Lemonade International Blog

“E” – Apprentice and Artist

April 22, 2010

“E” is 18-years-old and was recently released from jail. He is back in La Limonada and has enrolled in the Carpentry Workshop – attending faithfully. He has been working hard on the construction projects and has great potential to be a really good craftsman. The team in Guatemala is so proud of him. He was […]

Update on Left Home Alone

April 20, 2010

Several weeks ago, a story was told of several children being left home alone all day while the parents were out working. In the weeks since you first heard of this, the family was informed that the house they were renting had been sold to a new owner and that they would have to move. […]

13-Year-Old Guatemalan Admits Killing Woman For $13

April 19, 2010

GUATEMALA CITY — Police in Guatemala say a 13-year-old boy has confessed to shooting a woman to death for a payment of about $12.50. The National Police say the suspect was carrying the fatal gun when arrested. Spokesman Donald Gonzalez says the boy told police he was paid to shoot the woman as she took […]

Photo Of The Week

April 15, 2010

Jonathan’s House Is Completed

April 14, 2010

What “started originally as a roof replacement,… quickly turned into a full rebuilding of [an] entire house.” Through this process seven gang members – from the new Carpentry Workshop program – were trained in carpentry skills and Jonathan Xicoy (one of the older boys who attends Escuelita Mandarina) and his family have a new house. […]

Building a New Life

April 13, 2010

Gangs are a massive part of the “culture” of La Limonada. If you walk through the ghetto, you are guaranteed to cross paths with members of different gangs, all vying for their right to the street. Aside from the work being done with the children of the ghetto, there is also something moving here with gang […]

2009 Annual Report

April 12, 2010

The Lemonade International 2009 Annual Report is our way of thanking God and thanking you for what He is doing in the lives of people in La Limonada. It also provides an opportunity for all of us to look forward to the possibilities of extending His love and grace in the coming year. While our […]

Photo Of The Week

April 9, 2010

Eric – From La Limonada To Los Angeles And Back

April 8, 2010

One afternoon about a month ago I received a phone call from an area code I didn’t recognize. The accent I heard from the voice on the other end was very familiar to me, but when the man identified himself as Eric from Los Angeles, CA I knew I didn’t know him personally. With a […]

Vitalino and Answers to the Question “Why?”

April 6, 2010

The question of suffering is one that all of mankind has pondered for centuries. Why is there pain? Why is there suffering and hurt and tragedy? Most times we don’t find a direct answer for these questions. Most times our humanness cannot grasp the things of God and his grand plan for our lives and […]

Photo Of The Week

April 1, 2010

The Symbol Behind a Gift

March 31, 2010

This is an odd scene: simple toys still unwrapped, in their original packaging, hanging on a wall. Just showing this picture with no explanation would leave one confused, wondering why on earth these toys aren’t being played with by whatever children live in the house. But there is a story behind these enshrined toys. The […]

Ex-Guatemala President to Be Tried in U.S.

March 29, 2010

We desire to help Lemonade International partners here in the US stay in touch with Guatemalan culture and newsworthy events in the country. Here is some recent news that effects both Guatemala and the US. From Time Magazine’s website: When he was President of Guatemala, from 2000 to 2004, Alfonso Portillo promised a crusade against […]

We’re Proud To Announce a New Partnership With… Today’s Cliché

March 29, 2010

We are proud (and very excited) to announce a new partnership with the Today’s Cliché blog! Kat & Dave (the awesome couple behind Today’s Cliché) have personally been partners of Lemonade International for over a year. They chose to sponsor a child – Andrea Rodriguez – from one of our schools in La Limonada in […]

Photo Of The Week

March 25, 2010

The Story of Don Tono

March 23, 2010

Sometimes there is such beauty in the ordinary people around us. Its easy to go about our daily lives and not notice the seemingly simplistic people that surround us. Poverty is largely hidden from view here in the US, only out in the open in “poor” neighborhoods or on big city streets. Coming from the […]

Guatemala Adoptions To Resume in June

March 22, 2010

After almost three years of closed doors and stalled adoptions that have left families all over the world waiting for their children to come home, it looks like adoptions from Guatemala will resume on a limited basis beginning in June. As stated by journalist, Juan Carlos Llorca, in an AP article last week, “Authorities suspended […]

Life Of Hope & The Carpentry Workshop

March 18, 2010

A group led by our friends from Life Of Hope in Joplin, MO spent a few days in La Limonada this week and this is what Tita had to say about the time they invested while there… “Whenever we receive groups some people think it is more work for us, but it really helps us. […]

Janina – Sponsor A Teacher & Put Your State On The Map

March 17, 2010

We are 28 days into our “50 States In 50 Days” Campaign which means there is 22 days to go for you to be a part of our movement to extend our partnerships across the US. If you are not currently a monthly partner, please consider sponsoring a teacher, sponsoring a child or joining TEN2END […]

Left Home Alone

March 14, 2010

Picture this, if you will: you walk past a house along a street. Three small faces peer out of a window at you, calling out greetings and playing games and with toys. The boys are young and left home alone, locked in the house as their parents are out selling food at construction sites or […]

Danilo Sponsored By Ohio 8th Grader

March 12, 2010

We recently received an online donation of $420 for a full year of Child Sponsorship with the following note in the comments box: My son Ryan took cash in leiu of presents this year for Christmas, and has saved enough to sponsor a child… yippee!!! He would like to sponsor Danilo @ Limón… is that […]

Transforming Power of Grupo de Vida

March 10, 2010

The Life Group gatherings, or Grupo de Vida, have been occurring for less than a month now, and yet powerful things are happening in the community as people come together to worship, pray and spend time together. The power of God is being released in a supernatural way that leaves no room for doubt as […]


March 10, 2010

One of the three ways you can provide monthly support for the children and families of La Limonada is by simply making a commitment to give TEN DOLLARS a month – through “TEN2END” – our campaign to end poverty, injustice, hunger, hopelessness and despair in the largest urban slum in Central America. TEN DOLLARS Many […]

Group Schedule For 2010

March 9, 2010

The group schedule is shaping up for 2010. We are very excited about each of the groups who will be traveling to Guatemala to spend at least a week in La Limonada! We have already hosted a medical/dental team from Pennsylvania and a dental/construction team from North Carolina so far this year. Our groups range […]

Teachers Meeting – Rejuvenation

March 5, 2010

Our teachers and staff are the most amazing group of people that I have ever worked with. They pour their lives into the children and community every day, fighting to give them more opportunities and choosing to walk beside them, love them, and encourage them through good and very difficult times. Once a month we […]

Sam’s 11th Birthday – Dedicated to Helping The Children of La Limonada

March 4, 2010

One of our child sponsors, Nona, from the Cincinnati, OH area, has been to La Limonada two times in the past six months and has passionately shared with her friends about what God is doing in the community and in the lives of the children there. Nona’s experience in La Limonada inspired her friend, Susan, and her […]

64 Children In La Limonada Need Sponsors – “50 States” Update

March 3, 2010

As we reach the 14-day mark in our “50 States In 50 Days” campaign we are focusing on our Child Sponsorship program. The children of La Limonada live every day under the effects of extreme poverty. Hunger, physical and sexual abuse, drugs, neglect, horrible living conditions, gang activity, violence, and prostitution surround them. We believe […]

Donnie Long – Living & Working In Guatemala

March 1, 2010

Yesterday our friend and team member, Donnie Long, arrived in Guatemala and now begins the process of settling into his new role as Director of The Lemonade House and Group Coordinator. His responsibilities will include leading a house full of interns and being the point person and host for groups traveling to Guatemala to serve […]

Sponsor A Teacher – “50 States In 50 Days”

February 24, 2010

We are 7 days into our “50 States In 50 Days” Campaign and with 43 days to go it’s exciting to see people spread the word about ways their family and friends can support the work in La Limonada. One new child sponsor shared a post titled, “Lemonade? Yes, please!” on her “Handmade Musings” Blog. […]

Vitalino Is Back Home

February 22, 2010

Following a surgery that went very well at a private hospital in Guatemala City, our friend Vitalino, is back home! The surgery involved a prosthetic knee to replace the damage done from the original surgery done at the community hospital. The intense pain he was experiencing has been relieved and he is now taking the […]


February 20, 2010

Some time ago, “Q” returned from the United States to La Limonada where he grew up and become the head of the gang on the Manderina side. Chaos then began to ensure in La Limonada because of the things he and his gang were doing. 3 years ago, Tita felt led to start going to […]

“Communidad de Fe” – Follow The Blog

February 19, 2010

As we move forward with our church community “Communidad de Fe” in La Limoanda, we wanted to provide an opportunity for you to follow along. Dan Hoffman, an intern with Estrategia de Transformación, will be hosting a blog that will be devoted to providing updates on what is happening with the church community. You can […]

Backpacks & Shoes – “Gifts Of Hope”

February 18, 2010

After a very busy start to the new school year in La Limonada we have photos of the children receiving their “Back To School Packages” from the Gifts Of Hope provided throughout the Christmas season. As you can tell from the pictures they are so excited about the gifts… and we wanted to share this […]

“50 States In 50 Days” Begins Today!

February 17, 2010

50 states. 50 days. There are 23 states in the US where we do not currently have monthly partners. Help us add those states to the map and broaden our base of support in the 27 states where we currently have partnerships. Our goal is to be “all over the map” by April 7. Can […]

Help Pay For Vitalino’s Surgery

February 15, 2010

83-year-old Vitalino and his wife lived in a little house high up on the side of the ravine in La Limonada. Three years ago, they not only lost their house to the rain, but each also fell, leaving them bedridden. Because they have no family, their neighbor, Cindy, took them both in and cared for […]

pure joy

February 14, 2010

As I’m getting ready for my departure back to the states in 4 days, I have been feverently working on getting all the new students pictures taken and up on the website. I always take a few of each student to make sure I get one that really captures their personality. As I’m going through […]

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