Lemonade International Blog

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 […]

LI and Lifepointe – Report From Our Time in La Limonada

January 27, 2009

Last week, Donnie and I joined up with five people from Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh, NC to spend the week serving in La Limonada. It was an incredible time as it always is for us in La Limonada! That place has become like a second home for us. We were able to deliver gifts […]

LI and LifePointe Unite in La Limonada

January 21, 2009

It has been an incredible week so far here in Guatemala as Bill and Donnie from Lemonade International and a group from Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC have united to converge on La Limonada. We have had the opportunity to see the new school building for the first time. We’ve visited with teachers we have […]

Sommer, Tita, Alberto & La Limonada

January 12, 2009

After sponsoring Alberto, Sommer Wisher, the Family Life Director for Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC, just had to visit La Limonada and meet him face to face. This video is footage from Sommer’s experience in La Limonada and from spending time with Alberto and the children at “La Escuelita”.

Thousands Stand Against Violence in Guatremala City

January 11, 2009

According to Spero News, over 10,000 people participated in a Peace Walk in Central Guatemala city on January 10 to stand against the the increase of murder, rape, abductions, drug addiction and drug-related violence. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The year 2008 ended with a regrettable memory for our country of a tragic […]

Getting Ready For A New School Year

January 9, 2009

As many of you know, the school year in Guatemala runs from January-November… so this is an exciting time of year for Tita and her team in La Limonada! With the help of some generous partners, we have purchased a new building for the new school on “The Other Side” that will enable us to […]

Not Only Children… But Whole Families

January 7, 2009

About a year ago, Hilda began working with Tita and two of her three children, Daniel and Angel, began attending “La Escuelita”. At the time, Hilda’s husband, Miguel, was abusing drugs and alcohol and there were serious problems in their home and with the behavior of the children. Not long after that, Hilda told Tita […]

40 More Kids Sponsored!!

January 4, 2009

Thanks to the amazing people of Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh, NC, 40 more kids are sponsored! It was an incredible time with a great group of people who have been so supportive of our work with the people of La Limonada! It’s also been a great weekend for our Stateside Team to be together. […]

2009 – A Look Ahead

January 2, 2009

As we look back at what has happened through our organization in our first nine months, it is amazing to think of all that has taken place. We were incorporated in March, began our child sponsorship program in July, received our favorable determination letter for our 501(c)(3) status in September, helped to purchase a new […]

And The Winner Is…

January 1, 2009

Although we didn’t reach 1,000 members by midnight… we did have some incredible recruiting efforts from our LI Facebook Cause members (including from some brand new members)!! We did reach 926 members by midnight last night… and we want to thank all of you for your efforts in helping us get the word about about […]

The 1,000 Member Facebook Cause Challenge – “Upping The Ante”

December 30, 2008

OK…. First of all thanks so much for all your recruiting efforts. We are now only 128 members short of our goal of 1,000 members by New Year’s Day 2009! And a new recruiter has busted her way into the Top 5: Kate Dundon (Don’t worry Carolyn… you are still tied for 5th!). Since we […]

The 1,000 Member Facebook Cause Challenge

December 28, 2008

As of today we have 814 Lemonade International Facebook Cause members. The challenge is to get to 1,000 by New Year’s Day 2009. So, we have 186 more members to add in just 4 days!! Our top recruiters have been huge in helping us get the word out about our work among the incredible people […]

School Shoes For Christmas… Delivered!

December 23, 2008

Thanks to so may of you who donated over the past month! Because of your generosity, School Shoes were delivered to more than 260 children in La Limonada over the past few days! About 60 children on “The Other Side” were invited to a special Christmas bowling party over the weekend where all of them […]

Added Rotating Headers / Changed Colors

December 21, 2008

If you refresh the page a few times, you’ll see that I have added a rotating headers feature.  All you have to do is to add headers that you want in a specific folder (details will be in the download) and then the headers will show up in the rotation. If you would only want […]

Lemonade International @ Lifepointe Church in Raleigh

December 21, 2008

We have established an awesome partnership with Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh, NC. Donnie Williams and the whole staff have been incredibly supportive in giving us an opportunity to share our work with the church community. We were with them last Sunday and will be there again the first two Sundays of January. They have […]


December 20, 2008

Not so fast, I am still in the development stage.  I would love your feedback. Take a look around and let me know if you see any glitches or things that aren’t working.  Leave me a comment or use my contact form.

Upcoming: Lean and Clean Theme

December 20, 2008

I am in the midst of developing and releasing this theme that you see here to the public. I am hoping to offer a few different ways to implement the theme for advanced users of wordpress as well as people who really have no clue what to do with html and CSS. I am working […]

Pray For Rick

December 15, 2008

Please pray for our friend, Rick Grove. I just talked with him as he was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a heart episode that occurred about a week ago that led to the need for open heart surgery. He is recovering well and feeling much better, but would be grateful for your prayers […]

How You Can Help

December 14, 2008

We get a lot of questions from people wondering how they can help the work of LI. Here are some practical ways you can make an impact and help bring hope to the people of La Limonada: 1. Join our Facebook Cause and invite your friends to join 2. Follow us on Twitter 3. Send […]

School Shoes – Thank You From Tita

December 8, 2008

We officially have reached our goal to be able to get school shoes for Christmas for all the children at both schools in La Limonada! We actually received more than we needed to cover the shoes, so the donations received over and above the cost of the shoes will help to provide a great Christmas […]

More From The Art Camp

December 5, 2008

One of the volunteers posted on a bog about some of the experiences at the Art Camp. You just have to read the following two posts!!!http://diasporaofhope.blogspot.com/2008/11/guatamala-city-meets-el-faro.html http://diasporaofhope.blogspot.com/2008/11/boy-named-moshi-and-ocean-that-knows.html

Art Camp – Photos

December 4, 2008

For those of you who were involved in the Art Camp for about 80 of the kids from La Limonada… thank you so much for the huge impact that week had on their lives! It was a week they will never forget. Tita told me tonight, “It may have only lasted 5 days, but for […]

School Shoes For Christmas

December 2, 2008

Some of you have asked how you can help the children of La Limonada as Christmas approaches. Each year Tita and her team host a Christmas party for the children and present each of them with a new pair of shoes… shoes that will last for the entire year. To us, a new pair of […]


December 1, 2008

This is a shortened version of the PowerPoint presentation we show when speaking to groups. It will provide you with a summary of the work we are involved in and of our outlook for the future.

Lemonade @ NC State

November 18, 2008

Corrugated tin. For us it’s used as a backdrop to make our presentation. For those in La Limonada it’s called home. I can’t help but notice the stark contrast as these 2 different worlds collide. This week we (Bill, Cherie, myself and great friends who joined us) had the privilege of setting up in the […]

Maria’s Sponsor Child

November 18, 2008

Jeremiah from Vineyard Central has been in La Limonada for the past week. When we were in Cincinnati with the VC community in August, Maria was one of the people from the church to make the commitment to sponsor a child. Jeremiah lives in the same neighborhood as Maria and knows about her commitment to […]

Emergent Village Weblog Post

November 17, 2008

Thanks to Steve Knight, the Emergent Village Weblog includes a post today about our work in La Limonada. Please take some time to check out the post and leave a comment:http://www.emergentvillage.com/weblog/loving-and-befriending-the-poor-in-la-limonada Thanks so much for sharing in our passion for the work of Lemonade International!

Arts Camp 2008

November 12, 2008

BuildaBridge together in partnership with Estrategia de Transformación is conducting an Arts Camp for more than 80 children from La Escuelita in La Limonada.The camp will take place from November 24-28 at a beautiful retreat center near Puerto Barrios, Guatemala (about a 5 hour drive from Guatemala City) on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. […]

House Concert

November 8, 2008

We just got back from the home of a family here in Raleigh who hosted a “House Concert” with Joel Close the Worship & Arts Pastor from Lifepointe Church here in town (where Sommer is also a staff member). The people of Lifepointe have been incredible this year as we have begun the work of […]

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