Through Educational and Professional Mission Trips, volunteers have the opportunity to work directly with our sponsored children in the Yucatan and their families. Trips take place throughout the year. There are trips that focus on the therapeutic and medical needs of our children that involve a team of visiting therapists and medical professionals who work on evaluation of children, goal setting, assessment of progress and training. Therapists also work on getting needed equipment for children and fitting / adapting equipment to meet their needs. Medical professionals are needed to help guide us in the care of our children and to help train families on the in home care needs of their children. We also do a number of trips throughout the year that focus on the social needs of our children, with a focus on activities for the children in our "Casitas" and on activities in the community. We also have plenty of work that needs to be done on each of the "Casitas" for those interested in sharing their skills. If you are interested in participating in a mission trip drop us an email with your background / skills, area of interest and what time of year you are interested in traveling. Trips are planned anywhere from 2 to 6 months in advance and new volunteers are always welcome.
The Valerie Project began with a special girl named Valerie, who was born with cerebral palsy. By age nine, Valerie was dying from malnutrition due to the severity of her disability and her inability to take in adequate nutrients.
Living in poverty and faced with the reality that she could not
provide for her daughter, Valerie’s mother had given up hope.
Camp Corazones summer day camp brings together a diverse group of children and youth to experience fun & friendship at the "Casitas" in Cozumel and Carrillo Puerto. Campers enjoy morning activities including outdoor games, music, stories, dance, arts & crafts and snack making. The group also has a community outing such as trips to local parks and beaches. Camp counselors and adult volunteers from both the U.S. and Mexico help to make the camp a great experience for all the campers.
The Carrie’s Heart Christmas project offers three ways to impact the lives of our special children in the Yucatan during the holidays.
The gift of JOY During the fall, our sponsored children in the Yucatan and their siblings write their letters to Santa. Their wishes are displayed at local events during December. Carrie's Heart supporters assure that Santa and his helpers can make each child's Christmas wish come true.
The gift of LOVE
Carrie’s Heart also provides a complete Christmas for all Valerie Project families. Each family receives a gift to help improve their quality of life in the home (refrigerator, bed, adaptive equipment), clothing, a gift for each child in the family and a holiday meal. Supporters can choose to give a general donation for the families or to directly sponsor a particular child and their family.
The gift of HOPE
Carrie’s Heart is always in need donations for the ongoing care of our sponsored children. Supporters can give the gift of HOPE by pledging a one time or monthly donation for the upcoming year that will go toward the total sponsorship cost of meeting a specific child’s needs.
Carrie’s Heart was incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Texas in June 2005. Carrie’s Heart was granted its charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in December 2005.