MIRACLE FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   143 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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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.

John Messer

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i have been on the board on The Miracle Foundation for 6 years now and over that time i have seen this organization go from strength to strength. Caroline Boudreaux and her team continue to impress me with their initiative, passion and focus. Their desire to make an impact on the orphan problem in India and the developing world never wavers. i had the good fortune to visit an orphanage this year that we have been working with and funding for less than a year. To see first hand, the impact that TMF is having on the daily lives of the kids was amazing. This organization is truly moving the needle and i look forward to seeing what the future brings.

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2014

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I have travelled to India twice and visited children's homes served by The Miracle Foundation. The work this organization is doing epitomizes the true meaning of charity. It has brought kindness, health and perhaps most significantly hope into the lives of hundreds of children.

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2013

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I am new to the board of this organization but was one of it's first donors when it began a number of years ago. I have admired the founder (Caroline Boudreaux) for many years. I had written checks and hosted events for them, but it was not until I went to India that I really understood the impact it was making.

My wife and I spent a night in one of the orphanages and it was a "game changer". To see with your own eyes and feel with your own heart the difference this miracle is making in these childrens' lives is remarkable. To have clean water, healthy food, an education and to live safely is something many of us take for granted. when you provide this to these "throw away" children, a true miracle happens.

I believe a meaningful life is one where you try to help others and to leave the world a better place. TMF literally transforms hundreds of lives on a daily basis. We have committed $250,000 in total for the next five years to put our money where our heart is. I would urge anyone to check out this organization and the great work they do!

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

I would get this message to more people around the world so they could participate in this miracle in action!

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Two strengths of the Miracle Foundation -
1) Collaboration with its very dedicated volunteers .
2) The importance of its mission. One trip to India will convince anybody of that.

Bill Ramsdell

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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