We want to fill these children with a love of learning! (Photo by Silent Images)
This Christmas season, would you consider a one-time year-end gift to provide a new pair of uniform shoes, made locally by Otto in his workshop, and a bag of basic school supplies for one child? We need to cover the cost of 439 pairs of shoes and school supply packs for all of the children […]
We believe all people have dignity and inherent worth, with unique gifts given by God to share with others. (Photo by JP Soto Photography)
Children in the academies are learning to pray for others – from their neighbors in La Limonada to their sponsors to others who are suffering around the world! (Photo by Silent Images)
The effects of poverty, ongoing trauma, and violence are the most extreme on children, causing long-term damage to minds, bodies, and hearts. In addition to providing individual therapy for the children in the academies, the psychologists are always working on additional ways to equip the children with what they need to be healthy and whole. […]
Friendships formed in the academies can be a source of strength, hope, and love. (Photo by Lizza Majus)
Every single day in La Limonada, we witness miracles. The miracle of 45 team members walking into a “Red Zone” community – known to be a place of violence and fear – with a sense of calling and love for the people. The miracle of walking with people who have no one else. But they […]
Join our sponsors-only trip and spend three days in La Limonada this October! You will get the chance to meet your sponsored child and their family. See first-hand the impact the academies, teachers, and psychologists are having on your child and their friends. And meet the local leaders who are embodying Christ’s love for your […]
Constant loss of loved ones. Constant tension. Constant trauma. Children in La Limonada get a break each day when they enter the academies. Kids can be kids here. (Photo by Scott Bennett)
There is so much joy when a sponsor and a sponsored child meet in person!
Happy 4th of July and launch week of the 4th academy in La Limonada! As you celebrate “liberty and justice for all” today, we hope you will also celebrate the justice you’ve helped extend to the children and families in the “15 de Agosto” neighborhood of La Limonada. Yesterday, 38 children were welcomed for the […]
Over the past two weeks, you’ve heard a lot about how child sponsorship is making an eternal difference in the lives of vulnerable children in La Limonada. Now two generous donors have offered to give $20,000 for unsponsored children to receive the life-changing impact of the academies – if we can match their gift dollar […]
We want the children in La Limonada to reach their potential. We want to see their God-given abilities drawn out and made to flourish. We want to see them living full lives in Jesus. But the reality for children growing up in this “red zone” – a term given by the Guatemalan government to indicate […]
The academies are more than classrooms. They are a refuge of hope. (Photo by Silent Images)
Walking into the 4- and 5-year-old classroom in the Limon academy, it is clear these children have a truly special teacher. While new to teaching, Abby was made for the role. Her eyes sparkle and her smile exudes passion and love for the children. It fills up the entire room! As she calls the class […]
Sponsorship impacts the lives of children, families, and the entire community of La Limonada. Here are 5 ways child sponsorship with Lemonade International is unique: It addresses the unique needs of children in La Limonada in appropriate ways. This is not a program easily plopped down in another context. It is deeply relational and specifically targeted […]
Hard stories are common in La Limonada – stories of abuse, hunger, violence, trauma, and deep poverty. Children who watch life after life around them spiral into destructive, desperate, and fatalistic futures, without a source of hope that things could be different. Children desperate to have their stories known, heard, and guided towards a better […]
Child sponsorship impacts whole lives and whole families. Have you seen Dulce’s video? (Photo by Silent Images)
The academies are beacons of hope in La Limonada. It is easy to spot the soon-to-open fourth academy, Toronja, from a distance. This is the view of Toronja from the second academy, Mandarina. (Photo by Lizza Majus)
Gratitude is contagious. (Photo by Scott Bennett)
At the academies, boys and girls discover their value and worth as children of a God who knows and loves them. (Photo by Scott Bennett)
Proper hygiene is a crucial part of developing healthy children who practice good habits and learn to take care of their bodies. Children in the academies brush their teeth together after their breakfast or lunch each day! (Photo by Silent Images)
A stark contrast to the tense streets and dark homes where kids grow up fast, the academies are filled with hope, laughter, and a lot of fun!
Exciting progress in the construction of the fourth academy, Toronja, as we work towards opening the doors to many more children this summer.
Vulnerable children are receiving a vitamin every day in the academies.
Join the children in beginning this new school year with childlike wonder, anticipation, and joy! (Photo by Silent Images)
Another school year officially began today! The children of La Limonada were welcomed back into their bright and cheerfully painted academies for a new school year, which runs from January through October. The teachers each decorated their classrooms in a special way to welcome their students. Instead of jumping directly into normal classes, the students […]
Last summer we invited you to help us launch the fourth academy in the “15 de Agosto” neighborhood in La Limonada. Through the generous response of many, the team in Guatemala was able to begin the steps to secure a building to rent while building relationships with families and community leaders. After many twists and […]
We want this little girl to grow up knowing she is a valued child of God. Next week, the doors of the academies will open for another great year of spiritual, emotional, and physical impact! Thank you to all our sponsors and generous supporters who share our desire for each child in La Limonada and […]
Has God put La Limonada on your heart? Do the deep needs of the children, youth, and teachers grab hold of your love and compassion? With less than five days remaining to reach our year-end goal, we have met three of our six gift goals for La Limonada. Through your generosity, we have reached the […]
Addressing chronic hunger and immediate health needs are crucial ways of preparing boys and girls to thrive as the future leaders of their community. (Photo by Silent Images)
Today is #GivingTuesday, part of a global movement that provides an alternative to simply being swallowed up in our desires for more and more stuff – a very real temptation this time of year. It’s a way of celebrating the great tradition of generosity, while letting your friends and family know how they can also […]
In two days, we in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving. We will share meals in the company of loved ones as we celebrate God’s lavish generosity to us. And because we have freely received, we are invited to freely give. So when we pause to give thanks for the many ways God has blessed […]
The physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children are addressed by deeply committed, passionate teachers. (Photo by Silent Images)
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 […]
When children have empty stomachs, they are not able to focus, learn, grow, and thrive. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
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