Lemonade International Blog

Celebrating Guatemala’s Independence Day!

September 15, 2016

Happy Independence Day, Guatemala! The academies are closed today for the national holiday, but this week the children in the academies dressed up in traditional clothes, made crafts, enjoyed special food, said the the Pledge to the Guatemalan Flag, and celebrated Independence Day all together. As you celebrate, in solidarity with the people of La […]

Join Us In Celebrating Guatemala’s Independence Day

September 13, 2016

This Thursday, September 15, is Independence Day in Guatemala. All week long, the children in the three academies are enjoying rich celebrations with their classmates and teachers. La Limonada is a marginalized community, looked down upon by most Guatemalans. Each year in the academies, Independence Day is an important opportunity to teach the children about […]

Photo of the Week

September 9, 2016

Her dream is to become a doctor someday. In a place where many feel hopeless and fatalistic about the future, we want to be part of making this dream possible. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Expanding minds in La Limonada – International Literacy Day

September 8, 2016

Today we celebrate International Literacy Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of efforts and progress made to provide every child and adult the opportunity to read, learn, and thrive. Recognizing literacy as key to accessing health, education, income, and opportunity, UNESCO defends it as a basic human right. In the academies, we want the […]

Photo of the Week

September 2, 2016

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Sponsorship Changes Lives [Guest Post]

August 30, 2016

Today’s guest post is written by Scott and Harmony Charles. Last year, Harmony shared her story of meeting her sponsored child in La Limonada. After returning to Guatemala with the Athentikos I AM ART team earlier this year, they share about their experience of spending time with their sponsored child once again. – In 2010 I […]

Photo Of The Week

August 26, 2016

Tita and Janina have been friends for a long time, and they have been serving the La Limonada with love and joy for almost two decades. They are sporting t-shirts from one of our partner churches — Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. (Photo from Tita Evertsz’s Instagram feed)

3 Tips for Writing to Your Sponsored Child

August 23, 2016

Today’s guest post is written by our friend Lindsay Stevenson. Lindsay has been a committed child sponsor, group member, advocate, and entrepreneur. She started Hope Glows, which gives back to the academies. Stay tuned for upcoming Fall scents! As a #ProudLemonadeSponsor, are you writing to your sponsored child? Today, Lindsay shares a few great tips […]

Photo of the Week

August 19, 2016

When children have empty stomachs, they are not able to focus, learn, grow, and thrive. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Eat Like a Guatemalan – Mirna’s Pollo Con Crema

August 18, 2016

Pollo con Crema is a beloved traditional Guatemalan dish of chicken in a rich cream sauce. It is often served with rice and tortillas. Volunteers who have joined a Service Learning Trip to Guatemala enjoy this wonderful dish handmade by our dear Mirna. Mirna’s cooking and hospitality is an incredible gift to each of us, […]

Photo of the Week

August 12, 2016

You are part of giving these kids a reason to smile. Cheers! (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

6 Challenges in La Limonada – and How Child Sponsorship Addresses Them

August 10, 2016

Our friends in La Limonada face many challenges each and every day. Some may be clearly visible, but others are less obvious at first glance. Here are six challenges faced by children and families in the community, along with six ways child sponsorship is sowing seeds of hope.   Challenge #1: Children in La Limonada attend […]

Photo of the Week

August 5, 2016

We want to give the children of La Limonada the opportunity to thrive.

Photo of the Week

July 29, 2016

Gang prevention intervenes in the lives of vulnerable children before it’s too late. The time to embody and share the love of Jesus with each child is right now. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

First Person: Mirna Judith

July 26, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible Guatemalan staff members, Mirna Judith. She serves our Service Learning Groups by taking care of the Lemonade Guest House and cooking delicious Guatemalan meals for the group members. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her each day. Where are […]

Photo of the Week

July 22, 2016

La Limonada is a place of contrasts, where heartbreak, loss, beauty, and hope live side by side. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

From a Family of Thieves: Amelia’s Story

July 20, 2016

Today, Tita shares the story of a woman who has been attending a home Bible study. She is from one of the first families Tita got to know in La Limonada many years ago. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy. – A family of thieves. Amelia’s grandparents were thieves. Her parents were […]

Photo of the Week

July 15, 2016

Will the gang members on the streets be their only role models? Not if we have anything to say about it. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

6 Books for Engaging Your Children With Compassion and Love for Guatemala

July 14, 2016

Are your kids enjoying summer reading? Here are six books that will offer them the opportunity to learn more about Guatemala and be inspired to change the world. Guatemala ABCs [5-11 years old] With each letter of the alphabet, this book is a great introduction to the people, culture, geography, and history of Guatemala. It […]

Justice Happened – I AM ART returned to La Limonada

July 12, 2016

Last week, the children of La Limonada were invited to transform pain into purpose through creative arts with the I AM ART camp. They joined their teachers in coming together at a church located outside of the community, enabling children from rival communities to enjoy time all together. Through our partnership with Athentikos and Vidas […]

Photo of the Week

July 8, 2016

Prayer is at the heart of everything we do. (Photo by Silent Images)

Photo of the Week

July 1, 2016

The teachers invest in instruction, discipleship, and life-skill preparation every day. They make holistic impact possible. They are our heroes. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Two Days to Launch

June 29, 2016

Before you make your 4th of July plans, help us launch the 4th academy in La Limonada! With less than TWO days to go, we’re 74% of the way to our financial goal. We’re so close to doing something BIG about injustice this summer, forever changing the lives of vulnerable children in the “15 de […]

7 Reasons Why We Focus on Children

June 28, 2016

We know the effects of poverty, trauma, and violence are the most extreme on children, causing long-term damage to minds, bodies, and hearts. As you read through these seven compelling reasons to prioritize serving the most vulnerable children, ask yourself: “What if there were a Christian present, someone a child could turn to in the […]

Turning the Tide of Injustice

June 25, 2016

The civil rights movement had some brilliant leaders. In the face of widespread injustice and systemic racism, it may have made sense to focus their efforts on calling for an end to the overall dehumanization of African American citizens. But they didn’t do that. They recognized that “dehumanization” was too abstract of a concept, and […]

Photo of the Week

June 24, 2016

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.” (Matthew 19:14) (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

The Brave Ones

June 21, 2016

Several years ago, some of the children living in the “15 de Agosto” neighborhood heard rumors about the Mandarina academy in the community next to theirs. They heard it was a place with open doors where children could come to eat and learn. Driven by hunger and desperation, one large family* of siblings and cousins […]

Photo of the Week

June 17, 2016

We are present in La Limonada because every child deserves an opportunity to dream. Photo by Rebecca Gant

Do Something About Injustice This Summer

June 16, 2016

We need your help. We’re asking you to rally your friends and family to do something big about injustice this summer by helping us launch the fourth academy in a dangerous neighborhood in the heart of Guatemala City. This month, we need to raise $25,000 to cover the costs of launching this new academy. In […]

Jeffrey’s Return

June 15, 2016

FaceTime buzzed on my computer. It was time for my interview with one of our youth volunteers in La Limonada. Lizza and Lucia appeared on the screen, along with a 15-year-old named Jeffrey. They were sitting in a classroom inside the Limon academy just after breakfast. A little shy, as most teenage boys are, Jeffrey’s […]

Expanding Holistic Impact in La Limonada

June 14, 2016

When children in La Limonada enter the academies, they’re not just stepping into a place where they’ll learn math, science, and reading. They’re being invited into a safe space where they will be nurtured as whole beings. Within these walls, a team of committed, passionate teachers care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of […]

Photo of the Week

June 10, 2016

In a community where so many have their innocence snatched away at such a young age, the three academies offer children in La Limonada a safe place to laugh, play, and learn. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Announcing: Moving Into A New Neighborhood

June 9, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the launch the fourth academy in La Limonada! In keeping with the joyful and hopeful theme of the different fruits the first three academies are named for, the name of the fourth academy will be Toronja, which translates to grapefruit. A new academy means the opportunity to expand our ministry […]

Photo of the Week

June 3, 2016

Tita sees “hidden treasures.” What do you see? (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Scott Charles’ Lemonade Stand: #RunForLemonade

June 2, 2016

Scott Charles, a super-advocate and long-time child sponsor, challenged his friends and family to support his online Lemonade Stand, ‪#‎RunForLemonade,‬ and blew his financial goal out of the water! Today he shares about how God has wired him to run, accomplish hard things, and find creative ways to love the children of La Limonada. We […]

First Person: Maira Judith

May 31, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible teachers, Maira Judith. She works with the 4 – 5 year old class at the Limon academy. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where are you from? I am […]

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