I was really moved by how cared for and well kept these children were. The experience spending time with these beautiful little kids really hit home since I was once an orphan too; adopted from Paraguay. I hope to stay actively involved with this organization. Thank you so much for the heartwarming experience!
Having observed the work done in a house in Tijuana, as a public health scientist, I can state the fact that they have a formula in raising the children with a strong foundation. Needs assessment is done with a psychologist; they are provided their food, shelter and basic needs; above all, there's an emphasis in education.
Just an excerpt of my dialogue with a coworker:
Co-worker: These kids are so beautiful! You made it out alive, sure, but didn't one of them steal your heart?
Me: Why must you ask such difficult rhetorical questions?
Co-worker: Didn't you want to bring at least one back.
Me: *Nostalgic smile.* I did. Yes, I did. But that would be called kidnapping.
A friend introduced me to Corazon De Vida, and my life has forever been changed. I just attended my fifth trip to volunteer, helping and donating to aid the the foundation as it gives these sweet children a home and education-- up through college for the children that want a degree. This is an incredible organization and incredibly worthy of your time and any donation you can offer. Can't recommend highly enough.
Corazon de Vida has been instrumental in developing a hearing healthcare program for the orphanages in Baja, Mexico. I have gone on two trips to help with this endeavor, and George (from CDV) has been extremely helpful both times...coordinating which orphanages to visit, translating for us, driving us from one place to another, making sure proper follow-up care is happening...he does his best to help with it all!! I appreciate the infrastructure this organization provides so that we can check hearing and provide help if/when needed. Since so many of the logistics and details are already worked out, we can have that much more of an impact on the lives of these children!
A wonderful organization that works to transform lives! I am so lucky to have been able to travel to several of the orphanages, and was impressed by all! Thank you to George who helped to facilitate and awesome experience!
This is an organization the provides and brings people together to help our most vulnerable...the children. The trips are very organized and helps to some people that have never been to Tijuana do it in a safe and group like environment but for me that I have volunteered with several other organization, the opportunity to do more. I'm so grateful that this non-profit exists and I'm looking forward to getting even more involved with them.
My last trip to HACIENDA ORPHANAGE in Tijuana was such a joyful experience! The children ran to our bus and the smiles on their faces were warming to my heart. Many people I have spoken to about my trip had the perception that it would be heart breaking for them because of the poverty, uncleanliness and poor living environments. HOW VERY WRONG THEY WERE WITH THAT PERCEPTION! I have worked as a developmental specialist for the Regional Centers in California with children for over 20 years and have been to a variety of socio-economical environments and homes. The standard of living in these orphanages BY FAR are full of love and care. You can tell by the smiles and behavior of the children. These children are so fortunate to have the support of all the volunteers and donors from Corazon de Vida. I am committed to returning each month to offer my support and love.
What a wonderful experience. Big thank you to George for making everything flow so smoothly. Meeting those children was a dream! What angels...
This organization is doing such a tremendous amount for these great and very deserving kids! I've attended two trips, each to a different orphanage that this important foundation helps. The caregivers are tireless and the kids are joyful and excelling academically. Definitely attend and donate, but if you are unable to attend--spread the word and help! We can all help and aid the future of these kids...they need us.