“Then Jesus took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.” Mark 10:16 (Photo by Scott Bennett)
Every child in La Limonada is special, with a unique story waiting to unfold. (Photo by ErlebNisse Photography)
There is so much joy when a sponsor and a sponsored child meet in person!
We continue to celebrate the open doors of the new academy, Toronja! Because of your response to the needs in La Limonada, 38 children received a hot meal every day this week, enabling them to concentrate on their teachers’ instruction and focus on learning.
Gratitude is contagious. (Photo by Scott Bennett)
Join the children in beginning this new school year with childlike wonder, anticipation, and joy! (Photo by Silent Images)
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)
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 […]
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 […]
You believe an essential part of celebrating this season is to extend hope, justice, love, and JOY to vulnerable children in Guatemala. You believe the children in La Limonada should know their lives matter to you and should experience HOLISTIC restoration, transformation, and hope. You believe giving justice increases ABIDING JOY in La Limonada and […]
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 […]
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 […]
Children have the basic need to be protected, nurtured, and equipped for their future. (Photo by Silent Images)
After visiting La Limonada, a Service Learning Trip member from Christ Church Anglican in Phoenix, Arizona, was struck by the fact that she had seen no toys during her time with the children. When she shared this at church one Sunday morning, Clay and Marcia Landwehr were in attendance. “It was heart-wrenching to hear,” Marcia said. […]
Today is Dia Del Niño or Children’s Day, a national holiday in Guatemala, celebrated each year on October 1. The children in La Limonada face the harsh realities of extreme poverty every day. They encounter struggle, pain, hunger, hopelessness, and shame at such a young age. Children’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the rights of […]
Tomorrow is Day of the Child, a national holiday in Guatemala celebrated each year to recognize the rights of children. Children in La Limonada encounter a tough, difficult world at a very early age. But today, they are coming to their academy to hear they are precious, loved, and treasured by so many who want […]
Laughter is a universal language.
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)
You are part of giving these kids a reason to smile. Cheers! (Photo by Tita Evertsz)
Gang prevention intervenes in the lives of vulnerable children before it’s too late. The time to embody and share the love of Jesus with each child is right now. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
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)
We know the effects of poverty, trauma, and violence are the most extreme on children, causing long-term damage to minds, bodies, and hearts. As you read through these seven compelling reasons to prioritize serving the most vulnerable children, ask yourself: “What if there were a Christian present, someone a child could turn to in the […]
These girls are not defined by their address. Instead, they are learning who they are as children of God – with dignity, purpose, and a voice. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
Seeing children have time to just be kids brings a smile to our faces. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
Photo caption contest. Go! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
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)
“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa (Photo by Lizza Majus)
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)
Our hope for every child in La Limonada is to live a full, joyful, and abundant life. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
Another school year has officially begun! The children returned to the academies, filling the classrooms with learning and laughter. Children in La Limonada attend overcrowded and underfunded public schools for only half a day. But we believe education is key to gang prevention and breaking the cycles of poverty. That’s why, through your support, children […]
Registrations began yesterday for the new school year. Once again, the academies are brimming with children full of potential, dignity, and worth. Thank you for investing in their lives! (Photo by Lizza Majus)
This little one is safe and happy in the arms of Maria, the Lima Academy Psychologist.
Students in the Academies grow socially as they play with their friends. (Photo by Silent Images)
This is gang prevention! (Photo by Silent Images)
The hallways of the Academies are filled with energy when the children are arriving or leaving for the day. (Photos by Silent Images)
Friendships are forged within the walls of the Academies. (Photo by Silent Images)
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