Corazon de Nina Shelter for Girls & Boys

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

Fundacion Corazón de Niña  A.C. is a registered not-for-profit organization of Mexico that provides a nurturing family environment for at-risk girls and boys of all ages.

At present we have thirty-nine children and youth (as of October 2015) aged four months to twenty-three years - twenty-seven girls and eleven boys.

We have two homes in Puerto Vallarta - one for the girls and one next door for the boys.

At present, Corazon de Nina is the only residential resource for girls over the age of twelve in Puerto Vallarta.


To provide a loving, nurturing and safe home for at-risk children where they can realize their full potential as happy, confident, fulfilled human beings.


Our philosophy involves a steadfast belief that security, love, values and knowledge are essential to the development of a well-balanced adult. To this end, we provide a home in which our young people are appreciated and loved for who they are, and supported to be all they can be. Our job, like the job of every good parent, is to provide an environment in which a child can grow with security, love, values and knowledge to become a healthy, confident, self-reliant person and thus break the cycle of poverty and abuse.

Corazon de Nina is entirely dependent on its loyal supporters for funding. We receive no stipends from local, state and/or federal governments.

How You Can Help Corazon de Nina

Time, Talent, Treasure

There are three ways to help at Corazón de Niña… each one is as important and necessary as the others:


• Prepare meals
• Help with house maintenance
• Help with garden care
• Carry out administrative duties
• Shop for food and goods
• Volunteer to help with and/or host a fundraiser
• Plan and carry out activities for the kids


• Help with English homework
• Teach music, art, dance, yoga or handicrafts
• Do finishing construction tasks
• Create an organic garden, landscaping and a fountain
• Interact with and listen to our kids as a friend and mentor
• Treasure


• Make a one-time or monthly donation
• Donate objects that we can utilize or sell
• Sponsor fundraising events at your business
• Donate construction materials for our building project
Donate money or needed items through your group or service club

What do we need?

We need to grow… there are so many children living in high-risk situations here in Puerto Vallarta that have nowhere to go… in order to receive them we need larger accommodations or another home.

• Bunk beds
• Mattresses
• Computers & printers
• Printer paper
• Tables and chairs
• Large wall fans
• Sheets
• Pillows
• Light blankets
• Wardrobe closets/dressers
• Tables for our computer/study center
• A subscription to National Geographic
• Musical instruments for the school band
• Shoes for folkloric dance
• Cement, rebar, mortar and blocks
• Electrical and plumbing materials
• A 15+ passenger van
• Monthly support for expenses of food, books, school equipment, clothes, medicine, transportation, sports, etc.

Thinking of lending a hand?

We encourage you to visit us first at Corazón de Niña if you can, to get a sense of who we are and how you might best participate as a member of our wonderful extended family.

Donate to Corazon de Nina

A huge thank you to all of you who continue to work so hard at and contribute so much to Corazón de Niña. We so relish your involvement in our lives. You give us hope. More than that, you give us the confidence and determination to get up each morning and with you, make a difference.

And we do make a difference. Every day we see it in the eyes and smiles and hugs of our children and youth. You are the sun through our days and the stars in our nights. Thank you for being there.

Please choose the appropriate donation page:

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Thank you for helping to secure a bright future for our children and youth.

Last updated: September 1, 2017 · Charity ID: 518

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Homes for orphans or children in vulnerable situations in Mexico lack the necessary state regulation and supervision, which leads to scandalous human rights violations.

45% of Young Mexicans Face Food Shortages, Mortality Rates and Rising Teen Pregnancies

Latin Post

About 44.9 percent of Mexicans ages 12 to 29 are in poverty and struggle with high youth mortality rates and increasing teen pregnancies.

Claudio X. Gonzalez Guajardo on Mexico's Little Children: The Invisible Ones


The scientific evidence is conclusive: there is no better investment, in terms of human capital development, than what is done in the first stage of life.

International Day for Street Children: If the Whole World was Listening, What Would You Say?

Consortium for Street Children

This year, the fourth International Day for Street Children will take place on 12th April, providing a platform for millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

A Private Foundation Dedicated to Empowering Women & Girls Launches in Mexico

The UN-backed Angelica Fuentes Foundation, launched in Mexico City last month, will support initiatives empowering women across Latin America.

MATCH International: This Is What Funding for Women's Rights Looks Like

MATCH International Women's Fund

Somewhere among our conversations about the role of women and girls in international development, we have lost our way - as women are increasingly portrayed as tools for economic progress or, worse, marketable commodities filling the pages of holiday brochures.

Despite Support Programs, 53.8% of Children Under Age of 18 Live in Poverty

La Jornada

It is estimated that 53.8 percent of Mexican children under the age of 18 years old live in poverty. 12.1 percent of these children face extreme poverty.

Uruguay's President Plans to Adopt Dozens of Kids

The Huffington Post

Childless leader, who donates most of his money to social projects, plans to adopt dozens of 'poor kids' after term expires.

Violins in Baja: Couple's Mission in Mexico Combines Faith and Service

The Los Angeles Times

In 1979, Hans and Nancy Benning began working at a Mexican orphanage built by friends. Thirty-four years later, they're still going back.

Universal Children's Day Is a Global Celebration of Service to Children

The United Nations' Universal Children's Day is an occasion to promote the welfare of children and an understanding between children all over the world. It is held on November 20 each year.

Study: Mexico Has No Legal Framework for Children Whose Rights Have Been Violated

La Jornada

In Mexico, there is no adequate legal framework that exists for the care of children when their rights are violated in Mexico. Also, they are faced with widespread and increasing violence, not only within their families, but also in society.

World Day Against Child Labor: No to Domestic Work!

International Labour Organization

Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights.

In Mexico, Some Kids Choose Life on the Street to Escape Abuse


"Dia del Nino" is a big date in the calendar of a professional clown: making people laugh is the order of the day. But for Angel, a clown working at one Mexico City's busiest traffic intersections, it's bittersweet.

UNICEF Report Reveals Shocking Cost of Malnutrition and Outlines Unprecedented Chance to Defeat It

Stunting is low height for age in children. A new report by UNICEF reveals the high prevalence of stunting in children under 5, but also outlines the tremendous opportunities that exist to make it a problem of the past.

United Nations Reports the Majority of Poor in Mexico are Children


More than 20 million children and adolescents in Mexico are estimated to live in poverty, and five million of them in extreme poverty, the United Nations Children’s Fund reported in a joint study with the Mexican Government.

As Mexico Ramps Up Against Child Abuse, NGOs Urge Supporting Small-Scale Efforts

The Christian Science Monitor

Child rights advocates are pressing Mexico to reform arcane laws and a dysfunctional system of child protection. And at least one program is offering hope for a model of care.

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