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Meet Beth Beall of Vida Joven de México

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Beall.

Beth, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
There are (really) thousands of children in Tijuana, Mexico who don’t have anyone to take loving care of them. These kids have been abused and abandoned.

Vida Joven is an orphanage that exists to make a big impact in the lives of some of these kids.

At Vida Joven, up to 30 abandoned children are loved and protected. The kids are given an education and other tools so that they can change their lives.

Vida Joven started in 1996 because a group of caring individuals from the San Diego-Los Angeles area decided to make a difference. Today, Vida Joven continues to be a life-changing refuge for hurting children. And it’s all because more and more people from San Diego (and across the U.S.) step up and say, “I want to help give these children what they need.”

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth? Ha!

Gift/struggle #1: Put 30 kids together under the same roof. 30 amazing, messy, funny, suffering, growing, complicated, exquisite kids. These kids have been deeply hurt, and many of them are so quick to hurt others.

Now watch as they create a life together (with the help of some outstanding house parents), day after day after year after year. It’s really difficult. And it’s really worthwhile.

Gift/struggle #2: Try to raise 30 children day in and day out. Mexico’s social service system doesn’t have the resources to provide financial assistance. So how will the rent get paid? How will the groceries get purchased? And what about those school uniforms and supplies?

But then, watch: watch as bighearted people from San Diego and beyond start to visit the children. Watch as these San Diegans have their hearts touched by the need and the beauty of these kids. Now watch as these San Diegans (and others) open their hearts, open their wallets, and say, “I want to help.” The children end up with food to eat, clothes to wear, and everything else they need.

Gift/struggle #3: The kids need more room. Our current rental space in Tijuana is adequate, but tight. The children need to be able to climb trees, run around, plant a garden. And the high school kids need some space of their own. The struggle to identify and purchase a new home for the children is a big struggle. And it’s a gift: it gives more people the opportunity to invest in these kids.

Tell us about Vida Joven de México – what should we know?
Our donors save the lives of abandoned and abused kids in Tijuana, Mexico.

On the U.S. side of the border, an ever-growing circle of donors makes it financially possible for the children to receive love and protection. On the Mexico side of the border, top-notch orphanage staff oversee the day-to-operations and daily care of the children.

I’m really proud of our donors, for all they do to help the children. And I’m really proud of the kids, for courageously creating better lives for themselves.

On the US side, we are known for our deep care and appreciation of our donors. We want to help donors do great things for the children!

On the Mexico side, we’re known for being an exceptionally loving, happy, and well-organized orphanage where abandoned children are given everything they need to succeed.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I can’t say this enough: our donors are the BEST. They are the reason Vida Joven exists for these children.

And a big shout out to Sylvia Laborín. For 21 years, she has been at the helm of the daily operations of the orphanage in Tijuana. Kids have been saved from death (literally) and have gone on to create better lives for themselves because of Sylvia’s leadership and care.


  • $7665 = one year of life-changing care for one child at Vida Joven (“Care” = food, clothing, shelter, education, more!)
  • $3832 = 6 months of life-changing care for one child at Vida Joven
  • $639 = 1 month of life-changing care for one child at Vida Joven
  • $21 = 1 day of life-changing care for one child at Vida Joven

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Beth Beall

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