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April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

Being a volunteer has been a rewarding experience for me. CDV is helping children everyday by providing the basic needs, food, shelter obtaining an education and more importantly giving them a safe, positive secure home. I would recommend, that if you have an opportunity to visit one of the many orphanages to do so. The children are so loving their smiles and embraces will truly melt your heart!

At Corazon de Vida you can't find enough opportunities to give. Whether it be giving love, joy, financial assistance or kindness you give the best of yourself. Be a giver... you can sponsor a young girl in celebration of her quincinera, or take part in career day or set-up a birthday plege page. One of my favorites is the holiday plege page. I can assure you that however you choose to be part of this experience you will reap the rewards of knowing you have made a difference in a child's life.

Being a part of the CDV family has truly touched my heart.

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

Seeing the children grow pursuing higher education and becoming young adults.

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

Continue holding the venues as they are doing now to raise the much needed funds.

April 8, 2011
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April 8, 2011
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Corazon de Vida is an incredible organization dedicated to helping orphaned kids in Baja Mexico live a better live.

I've been volunteering with Corazon de Vida now for about 2 years, and absolutely love it. I look forward to each trip and can’t wait to go down and see the kids.
Volunteering with CDV and spending time with the kids has completely changed my life.

Corazon de Vida's commitment and passion towards helping and making a difference in these kids' lives in amazing.

Each day CDV helps feed, clothe, and take to school over 850 kids.

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You see the results of CDV's hard work in plain sight. 850 kids receive a hot meal, hot shower, a roof over their heads, clothes to wear, help with their education. All because of CDV's help.

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None. Keep up the incredible work. You are changing lives each and every day!

April 7, 2011

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April 7, 2011

Corazon de Vida is a wonderful organization that goes to great lengths to help the orphanages of baja california stay afloat. What I love about Corazon de Vida is that , I have seen first hand, what they invest their donations on: food, basic toiletries, and access to a fair and quality education. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to particiate in a couple of the visits that they regularly organize and these visits have made an impact in my life. Spending time with the children and learning about their life and their dreams only fuels my drive to continue visiting the children and suporting them in their dreams. I have established a friendship with one of the young girls I met during one of my trips and I am committed to being her mentor and supporter throughout her life. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to establish and friendship with her and meeting and interacting with the children is a lot more rewarding than any contribution I could make to them or to CDV.

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My interactions with the children.

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I would find a lot more people like George Perez to help him and CDV care for the well being of many, many more children.

April 5, 2011

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April 5, 2011

Mexico doesn't have a foster care system to support children in need or a welfare system to help families unable to provide for their children. Thus, the only way to support families and children in need is through a network of orphanages, which is where Corazon de Vida comes in. It has been operating since 1994 and now serves 14 orphanages in Tijuana. The great thing about CDV is not just delivering supplies or the wonderful day-trips to the orphanages etc, but ultimately empowering these children to move onward and upward. I've been fundraising and volunteering with CDV for over 6 years now. Bitsie Tulloch

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Tijuana, Mexico

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I would love to see more people get involved. It's a wonderful day-trip - I guarantee your first trip won't be your last. :)

April 4, 2011

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April 4, 2011

I have done 12 mission trips to orphanages in Tijuana and 2 to Casa de Paz in Ensenada with other mission groups. have seen the need and know the amazing work Corazon de Vida is doing. They change children's lives and give these wonderful kids real hope. Our donations have an immediate positive impact on "our" kids. My wife and I now make a donation every quarter and Corazon de Vida is a named recipient in our wills. Go, Give and it will change your life.

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Involvement in these orphanages change lives. The lives of the children who live there but also in the lives of the volunteers who are fortunate enough to go there.

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April 1, 2011
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April 1, 2011
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I discovered Corazon de Vida about 4 years ago while participating in a seminar project. I wanted to experience and contribute to Tijuana orphanages in a fun & safe way- CDV is it !!!

The first step for me was to go on an organized bus trip to one of the homes that CDV sponsors- there are
about 15 located throughout Baja California & Tijuana.

The home that captured my heart is Hacienda. It is run by Madre Virginia- who reminds me of Mother Theresa. The kids are smiling and happy. We spent the day with the kids, playing with them in the big playground, having lunch with them and reading to them and helping them with artwork projects and drawings.

I will always remember one day in particular. I was sitting with a young girl who was drawing on a napkin. She took crayons and was drawing lots of hearts and flowers. When she was finished- she handed me the napkin as a gift. I was so moved that I almost started crying. Here was a girl who was so generous and loving in spite of her circumstances- I was so inspired that I wanted to do more.

We are child sponsors and I am in the initial phase of creating a Card Project with CDV. My goal is to create artwork with the Kids for cards and calendars for fundraising for this dedicated and beautiful organization.

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Just being with the kids fills my heart with joy and love.

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I'm committed to creating fundraising projects for this dedicated and beautiful organization.

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

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.

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

First hand, by visiting the CDV sponsored Orphanages.

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

Have more fund raising activities.

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

For the past seven years I've had the blessing of being a part of the Corazon De Vida family. The children I have met are beautiful people. I look forward to my monthly visits to see and spend some time with them at the El Faro orphanage (one of the 14 orphanages that CDV helps). A day of coloring, piggy back rides and conversations is always enlightening and inspirational. I learn so much from these children.

CDV is constantly evolving to find new ways to better the lives of these orphan children in Mexico. Showing them with interaction and great love that there are so many future opportunities available to them and people to help them achieve dreams.

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

monthly visits with the children. Visiting six of the other orphanage on longer trips. Career Day for the teenagers at Rancho El Faro. Fishing trip for the graduates.

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways for us to be able to do more outside activities with the children once it is safer to travel to Mexico. Circumstances have some of our desires and dreams to show the children other worlds limited right now.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have made so many wonderful friends on our bus trips to Mexico. Just really good people with loving open hearts. And I have 50 children in Mexico who I can't wait to see every month. I think about these children every day.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience gives me great peace of mind in many ways. Showing me a world outside my own, showing me the value of just being with a small child and coloring together, unconditional love.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

For the past seven years I've had the blessing of being a part of the Corazon De Vida family. The children I have met are beautiful people. I look forward to my monthly visits to see and spend some time with them at the El Faro orphanage (one of the 14 orphanages that CDV helps). A day of coloring, piggy back rides and conversations is always enlightening and inspirational. I learn so much from these children.

CDV is constantly evolving to find new ways to better the lives of these orphan children in Mexico. Showing them with interaction and great love that there are so many future opportunities available to them and people to help them achieve dreams.

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

monthly visits with the children. Visiting six of the other orphanage on longer trips. Career Day for the teenagers at Rancho El Faro. Fishing trip for the graduates.

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways for us to be able to do more outside activities with the children once it is safer to travel to Mexico. Circumstances have some of our desires and dreams to show the children other worlds limited right now.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have made so many wonderful friends on our bus trips to Mexico. Just really good people with loving open hearts. And I have 50 children in Mexico who I can't wait to see every month. I think about these children every day.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience gives me great peace of mind in many ways. Showing me a world outside my own, showing me the value of just being with a small child and coloring together, unconditional love.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

I have been volunteering with Corazon de Vida for the past 7 1/2 years. It has become a significant part of my life and I have been forever changed by the children I have met.

I have had the pleasure of visiting 8 of the 14 homes this organization supports. They are all doing wonderful
things for the orphaned children who live there however my most favorite home is Hacienda.

I love this organization because they remember the children who have been long forgotten and they are giving a voice to the children who otherwise wouldn't have one. The children love our monthly bus trips and really look forward to our visits. Our visits consist of lunch, an arts & crafts project, books, and most importantly time spent with these children.

It is amazing to see how much of an impact you can have on someone else's life! If you don't believe me, join us on a trip and see for yourself!

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

my trips to Baja. There is no greater way to see the impact of this organization than going to Baja and seeing it for yourself. CDV organizes trips for volunteers but also organizes dental and medical trips too.

Ways to make it better...

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

Revamp the website and add more videos and photos.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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