MIRACLE FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.98 stars   122 reviews

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with The Miracle Foundation (TMF) in 2008 when I traveled with them to India with a family friend. It was such an amazing and life-changing experience! It was great to see first hand the work that they do in these orphanages. We witnessed the grand opening of Sooch Village, one of their newest orphanages at the time. The children were assigned to houses, each with a Housemother. This allowed for the children to really connect with a small family-style unit. And traveling with them was a breeze! They had all the travel itineraries and transportation down to a science. You didn't have to worry about any of the travel arrangements and got to spend your time in India enjoying the people and helping out in the orphanages. Fast forward to 2014 and now I help volunteer in the main office in Austin. Everyone in the office is so friendly and welcoming. It's such a great organization run by great people with giving hearts. I'm so glad I found out about them, and so glad that I can give back to them through volunteering. Thanks, TMF!

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Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing opportunity to give back to the world community! I joined with The Miracle Foundation in October 2014 to visit the Anbarasi Children's Home in southern India and fell in love with the kids, house mothers, and my fellow travelers. TMF goes above and beyond what you would expect from a non-profit organization that helps orphans. The goals are not only based on the United Nations Children's Bill of Rights but also are measured, attainable, and realistic. Homes are required to meet high standards to be able to keep their partnership with TMF. Examples: Financial books must be open and transparent. The hiring of a local, certified social worker is a prerequisite. Children are fed three nutritious meals daily, plus two snacks a day. School uniforms are purposefully made to match the uniforms of their peers that have parents. Each child serves on a committee, which gives them the opportunity to have a voice in their day-to-day life. The kids get to have fun! We took approximately 200 children from Anbarasi and Cornerstone, to an amusement park for the day. Yes! We really did!The bus ride was the BEST. Bollywood music, a blinking Ganesh icon, and kids dancing and having a grand time. Here's the deal about TMF. It's not just about surviving. It's about THRIVING. TMF provides the childhood that every child needs and deserves. As for my own personal experience with The Miracle Foundation. In short, I have made friends for LIFE.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the honor to visit the Anwesha childrens home about a month ago and it was a great experience. The house mothers and everyone involved in the education and care for the children were amazing. The Miracle foundation staff and Anwesha administration gave us the details of the improvements over the years at the home. I fell in love with everyone here and I am definitely coming back to volunteer and will continue to support the Miracle foundation.

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I had the opportunity to visit the Anwesha home about a month ago and I was really impressed by the care level and health of the children. They were so fun to be with and from the stories we were told, the home has come really far in just a year. I feel like Miracle Foundation has a very targeted goal that sets them apart from a lot of other nonprofits. They are about one thing and they do it really well!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went with the Miracle Foundation to see the Anbarasi and Cornerstone Children's Home. I loved everything about my trip. Miracle Foundation is amazing. They have excellent standards and in turn attract others who believe in that standard. I have never seen such a dedicated group of people. They love what they do. The results of what they do is clearly seen in the quality of the homes. These children are well cared for. They excel in school due, in part, to tutors who are available. At Anbarasi three girls have graduated and are going to college to be social workers. They are healthy. But above all they love life, and enjoy being kids, playing with their family unit and others in the home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just returned from Anwesha Children's Home, outside the North East Indian town of Agartala. From the moment my teammates and I arrived, we were blown away by the hospitality offered to us by the staff and kids. The food was amazing, the education and healthcare is on point, and it is truly a special place to be.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been assisting in the finance area since March 2014 and am impressed with the entire organization. Hearing the story of how the organization was started from the founder (Caroline) is truly inspirational. I'm sure she has told the story hundreds of times, but you wouldn't know it from the raw emotions and passion she shows.

Empowering children to reach their their full potential, one orphan at a time is the mission of The Miracle Foundation. It really isn't a slogan, the amazing board of directors and staff live and breathe this on a daily basis. They are all very dedicated to the children and in helping to improve not only their daily lives, but their futures as well. Many generous donors help make the mission possible and The Miracle Foundation are excellent stewards. I'm proud and honored to be associated with this fine organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with The Miracle Foundation (TMF) since 2007, initially as a volunteer and donor, and now working for this incredible non-profit organization. TMF transforms orphanages from barely surviving to totally thriving, and the staff, interns, and volunteers are truly awesome to work with. The Miracle Foundation's Method is working, by providing food, education, love, and training. It is remarkable to see the vast improvements of the children's health and education, and the life changes to the orphaned children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an intern at The Miracle Foundation this fall 2014 school semester. I applied for this internship because I wanted to learn how nonprofit organizations run and see the heart behind them. I got more than I expected. Everyone who works for this Foundation has a heart for what they are doing and a passion to truly better the lives of children without families. This is more than just a place they work. It is so inspirational to come into the office and hear stories of how we are actually impacting the lives of orphans in India. This nonprofit goes above and beyond just rebuilding orphanages; the employees really do care for the children and improve their lives as mush as they can. I am so honored to be playing a roll in this organization for this semester.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with the Miracle Foundation at an orphanage in South India through a trip that was funded by my employer two months ago (September 2014). I was able to not only witness first hand the incredible work that the foundation does for the orphanage but also get to work hands on with them to make a difference in the lives of all the children. The Miracle Foundation impacts the lives of these children in various ways making sure they are provided with adequate nutrition, hygiene, school materials such as uniforms, tutors for homework, transportation to and from school, and more. While I was there I helped build a new playground for the children and helped them paint educational murals on their study hall walls. I highly recommend getting involved with this organization !

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