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

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 […]

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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)

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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)

7 Reasons Why We Focus on Children

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

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 […]

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

The Brave Ones

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 […]

Do Something About Injustice This Summer

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

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

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 […]

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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

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 […]

First Person: Maira Judith

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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We know that healthy and consistent meals enable children to grow and think clearly. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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

A Mother’s Heart of Gratitude

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. […]

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

5 Things You Didn’t Realize Your Sponsorship Was Doing

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

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 […]

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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

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, […]

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

World Water Day

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 […]

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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)

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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)

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

First Person: Maria Matzar

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 […]

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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)

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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

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 […]

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Photo of the Week: Give School Shoes from Lemonade International on Vimeo. It is amazing what a simple pair of shoes can do. And even more incredible what a pair of shoes in the context of love and ongoing partnership WILL do for the children of La Limonada. (Photos by Lizza Majus)

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Friendships are forged in the academies. (Photo by Lizza Majus)

A New School Year Begins

Another school year has officially begun! The children returned to the academies, filling the classrooms with learning and laughter. Children in La Limonada attend overcrowded and underfunded public schools for only half a day. But we believe education is key to gang prevention and breaking the cycles of poverty. That’s why, through your support, children […]

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Registrations began yesterday for the new school year. Once again, the academies are brimming with children full of potential, dignity, and worth. Thank you for investing in their lives! (Photo by Lizza Majus)

Still Time to Invest in Pathways to Peace

With only three days left in 2015, we are 80% of the way to our goal of $80,000 to provide children and families with opportunities to escape cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in the coming year.  In addition to meeting tangible needs at the beginning of a new school year, your 2015 tax-deductible donation […]

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We believe in investing in the children of La Limonada during their most vulnerable years. By the age of 7, many are struck by the reality of the deep poverty, prejudice, and lack of opportunities for a future. Will you join us in walking with them towards full lives in Jesus?

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