Lemonade International Blog

Category: Safe Home

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 […]

Is This Not Hope?

What is expected of the son of a man and a woman who were active members of one of the two major gangs in Guatemala—the kinds of people who commit the horrible crimes we read about in the newspapers? What will become of a child like this? What does his future hold? Let me tell […]

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 […]

Guatemalan Couple Gives Back To Serve The People Of La Limonada

It is no secret. La Limonada has a reputation. Ask anyone in Guatemala City and they will tell you that you should never go there. It is too dangerous, too risky. If you live in La Limonada you are automatically labeled as an outcast. But change is happening and we are beginning to see local […]

2011 Donor Impact Report

Thank you for standing in solidarity with us in 2011 as we continued our mission to partner with local leaders in Guatemala who serve the people of La Limonada. Words cannot fully capture the impact of your generosity and love, but we hope this report helps to tell the story of what we have done […]

Raúl’s* Story – The Safety Of A Home Following His Mother’s Death

At twelve years old, Raúl* has seen more hardship than most people do in their lifetime. He’s small in stature, having been malnourished for so long that his body hasn’t been able to develop properly. His mother was a prostitute. Last year, she was killed during a shooting attack on a taxi she was traveling […]

Mateo*, imagine having 17 brothers and sisters

4 year-old Mateo* is one of the bright-eyed kids at the Mi Casita safe home. Like the other kids, his contentedness in the warmth of the safe home does not reflect the difficulties he’s overcome at such a young age. His mother was sentenced to 35 years in jail when she was pregnant with Mateo, […]

A Better Life at the “Mi Casita” Safe Home

The following is from our Child Sponsorship Coordinator, Tina Breshears, who recently spent time with the children at the “Mi Casita” Safe Home. The children in the Mi Casita Safe Home are receiving a better life than the circumstances they were born into. It has been a beautiful thing to see the drastic changes taking […]

Rebecca Caswell – A Half Marathon With A Purpose

The following is from Rebecca Caswell, an adoptive mother of four, including two from Guatemala, who started a Lemonade Stand in late 2011 with plans to run the Kiawah Island Half Marathon on December 10 – with the purpose of raising $1,680 to support the Mi Casita Safe Home. Not only did Rebecca finish the […]

La Limonada Shoemaker Set To Make 350 Pairs Of Shoes For Children

Each Christmas we provide Christmas gift options for you to give the children and staff members in Guatemala and one of those options is to provide school shoes for the children. This year we are excited to announce that we will be supporting a local business in La Limonada that will make the shoes to […]

$10,000 Matching Grant Update: We Reached Our Goal

Thanks to our friends from Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC and others who made donations at the end of last week, we reached (and even exceeded) our goal of raising $10,000 for the Mi Casita Safe Home. The $10,000 we raised will be matched by a grant from the Amable Foundation in Loveland, OH. Thanks […]

$10,000 Matching Grant Update: Only $531.60 To Go

On September 10 we announced an exciting matching grant opportunity provided by the Amable Foundation in Loveland, OH. The foundation has already provided us with a grant of $10,000 to care for the children and they have challenged us to raise an additional $10,000 in new support for the Safe Home and they will match […]

$10,000 Matching Grant Update: Only $3,598 To Go

On September 10 we announced an exciting matching grant opportunity provided by the Amable Foundation in Loveland, OH. The foundation has already provided us with a grant of $10,000 to care for the children and they have challenged us to raise an additional $10,000 in new support for the Safe Home and they will match […]

$10,000 Matching Grant Update: More Than Halfway There

On September 10 we announced an exciting matching grant opportunity provided by the Amable Foundation in Loveland, OH. The foundation has already provided us with a grant of $10,000 to care for the children and they have challenged us to raise an additional $10,000 in new support for the Safe Home and they will match […]

Video Message From Tita & Bill… Matching Grant For “Mi Casita”

We are now caring for 16 children at the “Mi Casita” Safe Home! And thanks to a generous matching grant opportunity from the Amable Foundation you have an opportunity to double your dollars to support this great work. Take some time to watch this video to learn more from Tita about the Safe Home and […]

The Peytons’ Garage Sale & Lemonade Stand

This past weekend, Lemonade International board member, Kevin Peyton, and his wife Nona, who is an incredible advocate of our work in Guatemala, led the way by hosting a community garage sale and lemonade stand at their home in the Cincinnati, OH area. Their goal was to raise $500 for the “Mi Casita” Safe Home […]

Semana Santa in Guatemala

This past Sunday, many of us attended church services where Palm Sunday was celebrated, commencing the observance of what we call, Holy Week. This week is an opportunity for Christians around the world to reflect on the most significant week of Jesus’ life on earth – the events as recorded in the Nicene Creed: For […]

Sam Dedicates His Birthday To The Children Of La Limonada…. Again!

Last year, Sam, an 11-yr old boy from the Cincinnati, OH area, dedicated his birthday to support the children of La Limonada. He asked his friends to make donations to Lemonade International instead of giving him gifts. For his 11th birthday, he and his friends raised $360! Sam’s sister, Olivia was also inspired to raise […]

Sponsor “Mi Casita” For A Day

“Mi Casita” is the new Safe Home for orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected children from La Limonada. Currently, we are serving 11 children and one special needs young adult by providing them with unconditional love, healthy nutrition, and a nurturing support structure from house parents. To provide quality care that includes housing, a dedicated staff […]

Simple Things

Simple things. So very many simple things that the haves take for granted, while the have-nots go without. Simple things. Like ice cream and movies. Saturday afternoon we took the kids from Mi Casita to the movies. That was quite an experience. For a lot of them, even for an 11-year old, it was the […]

Mi Casita Is Now “Home” To 11 Children

The “Mi Casita” Safe Home has become a reality for the first eleven children who have just moved into the place they will now call “home” – where they will be provided with unconditional love, healthy nutrition, one-on-one attention from a psychologist and a support structure from house parents. This is something TIta has been […]

Final Report From “Ocho Cinco Month”

Five Dayton, OH area Friendly’s Restaurants owned by friends and partners, Kevin and Nona Peyton, just completed a monthlong fundraising and awareness-raising campaign they dubbed “Ocho Cinco” (creatively titled especially for Cincinnati Bengals fans in the area). Throughout the month they sold five (“cinco”) kids meals for eight (“ocho”) dollars among other things to raise […]

Dayton, OH Area Friendly’s “Ocho Cinco Month” Update

October is “Ocho Cinco Month” at five Dayton, OH area Friendly’s restaurants owned by our friends, Kevin and Nona Peyton (Nona is actually in Guatemala with my wife, Cherie at the time of this writing). The restaurants have been selling two items, the “Ocho Cinco Card” and the “Lemon Wedge” – with proceeds going to […]

October is “Ocho Cinco Month” at Friendly’s Restaurants in Dayton, OH

Last summer Nona Peyton made her first trip to Guatemala and spent a week in La Limonada with a group from her church – Rivers Crossing Community Church in Kings Mills, OH. Soon after she and her family began sponsoring two children from the schools in La Limonada. Nona just couldn’t get enough of La […]

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