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Category: The Schools

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 […]

A Day in La Limonada [Photo Essay]

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Gadiel Avalos. He has since come on staff with the team in La Limonada, including work with gang members. Gadiel has contagious joy and love for the community. He recently took Instagrams on his phone throughout his day, capturing “a day in La Limonada.” We wanted to share […]

Dancing in the Mandarina Academy [Video]

The love, lessons, exercise and fun experienced in the academies are often a stark contrast to life in extreme poverty. Kids can be kids here. Students grow intellectually as they are educated. They grow socially as they play with their friends. They grow physically as they are fed, clothed, taught proper hygiene, and receive vitamins. And […]

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Sustaining The Feeding Program at the Schools in La Limonada

In September of last year, Vidas Plenas, the organization we partner with in Guatemala, was awarded the second place grant of $64,102 through the Juan Bautista Guitiérrez Foundation after a country wide vote. This grant was to provide food for the schools in La Limonada and the results have been nothing short of amazing. Before […]

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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 […]

Merlin Loves Her Job Teaching in La Limonada

Merlin de Leon is a teacher at the Limon school.  For three years she wanted to work with us and finally joined our team last year.  She used to work at a high school in Zone 5, close to La Limonada, but was laid off when a new supervisor was hired because she does not have a […]

First Day Of School

Yesterday, January 14th, was the first day of school in Guatemala which means that the Limon and Mandarina schools were back to being filled with the sounds of learning and laughter. Registration was last week and classes filled up quickly. Students that attended school last year were automatically re-enrolled this year, but some classes had […]

More Than Shoes

The following is reposted from Terry Bracey’s blog. Terry and her family live in Baton Rouge, LA and she serves as our Director of Strategic Partnerships. Earlier this year I introduced you to Otto, a shoemaker working and living in La Limonada in Guatemala City. After years of talking about the effects of shipping and […]

Congratulations to Sofi Majus!

We want to congratulate Limón School Director and Psychologist, Sofi Majus, on the completion of her Master’s degree in psychology! We are so grateful for Sofi and the passion and love she has for the children and families of La Limoanda. The following is from Sofi: Since I started to study in the University I […]

Shoes For Dayrin & Jasmin

Dayrin (left) is 4 years old and and Jasmin (right) is 7 years old. They are sisters who both attend the Limón School. They live together with their mother and grandmother. Like thousands of others in La Limonada, their mom has been unable to secure employment that will provide support for the family. Their grandmother […]

Art Camp Starts Sunday

Thanks to the generosity of so many, and to our partnership with Athentikos and the grant they received from LEGO, Art Camp will be a reality for 80 children from La Limonada next week. On Sunday, the children will say good-bye to their parents and guardians and get on buses for a 5-hour ride to […]

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Meeting My Sponsor Child – by Rebecca Caswell

The poem below was written by Lemonade International board member, Rebecca Caswell last month on her flight home from Guatemala as she reflected on meeting her sponsor child, Alejandra. Rebecca has a degree in Special Education from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, She and her husband RJ are passionate about advocating for children globally. […]

Painting Lemonade

We’ve almost made our goal to send over 80 children to Art Camp next month! “ValorArte” is the name of the camp this year – it means to value oneself through art. Self importance is a constant theme in the lessons of the schools and for two years in a row, high school art students […]

Help Send 80 Children To Art Camp

Athentikos highlight video from last year’s Art Camp “ValorArte”: Art Camp 2012 The theme of this year’s art camp is “ValorArte” – which is a play on words in Spanish. “Valor” means “To Value”… and “Arte” means “Art”… but the word “Valorarte” means “Value Yourself”. Give by October 10th so 80 children from La Limonada […]

Three More Days to Vote For Vidas Plenas at Pollo Campero in Guatemala

As you may have read in this post, Vidas Plenas (the organization led by Tita Evertsz that we partner with in Guatemala) is one of the two finalists for two grants that will be awarded following a public vote at Pollo Campero restaurants in Guatemala from August 27 – September 2. Following the vote, $153,846* will […]

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Great News – Finalist For Grant In Guatemala

As a result of some of the new relationships that have been established (as we shared with you in this post), Tita was made aware of a grant from Fundación Juan Bautista Gutiérrez that is awarded to NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) in Guatemala each year to feed and educate children living in poverty. The team in Guatemala followed […]


As I walked toward the Limón School I noticed a sign on the door that said, “Hot Dogs: Q5”.  I asked Rebecca if the school was selling hot dogs.  She said, “Yes, it offers food to the community and provides a little extra funding for the programs at the schools.” As I walked into the […]

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Mandarina School Director and Psychologist Priscila Yool serves the children and the staff each day with consistent grace and a gentle smile Photo credit: Tina Breshears

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 […]

Reuniting With Alberto: Hope For His Future

I first saw Alberto’s picture in 2007. The second I laid eyes on this child, I had to sponsor him. Little did I know that I would have the opportunity to hug him, meet his family and spend quality time with him. He has blessed my life from miles away and within an arm’s reach. […]

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Joy abounds as a clown entertains the children at the Limón School.Photo credit: Tina Breshears

Mauricio’s Story – From La Limonada to High School Graduation

Mauricio first began attending one of the schools in La Limonada when he was 8 years old. The teachers invested personal time with him, helping him with his homework assignments from his formal school, and teaching him about God’s love. Along with the other students, his birthday was celebrated, he was loved, taught, and encouraged. […]

Colors Of Hope Shining Bright In The Darkness

Earlier this summer I had the unique privilege of going on a prayer walk with Tita through the streets and alleys of La Limonada. I consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to walk the path between the two schools that she directs. One is in a section of […]

JOIN TEN2END & Provide Healthy Meals For Children Like Abigail

For most of the children we serve in La Limonada, the only access they have to healthy meals is through the two schools in the community. Abigail (pictured above) is one of the children who benefit from the meals served at the schools. Her father passed away and her mom is unable to provide healthy […]

8th Graders in Guatemala City Host Activity Day for Children From La Limonada

Eighth grade students from Colegio Americano de Guatemala in Guatemala City hosted an activity day for more than 40 children from the Limón and Mandarina Schools in La Limonada last week – after choosing the schools from a list of nine possible service projects. It was an amazing day of fun for the children. They […]

Invest in a Child Like Allison Through The May Campaign

Allison Fernanda is an energetic six year-old from La Limonada who attends the Limon School. She constantly has a smile on her face and will run to greet anyone who walks through her classroom door. She says she loves going to the school because within its walls she has learned to love her neighbor and […]

Help End Hunger for a Child in La Limonada

Through The May Campaign you can provide monthly support for our programs in La Limonada by making a commitment to give TEN DOLLARS a month – through TEN2END – our campaign to end hunger for children living in the largest urban slum in Central America. Would you be one of 50 people who will give […]

Giving From The Heart

“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12: 43-44 Is giving truly giving if one […]

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School Shoes: Photo Update

-Photos: Tina Breshears

Article in Guatemala City Newspaper: “The Future Of La Limonada”

The following appeared in the January 29th Sunday edition of Nuestro Diario – Guatemala’s number one newspaper (pictured above). Just two pages before this article, there was a write-up about Diego Chic’s death and major violence in La Limonada. This article follows by bringing hope to the community as a whole. Featuring Priscila Yool – […]

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