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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.

management and fundraising expenses

Community Stories

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had my first orphanage trip with CDV in October 2019 and I am absolutely awestruck of the incredible, heartwarming work that CDV is doing with the orphanages in Baja. To hear the trials and tribulations that each of these kids have had to go through at such early stages in their lives really tugs at the heart strings, but it is thanks to CDV that these kids have hope. They are well taken care of, they are afforded a chance at private education and you can feel the sense of family that the directors provide. I became a Heart Angel in a heartbeat and I can't wait to spread the word about this amazing nonprofit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In September, it will be seven years since my first trip to the orphanage. I bonded with the children at a particular house and ever since then, I have made every effort to go on the trips when CDV visits that home. The children are happy and well cared for. The facilities are safe. There is a strong focus on education and I've been able to see kids grow up and start careers. The fact that many of them want to go back and support the homes they came from is a testament to their positive experience living there.

The monthly trips are well-organized, safe and the best way to see how your donation is put to use.

Jenifher Corazon Castro P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CORAZON DE VIDA, mas que un apoyo fue mi todo cuando yo mas lo necesite, tanto monetario como emocional, en ese momento cuando pense que tendria que abandonar la universidad, ellos estuvieron para mi !

Ahora puedo decir soy toda una enfermera gracias a todo el apoyo que CDV me brindo, me siento bendecida de haber contado con este inmenso apoyo !

GRACIAS !

1 Obed L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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2 Cecilia C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Para mi Corazón de vida no es una fundación, es una familia y lo hace como tal todo el equipo con el que está conformado ya que son personas nobles, transparentes, humildes y que su mayor pasión es apoyar y dar amor.

Lo que hace especial esta fundación no es solo el apoyo monetario, es todo el amor que llega a impactar a cada uno de nosotros y se lo menciona una persona que esta enormemente agradecida por todo el esfuerzo, el amor y el apoyo que me han brindado.

Conocí a corazón de vida en la casa hogar estado 29, ellos me dieron la oportunidad de ser alguien en la vida, de demostrar que se puedo salir adelante y que haber estado una casa hogar no es un limitante para lograr tus sueños.
Gracias al apoyo que me otorgaron puedo decir con orgullo que soy una mujer profesionista y totalmente independiente.

Corazón de vida es una familia para muchos !!!

1 Elioth C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Corazones de vida ha sido parte fundamental de mi desarrollo personal y educativo sin duda la mejor Fundaci

1 Celeste C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gone on this trip with the American Red Cross Club at UCI twice now, and each experience was just amazing. Seeing the children filled with energy and being able to play and spend time with them was extremely heartwarming. CDV provides a loving home and an education, it is all such a humbling experience. Can't wait for the next trip!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This was my first time attending a trip with Corazon de Vida and the American Red Cross Club at UCI and it was an absolutely amazing experience! It was an incredibly memorable and a heart-warming experience to interact and play with the children and learn more about the the orphanage. CDV is incredible in caring for the children and I am glad to see the impact we made as a club raising money from fundraising to help better the lives of the children. This trip was exceptionally impactful and I am very excited to attend again next year! Thank you CDV for all your amazing hard work!

1 Kathleen D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The trip I went on this past Saturday with the American Red Cross Club at UCI was absolutely phenomenal. George and Omair were both experienced and amiable trip leaders -- there was never a moment of disarray! I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the ebullient children at the orphanage and gaining insight into their lives. Overall, it was nothing short of an eye-opening experience, one that I would recommend to every individual interested in bettering the lives of the underprivileged. Needless to say, I'm eagerly anticipating next year's trip!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the past two trips I've attended with Corazon de Vida, I have truly loved everything about it. I got to meet the kids and hear their stories, and learn more about how Corazon de Vida works so hard towards providing them a safe and loving home and their mission to break the cycle of child abandonment through education. I truly enjoyed playing with the kids and being able to give them a day of fun for them. The trip was safe, eye-opening, and I plan on attending again in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been on two orphanage trips with the American Red Cross Club at UCI, and each trip has just been an incredible impact on my life. The amazing work that Corazon de Vida is doing with these kids, from providing everyday things that we take for granted such as food, toiletries, and clothes, to a forever home and even access to higher education is absolutely irreplaceable and a privilege to see even once a year. The kids are always willing to play and have fun, and all the adults, from tour guides to the amazing staff working at each home are incredibly nice and kind. I have no words for how their work impacts these kids in a positive way. Every time I go on a CDV trip, I always realize how I take things for granted and it really opens my eyes to the amazing life I live and what we all can do to help others in need. I sincerely thank Corazon de Vida for allowing me to be a part of their amazing work. I can't wait to sign up next year!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first time visiting an orphanage with CDV. I went with the American Red Cross Club at UCI for their annual trip. I loved spending the day with the children. It was such a eye-opening and humbling experience. I think it’s great that organizations like CDV exists and I’m so grateful I was able to see first hand the effect we have on their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved every second of this trip. Everything from the back end was run so smoothly that I didn't need to worry about anything other than having a good time with the kids! I didn't think that my visit was that impactful, but that all changed when one kid literally ran across the whole orphanage to give me a hug before we left.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on my first trip with the American Red Cross Club at UCI and it was such a wonderful and eye-opening experience. The club fundraises all year long to donate to CDV and it is very exciting to see firsthand the impact we have. The kids at the home I visited were very enthusiastic and loved to play with us. I am very thankful for the home for having us and would definitely recommend to everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, I attended a trip with the American Red Cross Club at UCI to visit one of the many orphanages that this foundation assists. Our club in particular is dedicated to fundraising all year long to be able to donate to this cause. To be able to see how happy these children are in these special spaces they can call home is so special and rewarding. This was one of those experiences where you can put life into perspective and recognize the privilege we have, and how easy it is to give back to others. I very much recommend going on this trip, as I did again this year, because it really shows you what love and human compassion really is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit does the most for kids coming from a broken home. It is truly heartwarming to know non-profit such as CDV exist to care for kids in the community. This was my first trip with CDV and hopefully not my last. I loved the whole humbling experience and hope to come back.

1 Ace L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second time visiting a home with CDV. Every year, the American Red Cross Club at UCI plans a visit to one of the homes so that we can play with the children we donate to. Every trip humbles you and shows you just how important your contributions towards the foundation are. The kids are full of energy and are extremely well behaved. The kids even performed dances for our visit. It was very humbling to see how the children lived but I am grateful that they have the opportunity to stay in these homes. Each visit is a wonderful and insightful trip that everyone deserves to experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CdV is such an impressive organization doing amazing work supporting the orphans in Baja. When I went on one of their bus trips to spend a day at one of the several orphanages they support, everything I observed spoke to their commitment to providing the best possible quality of life to their kids. What they accomplish is nothing short of miraculous. It takes a lot of work and a lot of dedication. I salute them.

1 Mayalen M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to CDV with the American Red Cross Club at UCI. And it was such a memorable, heart warming experience that I will never forget. I had so much fun playing and interacting with the kids. It was a pleasure to plan and help lead this event, with my Co-chair Jacqueline. Definitively plan to help give back to CDV in the future by any way that I can. #CorazondeVida

1 Brandon M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Esta fundacion me ha apoyo en todo desde que tenia 10 años, me apoyaron con mis estudios, comida y transporte, viajes a maravillosas ciudades como san francisco,Los angeles, ahora soy un contador, orgullosamente estudiante de corazon de vida, gracias CDV por todo.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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1 Annie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on my first Corazon De Vida Foundation trip to visit one of the orphanages they support three years ago and I've been on their trips ever since. They are offering love and support to kids without the stability of a family and with their extended education program, the opportunity of a secure future. If you can, join one of the trips--it's life changing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began traveling with Corazon De Vida just over a year ago and can not speak highly enough of the work they do daily on behalf of hundreds of children. These children are inquisitive, happy and growing into incredible global citizens. They are well cared for because of the support of Corazon De Vida.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly an eye opening experience. I went with Red Cross on behalf of my college, and I must say that this experience was not only enlightening, but also so incredibly fun. I hope that they are able to continue this beautiful work for many years to come!!

1 Rosa S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on my first trip to one of the several orphanages in Baja California that Corazon de Vida supports. It was such a wonderful experience. The children were so happy to see all of the volunteers. Spending time with them doing crafts and hearing the children laugh and play was so heart warming. Through the support Corazon de Vida provides, it is clear this children are able to have some joy in their lives. I definitely plan to stay involved with this organization and this cause.

1 Gabriella De La C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello to All! Corazon De Vida is an amazing organization. I have been on 3 trips and have sponsored on a monthly basis and Corazon De Vida truly exceeds my expectations. I truly believe that this organization speaks and acts on their mission. Education is key for kids and families to stop the vicious cycle of poverty. These kids are being taught how to be self sufficient and not to accept that poverty is a permanent situation. Each of them are being taught how to get themselves out of it through teamwork, commitment and love. I am a true believer of Corazon De Vida. Thank you to Hilda Pacheco-Taylor and her team dedicated themselves to the children. A true labor of love.

1 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.

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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

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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.

1 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.

1 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.

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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.