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Causes: Group Homes, Human Services, International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: To improve the lives and living conditions of orphaned and abandoned children in Baja. 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 700 children

Programs: Life sustaining support: through this program Corazon de Vida foundation provides assistance for the basic necessities of life - drinking water, gas/propane and electricity as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy to ensure a nutritious diet. We believe that every child's life is valued and holds the same potential, excitement and opportunity as any other life. It is up to us to work together to make sure our care transforms into each child's hope for the future.

quality of life improvement: through this program, Corazon de Vida foundation provides assistance for medical and dental services, to include organizing medical and dental missions to ensure basic health. Other improvements include facilities improvements to ensure safety and well being and volunteer visits to provide the much needed love and attention.

education: through this program, Corazon de Vida foundation provides assistance with primary, jr. High and high school expenses such as uniforms, registration fees and tuition. The program also covers career education and tutoring as well as university tuition and expenses. Our aim is to provide teens aging out of the orphanage system with the skills necessary to become productive members of their communities.

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Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work this organization does. I took the trip down with such high hopes and it definitely delivered. The whole bus ride down was well organized with uplifting background information (and we even had some success stories on board with us). The kids were so excited to have us there and spend time with them. The group does a great job of explaining where the donations go and show you. These kids will steal your heart. This was definitely an uplifting event that did so much more for myself than what I could have done for those kids. A must repeat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was privileged to visit one of the orphanages this past weekend. The kids were amazing! They were full of love and very happy. I was so impressed with them, particularly given their circumstances. It's very apparent that their exuberance is a result of the support and nurturing given to them by the staff. I highly recommend this nonprofit to others for support and volunteerism.

Lucia K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent the day at La Esperanza Orphanage for a friend's birthday and it was amazing! Being with the kids and learning about how they live at the orphanage was great. I was so happy to know that I went with an organization that contributes so much to the lives of these children. Our group loved it so much, we will hopefully be going back in a few months to set up a music room for the kids at this home. Thank you so much to everyone from Corazon de Vida for all that you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Юмель

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Annie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

MaryRose G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to go on a trip to the orphanages in Baja to provide hearing healthcare to the kids. It was an amazing experience and it is truly incredible to see the support that Corazon De Vida provides to give these children the best lives possible. So much joy from the kiddos and staff!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.