Lemonade International Blog

Category: The Teachers

Teachers sow seeds of faith and hope in La Limonada

Many of us have stories about teachers who have altered the course of our lives. It may have been faithful guidance over the course of a school year, or something as simple as an affirming word that helped us identify our future calling. For all of us, a teacher does more than just teach. A […]

A Month’s Investment for a Year of Impact.

During the month of November, while the children are on school break, the academies continue to welcome them in for breakfast and devotions each morning. The rest of the days are devoted to teacher training, lesson planning, and team building for the new school year, which begins in January according to the Guatemalan academic calendar. […]

First Person: Elma Marina

We would like to introduce you to one of the incredible Guatemalan team members, Marina. She teaches the 6-7-year-old class in the Lima Academy. We asked Marina a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where are you from? I am from Santiago Sacatepequez. Describe […]

Doing Justice Every Day

Vero is a teacher in the classroom for three to five year olds at the Lima academy. All who know her have seen what an incredible blessing she is to her students and their families. Her passion, enthusiasm, creativity, and faith have had an incredible impact. And we trust her daily faithfulness and wholehearted service […]

Teachers Cultivate Dreams

It is not right for a child to grow up without a positive role model. Many parents in La Limonada are making the difficult choice to find work in order to feed their children at least one meal today instead of being present to raise their children. While some are spiraling into destructive lifestyles, others […]

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The physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children are addressed by deeply committed, passionate teachers. (Photo by Silent Images)

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The teachers invest in instruction, discipleship, and life-skill preparation every day. They make holistic impact possible. They are our heroes. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

First Person: Maira Judith

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible teachers, Maira Judith. She works with the 4 – 5 year old class at the Limon academy. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where are you from? I am […]

First Person: Martita

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible teachers, Martita. She works with the 3 – 5 year old class at the Mandarina academy. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where are you from? I was born […]

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As the principal of the Mandarina academy, Yaneth creates a nurturing environment where children can thrive. And today happens to be her birthday! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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Our teachers are role-models for their students. They inspire, encourage, disciple, and influence the children in life-changing ways. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Give Teachers Wages This Christmas

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with the teachers who invest in the children. We have a vision to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada through gospel-centered education and gang prevention. We want to […]

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As your children go back to school, what are your hopes and prayers for them? For good teachers? For them to study and do well? For them to make good friends? Whatever they are, will you extend those prayers to the sponsored children in our three academies? (Photo by Silent Images)  

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Teachers like Lucia spread hope and love in the Academies each day. (Photo by Silent Images)

“God provides so punctually!”

Two weeks ago the teachers and other academy staff gathered for one of their weekly team meetings. To begin the meeting, Tita asked them to share how they were feeling about their work, with the new school year having just gotten underway. One by one, they spoke honestly, sharing their frustrations, burdens, and weariness. After […]

Honor Teachers This Christmas

All of us have had teachers who made a difference in our lives. We can point back to their special concern and commitment to our success as pivotal factors in shaping who we have become. Whether through a single word of encouragement or a pattern of faithful support, teachers have the power to change students’ […]

Introducing Daniela Lombardo – Serving in Guatemala

We’re thrilled to (re)introduce you to Daniela Lombardo, who will be serving with us in La Limonada for the next two years as Education Development Director. Daniela is a graduate of York University, where she studied in the school’s one-of-a-kind Children’s Studies program, which focuses on children’s rights and emphasizes listening to the voice of […]

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 […]


Thanks to a generous donor the next $2,000 we receive to Give Teachers Salaries will be matched dollar for dollar. The teachers and staff members who serve in the programs in Guatemala are an amazing group of people who give their lives to invest in the children and families of La Limonada. While the average […]

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 […]

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 […]


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

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 […]

It’s Teacher’s Day in Guatemala: Yoli’s Story

Yoli is a single mother to three girls, and has raised a boy as her own since he was three months old. When she first met Tita 11 years ago, Yoli was working at a pizzeria near La Limonada. A woman who lived next door to the pizzeria started taking Yoli’s three daughters to a […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Registration & The First Day Of School

It’s an exciting time of year in La Limonada! Last Thursday and Friday the teachers were at the schools getting all the children registered for the new school year and on Monday the children arrived for the first day of school. Registration… First day of school…

2011 Comes To A Close For The Teachers In Guatemala

The last week of classes for 2011 at the schools in La Limonada was right before Art Camp. As most of you know – it was an amazing trip. Most of our teachers without children went to be with the children and run the camp – while the teachers with their own families had a […]

Art Camp 2011 Video Highlights From Athentikos

We’re grateful for our friends from Athentikos for helping to make this year’s Art Camp a reality. The following is re-posted from their blog. Thanks to a grant from LEGO, Athentikos was able to partner with Lemonade International to take children from one of Central America’s largest slum communities to a week long Art Camp […]

Give Christmas: Help With Miarita’s Salary

Mairita has been working with the children from the Limón school since 2006. She had dreamed of working at the school prior to being hired and recounted the day she first talked with Tita about the possibility, “I started to cry and cry and cry of joy. I didn’t have easy access to a telephone […]

Give Christmas To Children & Teachers In La Limonada

Christmas is an incredible time of year for most of us here in the US. For so many children and families in La Limonada there is no Christmas to speak of. For those of us who have been blessed with so much we have a great opportunity to Give Christmas to the children and teachers […]

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 […]

Christmas Gifts For Sponsored Children & Teachers Ready To Go To Guatemala

About a month ago we sent out a notice to all our sponsors and let them know we were able to receive Christmas gifts for the teachers and children they sponsor up until this past Wednesday. It’s been exciting to see all the gifts arriving in our PO Box over the past few weeks! Volunteers […]

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