emotional, and physical impact! Thank you to all our sponsors and generous supporters who share our desire for each child in La Limonada and […]

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You’ve given the children of La Limonada so many reasons to smile today! #WorldSmileDay (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Sponsorship Changes Lives [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is written by Scott and Harmony Charles. Last year, Harmony shared her story of meeting her sponsored child in La Limonada. After returning to Guatemala with the Athentikos I AM ART team earlier this year, they share about their experience of spending time with their sponsored child once again. – In 2010 I […]

3 Tips for Writing to Your Sponsored Child

Today’s guest post is written by our friend Lindsay Stevenson. Lindsay has been a committed child sponsor, group member, advocate, and entrepreneur. She started Hope Glows, which gives back to the academies. Stay tuned for upcoming Fall scents! As a #ProudLemonadeSponsor, are you writing to your sponsored child? Today, Lindsay shares a few great tips […]

6 Challenges in La Limonada – and How Child Sponsorship Addresses Them

Our friends in La Limonada face many challenges each and every day. Some may be clearly visible, but others are less obvious at first glance. Here are six challenges faced by children and families in the community, along with six ways child sponsorship is sowing seeds of hope.   Challenge #1: Children in La Limonada attend […]

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Photo caption contest. Go! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

5 Things You Didn’t Realize Your Sponsorship Was Doing

When you invest in our academy-based child sponsorship program, you impact all aspects of a child’s life in La Limonada – spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual. Here are five things you may not have realized about your child sponsorship: Child sponsorship gives a child in La Limonada the opportunity to have many positive role models […]

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Gang prevention means provoking hope in the hearts of children who hadn’t believed another way of life was possible. It means looking past the graffiti and signs of gang presence, believing in them and the dreams they didn’t even realize were lying dormant in their hearts. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa (Photo by Lizza Majus)

Investing in Parents, Impacting Families

Engaging parents and guardians is essential when it comes to impacting the children of La Limonada. When students are enrolled in the academies, their guardians agree to participate in School for Parents. These monthly meetings are a crucial component in addressing the holistic needs of the children throughout their most formative stages – when they […]

Impacting Generations

When Tita started Limon, the first academy in La Limonada, she knew from day one that the stakes were high. “Help me, sister Tita,” one gang member said at the time. “Help my children, because I will die soon in the streets.” Tita was already hard at work, establishing trust and building relationships with parents […]

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Imaginations are stirred and outlooks are expanded as children learn to read, write, and reason. Education is essential for unlocking potential in boys and girls living in the heart of the largest urban slum in Guatemala City. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

International Women’s Day: Choose Love

Guatemala is one of the 10 most dangerous countries to be a woman. For those living in extreme poverty, there is constant threat of domestic violence, rape, and exploitation. Girls often become pregnant at a young age, left without the means to care for a baby. Some are recruited into gang life, and most have […]

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There is nothing better than a sponsor meeting his sponsored child. We are honored to facilitate these special relationships! #ProudLemonadeSponsor (Photo by Lizza Majus)

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Child sponsorship looks past a community entrenched in poverty and sees a child with a name, a story, and a future. It says to each one, “We know your name. We pray for you. Your life matters – to us and to God.” (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Thank you to all our dedicated, loving sponsors

  Sponsorship impacts the lives of children, families, and the entire community. Last week, we shared a testimony of one family who has gone all the way through our programs. Starting in the academies as young boys, these two sons of Miriam went on to receive scholarships and graduate from vocational school. They now have […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Gianna’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

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As your children go back to school, what are your hopes and prayers for them? For good teachers? For them to study and do well? For them to make good friends? Whatever they are, will you extend those prayers to the sponsored children in our three academies? (Photo by Silent Images)  

Why We Do What We Do

(Mauricio showed off his new wedding ring to Tita and Bill earlier this year. February 2015.) When Tita first walked down the narrow paths into La Limonada, she was working with youth who had fallen deep into gang culture. Many were drug addicts and thieves. She looked past the menacing guns, tough faces, and feared […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: DeDe’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Harmony’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

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Sponsored children are always overjoyed to receive special mail from their sponsors – notes filled with love, concern, and prayers brighten their faces! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Gerard’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. One of the most impactful elements of child sponsorship is the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

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Children receive essential help on their homework from loving teachers in the Academies. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Friendships are forged within the walls of the Academies. (Photo by Silent Images)    

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