Lemonade International Blog

Category: Poverty

Let The Little Children Come To Me

Guatemala is one of the hardest places in the world to be a child. Nearly 20% of the population is living in extreme poverty, just like in La Limonada. An estimated four in 10 children are experiencing sexual abuse right now. For each case that is reported, it is estimated that seven go unreported. These […]

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Investing in peace in Guatemala means showing children an alternative to picking up a gun and settling for the gang life all around them. It means walking with them through their most vulnerable years to offer a bridge over the darkness beneath them. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Friendships formed in the academies can be a source of strength, hope, and love. (Photo by Lizza Majus)

Turning Pain Into Resilience and Hope

We want the children in La Limonada to reach their potential. We want to see their God-given abilities drawn out and made to flourish. We want to see them living full lives in Jesus. But the reality for children growing up in this “red zone” – a term given by the Guatemalan government to indicate […]

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Proper hygiene is a crucial part of developing healthy children who practice good habits and learn to take care of their bodies. Children in the academies brush their teeth together after their breakfast or lunch each day! (Photo by Silent Images)

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So that children and families in La Limonada enjoy full lives with dignity, justice, and hope.

10 Beautiful Images of Holistic Impact in La Limonada [Photo Essay]

In February, we gratefully welcomed Scott Bennett back to La Limonada to share with us his photography skills and passion for the poor. His photos beautifully capture the holistic intervention of the academies in the lives of the vulnerable children of La Limonada. It is an honor to see the impact through the lense of […]

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Jesus loves you. This message accompanies every lesson, meal, and hug in the academies. You matter to us. You matter to Jesus. (Photo by Scott Bennett Photography)

A Mural for Don German

“Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.” – Bryant Myers Don German is a 68-year-old treasured friend in La Limonada, recognized immediately by his white beard, suit, […]

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“I was very impressed by the teachers and the activities [in the academies], and also how much they care and give personal attention to the kids. It was a blessing to spend two days in La Limonada and shoot some photos for Lemonade International.” Scott Bennett first came to La Limonada on the Bloggers Trip. […]

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“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 (Photo by Silent Images)

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“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (Photo by Silent Images)

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“Art is communication.” ― Madeleine L’Engle Trauma suppresses a child’s words and ability to express their emotions. Art changes that. (Photo by Lizza Majus)

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Join us in praying this prayer of Mother Teresa for the most vulnerable in La Limonada: “Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. […]

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We love to see children walking to school with a big smile on their face. A little generosity translates into so much justice and joy! (Photo by Silent Images)

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What will their futures be? (Photo by Silent Images)

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 […]

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By age 7, the reality of poverty begins to sink in and children succumb to the temptations of gang life. The time to intervene is right now. (Photo by Silent Images)

Presence, Gratitude, and Abiding Joy

I visited a young mother of two small children who is full of life and strong character. Always sincere, she desires to excel and be a good wife and mother of a three and five year old. Upon entering the house, I saw a handkerchief covering her head and highlighting her beautiful face even more. […]

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“I gave her this picture and she said, ‘How beautiful I am!!!!’ This moment is unforgettable.” – Tita Evertsz

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Her dream is to become a doctor someday. In a place where many feel hopeless and fatalistic about the future, we want to be part of making this dream possible. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

From a Family of Thieves: Amelia’s Story

Today, Tita shares the story of a woman who has been attending a home Bible study. She is from one of the first families Tita got to know in La Limonada many years ago. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy. – A family of thieves. Amelia’s grandparents were thieves. Her parents were […]

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Will the gang members on the streets be their only role models? Not if we have anything to say about it. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Standing With Martha

Walking into the house, your eyes immediately struggle to adjust to the dark room. But even though keeping lights on is too expensive for this family, Martha* still manages to keep her home neat and tidy. Martha is a 30-year-old hard-working, selfless mother of five children – ranging in age from 11 months to 16 […]

Motherhood and the Miracle of Life

  We had been anticipating the news to come any day. A text from our friends here in Phoenix, letting us know she had gone to the hospital to have her baby. We waited with anticipation as labor continued and were given the invitation to the hospital we were hoping for. With freshly cut roses […]

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“We have so much to learn from the poor – like their sense of community.” – Tita Evertsz (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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We believe in investing in the children of La Limonada during their most vulnerable years. By the age of 7, many are struck by the reality of the deep poverty, prejudice, and lack of opportunities for a future. Will you join us in walking with them towards full lives in Jesus?

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What does it do to a child growing up around constant reminders of the violence that dominates their community? Walking to school in La Limonada means passing by walls littered with bullet holes and signs of the gang presence that surrounds them. (Photo by Silent Images)

Prevention and Rescue

Lemonade International shares the vision of our Guatemalan partner organization, Vidas Plenas, to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada through gospel-centered education, gang prevention, and community relief so those most in need can live full lives and experience transformation. Broken families, abuse, drugs, and peer pressure begin drawing the children […]

Passion For God’s Presence [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is by Adam Ormord, who recently completed his Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He visited Guatemala with his cohort, where he had the opportunity to meet Tita and hear about La Limonada. He blogs regularly at Listen Softer. _ “Now as […]

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La Limonada is a place filled with beautiful people who have not had the same opportunities we have in life. But even with lack of nutrition, sleep, and basic comforts, they do what they can. Even during rainy season, they climb the steep paths in and out of the community each and every day. (Photo […]

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“I am responsible for what I have seen and heard – for the stories of injustice, violence, and pain. What does God want me to do with what I have witnessed? What is my part in all of this?” – Tita Evertsz (Photo by Silent Images)

I Like Tigers Too [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is from Aixa de López, a friend of Lemonade International 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. Today’s guest post is a beautiful reflection on God’s heart for the poor and […]

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