About This Project

Fundación de Corazón de Niña is a registered nonprofit organization in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, dedicated to providing youth and children at risk with opportunities for advancement and empowerment through education, working to provide promising futures for orphans and disadvantaged children through a variety of programs.

Ranging in ages from roughly five to twenty-four, most are victims of abandonment, exploitation and abuse with parents either incarcerated, deceased, struggling with substance misuse or disappeared. 

At Fundación de Corazón de Niña, children live in a permanent residence, each with their own bed and basic needs met, as well as any additional physical and/or socio-emotional support they might need.  In-house teachers provide quality, personalized, compassionate education to students who almost all have additional needs and/or learning differences.

Graduates from our educational program live independently and are employed in different fields such as law, administration, renewable energy, sales, education, tourism, automotive, retail and more. With the skills they acquire and the contacts they make over the years, participating in the many experiences provided, so many doors are opened and the possibilities virtually endless! 

We are part of a universal movement, working tirelessly to eliminate child poverty, abuse and exploitation, ensuring all children enjoy the right to a fair chance at life. 

​For over a decade, we have lived in a house with up to 100 children and youth, up at 5:30 am, seven days a week. Every day is completely different, with its situations, challenges, victories and celebrations, just like any family.  Some days feel like a battlefield, some like a walk in the clouds.

Our Mission’s focus is to change the cycle, extremely difficult in a country where child protection and education are not yet priorities.  We are their only hope for change and their futures depend entirely on our ability to continue to support them in their transformation - so we don't give up.  

There is no greater satisfaction than to truly live one’s faith and make a difference in the lives of this many children.  It is an opportunity, an experience, and a gift for which we are eternally grateful. For all of you who accompany us, sharing the vision and the commitment, we thank you for making a difference and for helping us change the course of history – one child at a time.

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Program Countries: Mexico

Focuses: Health Care, Counseling, Education, Youth Ministry, Vocational Training, Street Ministry, Poverty Relief

Team Lead: Melissa L. Canez

Team Members: Amauri Meza, Oxkin Cepedam, Rocío Pelayo

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