miraclefeet

Rating: 4.85 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 605 W Main Street Suite 107 Carrboro NC 27510 USA

Mission: miraclefeet is dedicated to providing proper treatment for children born with clubfoot in developing countries. miraclefeet partners with local orthopedic surgeons working in public hospitals to establish and support clubfoot clinics within the existing public health system. miraclefeet believes this is the most effective, efficient and sustainable approach to prevent the significant disability caused by untreated clubfoot around the world. miraclefeet can fully treat a child with clubfoot in a developing country for about $250 per child, transforming his or her life forever.
Results: miraclefeet now partners with more than 60 clubfoot clinics in 12 countries to treat more than 4,500 children.
Target demographics: The Ponseti Method can treat infants through 12-year-olds born with clubfoot.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We currently have over 4,500 children in treatment in 12 countries.
Geographic areas served: We currently have clinics in Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and India.
Programs: miraclefeet measures long term success in terms of how many sustainable clubfoot clinics it helps to create, which will in turn eradicate the unnecessary and permanent disability caused by untreated clubfoot. miraclefeet chooses exemplary partners in the field, local clubfoot champions, to build and implement clubfoot treatment programs. miraclefeet partners have years of experience in the Ponseti Method and are knowledgeable of their country’s public health system, culture, patient demographics, and how best a clubfoot program will work within their communities. miraclefeet’s partnerships ensure long-term success by creating change at the clinic/hospital level, the results and cost-effectiveness of which are used to drive policy change at the national level. The long-term goal of miraclefeet is to eradicate disability caused by neglected clubfoot by creating locally-led, sustainable clubfoot clinics.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I just returned from a trip to Nicaragua where I observed doctors from two separate clinics perform casting and bracing procedures on children with club foot. Without the help from Miraclefeet it is doubtful that most of these children would be getting this life changing procedure done. There are thousands of children benefitting from this wonderful organization in many different countries around the world.

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As someone born with clubfoot, I had a great desire to raise money and awareness for the condition. I became connected with Miraclefeet simply by sending an email, and they have been tremendous at supporting and working with me over the past year. In that time, I have organized a speech at a college event, and shot a video for Miraclefeet about my experiences. In both occasions, the people at Miraclefeet (shout out in particular to Janeen) have been open to my ideas, have sent written and electronic materials for me to use, and have encouraged me every step of the way. It is obvious that they have great passion for the work, and truly care about creating a sustainable, global solution for untreated club foot.

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I worked with miraclefeet last year on a digital fundraising toolkit. I tell people this is the little nonprofit that can and do. The work they do and the growth they have seen is incredible. The mission is not only sustainable but transforming the lives of thousands of children, who otherwise would be relegated to lowest rungs of society. How could you not want to help a child gain access to a treatment that makes such a huge impact?! The dedication and drive of all of the staff is an amazing testament to their need to make a difference in the world.

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

Expand its brand awareness and the work they do to bring in more donors allowing for more children's lives to be transformed.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I collaborated earlier this year with Miraclefeet on a documentary film project on the global treatment of clubfoot called the Footnote Film Project. Miraclefeet generously facilitated a trip to for us in Nicaragua, so that we could investigate their role in the Nicaragua National Clubfoot Program. I was very impressed with their drive and passion for making sure children have access to proper care. I was able to see, on the ground, how they are using new and creative methods for ensuring the success of the program.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I've been working with miraclefeet for about six months on different projects, and have been able to look not only at what they do (amazing!!) but HOW they do it. The leadership attitude is one of determination and sincere urge to help, and this pervades the actions of everyone I've come in contact with.
miraclefeet really delivers what they promise: Helping disadvantaged children in under-developed countries avoid the bane of a crippled life as clubfeet sufferers. Club foot is a curable deformity, and miraclefeet is doing its part to make the cure available.

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

Make it grow and reach more children and their doctors with their aid.

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?

Some

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?

2014

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I had the privilege of working with the miraclefeet team this summer when I help create a program toolkit as part of my graduate work. My experience was beyond gratifying. Miraclefeet is one of those rare organizations that lives by its mission in every way. There is a dedication and power to the miraclefeet team that is palpable. Working with them, that energy and passion becomes infectious. The staff is genuinely, personally invested in making sure that every child get the clubfoot treatment they need to live a healthy, disability-free life. I cannot describe what an honor it was to be a small part of what is quickly becoming an unstoppable force in the prevention of untreated clubfoot around the globe.

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

work to see that it continue to grow and expand.

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?

A lot

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?

2014

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Last summer I was fortunate enough to work closely with all of the miraclefeet staff during a six week internship. While working with miraclefeet to create advocacy and parent education materials, I was able to see the extent to which the organization is truly committed to curing clubfoot. From start to finish, I could not have been more impressed with the organization's ability and success in providing low-cost, non-surgical treatment for children who would otherwise have to live with clubfoot. Further, miraclefeet partners closely with local clubfoot doctors, parents and clubfoot champions to create sustainable solutions, and ensure access to care, regardless of their ability to pay. All members of the staff are extremely dedicated, hardworking, and engaged in every aspect in the organization.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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In the year I spent as a social media intern with miraclefeet, I not only learned about clubfoot and how simple and affordable it is to treat, but I got to hear firsthand stories about the incredible kids the organization works with--kids like Jatu and Jorgito and Melvin. Seeing the transformations not only in patients' feet but in their smiles is proof of the work miraclefeet is doing. miraclefeet's staff members are truly invested in the lives of the population they serve and work tirelessly to make sure all programs and projects run smoothly.

I have always been impressed by the thoughtfulness with which miraclefeet has grown, working with local partners and infrastructures in 12 countries now to create sustainable, long-term solutions. I am also excited to watch the new low-cost brace continue to evolve and be put into use!

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?

A lot

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 had the wonderful opportunity to see the work done in the clinics first hand. I visited two of the clinics in Nicaragua. There were so many people traveling from near and far to get help for their children. I saw many children walking their lives completely changes due to miraclefeet's efforts. All the workers at the clinic were extremely caring and seemed to love what they were doing. I look forward to seeing this organization grow and help put a smile on the faces of children that still do not have the chance to be treated for clubfoot.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I was looking for an organization that I could assist by raising donations while I ran a half marathon. I was born with clubfoot and so working with miraclefeet to raise funds was a very personal experience. I was amazed at the cost effective solutions miraclefeet presented and how they were involved in many locations around the world to help correct this issue. I wore my miraclefeet T-shirt at several training runs as well as the half marathon and had many fellow runners acknowledge it and even ask questions about miraclefeet while we ran. The staff at miraclefeet was a joy to work with and I am proud to assist them in raising funds to correct clubfoot and to raise awareness of both clubfoot and miraclefeet's work to correct it.

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