The Academies in La Limonada are the heartbeat of our ministry in the community. They are embodiments of God’s hope, love, presence and compassion.  They provide the possibilities of a new future for the children and families of La Limonada.

Currently, more than 400 students attend one of four academies.

The Academies

The academies are safe havens. 
Here children are welcomed into bright and cheerfully painted classrooms with teachers who love them.

These teachers are fully present with the children.
They help with their homework, supplement what they are not learning in a half day of public school and embody the love of Jesus.

The teachers sacrificially invest their lives.
They faithfully instruct, disciple, and give life-skill preparation every day. They make holistic impact possible.

Filled with light, hope, and laughter, kids can be kids here, while being taught an alternative to gang life.

The students grow socially as they play with their friends, teachers and volunteers.

They grow physically as they are fed, clothed, taught proper hygiene, and receive vitamins.

They grow spiritually as they are loved, valued, and taught the way of Jesus.

More than forty local Guatemalans—some who are from La Limonada—are employed by the academies as teachers, assistant teachers, psychologists, cooks, and custodians. All of them have devoted their lives to unconditionally love the children entrusted to their care.

The buildings provide much more than a space for the academies. They provide a place for parenting classes and a launching pad for relationally-based ministry among the children, individuals, and families in the community.

Your prayer and financial support helps make all of this possible. Would you consider sponsoring a child or an Academy today?

In 2000 the Limon Academy was the 1st academy that was opened in La Limonada in the Lourdes 1 neighborhood. There are approximately 137 children enrolled in this academy today.

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In 2008 the Mandarina Academy was the 2nd academy that was open in La Limonada in the Lourdes 2 neighborhood. There are currently about 116 children enrolled in the Mandarina Academy.

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The Lima Academy, the 3rd academy in La Limonada opened in 2014 in the El Esfuerzo neighborhood. There are approximately 111 children enrolled in the Lima Academy.

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In 2016 the Toronja Academy was the 4th academy to open in the 15 de Agosto neighborhood. There are about 100 children enrolled in the Toronja Academy.

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The most recently established Academy in La Limonada, Naranja opened in 2020. Naranja serves a whole new community of children and families and is adjacent to the Limon Academy.

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