My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for CORAZON DE VIDA FOUNDATION, Irvine, CA, USA
Truly life changing! Recently, I took the first step in responding to an inner calling that I have been holding in my heart for quite some time now; namely, to give of myself more fully to the serving of the poor, abandoned, and vulnerable children in society. I have researched and contributed financially to a number of different organizations in the past. However, the Corazon de Vida Foundation (CDV) offered me something truly unique something more tangible: the opportunity to visit first-hand the very children and the orphanages that CDV volunteers and financial donors are working to support.
Last week I was privileged to be able to spend the day in Tijuana visiting the La Hacienda de la Inmaculada orphanage and its 62 children (16 of them under the age of 3) and the staff that care for them with a group of like-minded CDV volunteers. This was one of the monthly trips that Corazon de Vida organizes for volunteers to visit the orphanages that they serve. We were welcomed at the doors of the orphanage with open arms and smiles by both staff and children. The love and compassion that I felt for the children at La Hacienda was only surpassed by the outpouring of the joy and love that was showered upon me by the very children that I had come to serve. The simple acts of sharing a game of soccer, playing a game of cards, having a 4 year child take your hand and lead you out to the playground, acting silly while dancing, or having a toddler fall asleep in your arms; these were the highlights of the trip for me. These simple human interactions are what mattered most on this day and are what the children seemed to relish.
Finally, I was so impressed by the compassion and personal connection that our leader, and CDV Board Member, had with the children and the staff. He knew the children’s individual, personal stories and shared with us how CDV, through the orphanages that they support, were providing hope, stability, basic needs, safety and love to these children. He really seemed to personify the values and beliefs of CDV’s founder and be the ideal ambassador for this organization. His passion for the cause is contagious!
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