The Hiestand family invites you to join our La Limonada Giving Community for a recurring donation of at least $20/month. Together, we can pull our money together to make a larger impact than we could on our own.
7 Years ago we visited Guatemala for the first time when we were adopting our son, Mason. We quickly fell in love with the country.
Two years later we met Bill Cummings of Lemonade International. Lemonade Intl serves the community of La Limonada in Guatemala City. This almost uninhabitable ravine is the home to over 60,000 people and is considered the largest urban slum in Central America. Over many years, a sub-culture of extreme poverty has taken root in La Limonada, leading to a lack of education and job opportunities and unsustainable living conditions, including a lack of access to running water and electricity in some cases. La Limonada consists of ten barrios (districts or neighborhoods) ruled by rival gangs who have also instilled a deep-seated culture of fear.
In this context, Lemonade International partners with a local nonprofit called Vidas Plenas. Vidas Plenas was founded by Tita Evertz, one of the most passionate people I have ever met in my life. Together Vidas Plenas and Lemonade Intl, have started 3 academies that provide quality education, healthy meals, training in nutrition and hygiene, sexual education, prevention programs, a spiritual safe haven, and scholarships to attend formal schools in Guatemala City.
After meeting Bill, we knew we had found our means of investing long-term in the country of our son's birth. In the last 5 years we have visited La Limonada 8 times and we have consequently developed some wonderful relationships with the people of this community.
Whether you have been to La Limonada or not, we invite you to join our La Limonada Giving Community for a recurring donation of $20/month. Together, we can come together to make a impact on the lives of our friends in this community.
Would you join us?
If you are looking for more information on Lemonade International visit: www.lemondeinternational.org