Lemonade International Blog

Happy Independence Day, Guatemala!

September 15, 2015

On September 15, 1821, after almost 300 years of colonial rule Guatemala declared its independence from Spain. Today there are celebrations, festivities, and parades throughout the country. Many will come together wearing their traditional clothing, ready to demonstrate their deep patriotism and national pride. Local schools make civic murals, bands play the national anthem, and […]

Photo of the Week

September 11, 2015

Gadiel works with youth-at-risk in La Limonada. He asks for prayer as he works to build trust with those who have come out of prison and those who are trying to escape gang life. (Photo by Silent Images)

September Value of the Month

September 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

September 4, 2015

Considered a Zona Roja (“Red Zone”), a designation given to Guatemala City’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods, the ravine is home to well over 60,000 people. It is a mile long and very narrow, and forms a border between Zona 1 (where the government and national palace are located) and Zona 5 in the heart […]

Guatemalan Presidential Elections This Sunday

September 3, 2015

This Sunday, September 6, Guatemalans will head to the polls to vote for the next president, vice president, 158 congressional deputies, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament, and other local positions. Recent events in Guatemala surrounding a corruption scandal involving the president, vice president, and other high level government officials could affect these elections. […]

Thank you to all our dedicated, loving sponsors

September 1, 2015

  Sponsorship impacts the lives of children, families, and the entire community. Last week, we shared a testimony of one family who has gone all the way through our programs. Starting in the academies as young boys, these two sons of Miriam went on to receive scholarships and graduate from vocational school. They now have […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Gianna’s Story

August 29, 2015

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Photo of the Week

August 28, 2015

As your children go back to school, what are your hopes and prayers for them? For good teachers? For them to study and do well? For them to make good friends? Whatever they are, will you extend those prayers to the sponsored children in our three academies? (Photo by Silent Images)  

Why We Do What We Do

August 27, 2015

(Mauricio showed off his new wedding ring to Tita and Bill earlier this year. February 2015.) When Tita first walked down the narrow paths into La Limonada, she was working with youth who had fallen deep into gang culture. Many were drug addicts and thieves. She looked past the menacing guns, tough faces, and feared […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: DeDe’s Story

August 25, 2015

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Harmony’s Story

August 22, 2015

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Photo of the Week

August 21, 2015

Sponsored children are always overjoyed to receive special mail from their sponsors – notes filled with love, concern, and prayers brighten their faces! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Gerard’s Story

August 18, 2015

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. One of the most impactful elements of child sponsorship is the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Photo of the Week

August 14, 2015

La Limonada is a place filled with beautiful people who have not had the same opportunities we have in life. But even with lack of nutrition, sleep, and basic comforts, they do what they can. Even during rainy season, they climb the steep paths in and out of the community each and every day. (Photo […]

First Person: David Campos

August 13, 2015

We would like to introduce you to David Campos, chaplain of Vidas Plenas. David leads weekly Bible studies with the children and youth in each of the three academies and in homes throughout the community. – My name is David, and I am the chaplain for Vidas Plenas, serving the children and families of La […]

August Value of the Month

August 11, 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

August 7, 2015

In the academies, children learn about the rights they are entitled to as outlined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The wood panels remind them of their ten most basic rights – a name, nationality, home, family, food, love, protection, health care, recreation, and freedom of expression. (Photo by Silent […]

Reading the Bible with the Churchless

August 5, 2015

Weekly Bible studies take place in homes throughout La Limonada – engaging individuals and families who are interested in reading God’s word together and learning how they can follow Jesus each day. The team in Guatemala teach about who Jesus is, his love for them, and how they can follow him. This is true discipleship! […]

Featured Partner: Flipside Christian Church

August 4, 2015

Flipside Christian Church in Madera, California has been an incredible advocate, friend, and partner to the community of La Limonada. We asked Senior Pastor Karl Roth a few questions about how his church first met, fell in love with, and came to partner in such a significant way in the impact of the academies on […]

Photo of the Week

July 31, 2015

Children receive essential help on their homework from loving teachers in the Academies. (Photo by Silent Images)

Presence in Pain

July 29, 2015

Names have been changed to protect the family. The prayer walk comes to a halt. They have reached the place where blood was spilled days before. Life was taken at the hands of frustrated teenagers with guns in their hands and retaliation in their hearts. Prayers spill out as the group cries, “Lord, end this […]

Rainy Season Brings Increase of Dengue Fever

July 28, 2015

As a part of our Community Relief Fund efforts, Janina, our traveling community nurse, carries her “clinic in a backpack” as she visits the most vulnerable in La Limonada. She has recently been joined by two volunteer nurses from the US, Sarah and Elise. They have reported high rates of dengue fever within the community […]

Photo of the Week

July 24, 2015

“I am responsible for what I have seen and heard – for the stories of injustice, violence, and pain. What does God want me to do with what I have witnessed? What is my part in all of this?” – Tita Evertsz (Photo by Silent Images)

Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin Martin

July 23, 2015

Volunteers are such an important part of the work we do – not only for the programs in La Limonada, but in facilitating relationships between supporters in the United States and the children in the Academies. Kevin Martin has volunteered for the past two years, and we are so grateful for his generous use of […]

July Value of the Month

July 20, 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

July 17, 2015

Sister Hilda is our beloved cook at the Limon academy. She lives in La Limonada and comes to prepare breakfast and lunch each day for the children. Please pray for her health as she has been struggling with ongoing illness. (Photo by Silent Images)  

I Like Tigers Too [Guest Post]

July 16, 2015

Today’s guest post is from Aixa de López, a friend of Lemonade International and advocate for the people of La Limonada. She serves alongside her husband Pastor Alex Lopez at Fraternidad Cristiana de Guatemala. She blogs regularly (in Spanish) at www.aixadelopez.org. Today’s guest post is a beautiful reflection on God’s heart for the poor and […]

Photo of the Week

July 10, 2015

This little one is safe and happy in the arms of Maria, the Lima Academy Psychologist.

Photo of the Week

July 3, 2015

Students in the Academies grow socially as they play with their friends. (Photo by Silent Images)

Photo of the Week

June 26, 2015

Being present with the people of La Limonada is a tangible embodiment of Christ’s love. (Photo by Silent Images)

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)  

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