Lemonade International Blog

Tag: Children

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The Academies are filled with light, hope, and laughter. We are all ready for a new school year to begin! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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Kids being kids in the Lima Academy. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Scholarships Build Dreams

 Yoli Prado (left) and Mayra Alejandra Ramírez Gonzalez (Photo by Rebecca Gant) Mayra was eight years old when she started attending the Limon Academy. There she received help from her teachers and says she feels smarter as a result. She felt loved and learned to want a better life as she was taught about God and […]

Make HOPE Possible This Christmas

Did you ever have a teacher who demonstrated genuine concern for you? Isn’t it amazing what can happen when you know someone cares about you and your future? How much more does a child living in extreme poverty amid gang violence, abuse, and brokenness need a teacher who knows her name, values her life, and […]

By the Community, For the Community [Guest Post]

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 […]

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

Give School Shoes

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 […]

Give in Honor of a Loved One

  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 […]

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  “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

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 […]

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

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

A Day in La Limonada [Photo Essay]

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 […]

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

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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

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 […]

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

Dancing in the Mandarina Academy [Video]

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 […]

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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

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, […]

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

Celebrating Guatemala

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 […]

Impacting Lives Through Child Sponsorship

Classes at the Limon and Mandarina Academies are in full swing, with the new Guatemalan academic year having kicked off in January. And in March we celebrated the start of classes at the third academy in La Limonada. The new Lima Academy is in the El Esfuerzo neighborhood, not far from where Otto’s shoe shop […]

Connecting Your Family to Your Sponsor Child [Guest Post – Part 2]

The following post is Part 2 of two-part guest post series from Lindsay Stevenson [Read Part 1 here] and it has been reposted from her blog, Little House Big World. Lindsay and her family sponsor Misael, one of the students who is enrolled in one of our academies in La Limoanda. Lindsay’s husband, Luke, recently […]

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