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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

135 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

MissWitmond

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Corazon de vida for over two years as a board member and over five years as a volunteer. Corazon de Vida is an inspiring non profit organization that financially supports the immediate and essential needs such as food, water, shelter, electricity and education to 14 orphanages in Baja, Mexico. It organizes volunteer day trips to visit these orphanages, giving volunteers a first hand look at the daily difficulties these homes face and the ever present need for help. More importantly, however, it gives orphans a day of desperately sought after love and attention and gives volunteers an experience they will never forget.

For those of you eager to contribute and be involved in the lives of those benefiting from your contributions, please consider Corazon de Vida, an organization that continuously strives to change the lives of orphans in Mexico.

Robert M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've gone on several volunteer trips to help Corazon de Vida with the orphanages of Tijuana and Baja California. The children are always warm, friendly, appreciative, and make your whole day.

The orphanage visits are well organized, safe, and are a really great way to help out those that are less fortunate financially, but have wonderful gifts of love and smiles that will stay with you and make it the best thing you do all month.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Corazon De Vida is a special organization that I hold very close to my heart. I have been volunteering the CDV since I was in college and have loved every minute of it. CDV is committed to their mission and encouraging of volunteers from all walks of life. Their staff is responsive and kind and the organization has done wonders for the children of Baja.

I was able to get involved as a volunteer in a way that created one of the greatest experiences of my life- I was able to help organize a function that gave back more than $5,000 to CDV. I will continue to volunteer with CDV as the inspire me and encourage me. I am proud to be a volunteer with CDV.

Taylor S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Corazón de Vida is an AMAZING organization. I have been a part of it now for about three years and I have completely fallen in love with it. I am a 16 year old, junior at corona del mar high school, and I first heard about Corazón de Vida through my church, OLQA. My mother and I decided to go on one of the trips to an orphanage initially for easy community service hours and quite frankly we were a bit intimidated by the idea of going into Tijuana, Mexico. However, once we arrived and began to play with the children (at the El Faro Orphanage) my mother and I fell in love with them. I not only gained an immediate passion for the children, but I acquired a need to help them. Driving back home on the bus that day made me realize how fortunate I am to have the life that I do, and I needed to give other people the chance to experience the same. When I got home, I began telling friends, family, and neighbors about this eye-opening experience I encountered and suggested that they donate and be a part of it as well. One of my friends took an immediate involvement and interest in Corazón de Vida, so we decided to start a club on campus (during our freshman year) to get more students involved and participating in this wonderful organization. To this day we have raised almost $10,000 for this foundation and continue to help out and raise money where we can. I have developed a unique connection to Corazón de Vida and I plan on always keeping it a part of my life and I know it will always be in my heart.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Corazon De Vida since 2007. I am very passionate about helping people who can't help themselves, especially children and I was saw this organization on volunteermatch.com, I signed up! and keep signing up when I can. I know there is so much more that I can do but in these last four years I just go visit the kids when I can, hang out, play, and just give them attention. My first trip there, we took the kids to a Chucky Cheese type place for the afternoon, they were soooo excited because those outings are far and few in between. They had a blast! When we were on the bus on the way back to the orphanage, a little boy was sitting down crying. We were asking him why but it was hard for him to stop crying to tell us. Finally, we understood him and he said that he missed his mom and his brothers and sisters. Needless to say, it broke my heart. I comforted him and I just talked to him about his family until he calmed down. Turns out he was new to the orphanage. I continue to go because I just want the children to know that people care about them, and that they are special and loved.

Lucy Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Corazon de Vida has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.
This foundation is truly committed to help kids in need providing the most basic needs: a home, food, clothes, and hope.

Besides donations, the kids love it when CDV volunteers come to visit them. The first time I went in one of these trips, I was amazed to see that the kids were more excited about getting a hug than getting gifts.