MIRACLES IN ACTION INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   53 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 241 Countryside Drive Naples FL 34104 USA

Mission: Miracles In Action volunteers seek out underserved pockets of need, whether it is a rural village of indigenous poor or an inner-city orphanage struggling to support its children. By addressing basic needs, like building schools and providing clean drinking water, we are offering hope and providing the tools for a better future.
Target demographics: Guatemalan children and families, especially Mayan.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

With thousands of Guatemalan immigrants coming to the US to escape extreme poverty, Miracles is giving a hand up versus a hand out. I have been volunteering for Miracles in Action for 10 years watching the founder, Penny Rambacher, fund and build 50+ schools, water filtration systems, safe stoves,implement nutrition programs, and provide the extreme poor an opportunity to receive fair wages for their handicrafts. Teaching the people of Guatemala to help themselves is the ultimate gift.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is awesome to see how this organization is impacting Guatemala. You can actually see the difference they are making and how they leaving a legacy for children

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is truly amazing! It is making a difference impacting many lives in Guatemala! Very unique and heart warming. I am glad to be a part of Miracles in Action and be making a difference in my local community as well as empowering mayan women!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the priveledge of accompanying several groups from Miracles in Action on trips to remote areas. One such visit was to give Mayan women beaders water filters and clean them how to clean them. On another occasion, again Mayan women learned how to use Chaya to make healthier tortillas and the rainbow of vegetables to add to their family's diet. But one if the most moving was the 10th Anniversary of Miracles in Action when we visited the first school financed by Penny's mom. Now on their 50th school, this is one amazing organization!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

Miracles in Action provides a wonderful opportunity to give help to the people of Guatemala.
Under the direction of Penny Rambacher, forty seven schools have been built in less than ten years!
Backpacks and school supplies are often provided. I was thrilled to see what a difference this makes
in the lives of the families of San Jose Xepatan.

While I visited the area many other needs developed. Penny's knowledge helped improve these conditions. We installed water purification systems, promoted nutrition education, delivered
a wheelchair and an operation to improve a child's mobility was planned. We made a visit to purchase products to sell from the women beaders as this elevates their status. Lunch was at a vocational school which Miracles in Action supports. I just wish I could be there when the many toys and clothing items are delivered at Christmas. All of the money we contribute goes directly to the people of Guatemala.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am impressed with Miracles In Action. They put every penny of your donation to work helping the poor in rural Guatemala. Over the years I have seen the schools, the libraries, the water projects, the wood burning stoves, the nutritional education, the teacher education, and the warm clothing that they have given to the people of Guatemala. I am impressed with the dedication and the hard work of everyone associated with this charity and with the amazing results of their hard work in rural Guatemala.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Recently I had the opportunity to visit some of the communities where Miracles in Action works. I was struck by what a difference they've made in thousands of people's lives. They choose their partners and communities very thoughtfully, to have the biggest impact. They also listen closely to community leaders to find their greatest needs -- it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. What an effective way to change the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

What's impressed me most is about Miracles in Action is the breadth of services they're involved in--from building schools to providing clean water systems, safe stoves and nutrition education. I love that they work with local NGOs and seek sustainable, long-lasting solutions to the problems of rural poverty. And it's all done in the most frugal ways possible, stretching every dollar to provide the greatest impact.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization just keeps getting better and better. First by providing basic needs, then building schools, installing safe stoves, water systems and the big one, teaching people about nutrition. This enables the people to plant foods that give them a much more stable and nutrious diet. Much Better for children especially in their formitive years.

The list of accomplishments goes on and on. They also partner with other groups which enable them all to do more fr the people of Guatemala.

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

Continue to expand teaching people how to help themselves.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My volunteer work with Penny has been very rewarding Just to see the pictures of the smiling childrfen's faces when they get a new school or a backpack; the mothers who get a new stove in their home; the women with sewing machines -- and the men working hard on building their new schools! We give so little and they get so much. I have not been to Guatemala but hope to visit soon. This is an example of one determined woman can do!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reports of new schools, etc.

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

Try for more grants to help more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known the Founders of this organization for many years. They believe in both "giving a fish" and "teaching to fish." They provide locally accessible nutritional substances and safe cook stoves to bring necessities and they build schools and supply teachers and supplies to promote advancements for the Mayans, all with no salaries or stipends for themselves. They also work well with other like-minded organizations for the behalf of the Mayans.

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

....... you can not get any better than this.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I truly appreciate all the work being done in Guatemala to improve the lives of the Mayan people. As as educator, I totally believe that the "road oout of poverty' is by educating the populace. Bu working with the local population, giving them what they know they need, and offering education in a variety of formats, progress is being made in this region. I have recently donated what is a significant amount of money in terms of my family's income, because I know it will be put to good use.
WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Have it grow so that it has "chapters" across the USA

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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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