Lemonade International Blog

5 Things You Didn’t Realize Your Sponsorship Was Doing

April 21, 2016

When you invest in our academy-based child sponsorship program, you impact all aspects of a child’s life in La Limonada – spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual. Here are five things you may not have realized about your child sponsorship: Child sponsorship gives a child in La Limonada the opportunity to have many positive role models […]

First Person: Martita

April 19, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible teachers, Martita. She works with the 3 – 5 year old class at the Mandarina academy. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where are you from? I was born […]

Photo of the Week

April 15, 2016

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)

Joyce Joyner’s Legacy of Caring For Others

April 13, 2016

Emily Lemus and her husband are long-time friends of Lemonade International and have sponsored a boy named Juan Carlos who attends the Mandarina academy for the past two and a half years. In remembrance of her aunt, Joyce Joyner, who passed away on April 3, Emily decided to do something meaningful in her honor. Today, […]

Photo of the Week

April 8, 2016

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa (Photo by Lizza Majus)

Investing in Parents, Impacting Families

April 6, 2016

Engaging parents and guardians is essential when it comes to impacting the children of La Limonada. When students are enrolled in the academies, their guardians agree to participate in School for Parents. These monthly meetings are a crucial component in addressing the holistic needs of the children throughout their most formative stages – when they […]

Photo of the Week

April 1, 2016

“We have so much to learn from the poor – like their sense of community.” – Tita Evertsz (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Impacting Generations

March 30, 2016

When Tita started Limon, the first academy in La Limonada, she knew from day one that the stakes were high. “Help me, sister Tita,” one gang member said at the time. “Help my children, because I will die soon in the streets.” Tita was already hard at work, establishing trust and building relationships with parents […]

Photo of the Week

March 25, 2016

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

For Me, This Is Only The Beginning [Guest Post]

March 24, 2016

Today’s guest post is written by Ashley Johnson, a child sponsor, member of partner church Rivers Crossing Community Church, service learning group member, and advocate for the people of La Limonada. – I have felt a call from God for a while now to empower the marginalized; to help give them the tools they need […]

World Water Day

March 22, 2016

Last week a friend handed me a water bottle and said, “Water is to the body what gasoline is to your car. Fuel yourself!” Drinking safe water is as critical to our health as it is easily taken for granted. When I turned on my faucet this morning, I did not stop to think about […]

Photo of the Week

March 18, 2016

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)

Featured Partner: Hope Glows Candles With A Purpose

March 14, 2016

Our friends Lindsay and Luke Stevenson have been incredible child sponsors, group members, and advocates for the people of La Limonada. Today’s guest post is written by Lindsay to share about her incredible new venture and how it supports our work in an incredibly unique way. We are inspired by and grateful for her creative […]

Photo of the Week

March 11, 2016

As the principal of the Mandarina academy, Yaneth creates a nurturing environment where children can thrive. And today happens to be her birthday! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

International Women’s Day: Choose Love

March 8, 2016

Guatemala is one of the 10 most dangerous countries to be a woman. For those living in extreme poverty, there is constant threat of domestic violence, rape, and exploitation. Girls often become pregnant at a young age, left without the means to care for a baby. Some are recruited into gang life, and most have […]

Photo of the Week

March 4, 2016

Our hope for every child in La Limonada is to live a full, joyful, and abundant life. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Photo of the Week

February 26, 2016

Servant leadership is an important value instilled in the academies daily. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Calling All Artists – I AM ART returns to La Limonada

February 25, 2016

We’re thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Athentikos and Vidas Plenas to facilitate art camp for the at-risk children of La Limonada this summer. Through the power of art, we have seen children oppressed by abuse, deep poverty, marginalization, and neglect come to life and find a voice as they experience the healing power […]

Photo of the Week

February 19, 2016

There is nothing better than a sponsor meeting his sponsored child. We are honored to facilitate these special relationships! #ProudLemonadeSponsor (Photo by Lizza Majus)

First Person: Maria Matzar

February 18, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible staff members, Maria. As the Lima academy psychologist, she works with the emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological needs of the vulnerable children. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where […]

Featured Partner: Center City Collision and Precision Frame and Body

February 16, 2016

Our friends at Center City Collision and Precision Frame and Body in Ohio take their vision – “collision repair by people who care” – very seriously, both locally and globally. This vision has led them not only to invest in the vulnerable children and families of La Limonada, but to share the story with their […]

Photo of the Week

February 12, 2016

Child sponsorship looks past a community entrenched in poverty and sees a child with a name, a story, and a future. It says to each one, “We know your name. We pray for you. Your life matters – to us and to God.” (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Thank you for your service, Dana Byers!

February 10, 2016

After faithful service as a Lemonade International board member for the past two years, Dana Byers completed her term at the end of December. To those who think that “real” relationships don’t happen on social media, I beg to differ. The personal connection I’ve had the privilege of building with Dana Byers and her family […]

Photo of the Week

February 5, 2016

Our teachers are role-models for their students. They inspire, encourage, disciple, and influence the children in life-changing ways. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Value of the Month in the Academies

February 3, 2016

Children growing up in La Limonada face unique challenges and pressures, constantly navigating the negative influences of gang-ridden streets. Our teachers welcome them into one of the three academies to develop them into flourishing adults, ready and equipped to act as the future leaders of their community, while leading full lives in Jesus. One important […]

Photo of the Week

January 29, 2016

Precious sisters in La Limonada. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)  

Photo of the Week

January 22, 2016

Photo of the Week: Give School Shoes from Lemonade International on Vimeo. It is amazing what a simple pair of shoes can do. And even more incredible what a pair of shoes in the context of love and ongoing partnership WILL do for the children of La Limonada. (Photos by Lizza Majus)

Photo of the Week

January 15, 2016

Friendships are forged in the academies. (Photo by Lizza Majus)

A New School Year Begins

January 13, 2016

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 […]

Photo of the Week

January 8, 2016

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)

Thank You and Happy New Year!

December 31, 2015

Thank you for your partnership and Happy New Year! We’ve accomplished so much together in 2015. Thank you for partnering with us in compassion, generosity, prayer, and love! Through your partnership and the faithfulness of God, we walked alongside 386 students and their families in addition to community relief and gang prevention initiatives. “Thank you […]

Today is the last day to give a 2015 tax-deductible donation!

December 31, 2015

Good news! We are 95% of the way toward our Give Christmas goal – a goal that represents the very real costs of essential children’s shoes, school supplies, scholars’ tuition, and teachers’ wages as integral parts of our ongoing community development work. With your help, we will continue to act as conduits of generosity and […]

Happy Birthday Tita!

December 30, 2015

Tomorrow is the birthday of Tita Evertsz! Tita first walked into La Limonada in 1994 and has been investing her life into education and gang prevention ever since. We have all been impacted by her deep passion and unfaltering devotion to follow Jesus wherever he leads. At Lemonade International, we exist to act as generous […]

Still Time to Invest in Pathways to Peace

December 29, 2015

With only three days left in 2015, we are 80% of the way to our goal of $80,000 to provide children and families with opportunities to escape cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in the coming year.  In addition to meeting tangible needs at the beginning of a new school year, your 2015 tax-deductible donation […]

It All Began in a Manger – Christmas Eve 2015

December 24, 2015

Millions of people across the world will gather tonight in living rooms, ancient cathedrals, converted warehouses, school auditoriums, and former movie theaters. There will be singing, praying, reading of Scripture, reflection, and rejoicing in celebration of the birth of the central figure of the Christian faith. While preparations are taking place for such gatherings, may we […]

Give Teachers Wages This Christmas

December 22, 2015

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with the teachers who invest in the children. We have a vision to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada through gospel-centered education and gang prevention. We want to […]

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