Lemonade International Blog

Tag: Gang Prevention

2017 in Photos

Through each of you who have said “yes” to God’s call to give your time, talents, and resources to the work our partner Vidas Plenas is doing in La Limonada… Through each local Guatemalan (and one Nicaraguan and Honduran!) who have said “yes” to God’s call to work in one of Central America’s most notorious […]

Join us by giving in the final days of 2017!

As we finish the remaining days of the year, we are freshly reminded of all that has been lavished on us in the birth of our Savior. God’s outpouring of love, provision, and hope has renewed our vision to see those most in need in La Limonada experience transformation and live full lives in Jesus. […]

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What will their future be? The time to help is now. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Scholarships Nurture Dreams Like Pablo’s

Pablo’s dreams are possible. Scholarships are keeping kids off of the streets and in their studies. They are replacing fatalistic despair with dreams of a future. During a recent walk through La Limonada, Tita stopped Pablo, one of the 2017 graduates, to ask him a few questions about the scholarship he received as part of […]

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Investing in peace in Guatemala means showing children an alternative to picking up a gun and settling for the gang life all around them. It means walking with them through their most vulnerable years to offer a bridge over the darkness beneath them. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Friendships formed in the academies can be a source of strength, hope, and love. (Photo by Lizza Majus)

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Constant loss of loved ones. Constant tension. Constant trauma. Children in La Limonada get a break each day when they enter the academies. Kids can be kids here. (Photo by Scott Bennett)

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Education can stop a bullet. Scholarships are a powerful way to nurture dreams and encourage an alternative to gang life. (Photo by Silent Images)

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 […]

Still time for year-end generosity – doubled for the next four days!

We hope you are experiencing refreshment and joy during the remaining days of the year. Overflowing joy that comes from the love that has been lavished on us in the birth of our Savior, the love shared in giving and receiving from loved ones over the Christmas season, and the love you have chosen to […]

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We love to see children walking to school with a big smile on their face. A little generosity translates into so much justice and joy! (Photo by Silent Images)

Doing Justice Every Day

Vero is a teacher in the classroom for three to five year olds at the Lima academy. All who know her have seen what an incredible blessing she is to her students and their families. Her passion, enthusiasm, creativity, and faith have had an incredible impact. And we trust her daily faithfulness and wholehearted service […]

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What will their futures be? (Photo by Silent Images)

You Made My Dreams Possible

Edy grew up in La Limonada surrounded by scarcity and violence. Many of his peers began making life-altering decisions by the age of seven, spiraling into destructive, desperate, and fatalistic lives, without a source of hope that life could be different. They sank into the darkness. Many are active in the gangs, in jail, or […]

Scholarships nurture dreams!

It is not right for a child’s dream to be crushed before that dream even has a chance to form. It is not right when poverty keeps a child from continuing with school – especially when we believe education is the most powerful way for a child to escape the cycle of poverty. While public […]

When You Give a School Supply Pack, You’re Opening A Door

It is not right for a child to grow up more familiar with the sight of bullet holes and guns than crayons and notebooks. It is not right for a child to have doors to the future constantly slammed shut. Most families in La Limonada cannot afford the school supplies needed to begin the new […]

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

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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)

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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 […]

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

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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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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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)

Prevention and Rescue

Lemonade International shares the vision of our Guatemalan partner organization, Vidas Plenas, to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada through gospel-centered education, gang prevention, and community relief so those most in need can live full lives and experience transformation. Broken families, abuse, drugs, and peer pressure begin drawing the children […]

Why We Do What We Do

(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 […]

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