Giving Back

Puerto Vallarta Taco Lady

April 29, 2014

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to mingle with the locals. Eat where they eat, shop where they shop, and most important, I enjoy getting to know the people who live there. I like hearing people’s stories and how their path in life was carved, bringing them to where they are today. Oprah Winfrey, one of my favorite people in this world, once said, “Everyone has a story” 

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Corazon de Niña - Girls Orphanage

March 21, 2014
When we first moved to Puerto Vallarta we had no idea that we would soon find ourselves running a charity that helped so many causes around town.  One night as we dined in one of our favorite restaurants to people watch, La Piazzetta, we were introduced to a table of 13 young girls who were having a pizza night at the restaurant.  As it turns out Mimmo, the owner, on occasion would sponsor a pizza night for this group of young girls who lived in an orphanage called Corazon de Niña, run by Melissa Canez.  As we spoke with Melissa we were drawn in to her passion for helping these girls who had previously lived in another state run orphanage that was shut down for misapropriation of funds.  At the time, Melissa volunteered at the orphanage and when she heard that the girls were going to be spread out across various orphanages she felt compelled to keep the only family they knew together.  She brought them into her own 2 bedroom home having been given false promises by the state to assist in their living expenses.  Before she knew it, she was on her own raising 13 young girls barely scraping by, living day by day trying to just put food on the table with dreams of giving these girls a chance at a better life.  
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