Lemonade International Blog

Will You Help Us Reach Our Goal Of 200 TEN2END Donors?

May 11, 2009

So many exciting things have been happening over the past few months. Our work has been expanding and more children are being reached and given opportunities to be off the streets of La Limonada. A second school building is being renovated and when it is completed 200 or more children will be able to attend. […]

A Mother’s Day Story From La Limonada

May 10, 2009

There are so many stories of so many children and families that we are working with in La Limonada. At times it’s tough to decide what to write about. It’s important to be sensitive to their hurt, their privacy, and the fact that these stories are reality for them. But I also think it’s just […]

Escuelita Mandarina Renovations – Progress

May 6, 2009

In November of last year we expanded our work by establishing a second school – “Escuelita Mandarina” – in another barrio in La Limonada. With a $15,000 donation we received we were able to purchase the building for approximately $9,000, as well as purchase new desks and chairs for the classrooms and all the needed […]

Update on Viejitos

May 6, 2009

On Monday, while we were here in Guatemala the elderly lady Tita told us about last week passed away. Later that day and again on Tuesday we took some time to visit her husband. We prayed for him as he was lying in his bed crying while the casket with his wife’s body was in […]

Gifts From Florence, KY

May 4, 2009

We are here in Guatemala along with some friends from Cincinnati this week. It has been a great time so far and we’ll post more stories and photos in the days to come from our time here. But I wanted to share this with you… Our friends DG and Tiffany Hollums from Florence UMC in […]

All Access Conference

May 1, 2009

We had a great opportunity to set up a kiosk at the ARC All Access Conference at C3 Church in Clayton, NC this week. We met people from all over the country who lead church communities who want to make a difference in the world. We also got to meet other vendors from great organizations […]


April 28, 2009

Tita shared this with us today. She visited the home of an elderly couple (“viejitos”)… an 80 year old woman and her 82 year old husband. She has a broken hip and he has a broken clavicle and knee. They have no money, no family and no access to medical treatment. Their neighbors (who are […]

Field Trip

April 27, 2009

This past week we took the first of four groups of students to the Zoo here in Guatemala City. There are 2 schools with 2 shifts (morning and afternoon), so we’re taking one group at a time. The first to go was the morning shift at Escuelita Mandarina… and watching how excited they were made […]

Photos From the Fund-Raising Gala

April 22, 2009

Thanks to James Walters of Walters & Walters here are some great photos from the Fund-Raising Gala. Contact James and Meridith to talk to them about providing their amazing photography for an upcoming engagement or wedding…

Report From The Fund-Raising Gala

April 21, 2009

We are so thankful for everyone who attended the Lemonade Int’l Fund-Raising Gala this past Tuesday night! We are blown away by the hearts of compassion for the people of La Limonada and by the stories that came out of the evening we spent together. Here are some highlights from the night: A couple originally […]

TEN2END @ The NC State Brickyard

April 20, 2009

Lemonade International will be at the “Brickyard” at NC State University this Thursday, April 24 from 10am – 2:30pm to share our TEN2END Campaign with students. TEN2END is a campaign of LI… providing people with an opportunity to engage in the alleviation of extreme poverty in the La Limonada community of Guatemala City. Help us […]

Child Sponsorship Facebook Group

April 20, 2009

If you are on Facebook and have sponsored a child in La Limonada through Lemonade International you are invited to join our new Facebook Group* that was created just for you. The Lemonade International – Child Sponsors Group* is a place where you can share photos, excerpts from letters to or from your children, ideas […]

Waluk’s World Goes To Guatemala

April 16, 2009

Our friend Chris Waluk, of Waluk’s World, traveled to Guatemala and visited with the children and families of La Limonada last week during his spring break (he is a high school science teacher). Chris initiated a project he called “Painting Lemonade” in the beginning of the school year where he asked high school art students […]

Ronal – Creatively Teaching Math

April 6, 2009

While the renovations are happening at Esculita Mandarina, the teachers are getting very creative in how they teach their classes and what materials and supplies they are using. Ronal is one of the new assistant teachers at the school. He is the son of another teacher and he has personally experienced the impact that the […]

Kate Has Arrived

April 1, 2009

Kate Dundon spent a few months in Guatemala last year teaching children in a rural village. She met Tita and her team as her time in Guatemala was coming to a close. She spent a couple weeks in La Limonada and fell in love with the children and people of the community. She returned home […]

Purchase Your Fund-Raising Gala Tickets Today

March 31, 2009

We are just two weeks away from our Fund-Raising Gala… and the excitement is building! We have some great Silent Auction items (a Beach House for 4 days/3 nights, a hockey stick signed by the Carolina Hurricanes team, an authentic jersey signed by Cam Ward, 4 Durham Bulls tickets, beautiful artwork, photography packages, etc). The […]

Team From Carterville

March 26, 2009

As Leah sharred recently, a team from Carterville Christian Church in Joplin, MO spent last week in La Limonada and were a huge help to the children, families, teachers and the La Limonada community. They purchased almost $2,000 worth of tools needed for the renovations happening at Escuelita Mandarina and work boots for the workers; […]

Introducing… TEN2END

March 23, 2009

Now there is a way almost everyone can get involved in our work among the urban poor in Guatemala City. Introducing… TEN2END. We’re inviting everyone to… Set aside TEN minutes a week to pray for the people of La Limonada Give TEN dollars a month to help the Lemonade Int’l team END poverty… injustice… hunger… […]

Mandarina’s First Field Trip

March 21, 2009

This morning at 5 am (still yawning) I dropped off the team of 7 from Carterville Christian Church at the airport for their flight home. They were here for a week working with us at the schools in La Limonada and they were such a huge help and blessing to all of us. They helped […]

Child Sponsorship – Changing Lives in Guatemala and in the US

March 18, 2009

Since beginning our child sponsorship program last summer we have seen a huge impact being made in the lives of the children in La Limonada… but we have also witnessed a tremendous difference in the lives of the individuals and families here in the US who are sponsoring children. Here are a some quotes from […]


March 17, 2009

On a recent trip to Guatemala I met Alejandro* as our group walked with Tita from Escuelita Mandarina to Escuelita Limon. He was just returning from work at a legitimate business in the city… which is rare for the people of La Limonada. Business owners in the city rarely hire people who live in “the […]

ten2end is coming soon…

March 10, 2009

Be on the lookout for an inexpensive new way to support the work of Lemonade International as we seek to bring hope to the people of La Limonada. ten2end is coming soon…

Life Of Hope Medical Team

March 6, 2009

Our good friends from Life Of Hope in Joplin, Missouri took a team to La Limonada to conduct medical clinics at Escuelita Limon and Escuealita Mandarina this week. The team is from Tomoka Christian Church in Ormond Beach, FL. Tita said they have been an awesome group of people to work with the whole week. […]

Guatemalan Inmates Kill Teacher

March 5, 2009

An article appeared on the website of the News & Observer newspaper here in Raleigh today describing the violent killing of a teacher at a Guatemalan juvenile prison. On Tuesday a riot broke out among the inmates as they protested the transfer of fellow inmates to another facility. Prior to the police gaining control of […]

Buy “Double Dipp” & Support Lemonade Int’l

March 4, 2009

My childhood friend, Denny Sant, just published his second novel, and has chosen to have all the proceeds from the sale of the book go to Lemonade International. “Double Dipp”, the sequel to “Bean Dipp”, is available at www.lulu.com/dennysant. I’ve known Denny since we were about 10 years old. When we started Lemonade International he […]

The Schools Have Names

March 2, 2009

Since the second school was established on “the other side” in La Limonada we have been referring to it as “the second school”, “School #2”, “Esculeita #2”,and “the school on the other side”. This was getting a little confusing and it was becoming a challenge in our communication with people in La Limonada and here […]

Renovations Have Begun!

February 25, 2009

Renovations began today on the new school building on “The Other Side”. The “crew” came this morning to start the work. They began by tearing down walls of old rusted tin, carrying in all the necessary tools and supplies and making room for new windows and walls. For the duration of the construction both classrooms […]

“Painting Lemonade”

February 25, 2009

When Lemonade International was getting started early last year, our friend, Chris Waluk (a local high school science teacher) had a great idea to connect local high school students to the students at the schools in La Limonada. He asked art teachers from high schools all over the district to consider having art students paint […]

Lemonade International Fund-Raising Gala

February 23, 2009

Dear Friends, You are invited to join us for an evening of great food, wine and entertainment and to help us launch our first full year of “bringing hope to the people of La Limonada”. Date: Tuesday, April 14 Time: 7-9pm Location: Caffe Luna136 E Hargett StRaleigh, NC 27601 The evening will include a short […]

Guest Blogger: Bethany Streng

February 19, 2009

{Bethany Streng, a friend from PA and sponsor of Dulce is here in La Limonada for the week. Here are her words from her experience so far…} “Dulce held my hand on the walk through the ghetto, stopping and waiting very patiently as I paused to take photos of the sights on the way. She […]

Nearly Half of Guatemala’s Children Suffer from Malnutrition

February 16, 2009

An article in today’s edition of the Latin American Herald Tribune (Caracas, Venezuela) reports that “45.6 percent of Guatemalan children suffer from chronic malnutrition and that their physical growth falls below the average established by the World Health Organization”. This study was conducted among 459,808 children in 15, 076 public schools throughout the country. It […]

Parenting School

February 13, 2009

It costs nothing for the children to attend the program at the two schools run by Tita and her team in La Limonada. The only requirement is that their parents or guardians attend “Parenting School” once a month. Wednesday morning we held our first one at the new school. Parents, grandparents, aunts, neighbors, whoever is […]

Food for the Month

February 11, 2009

It is a very exciting thing for us here to be able to purchase food for the 300 kids at both schools for a whole month. The task is by no means small, with 6 oversized shopping carts full of food and a very long receipt, but it is such a thrill to know that […]

Amarilis – Continued

February 11, 2009

Thanks so much for your prayers for Amarilis. She was released from the hospital earlier than expected after a successful surgery. The following details just became clear in the past couple days. The surgery was needed because while the doctors administered an epidural… damage was done to a vein in her back. It took three […]

Update On Amarilis

February 5, 2009

Back in September we let you know about our friend, Amarilis, in La Limonada who had been diagnosed with Uterine Cancer (Endometrial Cancer). With the help of partners like you and friends of Tita’s like Rick Grove of Life Of Hope… together we have helped pay for several chemotherapy sessions for her. I just talked […]

Sending Our Team Member And Friend

January 28, 2009

Tomorrow morning we will be dropping our LI team member and friend off at the airport for her one year adventure serving the people of La Limonada. Leah Craver has been a great friend (more like a family member) for the past five years. We experienced Guatemala and La Limonada together when we were first […]

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