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Corazon De Vida Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

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

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Beckdlr55

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Corazon de Vida for many years. This non profit is one that encourages it’s donors to visit the orphanages to see first hand the need for funds and to substantiate exactly where and how the funds are distributed. They are most enthusiastic to arrange private tours for your company, school, church or any organization that is looking for a top rated foundation to support. I guarantee that after visiting a few of our homes, your heart will be filled with a great appreciation for the wonderful work CDV is committed to supporting.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CDV is a great organization. Hilda's vision and leadership as a founder helps improve the lives of children in need. I am so grateful for the opportunity to support CDV

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can’t express the gratitude I have for coming accross such a great organization that truly is making a change in daily lives of soo many orphans. Not only are they making an impact but what you get as a volunteer is priceless. I have been a volunteer with Corazon de vida for over 4 years now and I always want to do more . With Corazon de vida , you can help fundraise, raise supplies for the orphanages, and spend time to share hugs and playtime with the kids .
I am soo grateful to know an organization that puts in the work and pours their heart in what they do.
What we get in return is priceless and my heart is full.

Evelyn C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. No Fluff. All of the money and time goes directly to the kids. I wish we had more organizations like this. The job they are doing to help these kids is amazing.

Paul R. E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exceptional non-profit solely focused on benefiting needy children. I have taken 2 trips with CDV and both were life-changing. I now want to help the children more than I envisioned. And I admire CDV's vision and mission coupled with honest and inspired leaders.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A truly worthwhile organization! The staff and volunteers are committed to the success of the children they serve. Having worked in and around the non-profit industry for many years I can say this is one of a kind.

1 katieb_10315

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took my first trip with Corazon de Vida to visit one of the orphanages yesterday and it will not be my last. I could feel the genuine love that eminated from the organizers, return volunteers, and the children. It was a very unique experience and such an honor to be a part of something so special. I cannot praise Corazon de Vida enough and will continue to support and spread the word to family and friends.

1 Colette Dill L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been taking trips with George and team for the last few years, and always come away with awe of the clear and direct work that Corzaon de Vida does. It is clear with each home we visit, that the CDV is active in these kids real lives and provides important support that they need. Additionally, the CDV team is so supportive and lovely to work with, which allows our community to easily plan this important trip each year. I am so glad to have been able to work with George, and cannot wait for next years trip!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All of the research shows the the true path to happiness is through giving to others. Do yourself a favor and go volunteer for a day with the children that Corazon de Vida Foundation supports at one of their orphanages. Children here are supported in ways that enable them to break the cycle of poverty by giving children education, care, support and love. Visiting with these children uplifts their day, but it will change your life. You will gain perspective, seek new opportunities to grow, and want to help others in ways you never considered. Corazon de Vida's work supports these children and the future of children to come and all of the lives you may now touch in whole new ways because of the good work they do. I can't say enough good things about what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Today I got to visit multiple orphanages with the Director of Corazon De Vida...the best organization I’ve seen that does what they say they do, and then some. The way these kids loved on George and bragged to him about their progress at school, the cleanliness and resources at all of the facilities, the loving staff, the returning children now teaching younger kids, I can go on and on. These kids have been rejected, abused, abandoned and because of this they come with many complications (rightfully so) that very few want to deal with. But the heroes I got to see in action today are willing to love these kids beyond their struggles and love them through their pain and see destiny in their eyes. they’re raising future doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers. I was there for only a day and was changed for life. I’m so in love and can’t wait to go back and spend more time and pour into all my new kids. You would be amazed at how very little it takes to make such a huge Impact. Thank you Corazon De Vida for doing all that you do for these beautiful angels. We need more heroes like you. I couldn’t think of a better organization to align myself with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a trip to visit one of the homes for the first time and it made a huge impact on me! Witnessing these children living their lives and seeing the environment provided for them was life-changing. Even seeing the surrounding areas, as it was my first time leaving the country, was incredible and gave me a whole new perspective on life. Corazon de Vida is doing incredible things and saving these children's lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter had asked me a few months ago to join the Redondo group to one of the Corazon De Vida orphanages on March 31st. It was a real "feel good" day as the youngsters were starved for attention and whether it was playing soccer with the boys, playing games with the girls, reading to the younger children or pushing them on the swing you could feel the love from these children. My personal highlight was seeing some former residents who were now in college and/or graduating from college. There is so much need, and so little funding.
Neal

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a beautiful experience for myself and my teen son, to see the reality of life and not be consumed in your electric device and fantasy life of teens these days.
When you see you can make a difference, you get more and more excited to do more and more..
I am Hoping to be very involved with this organization more than the other ones I am Actively on.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was reluctant to volunteer my time and resources to a Foundation which supports Orphanages South of the border in Mexico. My natural concerns were that my donations would make it to those in need.

But after spending the entire day there on Saturday, I can say that it’s a decision I do not regret and I look forward to continuing my contributions and volunteering my time in the coming year.

The orphanage we visited was a well run compound where the kids were well tended. We were given a tour of the facility and I was impressed by how well organized and thought out everything is. These kids will be given a chance in life and they could use your support with any donations, gift cards, computer equipment, which will be well put to use and appreciated by all.

I encourage everyone to donate. This foundation an orphanage has been well vetted and it is a worthy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a weekend doing hearing tests at several orphanages. I was glad to contribute in a small way to the devoted efforts coordinated through Corazon de Vida to improve the life chances and well being of children who cannot live with their own families.

1 Lizzette M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember when I first started coming around these homes.. since I first stepped in the first one I fell in love with these beautiful kids!! This Organization does so much and more for them.. I love CDV

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best experience I had the chance to share with CDV, the persons who work there are angels, I have so much admiration for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


I truly enjoyed spending the entire week at the orphanage. I was inspired by the hard work, cheerful attitudes, and loving care of the children exhibited by all of the staff. The children are happy, well cared for, friendly, and treat one another as family. In addition to spending time with the kids, I worked in the kitchen where 3 meals per day are prepared for approximately 80 people by 2 amazing ladies. They were so welcoming to invite me into their kitchen, and I learned so much from them. The organization and work ethic shown by the children during meals was excellent as they prepared the tables, served younger students, washed the dishes, and swept the floor at the end of each meal. I will definitely return to this place if possible not only to help, but also because of the inspiration it provides for a life of hope and kindness.

Robin F.
We felt very blessed to have this opportunity to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and have a mass there celebrated by Fr. Hartge. The tilma with the 500 year old image or Our Lady of Guadalupe and its inspiration to millions of Catholics everywhere made this pilgrimage memorable and helped deepen our faith.

Our later portion of the trip was to the orphanage Rancho de Los Niño’s near Ensenada. We were accompanied by our fellow pilgrims and about 9 others to spend time working to improve the orphanage and to offer love and attention to the many children. Included in our missionary group were Fr Hartge, Fr Klee, Sister Saima and Sister Lynnita who were a joy to be with and an inspiration of God’s servants. We found our time here peaceful, simple, filled with kindness for others and rewarding. We will cherish this blessed opportunity as we continue to grow in our faith and love for God.

Bill and Ellen Clark

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does great work. I have been on two trips to provide volunteer services. The experience was incredibly inspiring! George and the team work very hard and the impact is very evident.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remeber the first time i went to a orphanage trip in Mexico with corazon it was the best weekend i had in a long time learning a new language and playing with kids they made me very comfortable and now i go all the time.I would recommend anyone thats wants to see how kids live in mexico go with corazon.