Lemonade International Blog

Category: Partnerships

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 […]

How a Cup of Lemonade Can Make a Difference in the World [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is written by Andrea Goslee, Director of River Kids at Rivers Crossing Community Church. We’re grateful for her passion and commitment to children from Ohio to La Limonada! And our special thanks to Ashley Johnson for all of the photos. – When I think of summer and kids, three things come to […]

Resurgam: Opportunity Rising Through Coffee [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is written by our good friend and longtime supporter Chris Marshall, who has turned his love for La Limonada, his commitment to social entrepreneurship, and his passion for great coffee into a business that is giving back to the programs in La Limonada. In honor of National Coffee Day, be inspired by […]

Haircuts and Coffee for La Limonada

At Lemonade International, we believe in the power of relationship. This is perhaps seen most clearly in the academies, where teachers and psychologists build relationships of trust with the children in their care – children whose life experiences have given them lots of reasons to distrust others. But relationships are also what make our supporters […]

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 […]

Justice Happened – I AM ART returned to La Limonada

Last week, the children of La Limonada were invited to transform pain into purpose through creative arts with the I AM ART camp. They joined their teachers in coming together at a church located outside of the community, enabling children from rival communities to enjoy time all together. Through our partnership with Athentikos and Vidas […]

Featured Partner: Forest Hill Church

Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina has been an incredible partner and advocate for the people of La Limonada. Their thoughtful and passionate leadership has been an incredible encouragement to us. Jenny Schmitt, Director of Kids@FHC at Forest Hill’s Waxhaw campus, shares these thoughts. _ In early 2013, our church hosted a Justice Conference, where […]

More Than A Math Project

Tammi Palpant is a long-time friend of Lemonade International. She has visited La Limonada twice and started sponsoring a child after her first trip, about five years ago. She has also been a teacher at St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina for twelve years. This year she engaged six of her advanced fourth grade […]

Featured Partner: Hope Glows Candles With A Purpose

Our friends Lindsay and Luke Stevenson have been incredible child sponsors, group members, and advocates for the people of La Limonada. Today’s guest post is written by Lindsay to share about her incredible new venture and how it supports our work in an incredibly unique way. We are inspired by and grateful for her creative […]

Calling All Artists – I AM ART returns to La Limonada

We’re thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Athentikos and Vidas Plenas to facilitate art camp for the at-risk children of La Limonada this summer. Through the power of art, we have seen children oppressed by abuse, deep poverty, marginalization, and neglect come to life and find a voice as they experience the healing power […]

Featured Partner: Center City Collision and Precision Frame and Body

Our friends at Center City Collision and Precision Frame and Body in Ohio take their vision – “collision repair by people who care” – very seriously, both locally and globally. This vision has led them not only to invest in the vulnerable children and families of La Limonada, but to share the story with their […]

Thank You and Happy New Year!

Thank you for your partnership and Happy New Year! We’ve accomplished so much together in 2015. Thank you for partnering with us in compassion, generosity, prayer, and love! Through your partnership and the faithfulness of God, we walked alongside 386 students and their families in addition to community relief and gang prevention initiatives. “Thank you […]

Featured Partner: Istrouma Baptist Church

Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been an incredible partner, friend, and advocate for the community of La Limonada. They have had significant impact on the children and the community through Service Learning Trips, Child Sponsorship, and Give Christmas campaigns. They hosted Tita Evertsz last weekend at their Go Global missions conference. We […]

Featured Partner: Flipside Christian Church

Flipside Christian Church in Madera, California has been an incredible advocate, friend, and partner to the community of La Limonada. We asked Senior Pastor Karl Roth a few questions about how his church first met, fell in love with, and came to partner in such a significant way in the impact of the academies on […]

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 […]

Short-Term Groups: Open Dates for 2015

We are eagerly anticipating a wonderful 2015, filled with new and ongoing relationships formed and strengthened with the community of La Limonada. It is our privilege to facilitate these meaningful opportunities for you and your groups to visit the community of La Limonada to learn, love, and grow. Our remaining open dates for 2015 are: […]

[Guest Post] Creativity Takes Courage

Amelia Moore has been a long-time friend and advocate of Lemonade International. Amelia and her husband Scott have used their incredibly creative talents to advocate for the people of Guatemala, often including the children and families of La Limonada. In previous years, they have made the wonderful art camp experience for the community. Next month, they […]

Follow Up on Interactive Art Show

A huge thanks to those who participated in our online auction and to all who came to our Interactive Art Show in Raleigh! As those who attended the live event know, there was tremendous energy in the room. The space looked amazing and the event truly was interactive, thanks to the hard work of our […]

Interactive Art Show – Introducing Emily Litsey [VIDEO – Part 3]

This is a great opportunity to meet Emily—a high school art teacher from Indianapolis, who traveled to Guatemala in April with her husband Jeff, to serve as the art project coordinator for the prints made by the students in La Limonada which will be displayed at our Interactive Art Show on Thursday, June 5 at […]

Strengthening Family Ties Through Economic Development [Guest Post]

This post is written by Bethany Tran, the founder of The Root Collective, an online retailer of high quality, ethically sourced products from La Limonada and other developing communities around the world. See also her earlier guest posts, The Power of Ethical Fashion and The Dream Becomes Reality. When The Root Collective launched, we started […]

Featured Partner: Ekklesia – Church at Raleigh

I may be a little biased, because Ekklesia is the church community that my family and I are a part of here in Raleigh, NC, but it is a great group of people with amazing and generous hearts for the world. One of the things that caught our attention when we first began attending Ekklesia […]

Finding The Art Within [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post comes from Amelia Moore, a photographer and associate producer at Athentikos, which produced the film Reparando, telling stories from La Limonada and elsewhere in Guatemala. Amelia and her husband Scott are true friends of the people of La Limonada, and we’re grateful for their efforts to make art programs available to the […]

Taking La Limonada to the American School

It’s a joy for us at Lemonade International to introduce so many friends in North America to the people and stories of La Limonada, and to establish ongoing relationships of prayer, encouragement, partnership, and support. We greatly value introducing people from elsewhere in Guatemala to our friends in La Limonada as well. Indeed, some of […]

Taking the Pulse of Health Care in La Limonada [Guest Post]

This guest post is by Stephanie Whitlark, a nurse from Duke Raleigh Hospital in North Carolina who recently returned from La Limonada, where she conducted a health needs assessment in the community. This is a project she has been working toward for several months, and her efforts have been a tremendous encouragement to us. I […]

Seeing La Limonada with New Eyes

As a kid growing up in Guatemala City, Juan Pablo Soto knew all about La Limonada. His father lived within blocks of one of the entrances to the community, but Juan Pablo knew better than to go any closer than that—and he definitely knew better than to try to go inside. After all, he knew […]

Join us at the Justice Conference Charlotte

For those in the Charlotte area (and those able to get there on short notice!), we wanted to share a bit about the Justice Conference Charlotte, being held tomorrow and Saturday, Feb. 21 – 22 at Northside Baptist Church. You’ll get a chance to hear from nationally and internationally known speakers, participate in roundtable discussions, […]

Vidas Plenas Receives Canned Meat Donation from MCC Guatemala

Boxes of canned meat are loaded onto trucks. While the boxes in the photo were sent to the Philippines, MCC sends shipments to countries all over the world, including Guatemala. (MCC Photo/Rhoda Shirk) From time to time we like to introduce you to our partners and other organizations doing incredible work in Guatemala. One of […]

Join Us For a Screening of Hidden Treasures – with Q&A

Last fall we introduced the trailer for Hidden Treasures, a short film being produced by Silent Images to tell the story of our work in partnership and solidarity with the people of La Limonada. We’re pleased to announce that the film will make its debut two weeks from tonight on Tuesday, January 21, via a […]

A Special Word of Thanks

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our Give Christmas campaign to provide food, teachers salaries, and shoes and school supplies. Thanks to the generosity of so many, in the final hours of 2013 we passed our total campaign goal of $60,000! On behalf of the people of La Limonada, thank you for […]

Join Us For The RED SUNDAY Event

Our friends from Red Light Film & Art Project present… RED SUNDAY: Music & Market Sunday, December 8th, 4:00-7:00 pm Wine & Design 219 Bickett Blvd., Raleigh, NC Celebrate the holidays by celebrating HOPE and JUSTICE. Buy gifts that serve the poor and promote justice! Join us for an alternative Christmas market featuring goods from […]

The Power of Ethical Fashion [Guest Post]

This post is written by Bethany Tran, the founder of The Root Collective, an online retailer of high quality, ethically sourced products from La Limonada and other developing communities around the world. Here we go! After a full 13 months of labor and love, The Root Collective is up and running. If you haven’t heard […]

A Full Circle: Buy Coffee, Support Our Work In La Limonada

Earlier this year we announced an exciting new partnership being brewed up in conjunction with Josh and Amy Allen, Jubala Village Coffee and Ekklesia – Church at Raleigh. The idea was to create a brand of coffee sourced from a micro-lot in Guatemala at better-than-fair-trade prices, whose profits would in turn be used to support […]

Coffee as a Catalyst for Change [Guest Post]

This post is by John Huisman, a Raleigh-based blogger covering the local arts, entertainment, and dining scene in North Carolina’s Triangle region, encompassing Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. For more from John, check out his blog and follow him on Twitter @trianglexplorer. On Tuesday, October 16, I had the pleasure of attending a great event at […]

Reparando Now Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime

As many of us can attest, Reparando is a truly transformative film. The story of how victims of incredible suffering in Guatemala have embraced the pain of the past in order to repair the next generation, you can’t watch it and not be changed. And for many of us, Reparando has served as our first […]

Christmas? It’s Almost That Time. Check Out What a Church in Baton Rouge is Doing…

We have partnerships with several great churches across the country, and one of our newest partnerships is with Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. This Christmas season they will be joining with us in our annual Give Christmas campaign to raise funds to provide our students with food, shoes, school supplies, as well as […]

How Child Sponsorship Changed My Life [Guest Post – Part 1]

The following post is from Lindsay Stevenson and it has been reposted from her blog, Little House Big World. Lindsay and her family sponsor Misael, one of the students who is enrolled in one of our academies in La Limoanda. Lindsay’s husband, Luke, recently returned from one of our short-term trip with their church, Ekklesia […]

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