Lemonade International Blog

Category: Giving

Join us by giving in the final days of 2017!

As we finish the remaining days of the year, we are freshly reminded of all that has been lavished on us in the birth of our Savior. God’s outpouring of love, provision, and hope has renewed our vision to see those most in need in La Limonada experience transformation and live full lives in Jesus. […]

Children in Baton Rouge Give Christmas to Children in La Limonada

Today’s guest post is written by Kaitlin Staples, Children’s Minister at Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Our friends at Istrouma have been incredible advocates for the children in the academies through their Give Christmas efforts. This year, Kaitlin engaged the children of Istrouma with Give Christmas in a new way! Join us in […]

5 Reasons To Give Hope To La Limonada

  1. HOPE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE For children growing up in poverty, hope is quickly choked. But human beings are hardwired to hope. Hope is a matter of life and death.     2. PENCILS SHOULD BE MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN GUNS The children should have access to education to unlock the door out of […]

Photo of the Week

Last January, this little guy received a brand new pair of shoes through Give Christmas 2016. These weren’t just any shoes. They were quality, handmade shoes made right there in his community by Otto. Ready for the school year, he experienced the rare joy of a brand new gift purchased just for him! This year […]

Shoes + School Supplies = Hope + Future

This Christmas season, would you consider a one-time year-end gift to provide a new pair of uniform shoes, made locally by Otto in his workshop, and a bag of basic school supplies for one child? We need to cover the cost of 439 pairs of shoes and school supply packs for all of the children […]

Give Thanks, Give Food

In two days, families and friends in the United States will gather to celebrate God’s lavish provision and generosity to each of us. And as we give thanks for each other and for the abundance of food set before us, we hope you will think of those who don’t have quite as much. The children […]

When A River Reaches A Sea – Plans For Brave Tears [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is from Aixa de López, an incredible lover of Jesus and advocate for the people of La Limonada. She serves alongside her husband Pastor Alex Lopez at Fraternidad Cristiana de Guatemala. She blogs regularly (in Spanish) at www.aixadelopez.org, where today’s post was originally published. It is incredible to see local Guatemalans following […]

Thank You and Happy New Year!

Thank you for joining us in partnering with local leaders as they facilitate community development programs in solidarity with the people of La Limonada in Guatemala City. Through your partnership and the faithfulness of God this year, we walked alongside 513 students and scholars in addition to offering compassion, presence, community relief, and gang prevention […]

Still time for year-end generosity – doubled for the next four days!

We hope you are experiencing refreshment and joy during the remaining days of the year. Overflowing joy that comes from the love that has been lavished on us in the birth of our Savior, the love shared in giving and receiving from loved ones over the Christmas season, and the love you have chosen to […]

Three Down, Three to Go

Has God put La Limonada on your heart? Do the deep needs of the children, youth, and teachers grab hold of your love and compassion? With less than five days remaining to reach our year-end goal, we have met three of our six gift goals for La Limonada. Through your generosity, we have reached the […]

Doing Justice Every Day

Vero is a teacher in the classroom for three to five year olds at the Lima academy. All who know her have seen what an incredible blessing she is to her students and their families. Her passion, enthusiasm, creativity, and faith have had an incredible impact. And we trust her daily faithfulness and wholehearted service […]

Teachers Cultivate Dreams

It is not right for a child to grow up without a positive role model. Many parents in La Limonada are making the difficult choice to find work in order to feed their children at least one meal today instead of being present to raise their children. While some are spiraling into destructive lifestyles, others […]

You Made My Dreams Possible

Edy grew up in La Limonada surrounded by scarcity and violence. Many of his peers began making life-altering decisions by the age of seven, spiraling into destructive, desperate, and fatalistic lives, without a source of hope that life could be different. They sank into the darkness. Many are active in the gangs, in jail, or […]

Scholarships nurture dreams!

It is not right for a child’s dream to be crushed before that dream even has a chance to form. It is not right when poverty keeps a child from continuing with school – especially when we believe education is the most powerful way for a child to escape the cycle of poverty. While public […]

When You Give a School Supply Pack, You’re Opening A Door

It is not right for a child to grow up more familiar with the sight of bullet holes and guns than crayons and notebooks. It is not right for a child to have doors to the future constantly slammed shut. Most families in La Limonada cannot afford the school supplies needed to begin the new […]

Photo of the Week

Last January, the children in the academies each received a new pair of shoes because of the generous donations to Give Christmas 2015. These weren’t just any shoes. They were quality, handmade shoes made right there in their community by Otto. Ready for the school year, they experienced the rare joy of a brand new […]

4 Christmas Gifts That Give Back to La Limonada

It is our JOY to highlight a few amazing gift ideas from friends and partners who have taken their skills and passions to create quality products that honor everyone from the maker to the children in La Limonada. They have chosen to donate a portion of their proceeds to our Give Christmas campaign and to […]

When you give a pair of shoes, you’re giving justice.

It is not right for a child to be kept home from school simply because they do not have the school uniform they need. It is not right for a child to climb the narrow paths out of the ravine-turned-slum with improper shoes. It is not right. It is not just. When you give a […]

Photo of the Week

Addressing chronic hunger and immediate health needs are crucial ways of preparing boys and girls to thrive as the future leaders of their community. (Photo by Silent Images)

This #GivingTuesday, Give Vitamins For Healthy Hearts

Today is #GivingTuesday, part of a global movement that provides an alternative to simply being swallowed up in our desires for more and more stuff – a very real temptation this time of year. It’s a way of celebrating the great tradition of generosity, while letting your friends and family know how they can also […]

Gifts of Joy for La Limonada

In two days, we in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving. We will share meals in the company of loved ones as we celebrate God’s lavish generosity to us. And because we have freely received, we are invited to freely give. So when we pause to give thanks for the many ways God has blessed […]

Joyce Joyner’s Legacy of Caring For Others

Emily Lemus and her husband are long-time friends of Lemonade International and have sponsored a boy named Juan Carlos who attends the Mandarina academy for the past two and a half years. In remembrance of her aunt, Joyce Joyner, who passed away on April 3, Emily decided to do something meaningful in her honor. Today, […]

Give in honor of a loved one

What could make Christmas more meaningful than to honor your loved ones with gifts that also have life-changing impact on the children and families in La Limonada? We have two wonderful tribute options available, to let your friends and family know about the gift you made in their honor: When you select one or several […]

Spread the Word This Christmas

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with La Limonada, a community dominated by deep poverty, gang culture, and violence. Our goal is to raise $80,000 this Christmas. These essential funds represent practical gifts that equip the children, youth, and […]

Give Scholar Education This Christmas

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with life-altering education for vulnerable youth. Finishing high school or attending a vocational training program that would open the door to an honest job is out of reach for many children in La […]

Give School Supplies This Christmas

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with basic supplies needed for the new school year. Children in La Limonada attend overcrowded and underfunded public schools for only half a day – if they have the necessary shoes and supplies, […]

Give School Shoes This Christmas

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with a pair of new shoes. Formal school shoes for a child in La Limonada could mean the difference between confidently beginning the school year this January or being shamefully kept home. It […]

Give Education This #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, an emerging global movement kicking off a season of generosity as a counterpart to the popular shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day to unite our voices around the importance of giving as an essential part of this season. In the spirit of generosity and solidarity with […]

A Pathway to Peace in La Limonada This Christmas

Give Christmas begins today! This is our opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with La Limonada, a community dominated by deep poverty, gang culture, and violence. Over the next six weeks, our goal is to raise $80,000. These essential funds will provide practical gifts […]

Photo of the Week

Students in the academies hold up the school packs we plan to distribute in January after reaching our Give Christmas 2014 goals. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Invest in a Hope-Filled New School Year

The academies in La Limonada offer a safe haven of hope, where children are given an alternative to the streets where their greatest physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are addressed by deeply committed, passionate teachers. Students will head back to school in January after their Christmas break. Children and classrooms will need basic supplies, including […]

Make HOPE Possible This Christmas

Did you ever have a teacher who demonstrated genuine concern for you? Isn’t it amazing what can happen when you know someone cares about you and your future? How much more does a child living in extreme poverty amid gang violence, abuse, and brokenness need a teacher who knows her name, values her life, and […]

Join us with an #Unselfie this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is an emerging global movement that provides an alternative to simply being swallowed up in our desires for more and more stuff—a very real temptation this time of year. It’s a way of celebrating the great tradition of generosity, while letting your friends and family know how they too can give. In the […]

By the Community, For the Community [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is by Brooke Fontoura, blog manager of the The Root Collective. Today is Small Business Saturday. A day designed to highlight not the big box stores and shopping malls famous for their Black Friday sales, but the local businesses who are helping to provide jobs for their communities. Like Otto, dear friend and master […]

Give the Gift of Hope This Year

Every year, the holiday season is a time of preparation, reflection, and celebration. We gather with friends and family, bake cookies, put up festive decorations, and savor all we are grateful during the year. And the joy of the season swells and overflows when we choose to extend our abundance with the vulnerable. Give Christmas […]

Introducing the Marcelina Fund

Every day in La Limonada, we encounter needs among vulnerable individuals and families that are unpredictable and urgent. For years, the team has cared for those in difficult circumstances when designated funds were donated to meet specific needs. Now we have a way to extend mercy immediately. It’s the Marcelina Fund, named in honor of […]

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