MIRACLES IN ACTION INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   52 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  

I became involved with Miracles in Action after my son and his wife adopted two boys from Guatemala at the age of 15 months. I "work" at the farm market selling the jewelry, purses, and other artifacts made by the Mayan women of Guatemala. It has been my pleasure to be associated with this great group of honest and hard-working people. Knowing that our efforts are helping to build schools, libraries, water systems, and other self-sustainable projects is very gratifying. It is a wonderful organization and I am very grateful to be a part of it. Pat D.

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

Definitely

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my husband and I retired we wanted to donate to projects where we could see the results of our donations. After one trip to Guatemala and seeing the extremely poor children and their families, we wanted to help. Since then, my husband and I have funded many projects in Guatemala with Miracles In Action. Our favorites involve funding schools, vocational centers and workshop and the Teacher Training/Resource Center and of course scholarships for the older students. We love it that 100% of our donation goes to the projects. It is nice to know that even if you don't have millions to donate, you can still create a Miracle in the life of poor children in Guatemala with your donation to Miracles In Action, Inc.

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

We have donated money and our time. We also have volunteer several months a year visiting the projects. My husband uses his carpentry skills plus tries to find locals he can train.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

As Founder and a dedicated volunteer Director, there are several achievements that I am proud to tell you. We are an all volunteer non-profit oganization, where 100% of the donations go directly to projects, none to salaries and overhead. I office at home and keep expenses low. Any operational expenses are covered by the income we make in selling handicrafts made in Guatemala in the Mayan women's cottage industry. Selling handicrafts is the #1 fun, easy, and profitable activity that our volunteers enjoy. Not only does it raise funds for "Miracles", but it provides an income to the women making these beautiful things. Additionally, we apply the extra money made in sales to stoves, school supplies and other projects to help the women artisans - going beyond fair trade. Another achievement that I am proud to share is that in 6 years we funded the construction of 29 rural primary schools in the mountains of Guatemala, the installation of over 1600 safe vented stoves, 20 water systems, and 100s of water purifiers - all projects meeting our mission of helping poor families to help themselves.

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

Miracles in Action requires that the people and villages receiving our help, partner with us in the project so that it is not a hand out, but a hand up. When a school is built, we only pay for the building materials. The villagers do the manual unskilled labor, and the local government provides the skilled labor and teachers. This method of giving builds self esteem and pride, and the local people will take care of their school, since they participated in its construction.

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

Write a book like "Three Cups of Tea" - to tell the story.

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I joined Miracles in Action on a trip to Guatemala in January 2007 and was so impressed with their networking, dedication, knowledge and ability to get real sustainable projects done. Also impressive is that 100% of donations go toward projects -- the minimal overhead is paid by selling Guatemalan handicrafts -- which not only pays for the small overhead, but also gives jobs to the women who make the crafts.

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

the number of schools, vocation centers, and water projects built in their short history.

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

keep up the good work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the networking.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

impressively dedicated (volunteers - no paid staff.)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an even bigger difference in the lives of the poor!

Ways to make it better...

I had more resources to help more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economic downturn around the world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the name is fitting -- it seems like miracles happen all the time in getting so many projects done!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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