Lemonade International Blog

Last Chance To Give in 2010!

December 31, 2010

It’s the last day of the year and your last opportunity to give a tax-deductible gift to Lemonade International in 2010! We want to send out a big thank you to those of you who have already given to “Navidad En La Limonada”. For those of you who want to give a general donation to […]

Time Is Running Out… Make A Year-End Donation Today

December 28, 2010

There are just a few days left in 2010 so time is running out to make a tax deductible year-end donation, and we want to give you an opportunity to help meet the needs that exist as we the year comes to a close. Our Christmas campaign, “Navidad En La Limonada”, has raised $25,407  – […]

Meet Priscila

December 28, 2010

Meet Priscila. Growing up in La Limonada, she and her siblings dreamed of leaving, of going to a better place, of having a job, of a better life. Priscila’s parents told their children that they couldn’t give them riches, but that they should strive for a better life, outside the ghetto. Education was a high […]

Two New Additions To Our Board Of Directors

December 22, 2010

It is our honor to announce two new additions to the Lemonade International Board Of Directors. Todd Hiestand: Todd was introduced to Lemonade International in 2009 when he and Bill Cummings met at a conference in DC. They were drawn together because Todd and his wife Melanie adopted their second son from Guatemala. In 2010 […]

Meet Myra- Scholarships for Students

December 21, 2010

Meet Myra. Her father died on Christmas day when she was only 12 years old. At age 13, her mother, stricken with grief, decided to move to the United States, leaving her children behind. After moving in with her brother, she found herself alone at 14 when he was killed. For Myra, receiving a scholarship […]

2010 Year-End Giving

December 20, 2010

The last day of 2010 is quickly approaching. Thanks to the prayers and generosity of so many of you – it has been an incredible year. You have helped to educate and empower many individuals, children and families in the largest urban slum community in Central America: Guatemala City’s La Limonada. As we wrap up […]

Advent IV

December 20, 2010

Meister Ekhart once said, “What good is it that Christ was born 2,000 years ago if he is not born now in your heart?”* Advent is an opportunity to celebrate daily the anticipation of Jesus’ coming. Yes, he came to earth more than 2,000 years ago, but he continues to arrive on the scene in […]

The Rich Kind Of Poor

December 17, 2010

Jesus’ care for the oppressed, the poor, and the marginalized is a huge part of what the Gospel is all about. His was not simply a message that was preached, but it was a life that was lived. And for us his life is a life that is to be followed. Through Jesus’ life and […]

Guest Blog Post: “Love For Lemonade”

December 16, 2010

Hey there! My name is Daniela, but most people call me Ms. Lombardo. I am an elementary school teacher in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Many people think of teaching as a great profession that comes with the benefit of vacation during the holidays, and a two-month break during the summer. For me, teaching just happens to […]

A Simple Gift -Shoe Donations

December 14, 2010

We have spoken about our friend Luis several times in the past. He doesn’t have anything besides a few belongings and the clothes on his back. Luis has lived on the streets for years, how many, he’s uncertain. Luis isn’t sure how old he is. Among many other things that Luis has never had… is […]

Lemonade International Desktop Backgrounds

December 13, 2010

Memory is an important part of any work involving injustice. For those of us who do not spend our weeks, months and years in the midst of poverty, it is important that we have ways of reminding ourselves that our call is to “spend ourselves on behalf of the poor” (Isaiah 58:10). One of our […]

Mi Casita Is Now “Home” To 11 Children

December 13, 2010

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 […]

Advent III

December 12, 2010

The following post – in recognition of week three of the Advent season – is reposted from Todd Hiestand’s blog. Todd is pastor of The Well, freelance web designer (designer of the Lemonade International website), friend and advocate for our work in La Limonada. I’m preaching from Matthew 11:2-11 this week. It’s one of the […]

Honor Someone Special This Christmas

December 10, 2010

This Christmas give your friend or loved one the priceless gift of bringing joy to the heart of a child or teacher from La Limonada. If you would like to give a “Navidad En La Limonada” gift in honor of someone, please specify the name and adress of the person or people you would like […]

Labor of Love- Teachers Bonuses

December 7, 2010

It’s difficult to share just one story when it comes to the teachers. There is so much of a team, of a feeling of unity among the staff at the schools that it almost feels as if we are one being. Each teacher comes with their own “luggage”. That is to say, each has their […]

Great Weekend In Cincinnati

December 6, 2010

Over the past couple years the Cincinnati, OH area has become a major hub of activity with many new connections being made with the La Limonada community – which helped to create a great opportunity for a road trip this weekend.  Cherie, Miyah and I made the beautiful 500-mile drive through North Carolina, Virginia, West […]

Give The Gift Of Education

November 30, 2010

As you celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends, would you consider ways you can spend less on traditional Christmas gift-giving, in order to give meaningful gifts to the children and teachers in La Limonada? One way you can do that is by giving the gift of education as part of our Navidad En […]

Advent I

November 29, 2010

Throughout Advent season we will be focusing a weekly blog post on the coming of Jesus to earth. The word advent is from the Latin adventus and has come to signify the preparation time prior to the celebration of Jesus birth. A good friend shared this blog post from her friend Enuma Okoro, author of […]

You Can Help Children, Families & Teachers

November 23, 2010

Earlier this year we told you about four children who were left alone and locked in their home while their parents worked – selling food at construction sites all day. The situation with these four children was so destitute that the teachers at one of the schools in La Limonada decided to take them in […]


November 22, 2010

A close friend of Tita’s and of Lemonade International, Joel Van Dyke, is the Director of Estrategia de Transformacion, CTM in Latin America. He lives and serves in Guatemala City and has been instrumental in providing grassroots relational support and training for Tita and members of her team as they serve in La Limonada. Joel posted this […]

Community Of Faith Update

November 18, 2010

With the help of churches and supporters here in the US, a Community Of Faith was established a little more than a year ago to serve alongside the existing work of Tita and her team. It is now one of five Community Development Programs that exist to educate and empower the people of La Limonada. In […]

U.N.-backed investigators shake up Guatemala

November 15, 2010

By FRANK BAJAK and JUAN CARLOS LLORCA The Associated Press Sunday, November 14, 2010 GUATEMALA CITY — In this nation whose murder rate more than triples that of Mexico, judges and prosecutors are underpaid, underprotected and under attack by organized crime. Guatemala teeters on the edge of failed-state status. Yet a U.N.-backed investigative team that […]

Guatemala and the Face of the New Sustainable Narco-State

November 8, 2010

The following article from the November 1, 2010 online edition of The Guatemala Times helps to paint a picture of the political instability and corruption in the country. The issues described in this article, by Edward F. Fischer of the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, affect all Guatemalans and the people of La Limonada […]

Something Sublime – Raising Funds For Lemonade Int’l

November 4, 2010

It’s amazing to learn how business owners and individuals are taking action and developing their own means of raising awareness and support for the work in La Limonada. Most recently, one of the child sponsors let us know she wanted to donate 25% of the purchase price of photos she is selling on Etsy. Her […]

Final Report From “Ocho Cinco Month”

November 3, 2010

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 […]

Teachings of Faith

November 2, 2010

On Tuesday they read Matthew 7:24. On Wednesday, Galations 5:16. They read and read and try to understand. They try to understand what God is saying, the “muchachos” ask hard questions to try to capture what it is God is trying to say. Finally, a woman named Sofia* spoke with authority and power in a […]

Introducing Our New Website!

November 1, 2010

It’s with a lot of excitement that we introduce to you the new Lemonade International website! Our original site was built in early 2008 by our team member, Donnie Long, and served us very well. Donnie worked closely with artist and graphic designer Justin Stewart to develop our logo and design. At the time Donnie […]

All Things New

October 26, 2010

Robbing. Stealing. Drugs. Vandalism. This lifestyle is nothing out of the ordinary in La Limonada. But sometimes, the Lemonade team on the ground in the ghetto gets to see men and women rise above that. The team was reading the bible and praying with a group of men whose lives echoed the “norm” of the […]

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

October 20, 2010

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 […]

Each Life Has Value

October 12, 2010

Her… …Childhood was very difficult. Her mom never showed her that she loved her. Never hugged her, never kissed her. Her dad was an alcoholic and physically abused her and her mom. His… …Childhood was spent in extreme poverty, far outside of the city. His father was also abusive. At age 18, he moved to […]

US Won’t Participate in Guatemala Adoption Program

October 11, 2010

The following article appeared in the October 7, 2010 online edition of The Seattle Times. The Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY — The United States won’t participate in Guatemala’s pilot adoption program. The U.S. State Department says Guatemala hasn’t provided enough details on how cases will be processed under a system enacted in 2008 and corruption […]

Meet “D”

October 7, 2010

Meet “D.” His dad was never around. His mom couldn’t be much of a mother with her drug addictions and selfish lifestyle. “D” was born into a messy life and became a child of the street where drugs, robbery and other dark things became “our daily bread.” Finally, “D” came to a point where he […]

Help Send A Child To Arts Camp 2010

September 30, 2010

We’re excited to announce the 3rd Annual “Arts Camp” for children from the schools in La Limonada! The past two years we have been able to support the incredible efforts of BuildaBridge, and  Estrategia de Transformación as they have provided a week filled with the transformative power of the arts to bring hope and healing […]

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

September 27, 2010

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 […]

Photo of the Week

September 26, 2010

Children of the Street

September 23, 2010

It is not poverty that hurts. It is injustice. Ignorance is not the problem. It is the lack of resources for instruction. Meet Rebeca. As a child, she was rejected by her mother, who did not want to take care of her. At a young age, she ended up living with her father. And while […]

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