Lemonade International Blog

Category: Community Development

Celebrate what you made possible – 2015 Donor Impact Report

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 […]

Celebrate what you helped make possible – 2014 Donor Impact Report

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 […]

Interactive Art Show Online Auction – 2 Days Remaining

As we celebrate 6 years of solidarity with the people of La Limonada, we invite you to visit our online auction — held in conjunction with our Interactive Art Show live event in Raleigh on Thursday night. The auction includes 4 incredible photographic images from La Limonada as well as 10 original pieces of artwork […]

Interactive Art Show – Introducing Emily Litsey [VIDEO – Part 3]

This is a great opportunity to meet Emily—a high school art teacher from Indianapolis, who traveled to Guatemala in April with her husband Jeff, to serve as the art project coordinator for the prints made by the students in La Limonada which will be displayed at our Interactive Art Show on Thursday, June 5 at […]

Interactive Art Show – Meet Yoli [VIDEO – Part 2]

Learn more about the Scholars program as we interview Yoli Prado—the director of the program in Guatemala. You will hear about lives of students and families being impacted through the program, and how Yoli works with each one to walk with them as they pursue high school diplomas and college degrees. Thanks to Yoli and Rebecca […]

2013 Donor Impact Report

When 2013 came to a close, we were in our strongest financial position to date. As a result of your generosity, we were able to serve more people than ever, and we were able to strengthen our programs by adding gifted and passionate people to our teams in Guatemala and in the US who are […]

Interactive Art Show – Introduction [VIDEO Part 1]

Check out this video with our executive director Bill Cummings, and our short-term groups coordinator Sommer Wisher, as they share an announcement about our upcoming Interactive Art Show: Interactive Art Show: “Solidarity Through Images and Art” Thursday, June 5 at 7:00pm  —  Burning Coal Theater  —  224 Polk St in Downtown Raleigh If you can’t […]

Come Learn About Community Development

For those in the southwestern U.S.—and those able to travel—we wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to learn more about the kind of work we do in La Limonada and to connect with like minded people who are doing great work in broken and beautiful contexts all over the world. The second […]

Introducing Tim and Katie Høiland – Communications Directors

We are thrilled to announce that Tim and Katie Høiland (yes… the “o” officially has a slash!) have joined the Lemonade International team as part-time Communications Directors. They have both been incredible advocates of our work over the past couple years and were part of our 2013 Bloggers Trip earlier this year. They are both […]

Christmas? It’s Almost That Time. Check Out What a Church in Baton Rouge is Doing…

We have partnerships with several great churches across the country, and one of our newest partnerships is with Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. This Christmas season they will be joining with us in our annual Give Christmas campaign to raise funds to provide our students with food, shoes, school supplies, as well as […]

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 […]

How Child Sponsorship Changed My Life [Guest Post – Part 1]

The following post is from Lindsay Stevenson 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 returned from one of our short-term trip with their church, Ekklesia […]

Empowering Micro-Enterprise Clients Through Training

We were grateful to have completed a five-week training course for all of our Micro-Enterprise borrowing groups as well as a few other people from the La Limonada community. The course topic was Four Steps to a Better Business and we all learned the importance of talking to clients, calculating earnings, reducing costs and preparing […]

Featured Partner: Lifechurch & Lifechurch Español

We want to thank our partners from Lifechurch in Allentown, PA for hosting Tita the weekend of August 17. We’re grateful to the leaders of the church and the Lifechurch Español congregation for investing in our partnership and our work in solidarity with the people of La Limonada. Lifechurch is where Cherie and I served […]

Otto’s Shoes – Featured in Guatemalan Shoe Stores & Catalog

Many of you have been following the story of the La Limonada shoemaker, Don Otto, who has been making shoes for the children at the Academies as part of our Give Christmas campaign the past two years. Some of you have had the chance to meet Otto, and you may have even purchased a pair […]

World Humanitarian Day

From the UN website: “… World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.” We join with people all over the world today to celebrate the love that we believe comes from God – a love that moves people to serve others in need and join […]

A Huge Thank You To Our Summer Intern – Sarah Lauffer

Sarah Lauffer, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, learned about Lemonade International through her involvement with Carolina Microfinance Initiative (CMI) – the campus group that serves in partnership with our Micro-Enterprise program in La Limonada. Her growing interest in our work led to a two month internship with us in […]

Two More Children Rescued From Abuse

As most of you know, especially those of you who have visited La Limonada with us, abuse is one of the most far-reaching issues in the community. Almost every day, the team in Guatemala is made aware of situations in which children from the community are being abused and neglected. Through the team’s recent intervention, […]

Featured Partner: Em Grey Photography – Giving Back to La Limonada

Our friend here in Raleigh, NC announced the launch of her new business today – Em Grey Photography! And she has decided to give a minimum of 10% of the profits from her business to support the work of Lemonade International as we work in solidarity with the people of La Limonada. As you can […]

Introducing New Board Member – Dana Byers

We are very excited to announce that Dana Byers will be joining the Lemonade International family as a member of our Board of Directors. Dana, her husband, Chris, and their two children joined us in Guatemala for our 2013 Bloggers Trip in April. They immediately developed a connection with the La Limonada community and our […]

My Time in La Limonada – Guest Post from Tammi Palpant

The following is a guest post from Tammi Palpant – a sponsor and school teacher from Raleigh, NC who recently returned from a trip to Guatemala to visit the La Limonada community to pray with our team and the children and families we serve. Sometimes I feel like life is this magnificent banquet set before […]

Photo Of The Week

Look What You Did: 2012 Donor Impact Report

We are excited to release our 2012 Donor Impact Report – which summarizes all that took place over the course of the year (as well as a summary of our first five years as an organization). Please take time to read through the report to get a sense of the significant impact you have helped […]

Lydia and the Resourceful People of La Limonada

Lydia makes fresh corn tortillas in her small home in La Limonada, the largest slum in Central America. She grinds the corn each day and hand shapes each tortilla to be grilled, bagged, and sometimes delivered by her family members. They sell for 1Q for 4 tortillas, which is about 28 tortillas for $1.00 U.S. […]

Seeing Beauty – Guest Post by CJ Stephens

This week, a group from Ekklesia in Raleigh, NC is in La Limonada to listen and learn from the community and the team members who serve there. The following post is from CJ Stephens, one of the co-pastors at Ekklesia, who is there with the group. One of the most powerful things I’ve experienced on […]

Field Trip to God’s Heart – Part 2

The following is part two of a guest post from Aixa de López. Aixa is a graphic designer and the wife of Alex López, Associate Pastor of Fraternidad Cristiana in Guatemala City. She said, “The closer I am drawn to the cross, the more clearly I understand I am as poor and needy as the […]

Field Trip to God’s Heart – Part 1

The following is a guest post from Aixa de López. Aixa is a graphic designer and the wife of Alex López, Associate Pastor of Fraternidad Cristiana in Guatemala City. She said, “The closer I am drawn to the cross, the more clearly I understand I am as poor and needy as the ones I yearn […]

Coffee Project Update

A few months have passed since we have provided an update on the coffee mission project in partnership with Jubala Village Coffee. Since that time, we have traveled to New York City and Boston and back in order to meet with leaders of the international coffee community. We may have been a little naive (read: […]

You Can Impact Lives in La Limonada This Summer

It’s summertime. It’s hot. What is better to quench your thirst but a big ole’ glass of lemonade? But… you’re busy and you really can’t go around picking lemons and squeezing them by hand… all for a glass of something fresh to drink! Who has time for that?! What if you could give a refreshing […]

5th Anniversary Gala Update

Last month we celebrated our 5th Anniversary with gala events in Raleigh, NC and Cincinnati, OH, and with an online campaign for those who couldn’t make it to the live events. More than 250 people attended the events and, combined with the online campaign, invested $53,760 to support our Scholars program. As a result of […]

One Day in La Limonada

As Tita walked through the streets and visited various homes in La Limonada one day last week, this is what she encountered… A widow who has to bury her son. An old man with no family who is in great need of medicine. A widow with five children who has no money and no hope. […]

Micro-Enterprise Recognition Program

With support received as a result of a fundraiser led by students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we have been able to start a recognition program for our micro-enterprise clients. Our goal is to recognize and reward clients at the end of every loan cycle. To qualify, a client has to […]

[PHOTOS]: 5th Anniversary Gala in Raleigh

Thanks to Lemonade International co-founder, Leah Arrington for taking such amazing photos of our 5th Anniversary Gala in Raleigh on May 2. You can check out Leah’s photography work by clicking on any of the photos or by visiting her Facebook page: leah*k photography

Celebrate 5 Years – Give the Gift of Education

Earlier this month we celebrated our 5th Anniversary with gala events in Raleigh, NC and Cincinnati, OH. More than 250 people attended the events and they invested more than $48,000 to support our Scholars program. For the month of May we have designed our Online Gala for those of you who weren’t able to be […]

For Those Not Standing [Reposted from Katie Høiland’s Blog]

The following is reposted from Katie Høiland’s blog. Katie and her husband, Tim, were part of our 2013 Bloggers Trip last month. Tomorrow we celebrate Mother’s Day. Many of us, filled with gratitude, honor the love, sacrifices and prayers of our moms. For many others this day brings grief, longing and inescapable reminder of what […]

Get Updates

Sign up to receive exclusive stories and updates from the field in Guatemala!