MIRACLE FOUNDATION INC
Rating: 4.99 stars 145 145 reviews 8,067
Human Services, International
1506 West Sixth Street Austin TX 78703 USA
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.
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.
orphans and orphanages reach their full potential.
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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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While researching about non-profit organizations during my degree studies last year I came upon The Miracle Foundation, and was intrigued by the founder’s story, the goals and the apparent success of the organization. I have worked for local non-profits in the arts for many years, but I had no experience with a global initiative such as this. I wondered how a small organization that is headquartered in the US could possibly set realistic goals, while properly monitoring and evaluating operations in rural India – half way around the world. The Miracle Foundation’s inspiring founder Caroline Boudreaux was willing to meet with me last year to answer my questions and to inform me about the approach and the methods used. This organization not only serves a noble cause, but has developed tremendously effective parameters based on the globally agreed upon Rights of the Child. From the orphanage selection throughout the entire support process, The Miracle Foundation - with the help of its Indian office - measures and tracks these parameters regularly. The Miracle Foundation has created an amazing, scalable Business model that I hope will spread far beyond India, and continue to lift more and more orphans out of hopelessness and allow them to live in good health, experience nurture, care and education, and enter the adult world with confidence to live life to their full potential. I currently intern at The Miracle Foundation, because I can’t think of a better place to learn about the day to day challenges and solutions when operating a successful global non-profit organization. I highly recommend supporting the efforts of The Miracle Foundation by spreading the word, traveling to India with this organization and becoming an ambassador, or donating. Your money goes a long way: For example, a contribution of only $25 will feed an orphan for an entire month.
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Caroline Boudreaux and Elizabeth Davis have developed a truly top-notch team and method to for any of the 800+ young Indians lucky enough to be in The Miracle Foundation childrens' homes in India. I was lucky enough to intern with them six years ago as I started a career in international development. Moving off experience with larger international NGOs, the Miracle Foundation team stands out as a group that combines the best in institutional practices with the agility and creativity of a young organization. They continue to cultivate an incredibly vibrant, connected scene of supporters and volunteers and donors and visitors and civic leaders in Austin (and increasingly beyond our lovely little city).
A quick if incomplete vignette of their activities includes:
-Making us better people in the States
-Building platforms that bring some of India's lowest resourced youth to heights they couldn't have imagined before
-Building local capacity and providing high quality jobs across rural regions of the the all-too-rapidly-urbanizing country of India
-Refining a novel approach to mitigating poverty...and unleashing young potential that would otherwise go tragically unrealized
The whole operation is grounding and invigorating, statistically sound and endlessly empathetic, and just thoroughly compelling. I can't wait to get to India myself, and highly recommend getting involved however and wherever you can. It's a scene and opportunity you really don't want to miss: I got more out of it than I could ever put in, and I warmly invite you to do the same.
You can truly feel confident that your donations will have a lasting impact on the lives of many orphans. The Miracle Foundation's unique and comprehensive work builds a foundation of care that lasts far beyond today. Their communications with donors about their work and the orphans they support warm your heart. The joy on the faces of the children is palpable. I personally know the founder, Caroline Boudreaux, who is one of the finest people I know. She works tirelessly (and joyfully) in her campaign to improve these children's lives.
As an intern, experiencing firsthand the tireless efforts of The Miracle Foundation team has been so inspiring. From the moment you step in the office, it is apparent that the staff and volunteers truly care about their work and the welfare of the orphans they support. I look forward to continuing to volunteer with TMF and travel to India in the future. The Miracle Foundation is an incredible organization benefiting the lives of so many deserving children.
The work being done by The Miracle Foundation is aspirational in that it seeks to go beyond what a traditional orphanage would provide. Helping orphans succeed in life by providing them an environment where there human rights are met is a noble goal and I am proud to support the organisation.
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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.
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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.
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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.