Lemonade International Blog

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 […]

By the Community, For the Community [Guest Post]

November 29, 2014

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 […]

Photo of the Week

November 28, 2014

Marvin proudly shows off his new pair of shoes last January provided by Give Christmas 2013. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Much to be Thankful For

November 26, 2014

As I look ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday and look back over 2014, I am overwhelmed by how much there is to be thankful for! I am incredibly thankful to be a part of a relationally based organization that is primarily focused on people—rather than programs or projects. Tita and the team in Guatemala lead […]

Give School Shoes

November 25, 2014

As you begin to think about Christmas shopping for the children in your lives, you may be contemplating what they would most enjoy or considering what would serve them well as they begin school again in January. For the children in La Limonada, a new pair of shoes enables them to walk confidently to school […]

Introducing Ralph Schoenrock, the Newest Member of our Board of Directors

November 24, 2014

It is our honor to announce our newest addition to the Lemonade International Board Of Directors, Ralph Schoenrock. Having spent his entire career in the financial service sector in Zurich, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, Ralph brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the board. Ralph is currently Managing Director of the risk control department […]

Give in Honor of a Loved One

November 22, 2014

  What could make Christmas more meaningful than to honor your loved ones with a gift that spreads hope and has life-changing impact on the children and families in La Limonada? After giving a donation to Give Christmas, a beautiful card is available for you to personally customize and deliver to friends and family members this […]

Photo of the Week

November 21, 2014

  “This joy, purity and innocence. His sincere joy and love pierce my being. I remember the story of Don Otto and the little girl God used to transform his life forever.” – Tita (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Give the Gift of Hope This Year

November 18, 2014

Every year, the holiday season is a time of preparation, reflection, and celebration. We gather with friends and family, bake cookies, put up festive decorations, and savor all we are grateful during the year. And the joy of the season swells and overflows when we choose to extend our abundance with the vulnerable. Give Christmas […]

Photo of the Week

November 14, 2014

The academies provide a great place for children to work on their homework. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)  

A New Approach to School for Parents

November 13, 2014

Many people are familiar with this Heraclitus quote: “Change is the only constant.” In education, change is a word that is frequently used and a verb that is constantly practiced. Teachers are always reflecting, reviewing, and making changes to what once seemed to be the perfect plan. This has been the way of thinking for our […]

Multiplying Impact Through Workplace Giving

November 11, 2014

Workplace giving programs can be an incredible way for a group of people to work together to multiply the impact of their generous donations. Last year, American employees donated $4 billion dollars to charities through workplace giving programs alone. Matching Gifts Matching gifts are company-donated contributions that match the contributions made by employees—sometimes on a […]

Photo of the Week

November 7, 2014

Big smiles from these friends in La Limonada. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Short-Term Groups: Open Dates for 2015

November 5, 2014

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: […]

Photo of the Week

October 31, 2014

Carlitos plays with blocks in the Mandarina academy. (Photo by Silent Images)

A Day in La Limonada [Photo Essay]

October 30, 2014

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Gadiel Avalos. He has since come on staff with the team in La Limonada, including work with gang members. Gadiel has contagious joy and love for the community. He recently took Instagrams on his phone throughout his day, capturing “a day in La Limonada.” We wanted to share […]

Photo of the Week

October 24, 2014

Big smile from Steven at the Mandarina academy. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Jesus Among the Gang Members

October 23, 2014

“Young people are seeking a way out of all suffering and problems,” says Raúl Moreno. “They are always ready to receive and listen to God.” Raúl has learned this first hand while spending time with young people in La Limonada who have gotten caught up in gang activity. For the past two months, Raúl has […]

[Guest Post] Creativity Takes Courage

October 22, 2014

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 […]

Photo of the Week

October 17, 2014

Beatriz is 3 years old and attends the Mandarina academy. Her teachers Ana and Gloria take care of her every day from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Her smile is contagious. (Photos by Rebecca Gant)

Fighting Malnutrition in La Limonada

October 16, 2014

Today is World Food Day, a day of action against hunger. In La Limonada, children and families face the threat of insufficient nutrition needed to grow, develop, and thrive both physically and mentally. According to the USAID, “Guatemala ranks sixth for chronic malnutrition in the world and has the highest rate of stunting in the […]

Introducing the Marcelina Fund

October 14, 2014

Every day in La Limonada, we encounter needs among vulnerable individuals and families that are unpredictable and urgent. For years, the team has cared for those in difficult circumstances when designated funds were donated to meet specific needs. Now we have a way to extend mercy immediately. It’s the Marcelina Fund, named in honor of […]

Photo of the Week

October 10, 2014

Elizabeth shows Rebecca her beloved doll. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Dancing in the Mandarina Academy [Video]

October 9, 2014

The love, lessons, exercise and fun experienced in the academies are often a stark contrast to life in extreme poverty. Kids can be kids here. Students grow intellectually as they are educated. They grow socially as they play with their friends. They grow physically as they are fed, clothed, taught proper hygiene, and receive vitamins. And […]

Photo of the Week

October 3, 2014

Abner is walking down the steps at the Lima Academy while touching the Rights of the Child signs. These signs were created at I AM ART camp earlier this year. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Día del Niño

October 1, 2014

Today is Día del Niño (Day of the Child), a national holiday in Guatemala celebrated each year on October 1. It is a day to recognize the rights of children. The need for a day like this is great in a place like La Limonada, where the rights of children are largely ignored or, worse, […]

Bev Hutton’s Legacy of Loving Children

September 30, 2014

Jim Hutton visiting Guatemala with his pastor Karl Roth, along with Tita Evertsz and Rebecca Gant. After meeting Tita and visiting La Limonada last year, it was clear to Jim Hutton that supporting the work of the academies and the scholar program was exactly what his late wife Bev would have wanted. Bev passed away […]

She Even Called Her Beautiful [Guest Post]

September 27, 2014

This post is written by Curtis Mulder, who was recently in La Limonada with a group from Ekklesia Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is a pastor. He lives in Raleigh with his wife Rachel and two daughters, Kyra and Megan.  This morning at church, nine of us had a chance to share some […]

Photo of the Week

September 26, 2014

Tita visiting Ana’s 0-3 year old class at the Mandarina academy and interacting with Beatriz. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Celebrating Guatemala

September 25, 2014

On September 15, 1821, Guatemala declared its independence from Spain along with five neighboring countries. As a national holiday, this date is commemorated as an opportunity for all Guatemalans to honor the birth of their country with celebrations and gatherings. Last Monday, staff at the Mandarina academy prepared the children for their own celebration. Parents […]

Welcoming Katie Hoiland as Full-Time Director of Communications

September 24, 2014

Today is a very exciting day for us at Lemonade International because today we welcome Katie Hoiland to our team as full-time Director of Communications! As many of you know, Katie has been working with us on a part-time basis for the past year, along with her husband Tim. They were both part of the […]

Photo of the Week

September 19, 2014

(photo by Silent Images)

Photo of the Week

September 12, 2014

(Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Photo of the Week

September 5, 2014

(by Rebecca Gant)

What The Poor Teach Us

September 2, 2014

Earlier this month we welcomed a short-term group from Ekklesia Church to La Limonada. On the Sunday after they returned to Raleigh they shared an update with the church, which you can listen to here (beginning at 13:32). At one point during the update, one of the members of the team shared a wonderful quote […]

Photo of the Week

August 29, 2014

(by Silent Images)

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