How it all started
In 2007, founder Brad Corrigan took a life-changing trip to the La Chureca trash dump in Nicaragua, during which he witnessed countless children and families living in unimaginable and toxic conditions. But he also encountered hope and positivity when he met a young girl named Ileana, who, in spite of her circumstances, radiated warmth, compassion and laughter.
After years of making trips back to La Chureca, Brad started Love Light + Melody to be a force for good — to offer an opportunity for these children to grow and thrive through education, music, art, and sports. Over the years, the organization has built a vast global community of supporters and partners who are helping to fund our work in Nicaragua, and beyond.
Ileana’s Smile is a documentary film honoring the young girl whose lightning smile, bold courage, and beautiful heart changed our lives forever. The film is intended to increase awareness of child vulnerability, unify people around her story, and to raise funds for Ileana’s School of Hope. Our hope is that every child is able to flourish and create their own story. Join us as we fight to bring hope to those who need it most.