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“The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.” Proverbs 20:7 (Photo by Scott Bennett)

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Every child in La Limonada is special, with a unique story waiting to unfold. (Photo by ErlebNisse Photography)

Exciting Progress On the Launch of the Toronja Academy

Last summer we invited you to help us launch the fourth academy in the “15 de Agosto” neighborhood in La Limonada. Through the generous response of many, the team in Guatemala was able to begin the steps to secure a building to rent while building relationships with families and community leaders. After many twists and […]

This #GivingTuesday, Give Vitamins For Healthy Hearts

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 […]

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

Celebrating Guatemala’s Independence Day!

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 […]

Expanding minds in La Limonada – International Literacy Day

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

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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)

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Will the gang members on the streets be their only role models? Not if we have anything to say about it. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

6 Books for Engaging Your Children With Compassion and Love for Guatemala

Are your kids enjoying summer reading? Here are six books that will offer them the opportunity to learn more about Guatemala and be inspired to change the world. Guatemala ABCs [5-11 years old] With each letter of the alphabet, this book is a great introduction to the people, culture, geography, and history of Guatemala. It […]

7 Reasons Why We Focus on Children

We know the effects of poverty, trauma, and violence are the most extreme on children, causing long-term damage to minds, bodies, and hearts. As you read through these seven compelling reasons to prioritize serving the most vulnerable children, ask yourself: “What if there were a Christian present, someone a child could turn to in the […]

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“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.” (Matthew 19:14) (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

The Brave Ones

Several years ago, some of the children living in the “15 de Agosto” neighborhood heard rumors about the Mandarina academy in the community next to theirs. They heard it was a place with open doors where children could come to eat and learn. Driven by hunger and desperation, one large family* of siblings and cousins […]

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We are present in La Limonada because every child deserves an opportunity to dream. Photo by Rebecca Gant

Do Something About Injustice This Summer

We need your help. We’re asking you to rally your friends and family to do something big about injustice this summer by helping us launch the fourth academy in a dangerous neighborhood in the heart of Guatemala City. This month, we need to raise $25,000 to cover the costs of launching this new academy. In […]

Expanding Holistic Impact in La Limonada

When children in La Limonada enter the academies, they’re not just stepping into a place where they’ll learn math, science, and reading. They’re being invited into a safe space where they will be nurtured as whole beings. Within these walls, a team of committed, passionate teachers care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of […]

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In a community where so many have their innocence snatched away at such a young age, the three academies offer children in La Limonada a safe place to laugh, play, and learn. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Announcing: Moving Into A New Neighborhood

We are thrilled to announce the launch the fourth academy in La Limonada! In keeping with the joyful and hopeful theme of the different fruits the first three academies are named for, the name of the fourth academy will be Toronja, which translates to grapefruit. A new academy means the opportunity to expand our ministry […]

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These girls are not defined by their address. Instead, they are learning who they are as children of God – with dignity, purpose, and a voice. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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We know that healthy and consistent meals enable children to grow and think clearly. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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Seeing children have time to just be kids brings a smile to our faces. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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Photo caption contest. Go! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

First Person: Martita

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 […]

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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

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, […]

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

Impacting Generations

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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

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

First Person: Maria Matzar

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 […]

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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)

Value of the Month in the Academies

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 […]

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

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