CORAZON DE VIDA FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.96 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International

Location: 14252 Culver Drive, A800 Irvine CA 92604 USA

Mission: To improve the lives and living conditions of orphaned and abandoned children. To help provide hope and opportunity for accomplishment.
Target demographics: Financial support for children living in orphanages in Baja, Mexico. Volunteer opportunities for teens and adults in the US.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 750 children

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

had the pleasure of going on a trip to Los Angelitos Orphanage and it was more than I could have imagined! Carazon De Vida put together an outstanding trip with the main focus: THE KIDS. Overall a great learning experience!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I had our first experience with the Corazon De Vida Foundation last Saturday. I say first because there will be several more. My daughter (8) was excited to help, excited to learn, and especially excited to meet the children. My expectations and her excitement far superseded anything I could have imagined. She had such a wonderful time helping prepare lunch and touring the facility and when she finally got to meet the children, she was so thrilled that even thought her spanish is slim to none, she was able to communicate with the kids. She made several friends and they played and played. I was amazed at the joy that was shared with everyone there that day. The Door of Faith orphanage is so amazingly run by a loving couple that all orphanages should be modeled after this one. We had a great day and my daughter has already told me that for her birthday she would like to unwrap one present and take the rest to these children. I just about melted and knew immediately that my child shows altruism at the young age of 8! I am a proud mother and Corazon De Vida will be in our lives for years to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The memory of our trip to Hacienda Orphanage on Saturday December 6, 2014 will stay with me forever and hope I can go there many more times. Like others, I cannot find the words to explain how this trip touched my soul. How can one explain the sensation of getting goose bumps?! How can you explain the love, selflessness, dedication, ... Prayers for your wellbeing so you can continue to spread your genuine love.
Many blessings,
Bita

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 16 year old son and I went to The Hacienda Orphanage a week ago. It's hard to put words to an experience that touches your heart as deeply as this day did for me. It was my son's idea and CDV made the visit possible and simple. The bus arrived in San Diego as scheduled, we got through customs lickety-split, and the time with the children was life changing. I was worried about communication as I do not speak any Spanish at all but there were plenty of folks on the tour that were able to help me if needed. What I discovered however, is that hugs and smiles are part of the universal language of love and that is all I really needed to take with me. I will definitely be going again!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Went to Sion Orphanage with my daughter for the first time recently and had a fantastic experience! it felt good to give back, be an important part of someone else's life and to also take in the love and of the children and the adults. We are definitely going to continue going back and to support CDV and all the great work they do. I highly recommend this to anyone!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been going to the orphanage Casa Hogar Sion with this foundation for a year and a half now and it honestly is my favorite thing to do! These kids don't have much but yet they are the happiest people you will ever meet! One child has stolen my heart in particular and I make sure you visit her every chance I get! This organization is making a difference in so many of these children's lives by giving them a chance at a future and giving them food to eat. Above all else seeing the children smile and hold your hand is the most amazing feeling in the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated with a trip to an orphanage with CDV for the first time recently, and I can't wait to go back. If you ever doubted that your volunteering help is appreciated, this is most certainly NOT the case here. The response from the kids is truly moving. The experience for me was truly unforgettable.

These kids' experiences are undoubtedly beyond the scope of what most of us can imagine, and yet they are happy and smiley. Corazon de Vida has enabled these kids to not only get a home where they are loved and cared for, but has also assisted many of them to attend university. During our visit we met a 17-year old girl who will be going off to college to become a veterinarian.

I strongly urge you to volunteer and support this group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an organization that really makes a difference. Incredibly low overhead so you know almost every dollar you donate goes to the cause. The orphanages in Mexico are all private homes that get no government support yet the government sets the standards for care and has the right to shut them down. Without Corazon de Vida, these kids would have no where to go. The organization provides donors with the opportunity to visit a home every month, visit with the children -- so many who just want to be held or hold a hand. A visit will change your perspective and will make such a difference to several children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Their eyes, their smiles, their love, the way they want love, is something your eyes have never seen before...

Corazon De Vido makes it soooooo easy for you to get involved. They have done all of the hard work. All we have to do is get on a bus, visit kids, and when you feel ready you can sponsor a child for $20 to $62 a month...And believe me, every bit helps. Every little bit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so proud to be a part of the CDV family. the funds raised by your donations and fund raising events are making an immeasurable difference in the lives of these orphaned children. The scholarship program is allowing the adult kids a great shot at becoming successful and achieving their dreams. Breaking the cycle of poverty gives these kids hope, determination, and self esteem. My best advice is not to believe all these wonderful reviews, but to make plans to visit the homes on one of the monthly bus trips and SEE FIRST HAND what a difference CDV is making!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a little girl when often visiting relatives in Tijuana, it was disheartening for me to see kids my age on the streets begging for money, They were shoeless, in tattered clothing and living in such sub standard conditions. My parents who were doing missionary work would give me a roll of quarters and I would jubilantly dole them out. Watching the warmth in their little innocent faces brought me such comfort an has stayed with me all my life. My affiliation with Corazon de Vida began about 8 years ago. It’s amazing thorough CDV that my life has come full circle. It warms my heart to see what good things CDV does for these children. Sadly, there is still such enormous need and the kids living in the CDV sponsored orphanages are our lucky ones. CDV does a fantastic job of recruiting volunteers to visit orphanages and seeing first hand how funds are wisely spent. They also sponsor many fund-raisers throughout the year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

First hand, by visiting the CDV sponsored Orphanages.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more fund raising activities.

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