Lemonade International Blog

Photo of the Week

May 13, 2016

Seeing children have time to just be kids brings a smile to our faces. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

More Than A Math Project

May 10, 2016

Tammi Palpant is a long-time friend of Lemonade International. She has visited La Limonada twice and started sponsoring a child after her first trip, about five years ago. She has also been a teacher at St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina for twelve years. This year she engaged six of her advanced fourth grade […]

A Mother’s Heart of Gratitude

May 7, 2016

School for Parents is an incredible opportunity for the team in Guatemala to equip parents and extend God’s message of hope and healing to them. As we focus on their children, we also want to see mothers and fathers transformed. Today, Tita shares the story of one mother who has been attending School for Parents. […]

Photo of the Week

May 6, 2016

Wherever Janina goes, she is ready to listen, to pray, to offer counsel, and to intervene, meeting urgent needs that could easily otherwise be devastating and even life-threatening. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Standing With Martha

May 5, 2016

Walking into the house, your eyes immediately struggle to adjust to the dark room. But even though keeping lights on is too expensive for this family, Martha* still manages to keep her home neat and tidy. Martha is a 30-year-old hard-working, selfless mother of five children – ranging in age from 11 months to 16 […]

They Call her Mother Teresa

May 4, 2016

“Tita is the Mother Teresa of Guatemala.” Said with such passion, conviction, and awe about the founder of the ministry in La Limonada, my friend expressed what many of us have felt during a Service Learning Trip. That’s because 20 years ago Tita Evertsz walked into a place that felt “untouchable” just like Mother Teresa […]

Motherhood and the Miracle of Life

May 3, 2016

  We had been anticipating the news to come any day. A text from our friends here in Phoenix, letting us know she had gone to the hospital to have her baby. We waited with anticipation as labor continued and were given the invitation to the hospital we were hoping for. With freshly cut roses […]

Photo of the Week

April 29, 2016

Guatemala’s Ministry of Justice building towers over La Limonada, which you can see in the background. Pray with us that justice will roll down like a mighty river (Amos 5:24) into this ravine we have all come to know and love. (Photo by Alejandro Matzar)

Featured Partner: The Flourish Market

April 27, 2016

Emily and Chris Sexton are long-time friends of Lemonade International and passionate advocates for the children and families of La Limonada. Through a Tilt campaign in September 2015, they officially launched The Flourish Market, an online boutique and fashion truck in Raleigh, North Carolina. Last Christmas, the Flourish Market donated $1,000 on behalf of their […]

Photo of the Week

April 22, 2016

Photo caption contest. Go! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

5 Things You Didn’t Realize Your Sponsorship Was Doing

April 21, 2016

When you invest in our academy-based child sponsorship program, you impact all aspects of a child’s life in La Limonada – spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual. Here are five things you may not have realized about your child sponsorship: Child sponsorship gives a child in La Limonada the opportunity to have many positive role models […]

First Person: Martita

April 19, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible teachers, Martita. She works with the 3 – 5 year old class at the Mandarina 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 was born […]

Photo of the Week

April 15, 2016

Gang prevention means provoking hope in the hearts of children who hadn’t believed another way of life was possible. It means looking past the graffiti and signs of gang presence, believing in them and the dreams they didn’t even realize were lying dormant in their hearts. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Joyce Joyner’s Legacy of Caring For Others

April 13, 2016

Emily Lemus and her husband are long-time friends of Lemonade International and have sponsored a boy named Juan Carlos who attends the Mandarina academy for the past two and a half years. In remembrance of her aunt, Joyce Joyner, who passed away on April 3, Emily decided to do something meaningful in her honor. Today, […]

Photo of the Week

April 8, 2016

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa (Photo by Lizza Majus)

Investing in Parents, Impacting Families

April 6, 2016

Engaging parents and guardians is essential when it comes to impacting the children of La Limonada. When students are enrolled in the academies, their guardians agree to participate in School for Parents. These monthly meetings are a crucial component in addressing the holistic needs of the children throughout their most formative stages – when they […]

Photo of the Week

April 1, 2016

“We have so much to learn from the poor – like their sense of community.” – Tita Evertsz (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Impacting Generations

March 30, 2016

When Tita started Limon, the first academy in La Limonada, she knew from day one that the stakes were high. “Help me, sister Tita,” one gang member said at the time. “Help my children, because I will die soon in the streets.” Tita was already hard at work, establishing trust and building relationships with parents […]

Photo of the Week

March 25, 2016

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

For Me, This Is Only The Beginning [Guest Post]

March 24, 2016

Today’s guest post is written by Ashley Johnson, a child sponsor, member of partner church Rivers Crossing Community Church, service learning group member, and advocate for the people of La Limonada. – I have felt a call from God for a while now to empower the marginalized; to help give them the tools they need […]

World Water Day

March 22, 2016

Last week a friend handed me a water bottle and said, “Water is to the body what gasoline is to your car. Fuel yourself!” Drinking safe water is as critical to our health as it is easily taken for granted. When I turned on my faucet this morning, I did not stop to think about […]

Photo of the Week

March 18, 2016

Imaginations are stirred and outlooks are expanded as children learn to read, write, and reason. Education is essential for unlocking potential in boys and girls living in the heart of the largest urban slum in Guatemala City. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Featured Partner: Hope Glows Candles With A Purpose

March 14, 2016

Our friends Lindsay and Luke Stevenson have been incredible child sponsors, group members, and advocates for the people of La Limonada. Today’s guest post is written by Lindsay to share about her incredible new venture and how it supports our work in an incredibly unique way. We are inspired by and grateful for her creative […]

Photo of the Week

March 11, 2016

As the principal of the Mandarina academy, Yaneth creates a nurturing environment where children can thrive. And today happens to be her birthday! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

International Women’s Day: Choose Love

March 8, 2016

Guatemala is one of the 10 most dangerous countries to be a woman. For those living in extreme poverty, there is constant threat of domestic violence, rape, and exploitation. Girls often become pregnant at a young age, left without the means to care for a baby. Some are recruited into gang life, and most have […]

Photo of the Week

March 4, 2016

Our hope for every child in La Limonada is to live a full, joyful, and abundant life. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Photo of the Week

February 26, 2016

Servant leadership is an important value instilled in the academies daily. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Calling All Artists – I AM ART returns to La Limonada

February 25, 2016

We’re thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Athentikos and Vidas Plenas to facilitate art camp for the at-risk children of La Limonada this summer. Through the power of art, we have seen children oppressed by abuse, deep poverty, marginalization, and neglect come to life and find a voice as they experience the healing power […]

Photo of the Week

February 19, 2016

There is nothing better than a sponsor meeting his sponsored child. We are honored to facilitate these special relationships! #ProudLemonadeSponsor (Photo by Lizza Majus)

First Person: Maria Matzar

February 18, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible staff members, Maria. As the Lima academy psychologist, she works with the emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological needs of the vulnerable children. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where […]

Featured Partner: Center City Collision and Precision Frame and Body

February 16, 2016

Our friends at Center City Collision and Precision Frame and Body in Ohio take their vision – “collision repair by people who care” – very seriously, both locally and globally. This vision has led them not only to invest in the vulnerable children and families of La Limonada, but to share the story with their […]

Photo of the Week

February 12, 2016

Child sponsorship looks past a community entrenched in poverty and sees a child with a name, a story, and a future. It says to each one, “We know your name. We pray for you. Your life matters – to us and to God.” (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Thank you for your service, Dana Byers!

February 10, 2016

After faithful service as a Lemonade International board member for the past two years, Dana Byers completed her term at the end of December. To those who think that “real” relationships don’t happen on social media, I beg to differ. The personal connection I’ve had the privilege of building with Dana Byers and her family […]

Photo of the Week

February 5, 2016

Our teachers are role-models for their students. They inspire, encourage, disciple, and influence the children in life-changing ways. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Value of the Month in the Academies

February 3, 2016

Children growing up in La Limonada face unique challenges and pressures, constantly navigating the negative influences of gang-ridden streets. Our teachers welcome them into one of the three academies to develop them into flourishing adults, ready and equipped to act as the future leaders of their community, while leading full lives in Jesus. One important […]

Photo of the Week

January 29, 2016

Precious sisters in La Limonada. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)  

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