Lemonade International Blog

When you give a pair of shoes, you’re giving justice.

December 6, 2016

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 […]

Photo of the Week

December 2, 2016

Addressing chronic hunger and immediate health needs are crucial ways of preparing boys and girls to thrive as the future leaders of their community. (Photo by Silent Images)

This #GivingTuesday, Give Vitamins For Healthy Hearts

November 29, 2016

Today is #GivingTuesday, part of a 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 can also […]

A Wholehearted Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016

Dear Friends, Here in the United States, many of us are preparing to celebrate an annual tradition – a day set aside to remind us of the importance of being thankful. For some, this tradition is filled with a visceral feeling of joy and goodwill as arrangements are made to be present with those closest […]

Gifts of Joy for La Limonada

November 22, 2016

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 […]

Photo of the Week

November 18, 2016

Children have the basic need to be protected, nurtured, and equipped for their future. (Photo by Silent Images)

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November 11, 2016

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)

Wooden Treasures For Every Child

November 8, 2016

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. […]

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November 4, 2016

The physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children are addressed by deeply committed, passionate teachers. (Photo by Silent Images)

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October 28, 2016

Child sponsorship impacts whole families. Photo by Corinne Johnson (Instagram @lisacorinne)

Photo of the Week

October 21, 2016

Living in poverty does not determine your value to God or to us. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Presence, Gratitude, and Abiding Joy

October 20, 2016

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. […]

Photo of the Week

October 14, 2016

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

Photo of the Week

October 7, 2016

You’ve given the children of La Limonada so many reasons to smile today! #WorldSmileDay (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Happy Children’s Day! | ¡Feliz Dia del Niño!

October 1, 2016

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 […]

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September 30, 2016

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 […]

Resurgam: Opportunity Rising Through Coffee [Guest Post]

September 29, 2016

Today’s guest post is written by our good friend and longtime supporter Chris Marshall, who has turned his love for La Limonada, his commitment to social entrepreneurship, and his passion for great coffee into a business that is giving back to the programs in La Limonada. In honor of National Coffee Day, be inspired by […]

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September 23, 2016

Laughter is a universal language.  

Haircuts and Coffee for La Limonada

September 21, 2016

At Lemonade International, we believe in the power of relationship. This is perhaps seen most clearly in the academies, where teachers and psychologists build relationships of trust with the children in their care – children whose life experiences have given them lots of reasons to distrust others. But relationships are also what make our supporters […]

Photo of the Week

September 16, 2016

As we spent the week celebrating Guatemala‘s rich history and culture, we were reminded of the local Guatemalans who have invested their lives into La Limonada. They inspire us with their love, passion, and dedication to help the most vulnerable in their city. (Photo by Silent Images)

Celebrating Guatemala’s Independence Day!

September 15, 2016

Happy Independence Day, Guatemala! The academies are closed today for the national holiday, but this week the children in the academies dressed up in traditional clothes, made crafts, enjoyed special food, said the the Pledge to the Guatemalan Flag, and celebrated Independence Day all together. As you celebrate, in solidarity with the people of La […]

Join Us In Celebrating Guatemala’s Independence Day

September 13, 2016

This Thursday, September 15, is Independence Day in Guatemala. All week long, the children in the three academies are enjoying rich celebrations with their classmates and teachers. La Limonada is a marginalized community, looked down upon by most Guatemalans. Each year in the academies, Independence Day is an important opportunity to teach the children about […]

Photo of the Week

September 9, 2016

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)

Expanding minds in La Limonada – International Literacy Day

September 8, 2016

Today we celebrate International Literacy Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of efforts and progress made to provide every child and adult the opportunity to read, learn, and thrive. Recognizing literacy as key to accessing health, education, income, and opportunity, UNESCO defends it as a basic human right. In the academies, we want the […]

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September 2, 2016

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Sponsorship Changes Lives [Guest Post]

August 30, 2016

Today’s guest post is written by Scott and Harmony Charles. Last year, Harmony shared her story of meeting her sponsored child in La Limonada. After returning to Guatemala with the Athentikos I AM ART team earlier this year, they share about their experience of spending time with their sponsored child once again. – In 2010 I […]

Photo Of The Week

August 26, 2016

Tita and Janina have been friends for a long time, and they have been serving the La Limonada with love and joy for almost two decades. They are sporting t-shirts from one of our partner churches — Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. (Photo from Tita Evertsz’s Instagram feed)

3 Tips for Writing to Your Sponsored Child

August 23, 2016

Today’s guest post is written by our friend Lindsay Stevenson. Lindsay has been a committed child sponsor, group member, advocate, and entrepreneur. She started Hope Glows, which gives back to the academies. Stay tuned for upcoming Fall scents! As a #ProudLemonadeSponsor, are you writing to your sponsored child? Today, Lindsay shares a few great tips […]

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August 19, 2016

When children have empty stomachs, they are not able to focus, learn, grow, and thrive. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Eat Like a Guatemalan – Mirna’s Pollo Con Crema

August 18, 2016

Pollo con Crema is a beloved traditional Guatemalan dish of chicken in a rich cream sauce. It is often served with rice and tortillas. Volunteers who have joined a Service Learning Trip to Guatemala enjoy this wonderful dish handmade by our dear Mirna. Mirna’s cooking and hospitality is an incredible gift to each of us, […]

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August 12, 2016

You are part of giving these kids a reason to smile. Cheers! (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

6 Challenges in La Limonada – and How Child Sponsorship Addresses Them

August 10, 2016

Our friends in La Limonada face many challenges each and every day. Some may be clearly visible, but others are less obvious at first glance. Here are six challenges faced by children and families in the community, along with six ways child sponsorship is sowing seeds of hope.   Challenge #1: Children in La Limonada attend […]

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August 5, 2016

We want to give the children of La Limonada the opportunity to thrive.

Photo of the Week

July 29, 2016

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)

First Person: Mirna Judith

July 26, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible Guatemalan staff members, Mirna Judith. She serves our Service Learning Groups by taking care of the Lemonade Guest House and cooking delicious Guatemalan meals for the group members. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her each day. Where are […]

Photo of the Week

July 22, 2016

La Limonada is a place of contrasts, where heartbreak, loss, beauty, and hope live side by side. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

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