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Get To Know Charles Knox

Earlier this month, we shared the exciting news that the Lemonade International Board of Directors has selected a new Executive Director. Charles (“Chal”) Knox comes to us with a wealth of experience and we are looking forward to seeing what God has planned for our ministry with him at the helm. While the announcement included […]

Announcing Our New Executive Director

Thank you for walking with us as our co-founder Bill Cummings made the decision to transition out of his role as executive director into his role as an emeritus board member. After a prayerful and diligent search process, the Lemonade International Board of Directors has selected Charles Knox as our next executive director. Charles comes […]

Celebrate What You Made Possible – 2016 Donor Impact Report

Announcing a Transition

In 2008, four friends began a partnership with Tita Evertsz and the ministry of Vidas Plenas in the La Limonada community of Guatemala City. For nine years, Bill Cummings has led Lemonade International in the role of Executive Director. In that time, God has grown the work in La Limonada from a handful of children […]

Celebrate what you made possible – 2015 Donor Impact Report

It All Began in a Manger – Christmas Eve 2015

Millions of people across the world will gather tonight in living rooms, ancient cathedrals, converted warehouses, school auditoriums, and former movie theaters. There will be singing, praying, reading of Scripture, reflection, and rejoicing in celebration of the birth of the central figure of the Christian faith. While preparations are taking place for such gatherings, may we […]

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 […]

Important Update: Increased Violence in La Limonada

  As you may have seen in our social media updates, in recent weeks there has been an increase in senseless violence in two of the neighborhoods in La Limonada. Cycles of extreme poverty and corresponding loss of hope have long dominated the community. Children growing up without access to basic services, education, jobs, or […]

Saying Farewell to Rebecca Gant

Rebecca Gant arrived in Guatemala in May 2010, ready and eager to serve, love, and be present with the families of La Limonada. Her excellent Spanish, creativity, love for the children, and heart for the community made her invaluable to the sponsorship program as well as short-term groups. The faces of the children light up […]

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 […]

Photo of the Week – Online Auction Print

“Blossomed Bonita” Our Interactive Art Show Online Auction is live!! This is one beautiful example of 10 prints exclusively available online. Place a bid (starting at $50) or buy one of the prints now for $1,200 to provide a full-year scholarship for one of our students!

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 […]

One Community, Deep Relationships, Standing in Solidarity

During our staff retreat in March, we invested a block of time to consider how to more clearly communicate what we exist to do as well as the core values that guide our work. It was one of the more meaningful experiences I have had the privilege of sharing with the Lemonade International team. Many of […]

Join Us For The RED SUNDAY Event

Our friends from Red Light Film & Art Project present… RED SUNDAY: Music & Market Sunday, December 8th, 4:00-7:00 pm Wine & Design 219 Bickett Blvd., Raleigh, NC Celebrate the holidays by celebrating HOPE and JUSTICE. Buy gifts that serve the poor and promote justice! Join us for an alternative Christmas market featuring goods from […]

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 […]

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