Lemonade International Blog

Eat Like a Guatemalan – Mirna’s Recipe for Traditional Pepián de Pollo

February 25, 2015

When service learning groups visit Guatemala, they stay in the Lemonade House where Mirna prepares traditional meals each evening. While there is great need in Guatemala, there is also incredible beauty, with warm and deeply hospitable people! Tasting authentic Guatemalan dishes can be an important part of learning, participating, and appreciating this delightful culture. The […]

Photo of the Week

February 20, 2015

Today is World Day of #SocialJustice. “The poor need the motivation, the incentives, the skills, the education so they can help themselves.” – John M. Perkins    

February Value of the Month

February 17, 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

February 13, 2015

  “Justice for La Limonada! Can we have some Justice?” – Tita Evertsz

Introducing The Skinners – Serving in Guatemala

February 12, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to Dave, Beth, and Charlotte Skinner, who will be serving with us in Guatemala over the next year as Lemonade House Managers. With the flexibility of Dave’s job, which can be done remotely from Guatemala, the Skinners will work and live in the Lemonade House while providing house maintenance […]

Photo of the Week

February 6, 2015

Aileen joins her fellow classmates in the Mandarina Academy each day. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Shoes Make A Difference

February 5, 2015

We recently shared photos of the 317 shoes provided for the children of La Limonada through Give Christmas 2014. Seeing the smiling faces and sparkling eyes of the children filled many of us with the joy of the impact that a new pair of shoes can have. Not discarded, unwanted, and used shoes, but a […]

Photo of the Week

January 30, 2015

Education is a powerful tool to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada. (Photo by Silent Images)

January Value of the Month

January 29, 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

January 23, 2015

The beautiful Sara welcomes us in her home. (Photo by Silent Images)

Give Christmas 2014 Provided New Shoes For a New School Year

January 21, 2015

A special thanks to everyone who gave generously to Give Christmas 2014—and to everyone who shared the campaign with family and friends. As you know, the funds raised will address real and tangible needs in the La Limonada community, providing children and families with opportunities to escape cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice. It was […]

Photo of the Week

January 16, 2015

Children in La Limonada love their pets too! (Photo by Silent Images)

A New School Year Begins

January 15, 2015

This week, the children of La Limonada returned to the academies filled with excitement and joy for a new school year. Registration took place last week and classes filled up quickly. 98 children were registered in the Limon Academy, 63 in the Mandarina Academy, and 40 in the new Lima Academy — for a total […]

Thank you for your service, Kevin Peyton!

January 14, 2015

After faithful service as a Lemonade International board member for the past four years, Kevin Peyton completed his term at the end of December. Not only has he been involved with our work from a leadership perspective, he and his family have personally invested in the La Limonada community through multiple trips, child sponsorship, and […]

Photo of the Week

January 9, 2015

The Academies are filled with light, hope, and laughter. We are all ready for a new school year to begin! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Much to Celebrate and Look Forward To

December 31, 2014

Thank You for Your Partnership — Year in Review! We’ve accomplished so much together in 2014. Thank you for partnering with us for a great year of standing in solidarity with the children and families of La Limonada.   Here is a snapshot of the lives impacted: “Even though there are horrible things in the street, […]

Today is the Last Day to Give Christmas

December 31, 2014

  Today is the last day to give your 2014 tax-deductible donation to provide children and families with opportunities to escape cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in the coming year. With your help, we will continue to provide essential shoes, school supplies, tuition, and teachers’ wages as integral parts of our community development programs. […]

Two Days Left to Spread Hope

December 30, 2014

The countdown begins! We only have until midnight (EST) on December 31 to raise essential dollars for children’s shoes, school supplies, scholars’ tuition, and teachers’ wages. That means only two days remain to give your tax-deductible donation that will provide children and families with opportunities to escape cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice. And as we announced […]

Multiply Life-changing Impact

December 27, 2014

We need your help to turn $20,000 into $40,000! For the next five days, your Give Christmas donation can double the impact. A generous group of friends (who wish to remain anonymous) have extended a challenge to you. When you Give Christmas to the children and youth in La Limonada, they will match your tax-deductible […]

A Christmas Message from Tita

December 23, 2014

I’m closing my eyes and thinking about what to tell each of you who, through prayer or financial support, are part of this work—this divine mission from God with the beautiful people of La Limonada. I can see your faces and a smile emerges from the depths of my being. I think it makes our […]

And He Will Be Called Prince of Peace [Advent Guest Post]

December 22, 2014

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of guest bloggers to reflect on the different names given to the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. As we move towards Christmas, we invite you to reflect with us on the earth-shaking implications of each name, both for ourselves […]

You Can Change Lives Through Give Christmas

December 20, 2014

For many of us this is a hectic time of year. As we shop for Christmas gifts for loved ones, host and attend parties, and scramble to wrap up our to-do lists at work, it could be very easy for us to miss out on the “peace on earth” which was announced in anticipation of […]

Photo of the Week

December 19, 2014

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)

Saying Farewell to Rebecca Gant

December 17, 2014

Rebecca Gant arrived in Guatemala in May 2010, ready and eager to serve, love, and be present with the families of La Limonada. Her excellent Spanish, creativity, love for the children, and heart for the community made her invaluable to the sponsorship program as well as short-term groups. The faces of the children light up […]

Invest in a Hope-Filled New School Year

December 16, 2014

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 […]

And He Will Be Called Everlasting Father [Advent Guest Post]

December 15, 2014

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of guest bloggers to reflect on the different names given to the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. As we move towards Christmas, we invite you to reflect with us on the earth-shaking implications of each name, both for ourselves […]

10 Reasons to Give Christmas

December 13, 2014

  1. You believe education is key to a brighter future in La Limonada.   2. You believe the children in La Limonada should feel valued and loved!   3. You want to engage your children in the joy of sharing all they have with those in need.   4. You’re shopping for the person […]

Photo of the Week

December 12, 2014

Kids being kids in the Lima Academy. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Scholarships Build Dreams

December 11, 2014

 Yoli Prado (left) and Mayra Alejandra Ramírez Gonzalez (Photo by Rebecca Gant) Mayra was eight years old when she started attending the Limon Academy. There she received help from her teachers and says she feels smarter as a result. She felt loved and learned to want a better life as she was taught about God and […]

Give Future Hope to a Scholar

December 10, 2014

Many of the children in La Limonada hope for a better future—finishing high school or attending a vocational training program that would open the door to an honest job. In Guatemala, a simple job as a dishwasher requires passing at least the ninth grade. But education beyond sixth grade requires tuition that most of the […]

And He Will Be Called Mighty God [Advent Guest Post]

December 8, 2014

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of guest bloggers to reflect on the different names given to the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. As we move towards Christmas, we invite you to reflect with us on the earth-shaking implications of each name, both for ourselves […]

Lend Your Voice to Give Christmas

December 6, 2014

Give Christmas 2014 is an opportunity to fill the holiday season with hope by providing practical gifts for students, scholars, and teachers in our academies—all in an effort to ensure opportunities for the future leaders of La Limonada to escape the cycle of poverty and injustice. Our goal is to raise $90,000 to provide essential […]

Photo of the Week

December 5, 2014

Teachers like Lucia spread hope and love in the Academies each day. (Photo by Silent Images)

Make HOPE Possible This Christmas

December 4, 2014

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

December 2, 2014

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 […]

And He Will Be Called Wonderful Counselor [Advent Guest Post]

December 1, 2014

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of guest bloggers to reflect on the different names given to the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. As we move towards Christmas, we invite you to reflect with us on the earth-shaking implications of each name, both for ourselves […]

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