MIRACLE FOUNDATION INC

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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 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 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

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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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After volunteering at the Miracle Foundation headquarters for a number of weeks, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to India and experience firsthand the outstanding work that this wonderful Nonprofit is doing by implementing the Miracle Method. The staff, both here in Austin and in India, are 100% committed to serving these children to the fullest extent possible. It was apparent from my first moments at New Life that these kids are healthy, educated, well fed, and most importantly provided with a sense of well being and security. There literally is not a word strong enough to describe the amount of joy that will fill your heart when you are able to pick up one of these kids, give them a big hug, and be able to measure just how much of an impact is being made through their beaming smiles and contagious laughter.

I tell anyone who will listen about my experience as an Ambassador with the Miracle Foundation, about how the children are the absolute top priority, and how even the smallest donation can make an incredible impact on the lives of these kids. I am forever grateful for the work that they are doing, and am looking forward to serving as an Ambassador to these kids for many, many years to come.

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My experience with The Miracle Foundation this year has been one of the most memorable and impactful experiences of my life. I got to visit the Anbarasi home (and met the children from the Cornerstone home) in Tamil Nadu, India this past October and fell in love with over 200 children within a matter of days. They were happy, healthy, and so incredibly generous, and that was clearly a direct result of the impact that The Miracle Foundation has had on them.

The Miracle Foundation aims to meet all of the rights and needs of the children and raises each child out of starvation, poverty, and unhealthy conditions. Their success was evident in all of the smiles. The children were obviously very grateful for the change that came from TMF's existence in their lives. The children were provided three healthy, protein-rich meals a day, with options for seconds and thirds. Their clothing was clean, their water was clear, and their living conditions were safe. Since the incorporation of TMF, their playgrounds were cleared of harmful debris, they have running water for showers and bathrooms, and they have a beautiful library filled with books and toys. The children have regular checkups and access to guidance counselors, ensuring their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The Miracle Foundation has created structure for the children. It has provided consistency and stability, and in that, each child clearly felt safe and secure. They have collected the best staff and house mothers who love the children as their own. In my conversations with the children, I learned of their hopes and dreams. One boy wanted to be a professional cricket player, a little girl wanted to be a doctor and heal people, another little boy wanted to become a teacher. Hearing these hopes for their future brought tears to my eyes, because I knew that TMF's presence allowed them to be in a place to dream so big. There was nothing holding them back from becoming so prosperous.

Some significant memories of my time in India include witnessing children play in a water park and theme park for the first time in their lives, putting Flash Tattoos on the boys, having the boys teach me how to play cricket and winning a game, reading to the children in the library, having a group of girls teach me how to speak Tamil, being fed by the children, serving the children food in the dining hall and at the theme park, painting candle holders for the upcoming Diwali celebration, taking pictures of the children learning how to do yoga, helping the kids create holiday ornaments, dancing with the children on bus rides, having little girls braid my hair, hugging and kissing every child as much as possible, being on the roof of the orphanage and looking down at all the beautiful lights for Diwali, watching the children watch the Diwali fireworks, and having many pockets of conversations with the children to learn more about who they are and what they want in the world.

I am honored to be an Ambassador for the The Miracle Foundation. This non-profit has impacted so many lives and I look forward to continuing my volunteering efforts with them and going back to India to spend more time with the children.

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My employer, Whole Foods Market, sponsored my trip to India last September with the Miracle Foundation. It was so impactful and rewarding to me as a person. This organization is truly making a gigantic contribution to the lives of these beautiful children.

During my time there, we built a new playground for the kids, and also painted murals on the orphanage walls. But more importantly, was the look of love in eyes of these children, as they realized someone from across the world cared about them and their wellbeing.

From beginning to end, I was in awe of the quality of the experience that The Miracle Foundation created for these kids. It was truly beautiful and I hope to do it again and again.

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I recently visited the Anbarasi home in Southern India with The Miracle Foundation, and was forever changed by witnessing the real impact this organization is having on orphaned children. While volunteering my time in India, I fell in love with the children and fell in love with the organization.

The Miracle Foundation has a heart for children - and seeks to create a loving, stable environment in which these orphans can grow to meet their full potential. The idea is to provide these kids with a happy, healthy, "normal" childhood - in which they feel loved and supported, and understand that they matter and haven't been forgotten.

To do this, The Miracle Foundation moves existing orphanages through a transformation: getting kids healthy, vaccinated, and well fed; installing clean running water; transforming the orphanage from an institution into a home; hiring additional house mothers and creating a sense of family; introducing child-led committees and life skills classes, and so forth. All of which are meant to address the "12 rights of every child," based on the UN's resolution of such rights.

For me, volunteering in India was an opportunity to be a loving male presence and influence in the lives of young boys and girls alike. And I am both proud and honored to be associated with this incredible organization, which is run by passionate individuals who believe in the basic rights of every child.

And the children are fully aware of how different their lives would be if it weren't for The Miracle Foundation - which has changed their personal stories forever.

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