Lemonade International Blog

Category: La Escuelita

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Human rights education in La Limonada

  For the past three months we had the pleasure of working alongside Emilie, a college graduate from Lyon, France, with plans to get her masters degree. She lived in Guatemala working with the Attorney for Human Rights and volunteered her time in the schools of La Limonada as well. She explained to our students and teachers […]

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

“Changing Slums Into Cities”

Our friend, Chris Marshall, shared this video today and we just had to pass it on to you. It is from Poverty Cure and discusses how foreign aid can do more harm than good and how empowering people through education and entrepreneurship Our favorite line is at 3:40 when one of the featured individuals says, […]

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Student Highlight: Josué

I was recently able to visit the home of a new student at the school, Josué. He’s been attending for a couple of months now and has so much enthusiasm and brings even more smiles into his classroom. His house is seemingly peaceful – small, but clean. His teacher, Norma,  and I simply went to […]

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Along with many other initiatives to raise funds for the Escuelitas, the Escuelita Mandarina has begun selling chocolate-covered fruit to the community.

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

A Time to Prepare

As part of preparation for the school year, this past week the teachers had a three-day training session with Nate and Myra Bacon. The Bacons have been working with InnerChange for several years and have an extensive backround in gang ministry, hospitality, and Biblical teaching. The whole team got together each morning of last week […]

Preparing for the New School Year

January marks the beginning of the school year in Guatemala. Before the classrooms are filled with students, registration, meetings, and training must take place. This week started an intensive process for the staff at both schools in preparation for the return of the children. As all the teachers and staff sat in the meeting room […]

Meet Myra- Scholarships for Students

Meet Myra. Her father died on Christmas day when she was only 12 years old. At age 13, her mother, stricken with grief, decided to move to the United States, leaving her children behind. After moving in with her brother, she found herself alone at 14 when he was killed. For Myra, receiving a scholarship […]

Labor of Love- Teachers Bonuses

It’s difficult to share just one story when it comes to the teachers. There is so much of a team, of a feeling of unity among the staff at the schools that it almost feels as if we are one being. Each teacher comes with their own “luggage”. That is to say, each has their […]

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Growth and Rising Above

It can be hard to not brag a little about the kids at Las Escuelitas. Knowing the backgrounds that the children come from and yet watching them rise above their circumstances is incredible. Melisa is four years old. She was selected to be the valedictorian for the pre-school graduation at the public school she attends. […]

That We May Become Like Children

Meet Moshi. The youngest son of Tita, he is 10 years old and is also a recipient of a private school scholarship through Lemonade International. He has the most endearing smile, which dimples his cheeks out into invitingly sweet pouches, just begging to be squeezed. Though he doesn’t live in the ghetto, he has spent […]

Precious Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day comes a little earlier in Guatemala than it does in the United States. This Thursday, fathers in Guatemala will be recognized for their love and faithfulness to their families. Sadly, some children in La Limonada will not have their birth fathers around to celebrate the day with, but some of them still have […]

Jobs in La Limonada Are a Saving Grace

For many in La Limonada, stealing seems to be the only employment available. The lack of suitable jobs brings many people to the point of thievery to provide for their families. “Ch” stole from travelers on buses and on the streets to feed her children. Several of her cohorts were arrested for armed assault, but […]

“The Other Side”

For a long time Tita and her team have been praying that there would be an open door to expand their work with the children in a neighboring “barrio” in La Limonada (referred to in La Limonada as “The Other Side”). But, for so long it was controlled by a gang and the danger was […]

The Guatemalan Team

This is Tita Evertsz and the teachers at “La Escuelita”. They are an amazing group of people who have given their lives to serve and invest in the lives of the children of La Limonada.Beginning in 1994, Tita (in the middle of the photo with the glasses) began working with gang members and the people […]

Podcast Interview With Monica (aka “Mokona”)

Our new friend DG Hollums hosts a podcast called Praxis… and recently interviewed (along with Jeremiah Griswold) our good friend Monica (who serves at “La Escuelita” in La Limonada along with Tita) while she is spending time in the states (in the Cincinnati, OH area). You can listen to the interview here: http://praxispodcast.com/

Iglesia Fuente de Gracia

When I was about to graduate from high school in Brewster, NY in the late 1980’s, my church, Grace Assembly of God, began a Spanish service to meet the needs of the growing Central American population in the town. More than 20 years later, the Lemonade team was invited to share about our work in […]

The First Lemonade House Party

My sister and brother-in-law and their family hosted the first ever Lemonade House Party last night. Their friends Tony and Lisa were there… as well as a big part of the Mellett clan (which turned it into a big reunion of sorts). Ray Mellett was my pastor when I was a teenager when I attended […]

The Lemonade Blog

In the coming weeks, months and years this blog will be a place where you can stay connected to the community of people we have come to know and love in La Limonada in Guatemala City. We will do our best to update it on a regular basis with stories of the lives of people […]

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