MIRACLE FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   140 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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This organization has a phenomenal staff and volunteer group. Knowing little about the work they do, I attended a Miracle Foundation event and walked away with an abundance of information about their cause in helping orphaned children and how their impact makes a difference. It is clear in the passion and energy shown by staff members and volunteers that they are dedicated to changing these children’s lives.

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Miracle Foundation made it very straightforward for me to start to get involved and raised awareness within my school community.

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Though I have been involved with The Miracle Foundation for a relatively short amount of time, I only have glowing reviews about their staff and mission. The staff is truly dedicated to making a difference one child at a time and the way they are structured allows anyone with that same commitment to have a great impact. It is a joy to participate with such loving and dedicated people.

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I have referred several friends and family members to be a part of donating and traveling in care of the children.

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Develop systems to get their word out even further.

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I was introduced to the Miracle Foundation through a friend and I am so thankful to be a part of this great organization. The small group of passionate and dedicated staff are truly changing the world for the better. My finace' and I are helping raise funds for our wedding registry and we hope to travel to India someday to visit the communities the Miracle Foundation has spent a decade building. We are proud to be involved any way we can.

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The Miracle Foundation reaches not just children but they empower local men and women to focus on health, nutrition and education; in turn creating a sustainable family-centered community.

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Increase the support for the staff and raise more funds for services and programs.

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We are extremely impressed with the mission of The Miracle Foundation. We have never known of such a "hands on" international non-profit. One who hand carries our letters and delivers them to the little boy whom we sponsor, as well as bringing back his letters to us, plus pictures and videos of him talking to us! Every aspect of the orphanage is closely observed during personal visits several times a year by the founder and different members of The Miracle Foundation. The mission and goals are clear, supported with the highest degree of credibility; the compassion and care is genuine; and the proof is in the results - happy, healthy, educated and loved children! We are honored to be a part of this amazing organization.

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We have enjoyed sponsoring a child at Sooch Village, sending and receiving letters and pictures. We are thrilled seeing his big smile, knowing his nutritional, educational and emotional needs are all being met. We also are personally attached to this organization as our daughter is the Events/Development Coordinator and works tirelessly on behalf of the children.

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I would hope for more orphanages to be able to give homes and families to more children. I would hope the funding would be forthcoming to employ more people, to enlarge the workplace, all to ultimately lead to more resources and benefits for the children.

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