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Port Of Entry Podcast: How One Woman Turned Her Pain Into Purpose

From left to right: Kids at one of the orphanages in Tijuana that Corazon de Vida helps support are pictured in this undated photo by Pat Rogers. Hilda Pacheco-Taylor is pictured in this undated photo holding a baby from an orphanage her nonprofit helps fund.
Collage by Kinsee Morlan
From left to right: Kids at one of the orphanages in Tijuana that Corazon de Vida helps support are pictured in this undated photo by Pat Rogers. Hilda Pacheco-Taylor is pictured in this undated photo holding a baby from an orphanage her nonprofit helps fund.
We wrap up our series of cross-border love stories with a woman who totally changed her life; dropping what she was doing so she could help take care of some of the border region’s most vulnerable kids instead. It’s a story about kids in need of love, and one woman’s work to turn her own personal pain into power and purpose. Connect with Corazon de Vida: www.corazondevida.org Follow “Port of Entry” online at www.portofentrypod.org, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/portofentrypod). Support our work at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search “Port of Entry” in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email podcasts@kpbs.org. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime with questions or comments about the show

Hilda Pacheco-Taylor has raised millions of dollars for orphanages in Mexico.

She started a nonprofit back in 1994 called Corazon de Vida. It sends money to 10 orphanages spread across Tijuana and Ensenada.

In Mexico, orphanages get very little government support. So, Pacheco-Taylor, who grew up in Mexico but now lives in Southern California, uses her cross-border contacts to help keep money flowing from one side of the border to the other.

“It’s a critical connection between the two countries,” Pacheco-Taylor says.

Pacheco-Taylor isn’t just some disconnected do-gooder. For her, the issue of orphaned kids in Mexico is deeply personal.

From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells cross-border stories that connect us. In a new episode, the podcast wraps up a series on cross-border love stories with Pacheco-Taylor, a woman who completely changed her life, dropping everything she was doing so she could help take care of some of the border region’s most vulnerable kids instead. It’s a story about kids who need love, and one woman’s mission to help them get that love by turning her own pain into power and purpose.