Lemonade International Blog

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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 […]

Photo of the Week

We want this little girl to grow up knowing she is a valued child of God. Next week, the doors of the academies will open for another great year of spiritual, emotional, and physical impact! Thank you to all our sponsors and generous supporters who share our desire for each child in La Limonada and […]

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 […]

10 Reasons to Give Christmas to La Limonada

You believe an essential part of celebrating this season is to extend hope, justice, love, and JOY to vulnerable children in Guatemala. You believe the children in La Limonada should know their lives matter to you and should experience HOLISTIC restoration, transformation, and hope. You believe giving justice increases ABIDING JOY in La Limonada and […]

When you give a pair of shoes, you’re giving justice.

It is not right for a child to be kept home from school simply because they do not have the school uniform they need. It is not right for a child to climb the narrow paths out of the ravine-turned-slum with improper shoes. It is not right. It is not just. When you give a […]

Photo of the Week

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

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 […]

From a Family of Thieves: Amelia’s Story

Today, Tita shares the story of a woman who has been attending a home Bible study. She is from one of the first families Tita got to know in La Limonada many years ago. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy. – A family of thieves. Amelia’s grandparents were thieves. Her parents were […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scott Charles’ Lemonade Stand: #RunForLemonade

Scott Charles, a super-advocate and long-time child sponsor, challenged his friends and family to support his online Lemonade Stand, ‪#‎RunForLemonade,‬ and blew his financial goal out of the water! Today he shares about how God has wired him to run, accomplish hard things, and find creative ways to love the children of La Limonada. We […]

Standing With Martha

Walking into the house, your eyes immediately struggle to adjust to the dark room. But even though keeping lights on is too expensive for this family, Martha* still manages to keep her home neat and tidy. Martha is a 30-year-old hard-working, selfless mother of five children – ranging in age from 11 months to 16 […]

Motherhood and the Miracle of Life

  We had been anticipating the news to come any day. A text from our friends here in Phoenix, letting us know she had gone to the hospital to have her baby. We waited with anticipation as labor continued and were given the invitation to the hospital we were hoping for. With freshly cut roses […]

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 […]

Thank you to all our dedicated, loving sponsors

  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 […]

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 […]

Much to Celebrate and Look Forward To

Thank You for Your Partnership — Year in Review! We’ve accomplished so much together in 2014. Thank you for partnering with us for a great year of standing in solidarity with the children and families of La Limonada.   Here is a snapshot of the lives impacted: “Even though there are horrible things in the street, […]

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