Lemonade International Blog

Reparando

September 22, 2010

This year we have had the privilege to connect and build a friendship with Scott and Amelia Moore, founders of Athentikos and producers of a newly released documentary film, Reparando, which features Tita Evertsz and Erwin “Shorty” Luna (pastor of Communidad de Fe in La Limoanda) and the work God is doing through them in Guatemala […]

Report From The Ground & “The Other Other Side”

September 21, 2010

I spent last week on the ground in Guatemala and it was the busiest and most energizing time I have spent there. Each time I am there with my friends in La Limonada there is a sense that it is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking places in the world. And this time was […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-09-17

September 17, 2010

Yes… budget mtgs can be boring, but when driven by vision they are energizing!! Grateful for the hrs we spent today on vision on 2011. # RT @helpendpoverty: Want to fight poverty? Help countries build their own capacity – http://bit.ly/daZBVN // Great read. # RT @JonathanPorta: Reparandomovie.com received yesterday its first review in Guatemala. http://bit.ly/9r611j. […]

Back Home Again

September 16, 2010

Here I am. Back “home” in Guatemala City. This is my third trip back and, yet again, I feel as if I’ve returned to my heart. It’s still difficult to describe the ghetto when you see it in person. It’s not just the devastation of poverty, but also the sadness, oppression, spiritual destitution. I have […]

Photo of the Week

September 10, 2010

John’s Pirate Party

September 8, 2010

John is a nine-year old from North Carolina. He and his family sponsor Debit Garcia, a twelve-year-old boy from La Limonada. Earlier this year, for his ninth birthday, John decided to have a pirate theme party and ask his guests to make donations to Lemonade International in lieu of gifts. Here is what his mom […]

Chris & Steph’s Wedding – With A Twist Of Lemonade

September 7, 2010

In April of 2008 we hosted an Invisible Children house party at our home. While the van filled with Invisible Children was driving around our neighborhood looking for our house, Chris was driving down the street and spotted the van marked with the IC logo. Chris was not only familiar with the work of Invisible […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-09-03

September 3, 2010

RT @athentikos: The Big Screen – Grand Rapids Film Festival http://is.gd/eH060 / Love it!! # RT @JonathanPorta: A day in antigua with 10 of the muchachos from the ghetto… Please pray for us, may God use this time for His Glory! # RT @jasonkovacs: Somewhere in the world right now a child has no power […]

Photo of the Week

September 3, 2010

A Gringo God?

August 31, 2010

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 […]

Women change political landscape in Latin America

August 30, 2010

Central American women in politics are featured in this August 28 article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Tim Johnson: GUATEMALA CITY — In a country where machismo is still the rule, Sandra Torres doesn’t cut the demure figure of past first ladies. She doesn’t host social events or boost charities. What she does do is […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-08-27

August 27, 2010

RT @jefox5: #FF Folks doing great work @lemonadeintl / Thanks J! # RT @jhat05: Guatemala blog is finally active! Check it @ http://bit.ly/9dplU5 … Thx @lemonadeintl for allowing me to serve / Thank YOU! # RT @Rindy963: RT @hardlynormal: the world does not need random acts of kindness, we need deliberate acts of genuine, tangible […]

Photo of the Week

August 27, 2010

Meet Edgar

August 24, 2010

Meet Edgar. He’s been working with the children at Escuelita Limon for 2 months now. Without pay. When asked why he was working at the school, he responded “I am working here to serve.” His entire life has been spent receiving from other people and now, he feels, is his time to give back. Prior […]

Photo of the Week

August 20, 2010

Making Lidia Smile

August 19, 2010

The following post is from Kerry, a Lemonade International intern working with the children at Escuelita Limon in La Limonada. It is re-posted from her personal blog ¿Dónde están mis pantalones?. We’re grateful that Kerry has chosen to move to Guatemala and invest her life in the people La Limonada. As you’ll read in this […]

Meet Yaneth

August 17, 2010

It seems each time we turn around in La Limonada there is another story about the sacrifice and love of the people there. Extreme poverty is everywhere and work is hard to find. And still, those involved with Las Escuelitas in the ghetto are willing to sacrifice on a level that would be hard for […]

Photo of the Week

August 13, 2010

Every Mandarina Girl is Sponsored

August 12, 2010

One of the most exciting aspects of being involved with a community like La Limonada is watching milestones being reached. Some are small, some are larger. But regardless, they are all important. We recently reached a milestone that is no small thing: all of the girls that are currenly up for sponsorship in Escuelita Mandarina […]

Perspective

August 11, 2010

This photo may provide a little perspective into what La Limonada is like for those who have not had the opportunity to visit. This urban slum built into a ravine that cuts through the middle of Guatemala City is home to more than 60,000 people. People who God loves unconditionally. Stop for a moment today […]

A Heart To Teach the Teachers

August 10, 2010

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 […]

Photo Of The Week

August 6, 2010

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-08-06

August 6, 2010

@MikeRoszkowski @jamaguire Thanks for the RTs!! # RT @athentikos: Received the official notice today of our selection into the Grand Rapids Film Festival. http://fb.me/EU0QrbBR / Great news! #

La Limonada – Tattooed on our Hearts

August 4, 2010

The following is a guest post from Todd Hiestand, pastor at The Well in Suburban Philadelphia. Todd and 13 others from his church served with us in June and these are his reflections on their time with us. You can read Todd’s blog here and follow him on twitter here. I always love it when […]

Photo of the Week

July 30, 2010

Growth and Rising Above

July 27, 2010

It can be hard to not brag a little about the kids at Las Escuelitas. Knowing the backgrounds that the children come from and yet watching them rise above their circumstances is incredible. Melisa is four years old. She was selected to be the valedictorian for the pre-school graduation at the public school she attends. […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-07-23

July 23, 2010

Thanks for following! Hopefull we'll get to meet in person before too long… # @DamonReiss So glad you knew that was directed to you! in reply to DamonReiss # RT @OneDaysWages: Do you have a birthday in August? Here's our birthday gift for you: http://bit.ly/b95tzO # RT @peterkgreer: The Poor Will Be Glad – "honorable […]

Photo Of The Week

July 23, 2010

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-07-16

July 16, 2010

RT @helpendpoverty: We're excited to announce our new Haiti initiative: We Have Not Forogtten: http://ow.ly/2a9zX ( # On @Network4Good "Using Social Media…." webiner w/ guest @kanter – author of The Networked Nonprofit . Join here: http://bit.ly/aqsAqS # RT @KatieMcManners: list of all tools mentioned in today's #netnon @kanter presentation http://bit.ly/dqew8P // Thanks for sharing! # […]

Microfinance in La Limonada

July 16, 2010

About three years ago, as we were beginning to fully engage in our work in La Limonada, someone recommended that I read Banker To The Poor: Microlending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus. The book was instrumental in changing my perspective on the most effective ways to empower the poor. Since then […]

A Family Experiences La Limonada Together

July 15, 2010

Meet Tommy and Sophia (Baxter, another visitor to Guatemala is also shown above). Brother and sister, their birthdays happen to fall in the same week, and this year they celebrated a little differently. They came to Guatemala. Tommy and Sophia traveled to La Limonada with their parents, Tom and Angela. The family hails from Mentor, […]

Photo Of The Week

July 10, 2010

A Homeless Man Makes a Big Difference

July 7, 2010

A homeless man makes a big difference. Its strange for most of us to think about it that way. Our culture has taught us that the homeless are to be pitied, an object of charity. Perhaps in some senses that is true. But perhaps there is an awful lot that we can learn from a […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-07-02

July 2, 2010

Thankful 4 @toddhiestand & @thewellpa & their investment of time to learn from & serve the people of La Limonada this past wk! Welcome home! # RT @toddhiestand: Back at things here in philly. Miss friends at @lemonadeintl already. / They miss you too! Did u see our photo of the wk? # RT @athentikos: […]

A Change Within

June 29, 2010

“W”‘s life started out in hardship. His mother was an addict; she drank, sniffed glue, did drugs. “W” would beg his mother to stop doing drugs, to live a clean life, that he wanted them to live to grow old together, but she would ignore him and go on with her ways. By the time […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-06-25

June 25, 2010

Thankful for @toddhiestand & new friends from @thewellpa who are traveling to Guatemala to learn & serve in La Limonada this week! # Thankful for new friends from The Well – http://church.thewellpa.com/ – who are traveling to Guatemala today to… http://fb.me/CWKDCEis # RT @ROBLOVE146: Thinking of the fatherless today. # RT @iHouston: Heading to a […]

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