Lemonade International Blog

Category: Lemonade Int’l Team

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 […]

Executive Director Transition – Now Accepting Applications

In February, we made the announcement of the transition of Bill Cummings as Executive Director. After a prayerful process of identifying the qualities and qualifications of the right person to serve as the next leader, we are excited to share the job description and application. On behalf of the Lemonade International Board of Directors, we […]

Introducing Two New Board Members – Chris Marshall and Drew Moser

We are very excited to announce that two new members have joined the Lemonade International Board of Directors. After visiting La Limonada and engaging deeply in our mission, we are thrilled they have agreed to serve in this capacity. Chris Marshall is the owner of Resurgam Coffee, a direct trade coffee company that ethically sources […]

First Person: David Campos

We would like to introduce you to David Campos, chaplain of Vidas Plenas. David leads weekly Bible studies with the children and youth in each of the three academies and in homes throughout the community. – My name is David, and I am the chaplain for Vidas Plenas, serving the children and families of La […]

Introducing Sarah Zimmerman, Volunteer Nurse in La Limonada

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Sarah Zimmerman, who will be volunteering with us in La Limonada for two and a half months this summer. A trained nurse, Sarah will be working alongside our community nurse, Janina, visiting homes and offering tangible help to marginalized individuals and families. Originally from Wisconsin, Sarah was living in […]

Farewell Daniela Lombardo

Daniela Lombardo first began investing her heart, skills, and passion for education into La Limonada in 2010. After volunteering in La Limonada during the summers of 2010 and 2011, Daniela returned in 2013 as our Education Development Director. Sacrificing much, she generously gave up her position in Canada to move to Guatemala and invest in […]

Being Present in La Limonada

I just returned from 10 days in Guatemala, a time of connecting with staff, building relationships, visiting the community, gathering stories, and hosting a vision trip from our home church in Phoenix. It was a joy to return to the narrow streets again, and to reflect on the experience. There is a grand paradox when […]

Farewell Sommer Wisher, Welcome Beth Skinner

Sommer Wisher began her role as Service Learning Trips Coordinator in 2012, after four years of loving and visiting the people of La Limonada. Her contagious enthusiasm, organizational skills, and passion to see impact have been invaluable contributions to the Lemonade International team. After three years of service, while also attending school, Sommer has decided […]

Introducing The Skinners – Serving in Guatemala

We are thrilled to introduce you to Dave, Beth, and Charlotte Skinner, who will be serving with us in Guatemala over the next year as Lemonade House Managers. With the flexibility of Dave’s job, which can be done remotely from Guatemala, the Skinners will work and live in the Lemonade House while providing house maintenance […]

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 […]

Introducing Ralph Schoenrock, the Newest Member of our Board of Directors

It is our honor to announce our newest addition to the Lemonade International Board Of Directors, Ralph Schoenrock. Having spent his entire career in the financial service sector in Zurich, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, Ralph brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the board. Ralph is currently Managing Director of the risk control department […]

Welcoming Katie Hoiland as Full-Time Director of Communications

Today is a very exciting day for us at Lemonade International because today we welcome Katie Hoiland to our team as full-time Director of Communications! As many of you know, Katie has been working with us on a part-time basis for the past year, along with her husband Tim. They were both part of the […]

First Person: Sharon Elaine Padilla Cadenas

  Today we share the story of Sharon (second from left in the photo of the Mi Casita staff) as told to Lizza Majus, our International Operations Director. Sharon, 20, started working in the Mi Casita Safe Home earlier this year. I was referred to Tita and Vidas Plenas by Kim Hekman de Morán of […]

Introducing Cory Magnuson, Finance Director

Over the past couple months, our board of directors decided it was a priority for us to hire a Finance Director to manage our current growth as well as to position us for growth and expansion into the future. After communicating with a group of donors at an event in Stamford, Connecticut recently, Cory Magnuson […]

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 […]

First Person: Ana Xiloj

Today we share the story of Ana Xiloj, as told to Lizza Majus, our International Operations Director. Ana works in the nursery at the Mandarina Academy, having earlier volunteered as an assistant teacher at Limon. Lizza writes, “Currently Sister Ana helps couples to bring children to school at noon. She does everything to continue to bless […]

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 […]

Dreaming, Strategizing, and Connecting in Raleigh

Last week, the Lemonade International team spent a few days together in Raleigh, our U.S. headquarters. Our time was spent strategizing around our organizational mission, discussing financial details, and brainstorming ways to innovate—all while ensuring that we continue to work in partnership with local leaders and in solidarity with the people of La Limonada. As […]

Introducing Pam Gorsuch – Serving In Guatemala

We are pleased to introduce our new intern Pam Gorsuch, who is serving as an assistant in the academies and the sponsorship program. Pam is a college student majoring in Social Work with a big heart for the children and families in La Limonada. During a team visit to Guatemala with her church, Pam was […]

Introducing Lizza Majus – Serving in Guatemala

It’s our privilege to introduce you to Lizza Majus, who has begun serving with us as International Operations Director in Guatemala. In this role she will serve as the key point person between stateside staff and those in La Limonada, and will host short-term groups. (By the way, Rebecca Gant, who has served wonderfully in […]

A Heart Filled With Gratitude

Taking time to think back over the year can be a bit overwhelming… in a good way. I recently spent some time looking back on 2013 and reflecting on all that has happened with Lemonade International so far this year. There is so much to be thankful for! First and foremost, I am grateful to […]

Introducing Lindsay Schupbach – Serving in Raleigh

We have another exciting staff announcement to share! Joining us in the role of Stateside Sponsorship Coordinator & Education Consultant is Lindsay Schupbach, who has graciously offered to serve in this capacity as an unpaid staff member. Lindsay studied art and education at the University of Arkansas before teaching English as a second language (ESL) […]

Report From The Field

Every time I travel to Guatemala my schedule is full, but during my visit earlier this month, it was exceptionally so. As always, I visited our existing programs and spent time with the amazing leaders making them possible. During this visit we also hosted a variety of people who were exploring, for the first time, […]

Photo Of The Week

The entire Guatemala Team and the Lemonade International board of directors following our Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday

In The Process of Healing

In 2009, the second time I was in Guatemala I was visiting homes in La Limonada with Tita and we walked into the home of two students from the school, only to find the entire family sniffing glue. It was difficult to see a mom, dad, and three young children getting high together. When we […]

Video Skype with Tita – Follow Up on Financial Challenges in Guatemala

  On March 28 we shared a video Skype conversation with Tita and me, and we let you know about the financial challenges the team in Guatemala has been facing. We let you know that one of the biggest challenges Lemonade International experiences is to keep up with the vision Tita has for holistic community […]

Sommer Wisher Has Joined The Lemonade International Team

We’re grateful to announce that Sommer Wisher has recently joined our staff part-time as Short-Term Groups Coordinator. We’re thankful for those who provided the funds specifically to make this happen. Sommer has been involved with our work since 2008 and has traveled to Guatemala four times since then. We’re excited to have Sommer join our […]

New Addition To Our Board Of Directors: Rebecca Caswell

It is an honor for us to announce a new addition to the Lemonade International Board of Directors, Rebecca Caswell. Rebecca was raised in Florida and extreme south Georgia in a large family. She decided to head north for college in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she met her husband, RJ, and graudated with a degree […]

Rebecca Gant’s New Role

We are excited to announce that as of January 1, Rebecca Gant will assume a new role as a full-time staff member of Lemonade International. In her role as International Operations Director, she will be our point person on the ground in Guatemala. Rebecca will continue to oversee our sponsorship program on the Guatemala side […]

Introducing Our New Stateside Interns

We’re excited to introduce two new interns who have begun working with us as part of our stateside team. Alejandra Urdaneta and Lindsay Roth are both students at North Carolina State University here in Raleigh, NC and both are bilingual so they will be a tremendous help with translation of sponsor letters and other documents. […]

Photo of the Week

Would You Rather…

This week while hanging out in the Lemonade House with the awesome group visiting from Chapel Pointe in Hudsonville, Michigan, we played a game called “Would You Rather…?” The premise of the game is to decide what you would do in completely random situations that would likely never happen. An interesting question came about… “Would […]

Kerry Smith – Teaching English and Having a Blast!

Today I had the opportunity to sit in on Kerry’s English class with the 6-7 year olds at Escuelita Limón. She is doing an amazing job and having a blast at the same time. Check this out as she and her students learn body parts in English while doing the “Hokey Pokey”…

Open Positions in Guatemala

We are excited to announce open international worker/intern positions for 2011! Lemonade International believes strongly in the power of collaboration among a team of passionate individuals working together for a common cause, and we are seeking for passionate individuals to join our team to fulfill our mission of educating and empowering the people of La […]

A Gringo God?

I only want to work
. I only want to be somebody. I only want to find my place in the world. “V” is sixteen years old. His mother is in the Unites States and nobody knows where his father is.  His mother left, to provide a better future to her children … but she didn’t […]

A Heart To Teach the Teachers

The month of July we’ve had the very special privilege to have Daniela Lombardo as a part of our team. The 26 year old elementary teacher from Toronto, Canada has provided the teachers with daily workshops for the past several weeks. And what a blessing it has been. Daniela has a special interest for slum […]

Get Updates

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