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Corazon De Vida Foundation

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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

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Annie J.

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

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Alina G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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.

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!