I’ve been volunteering for Corazon de Vida for 10 years and I’ll remain doing so for as long as I can because I truly believe in their mission in providing for children in need and giving them a path for a better future. The staff has created a family environment for all who are involved in pushing forth Corazon de Vida’s goals and it is truly beautiful to see how people of all walks of life come together to achieve one common goal. Every child deserves an equal opportunity to the wonders of life! We love them!
I met CDV at the age of 14 at an orphanage and they have been a blessing ever since, I had a troubled past and was very unsure of how to get back on track. CDV was very supportive and made me part of their family, got me back in school and even after I left the orphanage they offered to help me with university expenses. Glad to say I am graduating this year from marketing, I have a stable job and a stable environment which couldn’t have been possible without the big and warm hug that CDV gave me when I needed it the most. I shall be forever thankful.
I visited the orphanages in 2012 and since then I decided to volunteer for this wonderful organization. Over the last 8 years, I've witnessed how dedicated everyone is to ensure that the children have a better future. Not only are the children's basic needs met, but this organization also looks out for their health, academic and emotional well-being. I truly admire CDV for their hard work, dedication, support and for how loving everyone is! The children and CDV have positively impacted my life and I recommend anyone interested in volunteering to join their mission.
Corazón De Vida Foundation supported me to finish my university studies and now I am a teacher of jr high school and high school in Mexico. Thanks CDV
Amazing organization focused on supporting the abandoned children of Baja California for 26+ years. The heart and mission of the organization is focused on the children, their futures and the orphanages where they live. As a board member, I've had access to the financials of the organization and have always been very impressed with how little is spent on overhead which maximizes the amount of support the children and homes receive. The leadership and staff are as good as they come. Their humility, strong work ethic and singular focus are all a part of what makes this a truly Great Nonprofit worthy of your support.
I interned at CDV this summer and I must say that this is one of the most deserving charities I know. Their mission to end child abandonment in Baja is an incredible cause to join and they have done an amazing job in raising awareness and funds for it. I hope they receive more recognition in the future because they truly deserve it!
I had an amazing experience working as an intern at Corazon De Vida. The experience truly enriched my life and gave me insight into not only working in my industry but also to the ongoing problems regarding child abandonment in Baja Mexico. Everyone I worked with was fabulous, and you can tell they put their heart and soul into everything they do for the children. It was such an honor to be apart of this organization and I will continue to support Corazon De Vida in any way I can.
Antes que nada gracias a Dios y fundación CDV por ayudarme a cumplir mis sueños, me siento afortunada de ser parte de la familia Corazón de vida me han apoyado y lo siguen haciendo y por eso y más muchas gracias.
Actualmente estoy cursando la universidad ejerciendo la licenciatura en trabajo social.
La fundación llego para cambiar mi vida por completo, me han dado su apoyo incondicional, la persona que soy hoy, es gracias a ellos, próximamente ser licenciada en derecho y todo gracias a su apoyo estoy orgullosa de pertenecer a los estudiantes de corazón de vida
I have so much gratitude and respect for this amazing organization and all that they do. Corazon De Vida is wholeheartedly dedicated to changing lives and making vast improvements in the everyday lives of the kids that they support. I loved everything about volunteering with this group from start to finish. They make it so easy to help make a difference. They are committed to operating with integrity and it shows! From the pick up, to crossing the border, and arriving at the orphanage, I couldn't have been more comfortable in knowing I was in good hands. I loved George, hearing his story, and hearing in depth about Corazon De Vida and all that they do. Once we arrived at the orphanage, it was nothing but fun, love, and smiles. All the kids want you to do is to spend time with them. We played soccer, painted pictures, and played hide and seek. I loved helping to make and share a meal with the kids and really got to see what a day in the life of living there is like and I have no doubt that what Corazon De Vida does helps to enhance that in many ways. I will definitely be going back many times in the future. These kids have a piece of my heart! And I am very thankful for what Corazon De Vida is all about and for all that they do! I cannot recommend them enough! Go! You'll be glad you did!
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.
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.
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 !
La familia coraz
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 !!!
Corazones de vida ha sido parte fundamental de mi desarrollo personal y educativo sin duda la mejor Fundaci
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Best experience I had the chance to share with CDV, the persons who work there are angels, I have so much admiration for them.
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.
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
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.
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.
I absolutely LOVE this organization. I have been a volunteer for several years. I love that I can see firsthand how donations and contributions are being used for the children and the homes they live in. I am a monthly sponsor and I feel so confident that children are being supported to be in school. CDV holds education as a number one priority even after they graduate. The trips are so easy to go on, I feel so safe going over on the bus. The staff really knows what they are doing. The best part is how wonderful the kids are. They are so sweet and loving and amazing. Every trip I go on has been so rewarding and fun. I would recommend this giving to everyone, kids too! One of the best gifts you could ever give!
One of the greatest gifts in my life is to be able to work with such incredible organization and people. The lives we touch, give and opportunity to and programs we are able to put in place, gives me hope for a better tomorrow. It's a must visit, join, and get involved in!
Joining Corazon De Vida has truly opened my heart to new possibilities. Being able to go on an organized trip, not having to worry about anything besides spending time with the kids has been the most rewarding Saturday activity I've done thus far in my life. These kids only care for one thing, someone to hold and hug, someone to play with... someone who cares... Since joining I've been telling all my friends and inviting as many ppl as I can to go! If you have the opportunity this is a must visit, must see for your self and must contribute the most important thing you can... your time! :)
Volunteering with this organization has been such a wonderful and rewarding experience. Seeing and working with the children has brought me much joy and I hope the children are as happy as I am when we meet. I am grateful to donate my time and my energy to such a worthy cause that focuses on the children and truly puts the children first. The children are bright and resilient, and they are an inspiration. I applaud Corazon de Vida and the work that they do. Their mission statement and their values are highly reflected in their work and I am grateful to be a part of that. Thank you!
amazing kids , amazing organization, amazing leaders... went their for a day trip to spend time at the orphanage, the kids are clean, and well taken care off. They are sent to private schools to help end the poverty cycle. The leaders of the facilities take care of these Kids as if they are their own. Special thank you to George, who coordinated our visit and does an amazing job helping these kids
I couldn't believe when my 15 year old daughter approached me and mentioned she wanted to register to visit an orphanage in Mexico with Corazon de Vida. I thought was a nice idea and it was just right to give back, what I didn't know was the life changing experience of this trip. We shared with my daughter quality time talking while riding the bus, and once we arrived the kids welcomed us with smiles, sharing and playing time was so fun, we though we were the givers of love and attention, instead we received their love and appreciation. The trip was safe and fun! and I can't wait to go back.
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.
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.
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!
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!