Lemonade International Blog

Celebrate what you helped make possible – 2014 Donor Impact Report

June 24, 2015

We are excited to share our 2014 Annual Impact Report and hope you will take a few minutes to read through it and celebrate the impact you made possible! We are truly thankful for each of you who have joined us in partnership with local leaders as they facilitate community development programs in solidarity with […]

Honor Dad With a Special Father’s Day E-Card

June 18, 2015

We are excited to announce a brand new way to give a donation in honor of Dad this Father’s Day. With a gift of any amount, you can send this e-card with a personalized message. Simply select the box, “Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone” to begin the dedication process. Father’s […]

Introducing Sarah Zimmerman, Volunteer Nurse in La Limonada

June 16, 2015

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Sarah Zimmerman, who will be volunteering with us in La Limonada for two and a half months this summer. A trained nurse, Sarah will be working alongside our community nurse, Janina, visiting homes and offering tangible help to marginalized individuals and families. Originally from Wisconsin, Sarah was living in […]

Photo of the Week

June 12, 2015

This is gang prevention! (Photo by Silent Images)

June Value of the Month

June 9, 2015

The academies are more than a safe haven for the children in La Limonada. While we believe it is important to provide a beautiful alternative to the negative influences of gang-ridden streets, we also want to develop the children into flourishing young adults, poised to be the future leaders of a peace-filled community. One important […]

Photo of the Week

June 5, 2015

The hallways of the Academies are filled with energy when the children are arriving or leaving for the day. (Photos by Silent Images)  

Photo of the Week

May 29, 2015

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

Important Update: Increased Violence in La Limonada

May 28, 2015

  As you may have seen in our social media updates, in recent weeks there has been an increase in senseless violence in two of the neighborhoods in La Limonada. Cycles of extreme poverty and corresponding loss of hope have long dominated the community. Children growing up without access to basic services, education, jobs, or […]

Photo of the Week

May 22, 2015

It is hard to imagine how this sweet little guy playing in the dirt can return to streets dominated by poverty, violence, and fear. As he returns home, he will glance at the bullet-ridden walls and be reminded of the tension on the streets. The older boys who carry guns and fiercely defend their neighborhood lines […]

Farewell Daniela Lombardo

May 18, 2015

Daniela Lombardo first began investing her heart, skills, and passion for education into La Limonada in 2010. After volunteering in La Limonada during the summers of 2010 and 2011, Daniela returned in 2013 as our Education Development Director. Sacrificing much, she generously gave up her position in Canada to move to Guatemala and invest in […]

Photo of the Week

May 15, 2015

We are mourning the loss of a mother of eight children in La Limonada this week. She caught a stray bullet not intended for her and passed away last weekend. This kind of tragic loss strengthens our resolve to be present in this gang-ridden slum community. Our hearts break for these children, their father, and […]

May Value of the Month

May 14, 2015

The academies are more than a safe haven for the children in La Limonada. While we believe it is important to provide a beautiful alternative to the negative influences of gang-ridden streets, we also want to develop the children into flourishing young adults, poised to be the future leaders of a peace-filled community. One important […]

Last Day to Tackle Urgent Needs in La Limonada

May 9, 2015

Today is the FINAL DAY of our Spring Forward campaign to tackle urgent needs in La Limonada! Thank you for listening, loving, and remembering the stories of “the least of these” who are right now facing urgent needs in the midst of extreme poverty and marginalization. As in the story of the young mother, your […]

Photo of the Week

May 8, 2015

This precious little one can safely descend these concrete stairs with a mother’s ever watchful and loving eye. Happy Mother’s Day weekend! (Photo by Silent Images)

Walking in a Young Mother’s Shoes

May 7, 2015

You find out you are pregnant. Another mouth to feed. How can you possibly care for another child? Then the child is born. You are taken aback. What is wrong with the baby? “Lymphoma,” the doctor diagnoses at the public hospital. “She will not survive.” Flooded with patients, the doctor barely has the time to […]

Imagine This

May 5, 2015

Imagine this. You show up at the hospital with an emergency, and rather than offering proper treatment, those you have turned to for help end up spitting on you instead – all because of the tattoos on your arms and what they’re assumed to represent. Imagine being denied honest work time and again simply because […]

Photo of the Week

May 1, 2015

Our community nurse Janina cares for spiritual and emotional needs, in addition to the physical needs of the vulnerable in La Limonada. (Photo by Silent Images)

Honor Mom By Offering Compassion to the Vulnerable

April 28, 2015

  Mothers living in the largest urban slum in Guatemala City struggle to provide the basic needs of their families – they want a better life for their children without the ability to make that possible. Our Spring Forward campaign is tackling the urgent needs of mothers and families in La Limonada. Like Ana who […]

Tackle Urgent Needs in La Limonada

April 25, 2015

Tackle Urgent Needs Urgent, unexpected needs emerge every day from homes of corrugated metal, plastic sheets, and cement in the slum community of La Limonada. Families already struggling to survive another day face sudden illness, fire, unaffordable medicine, funeral expenses, or simply bus fare to get to the hospital. The Community Relief Fund enables the […]

Photo of the Week

April 24, 2015

In La Limonada, Otto’s shoe workshop is a place of hard work, deep friendship, and vibrant faith. (Photo by Silent Images)

Planting the Seeds [Guest Post]

April 22, 2015

Today’s guest post is a reflection from a student from Garner High School. Kirby Jones recently joined the Garner High service learning trip to La Limonada. It is especially appropriate today on Earth Day. In the words of Debby Boone, a popular musician and author, “Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without […]

New Video Launching This Thursday!

April 20, 2015

We have an exciting announcement! You’re invited to watch our brand new video featuring the Community Relief Fund this Thursday. Don’t miss the opportunity to be inspired! Have a Twitter account? Join others standing in solidarity with the people of La Limonada at this live Twitter-Chat event. Watch the video, dialogue, and share your immediate […]

Photo of the Week

April 17, 2015

This precious little one is enjoying a hot meal in the Academy. What is she thinking about? What are her hopes and dreams? (Photo by Silent Images)

April Value of the Month

April 14, 2015

The academies are more than a safe haven for the children in La Limonada. While we believe it is important to provide a beautiful alternative to the negative influences of gang-ridden streets, we also want to develop the children into flourishing young adults, poised to be the future leaders of a peace-filled community. One important […]

Photo of the Week

April 10, 2015

While continuing their education, youth in the scholars program receive the love, help, and presence of Yoli. (Photo by Silent Images)

The Long Lasting Effects of Childhood Trauma

April 9, 2015

In her 2014 TEDMED talk, Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris sheds light on the effects of childhood trauma – something that is unfortunately all too common for the children who grow up in La Limonada. Burke Harris states that high doses of abuse, neglect, and trauma affect “brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems and even […]

Photo of the Week

April 3, 2015

Guatemalans honor Holy Week, or Semana Santa, with parades of floats, elaborate carpet-making, and candlelight vigils. Good Friday is a day of somber reflection, as we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. (Photo by Silent Images)

Photo of the Week

March 27, 2015

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” Psalm 4:8 (Photo by Silent Images)

Being Present in La Limonada

March 24, 2015

I just returned from 10 days in Guatemala, a time of connecting with staff, building relationships, visiting the community, gathering stories, and hosting a vision trip from our home church in Phoenix. It was a joy to return to the narrow streets again, and to reflect on the experience. There is a grand paradox when […]

Photo of the Week

March 20, 2015

Every week, children from the Lima Academy enjoy a day of sports and fun activities at a city park. (Photo by Lizza Majus)

Photo of the Week

March 13, 2015

In the Academies, vulnerable children can just be kids. (Photo by Silent Images)

Praying With La Limonada [Guest Post]

March 12, 2015

Today’s guest post is written by Kelly Cooper of the Bridge Street House of Prayer. My group and I spent January and February this year in the academies of La Limonada. We come from Grand Rapids, Michigan from the Mission School of the Bridge Street House of Prayer. Our time in Guatemala is part of […]

March Value of the Month

March 10, 2015

The academies are more than a safe haven for the children in La Limonada. While we believe it is important to provide a beautiful alternative to the negative influences of gang-ridden streets, we also want to develop the children into flourishing young adults, poised to be the future leaders of a peace-filled community. One important […]

Photo of the Week

March 6, 2015

For many, this view is Guatemala City’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods. Tita and her team consider La Limonada a “cathedral on the streets”—a place where God dwells and where heaven meets earth. What do you see? (Photo by Silent Images)

Lent for La Limonada [Guest Post]

March 5, 2015

Today’s guest post is written by Lindsay Stevenson, a faithful child sponsor and supporter of Lemonade International. She and her husband Luke have visited La Limonda with their church, Ekklesia in Raleigh, North Carolina. She blogs regularly at Little House Big World. If you’re a parent, you likely find yourself in the thick of daily […]

Farewell Sommer Wisher, Welcome Beth Skinner

March 3, 2015

Sommer Wisher began her role as Service Learning Trips Coordinator in 2012, after four years of loving and visiting the people of La Limonada. Her contagious enthusiasm, organizational skills, and passion to see impact have been invaluable contributions to the Lemonade International team. After three years of service, while also attending school, Sommer has decided […]

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