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Miraclefeet

Rating: 4.88 stars   34 reviews 1,440

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, Human Services

Address:

410 W MAIN ST 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 9,000 children in treatment in 13 countries.

Geographic areas served:

We currently have clinics in Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, Ecuador, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, India, and Nepal

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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(919) 240-5572
http://www.miraclefeet.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was first introduced to miraclefeet when I was on a service trip in Peru and we met a girl who suffered from clubfoot. I interned with miraclefeet helping organize fundraisers and soccer clinics to raise money and awareness for the organization. miraclefeet is a small organization having huge impact worldwide in its mission to eliminate clubfoot in low resource countries. miraclefeet is so efficient it can change a child's life forever for only $250. Clubfoot is a common birth defect, affecting one of every 750 children born worldwide. Clubfoot is routinely treated at birth in the US which is why many people have never heard of it. miraclefeet spreads awareness of this birth defect not only internationally, but also through close relationships with local high school students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few weeks ago, I started an internship at miraclefeet for the summer. I had known about miraclefeet and its mission for a few years, but I didn't realize how impactful this nonprofit was until I came into the office. The work that miraclefeet has done has given over 10,000 children in developing countries the opportunity to walk, run, and play sports.

From what I have seen, everyone at the office works cohesively to attain the goal of helping children in need. All of the people who work here have been extremely helpful and welcoming.
I am very grateful for gaining the experience of working in a non profit, and miraclefeet has been the perfect place to do this!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at miraclefeet this past summer and it was definitely a memorable experience. I worked specifically to help identify potential grant opportunities. I was honored to be able to work on such a central aspect to the organization, as funding is what allows it to grow. Gaining administrative experience in such a warm and welcoming environment has definitely had a positive impact on me and I now understand in greater detail what miraclefeet is about.

All of the people who work here are kind and passionate about what they do. It is clear that miraclefeet is working hard to improve access to club foot treatment around the world in developing countries for the low cost of $250. Since I started interning here, I have seen people committed to this goal and making sure that their jobs are done well in order to accomplish it. People here do not settle, they set high standards and are always looking for ways to make things more affordable or more accessible for the populations that miraclefeet serves.

miraclefeet's success is due in part to the fact that it is well organized and run extremely efficiently. I am really excited for the future because I know that as long as miraclefeet is around, untreated clubfoot doesn't stand a chance.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was drawn to work with this organization after a brief conversation with Chesca, the Executive Director, and Kristine, the Director of Philanthropy. Their enthusiasm for every part of miraclefeet's current operations and future were inspiring. This is a nonprofit that is giving a child a chance to walk and live a more normal life for only $250. What amazes me is that Chesca and her team have not even settled with that number - they are continuously trying to find new ways to create a more low-cost and accessible solution.

Over the past few months I have worked with the miraclefeet staff on their small donor strategy. Getting to interview the staff members for this project has shown me how passionate each and every person is about what they do. They are all bursting with new ideas that they adopt as soon as they have the bandwidth for it. If any organization is going to eradicate untreated clubfoot at some point, this is the one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This past summer I have been an intern for miraclefeet and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience to work for a nonprofit as great as this one. My summer goal has been to create a volunteer/ engagement toolkit for miraclefeet to implement in the future to make the process of hosting an event smoother for both miraclefeet and the volunteer. Despite working closely with the development team throughout my nine weeks here, the entire office works in such a cohesive and unified manner that I was able to see all sides of the work that miraclefeet does.

Being in the office each day, I can easily say that miraclefeet lives out its mission of increasing access to proper treatment for children born with clubfoot in developing countries in the most sustainable way. The entire staff is extremely devoted to the cause and very engaged with their volunteers.

With great determination and strong leadership, miraclefeet is helping thousands of children have a second chance at a normal life by curing their clubfoot. Rapidly becoming a global force in the fight against untreated clubfoot, miraclefeet with continue to have a profound impact on the lives of children born with this disability for years to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son was born with clubfoot. So this charity is near and dear to my heart! We love miraclefeet because they help children walk correctly all over the world!! Clubfoot really is a debilitating deformity if left untreated. My family is so lucky to be able to receive the best treatment here in America and we love that miraclefeet brings that care to less fortunate countries!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a product designer who worked with Miraclefeet while I was getting my masters degree at Stanford. I took a d.school class called "Design for Extreme Affordability," and along with a team of three other students, took on the design challenge of making a low-cost, user-friendly brace for children at Miraclefeet clinics.

When Chesca came to pitch their design challenge to our class, I remember thinking that this was the partner organization that I HAD to work with... Chesca's incredible heart and tireless effort for this real need just spoke to me, and I was moved to want to contribute my design expertise to the problem.

Throughout the 2-quarter long collaboration with the d.school and our team, Chesca and Lauren were nothing less than inspiring, hardworking, and so generous with their time. It was a real honor to work with Miraclefeet, and to work alongside people who have dedicated so much to this cause. They were also supportive of our team when our user research led us toward designing an SMS text messaging system as a support mechanism for parents to help with treatment adherence. They have since pursued the seeds of that idea in partnership with Medic Mobile, which my team was thrilled to learn about!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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