MIRACLE FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   140 reviews 7,458

Issues: Human Services, International

Location: 1506 West Sixth Street Austin TX 78703 USA

Mission: The Miracle Foundation transforms struggling, institutional orphanages into stable, nurturing homes where children thrive. We partner with existing orphanages to implement our proven and systematic method which provides a home where the fundamental rights of children are met and helps them become self-sustaining members of our world community. Our measurable approach weeds out corruption and ensures donations are going into the mouths, hearts and minds of the orphaned children we serve.
Results: Our goal is to enhance the operations of existing orphanages so they can give children a safe, happy childhood and the education necessary to obtain employment and become self-sustaining adults. In addition, we conduct life-skills training so the children can grow up to be healthy, develop their emotional intelligence, and be prepared to make challenging life decisions. We guarantee all children in our care enjoy nutritious meals, have access to clean water, and receive regular health and dental check-ups and medical follow-ups as needed. We ensure all children are fully vaccinated, have mattresses to sleep on, wear well-made clothes and school uniforms, and are provided with academic tutors. One of the rights is the right to a stable, loving, and nurturing environment. This right is all about staff support. The typical child-to-housemother ratio in orphanages in the developing world is 80:1. We decrease this ratio to 20:1 and create family groups so each housemother can provide a greater depth of care to her children. In addition to tracking the height and weight of all the children we support on the WHO growth charts, we track their hemoglobin levels. When we entered Anbarasi orphanage, 53 children (35%) were anemic. Just six months later, only 11 children (8%) of the children were anemic – 126 had a healthy hemoglobin level. The children who are still anemic have open health cases and are under close doctor supervision. These transformative results are representative of the health results we see in all our orphanages. When we sign an agreement with an orphanage, we form a detailed implementation plan, outlining the timeline of the programs we will conduct with the orphanage so that all children have the potential to fully realize their rights. Our Program Coordinators visit the orphanages monthly to monitor, train, and mentor the orphanage staff. During their visits they also spend time with the children to ask them directly if they are receiving the necessary care and support. Quarterly, we conduct formal assessments with our comprehensive measurement tool. This assessment is a patterned interview/observation instrument with 175 measurable indicators which measures the orphanage’s progress toward achieving 100% of the 12 rights. With this assessment, the orphanage is given a grade in the form of a percentage indicating their progress toward providing all children their rights. This assessment gives us a snapshot of any gaps in care at the orphanage, so we can create strategies to address these issues and help them make continued improvement. We provide the orphanage specific, constructive feedback and training in the areas they need support. The progress each orphanage makes demonstrates how effective our method is at improving care for orphans.
Target demographics: orphans and orphanages reach their full potential.
Geographic areas served: rural India
Programs: clean water, nutritious food, high-quality healthcare, an excellent education, and a stable, loving, nurturing home for orphaned children. All of our interventions are based on the United Nations Rights of the Child, ratified in 1989 by 183 countries around the globe. We have codified each of the 12 rights applicable to orphans, even those more difficult to quantify - like the right to guidance from a caring adult - with specific and measurable standards.
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1 person found this review helpful

I have gone from stopping by the office of TMF 8 years ago to introduce myself to being an Ambassador and ESL teacher for the children to now being a Board Member. I am such an avid fan of what this organization has done and will do a lot more of it grows in the future while rolling out TMF model to other orphanages in India and perhaps beyond someday.

I have read somewhere that 5,000 children a day die in India from a preventable cause, often from the lack of clean water, adequate nourishment and proper medical attention. TMF provides these things and so much more. It provides a safe, secure and nurturing environment not only for the children but for the house mothers as well, many of whom came to TMF homeless and as victims of domestic violence.

I often wondered where Caroline Boudreaux came up with the name of the organization. On my last trip to one of the homes this past October, we were there during Dawali, the festival of lights. It is much like Christmas or Hanukkah in that it involves lots of light, good food and gift giving. On this visit I was introduced to three young people who had come home for the holiday from university. And they came home to the only home they had ever known. And as they stood before me I was stunned at how bright and confident they were and how they were filled with hope and promise. And it hit me....."This is the miracle. They are the miracle." These children from one of our homes were no college students and had futures bright and promising. Without TMF they could have ended up in domestic servitude or rag picking or working in a dangerous industrial site for extremely low wages. But not these children. It was clear that they were thriving in life and would continue to do so.

John Messer

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As so many reviews before me, I have to say the one common response we all share is: being a volunteer at the orphanages of THE MIRACLE FOUNDATION was most definitely a life changing experience. I set off on my adventure with excitement and wonder about what I was about to experience. My journey, which I know has just now begun, was this March, 2015. I shared this with a group of teens who were invited to visit and share in the lives of these amazing young children. We spent 5 days having fun, playing, dancing, sharing meals, holding hands, hugging, twirling, and doing crafts, plus much, much more....with groups of children that simply loved us being there. We didn't need to do anything more then just "be present" to see these children happy. Their simple needs and their gratitude for life was just heart-warming. In a world of ever growing technology, easy access to the best of everything and a constant flow of activity....it was a blessing to slow down and see the love and joy over a box of crayons, a toy car, coloring books, hair ties and nail polish, paper puppets, a game of crickett....
As a volunteer for TMF, we were privileged to join the kids in there homes and see the way TMF has provided for them. The children were happy, fed, and joyful. During our visit, they put on plays and shows that they spent many hours practicing. The thrill of having us as their audience was amazing. The Miracle Foundation assures the homes they partner with meet many standards of quality care and life opportunities for the children in the orphanages , but...it is truly the volunteers and the support of the communities outside of India that make the difference happen. My praise goes to to the founder of TMF, Caroline and the amazing staff she employs as well as the folks who take the challenge to visit rural India and meet these wonderful children, who now have an opportunity to live the life that some of us, completely take for granted. I know without a doubt, my life, my needs, my wants...are forever changed!!

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I had the great opportunity to serve with the Miracle Foundation as an ambassador in India earlier this year. I can't express how much joy, love, fulfillment, fun and inspiration was shared among the kids, staff and fellow ambassadors. If you are looking to make a difference in the world and potentially change your life while you are serving others for the greater good, this is the place. I have made lifelong relationships from my journey and the impact of this beautiful spiritual loving country has burned a place on my soul.
Bravo Miracle!

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I was lucky enough to go on a trip to India with The Miracle Foundation in January of 2015. It was a life changing trip for me but what The Miracle Foundation is doing is truly life changing work every day for the orphans of India. I was repeatedly amazed by the children and caretakers of the orphanage. The caretakers are doing an amazing job raising the children in a happy, healthy and loving environment. The children were the happiest, most loving children I have seen. TMF is doing amazing work and I am so proud to have been a small part of it. I highly recommend the organization for your donations and/or time.

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I have recently returned from India as an "ambassador/volunteer" with The Miracle Foundation and miracles is exactly what I saw. Having never been to India before I didn't know what to expect; and I was amazed at the depth of what this non profit does. I saw first hand how money being raised was funneled back into creating pure good. These children were well fed, healthy and being educated. They had clothes, medicine and clean drinking water. They had ambitions for there futures and were getting the necessary tools to hopefully achieve these ambitions. These children are being taught social skills and life skills by real social workers. The Miracle Foundation is providing them with a sense of security and a home that otherwise would not be the case for these unfortunate children we call orphans.

We toured the slums of India after leaving the orphanage; and I came away with amazement at the vast contrast between children in the slums and the children in orphanages. My brief experience in India changed me and my life forever. I went there hoping to help in some small measure. I'm sure I did by playing, painting and decorating rooms, reading to them and giving out as many hugs as I could!!!! But what I got back was beyond my expectations and that was a true miracle. I got to see first hand how these children were thriving under circumstances beyond their control; and I felt satisfied when I left that they were well taken care of.

There are not enough stars in the world to be given to this non-profit. They are pure love...providing children with basic human rights and creating families where otherwise none would exist! I am counting the days until I can return with The Miracle Foundation to create more miracles for these deserving children.





























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I just recently learned about the Miracle Foundation by word of mouth at my job, and decided to make a donation around the holidays. I received a holiday card in the mail from the Miracle Foundation shortly thereafter, and thought it was such a lovely, personal gesture. I became even more impressed when someone from the Miracle Foundation reached out to me by email. We set up a time to chat, and she walked me through an amazing presentation of the work of the foundation, which really blew me away. I am so grateful that the Miracle Foundation came to my attention, and will definitely continue to participate in any way I can. They are a passionate, driven, and organized group of individuals who are committed to their mission--it's so inspiring to be a part of that.

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As someone who has witnessed the progress and development of the Miracle Foundation from its very earliest days, I have nothing but admiration for the scale and quality of the service delivery of this amazing organisation. Over the past 15 years they have occasionally met with setbacks which would have demoralised and weakened lesser organisations - but they responded to these challenges by reorientating themselves with an enhanced, strengthened and robust methodological operational framework which is completely open and transparent. This gives additional confidence to all those who donate, ensuring that individual's gifts are respected, and secure the best possible outcome for the target population they are aimed to serve. I continue to follow the progress of this remarkable organisation with the highest regard and admiration.

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I just returned from my third trip with the Miracle Foundation. I also promised one of the girls that I would come back and see her so there is a fourth trip in my future.
The whole experience is amazing - the kids are a joy, the staff at the homes operate with transparency, TMF staff always makes me feel safe and supported in a new place, the other ambassadors are also a huge part of the experience.
We donate monthly with plans to continue that indefinitely.
Highly recommend this charity!
Jessica Killen

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Miracle foundation is amazing. I have seen firsthand the work they are doing in India with children. Happy, joyous, well-fed, healthy, playful children. Children who get to go to school every day - and most importantly - children who know they are loved.
These kids would not have the chances they do without the help of The Miracle Foundation. Incredibly worthy cause! My husband and I donate monthly, and will continue to do so.
I can't say enough good things about them.
Jessica Killen

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I just returned from my second Ambassador trip with The Miracle Foundation. We went to a children's home in a town outside of Hyderabad and spent four wonderful days playing with the children. Friends ask me if it's "depressing" to go to orphanages in India or act as if I'm some kind of self-sacrificing martyr. It always surprises me because being with these children is so fun!

By the time The Miracle Foundation plans an Ambassador trip, the organization has already been sponsoring the home and raising its standards. Once we arrive the children are receiving plenty of balanced, nutritious meals, have received all their inoculations and health needs, are thriving at good schools with extra help from tutors and even a dance instructor, and are cared for by loving, involved house mothers newly trained by The Miracle Foundation. In short, spending time with these children in their loving community is a gift to us as Ambassadors.

For this last trip, the children were asked what they wanted. They overwhelmingly responded: books! As a librarian, I was thrilled to be part of opening their first on-site library and distributing the books! Here is a short video about the project: https://animoto.com/play/ItNxQ329XiVG1TbNMvGZOQ


Oftentimes we get discouraged by statistics coming from the developing world and even our own nation about poverty and homelessness. That India has over 25 million orphans is a daunting number. Still, through The Miracle Foundation, more and more children are being served and are growing up in healthful, loving communities. The word I would best use to describe these children is: joyful.

Before I went on my first Ambassador trip in 2013, people said it would "change my life," but I was a bit cynical. I've worked with children all my life as an educator and thought I was prepared. Nothing prepared me for the colorful, chaotic, crazy, celebratory culture that is India. These children have changed my life, and I feel so lucky to have been able to return to India. Some joke that I "drank the Kool-aid," but I am not alone. Everyone on both trips was moved to the same degree. We will never be the same and look forward to our next visit!

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The best thing about the volunteer experience with The Miracle Foundation in India is that you are allowed to help in the way that you are most comfortable--they way that you can do the most good. Whether it's giving needed resources to growing children, teaching them, or sharing new experiences, your actions are going to provide a lasting hand-up and open their world. You can dive in and play and sing with kids all day, or help organize projects, or use your skills in cooking or plumbing or whatever. The core philosophy behind the TMF is sustainable growth, and as a volunteer you become part of that process.

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