Lemonade International Blog

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 […]

Introducing… 50 States In 50 Days

February 11, 2010

50 states. 50 days. Lemonade International currently has donors in 23 states who provide ongoing monthly support to our work to “educate and empower children in the largest urban slum in Central America”. Accomplishing that in less than two years is something to celebrate, but for those of you who have personally been a guest […]

Transition For Our Friend & Team Member

February 2, 2010

After serving in La Limonada for the past year, our good friend and co-founder of Lemonade International, Leah Craver, is getting ready to return to the US and reacclimate to life here. Reflecting on her time in La Limonada, Leah said, “What started as a dream over 5 years ago to live and work in […]

Communidad de Fe – The Church In Action In La Limonada

February 2, 2010

Last week a group of us converged upon Guatemala City to follow up on a process that began in August of last year when we set out to explore the possibility of establishing a faith community in La Limonada. Working together with Joel Van Dyke, Director of EdT in Latin America, who leads a network […]

PURE SUGAR: Telling Stories Of Grace

February 1, 2010

The Center For Transforming Mission (CTM) is the parent organization of Estrategia de Transformación (EdT) which is led by Joel Van Dyke who is a partner and close friend of Tita’s in Guatemala. We spent some quality time together in Guatemala last week with an incredible group of servants to pray and dream about the […]

Video: MSNBC Report on Lifechurch Orphanage in Haiti

January 29, 2010

MSNBC reporter Bill Dedman reports on the journey he had with the Lifechurch Haiti Response Team. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

2009 Contribution Statements Are On The Way

January 25, 2010

Over the past couple weeks we have been working to organize, print and mail all contribution statements for tax-deductible donations made to Lemonade International in 2009. We wanted to let you know that all statements have been completed and mailed as of today, so you should expect to receive your statement in the mail within […]

PA Medical/Dental Team – A Week in La Limonada

January 22, 2010

The medical/dental group, led by our friend Nani, not only brought incredible gifts in what they provided for the children from their medical and dental expertise, but they brought so much love and joy to give away to this community. They treated approximately 80 children and their families each day, and also visited homes throughout […]

The Excitement Of A New School Year

January 21, 2010

It’s probably a little strange for most of us to be thinking about January being the start of a new school year, but there is a certain excitement and anticipation that comes along with returning from break to another season of learning. It’s no different for the children and teachers at the schools in La […]

Update: Haitian Orphans Relocated to New Facility

January 20, 2010

We are grateful for the response we received to our “Haiti Relief Fund” campaign over the past week. We raised a total of $3,405 – all of which is designated to help provide food, water, evacuation and relocation of 11 Orphans under the care of Lifechurch in Allentown, PA. Thank you for your generosity! A […]

Medical/Dental Team from PA in La Limonada

January 19, 2010

Our first group of 2010 has arrived in Guatemala and are already hard at work conducting a medical and dental clinic at the schools in La Limonada. Nani, a Physician’s Assistant from Allentown, PA and friend of Leah and Donnie, coordinated a group of friends and colleagues from work and has been working diligently over […]

Video & msnbc.com Blog Update on 11 Orphans

January 18, 2010

Watch video of Ramon Crespo, Missions Director from Lifechurch in Allentown, PA, explaining to the 11 orphan children the plan to evacuate and temporarily relocate them to a safe place outside Port-au-Prince. Read the entire msnbc.com article here. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Go to the Lemonade International […]

Urgent: Haiti Relief Update – Continuing To Help 11 Orphans

January 17, 2010

This morning I had the opportunity to speak with my long-time friend and Lemonade International board member, Darian Colbert, before he left on a flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on their way to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Darian is helping to lead a team of ten people from Lifechurch in Allentown, PA – which consists of […]

Urgent: 11 Orphans in Haiti Need Your Help

January 14, 2010

Wednesday afternoon, a devastating earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.0, hit Haiti – the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The capital city of Port-au-Prince bore the brunt of the 7.0 magnitude quake, demolishing homes, businesses, hospitals, schools and orphanages. The Haitian prime minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, said yesterday that several hundred thousand people may have […]

Back To School!

January 13, 2010

It is that time of year in Guatemala… the new school year has begun at the two schools in La Limonada! Registration: During registration last week, families began to line up at the door of the schools at 6:00am to make sure their children would be enrolled in their respective classes. And registration didn’t officially […]

Featuring: One Day’s Wages

January 12, 2010

As an organization we want to help to get the word out about other great groups who are making an impact around the world. So we’d like to introduce you to ODW… ODW stands for One Day’s Wages – a new non-profit organization just launched in 2009 by Eugene Cho and his wife, Minhee, from […]

Kerry Smith: International Worker Ready To Serve In La Limonada

January 5, 2010

Kerry Smith will be the third full-time international worker serving with Lemonade International in La Limonada. She leaves the Raleigh area this week to spend some time with family and will arrive in Guatemala on January 16, 2010. For the first four weeks in Guatemala, Kerry will be attending Spanish language school in Antigua, Guatemala […]

The Teachers Receive Their Bonuses!

January 4, 2010

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we were able to pay 34 teachers and workers at both schools in La Limonada a fair wage for the month of December. Just a few days ago they had a party and shared some special time together… and were provided with their bonus checks. The […]

2009 Year-End Giving: Last Chance to Provide “Gifts Of Hope”

December 29, 2009

The last day of 2009 is quickly approaching… and the ball is going to drop in Times Square in just a few days to signify the beginning of a New Year: 2010. Thanks to the prayers and generosity of so many of you – it has been an incredible year. You have helped to educate […]

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009

Dear Friends of Lemonade International, Our team, both in Guatemala and here in the United States, want to thank you for your love and support for the children and families of La Limonada throughout 2009. It has been an incredible year of expansion and growth with the establishment of a new school (Escuelita Mandarina) and […]

Dulce Rivera: June 17, 2006 – December 21, 2009

December 22, 2009

One of the youngest children at the schools in La Limonada passed away yesterday morning. Dulce Rivera (or “Pita” as she was known) died as a result of head injuries caused by a fall from a second story a few days earlier. She was three and a half years old. Many of our team members […]

Incredible Generosity… A Little More To Go: “Gifts Of Hope”

December 21, 2009

Over the past several weeks you have heard about Yoli, Eddy and “M” and the opportunities you have to provide children and teachers just like them with “Gifts Of Hope” this Christmas. And we are grateful to say you have responded with incredible generosity: We asked you to supply 350 children with shoes and backpacks […]

Friends Collaborate To Provide Student With Scholarship

December 20, 2009

This week we received a Gift Of Hope in the amount of $125.00 to provide a high school student with a scholarship to attend a private school in Guatemala City to receive a quality education. The donation came from Nona Peyton, a Lemonade Int’l child sponsor, along with this note: “This is from a womens […]

Meet “M” – Christmas 2009 “Gifts Of Hope”

December 16, 2009

Meet “M”. Living in one of the filthiest homes in La Limonada, she is the oldest of 5 children. Her parents are petty thieves, and the profits from selling their bounty are the only income for the family. Her step-father was caught and imprisoned, leaving her mother as the only parent. While her mother is […]

Con Gratitud Para Iglesia Bautista Camino al Cielo

December 16, 2009

We want to express our gratitude to the people of Iglesia Bautista Camino al Cielo in Chino, California for their generosity. The church community, just outside of Los Angeles, collected an offering in recent weeks to go toward our ‘Gifts Of Hope” Christmas 2009 project. The church raised $5,500 for the project that will provide […]

Meet Eddy – Christmas 2009 “Gifts Of Hope”

December 14, 2009

Meet Eddy. As a scholarship student, he is one of the fortunate few able to receive a quality education at a private high school in Guatemala City. His father was murdered 11 years ago, so he has grown up with his mother trying her best to raise him on her own. Being raised in these […]

Gifts “In Honor Of…” & Corporate Matching

December 10, 2009

We have received several requests recently for donors to be able to give a “Gift Of Hope” in honor of a loved one this Christmas and we wanted to let all of you know that we have created a way you can do that. Simply click on the following link to download and print a […]

One Boy’s Life – More From Arts Camp

December 9, 2009

It’s incredible how 5 days can change a life. To grow up in the ghetto of La Limonada in Guatemala City is to grow up without hope, to see death, poverty, destitution. Having been to the ghetto in the past, I had seen first hand the depravity of the slum and knew that there were […]

Meet Yoli – Christmas 2009 “Gifts Of Hope”

December 7, 2009

Meet Yoli. She lives in La Limonada with her three daughters. She also took in a baby boy from another parent in La Limonada who was unable to care for her child. An employee of Escuelita Limon for ten years, she works faithfully with the 4 to 6 year olds. Her motivation? To teach the […]

Reflecting on Arts Camp…

November 29, 2009

The culmination of an incredible week at the arts camp was just as amazing in its power as the days leading up to it. This past Saturday, parents, siblings, grandparents and friends of the kids that had participated in the arts camp surrounded a small pavilion at Campo De Marte to support the final celebration […]

UNITY – Arts Camp 2009

November 25, 2009

What have 107 children been waiting for pretty much all year? This week. Monday morning we piled into 2 school buses and took the almost 8 hour drive to Puerto Barrios for the Arts Camp. This camp is sponsored by Build A Bridge as well as Guatemalan artists and the theme of the camp is […]

Buy Less… Give More

November 23, 2009

In recent years several voices have begun speaking from the fringes… encouraging people to scale back on the shopping, abundant gift-giving and misplaced focus of the season in order to give more, spend meaningful time with family and focus on the revolutionary, world-changing event of Jesus’ birth. Those voices are speaking more loudly and clearly […]

Remember The Poor

November 23, 2009

Having just finished reading, The Poor Will Be Glad by Peter Greer & Phil Smith, I have been inspired again by the stories of people who have reordered their lives to care for the poor. I read about a community of friends who choose to live on less than one dollar for one day each […]

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