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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services, International, International Relief, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Miracle Foundation is a nonprofit organization that brings life-changing care to the world's orphans. Helping people help themselves is the most sustainable way to affect real change. That's why we focus on strengthening existing institutions and giving purposeful employment to local people in need of work. Together with our donors, we transform local orphanages into homes, train displaced women to become cherished mothers and fund scholarships for education. Our approach empowers donors, caregivers and children. It's transforming. It's measurable. It's proven. And it works miracles.

Results: The Miracle Foundation helps turn orphanages into functioning, loving homes where orphaned children can thrive. Drawing on knowledge gained from over ten years of working with orphanages, we have codified measurement standards based on the 12 Rights of the Child. With this framework in place, we are able to identify and evaluate orphanages that share our philosophy, but struggle to properly care for the children they support due to insufficient resources. Our systematic approach helps us meticulously measure each of our orphanages on their success toward implementing each and every one of these children’s 12 basic rights. In 2015, we fed, nurtured and educated 1,000 orphans, supported 16 orphanages in India and funded numerous college scholarships. We also continued our partnerships with Safe Water Network India, St. Stephen’s Hospital and Katha, bringing clean water, quality healthcare and tutors to each of our homes. As part of our global mission, we acted as a voice to promote and advocate for orphans around the world. With platforms such as the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and UNICEF, we actively recommend that orphans be considered as equal citizens and become a part of the government and society. We work to develop tools to help orphanages to understand and meet global standards. Because our model is based on best practices, measurable standards and training curriculum for caregivers, it is fully replicable and can be used in any part of the world.

Target demographics: orphans reach their full potential

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000 orphans receive all of their rights

Geographic areas served: rural India

Programs: clean water, nutritious food, high-quality healthcare, and an excellent education for orphaned children - all in a stable, loving, nurturing home. The Miracle Foundation model is a proven three-phase method that raises the standards and expectations of existing orphanages. We start by selecting orphanages with a genuine commitment to orphans and their education. Next, we help local orphanages help themselves by providing incremental funding to cover gaps in the quality of care. This involves working hand-in-hand with the orphanages during an incubation phase to provide paired funding, training and capacity building. We have codified measurement standards based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and actively work with orphanages to implement improvements. Once an orphanage maintains 90%+ goal achievement, they become a Miracle Foundation partner and can count on ongoing support. Using this approach helps any struggling orphanage measure success, guard against corruption and report real, tangible, lifesaving results.

Community Stories

206 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be a Miracle Foundation ambassador to Anwesha orphanage in Agartala, India in Fall of 2016. Science in a Suitcase, an Austin non-profit dedicated to spreading STEAM education to underprivileged children, organized volunteers and fundraising to get us over to India where The Miracle Foundation connected us with Anwesha to help bring STEAM education to some of the most beautiful children I've ever interacted with. We did simple science experiments with the young kids, and taught programming and engineering concepts to the older kids using the LEGO WeDo robotics platform over the course of three days.

This was one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences I have ever had the opportunity to participate in! These kids have so little, yet are still so full of life, hope, and happiness. All the mundane challenges of getting over to India ready to help these kids melted away the instant we drove up to the Anwesha gates in our Tuk-Tuks and saw the whole orphanage waiting eagerly to receive us with all the pomp and circumstance they could muster. We taught programming, did some neat experiments, and setup a sustainable robotics program in the Anwesha computer lab with trained mentors during our time there, and every time one of the children looked me in the eye beaming with excitement and happiness, I just wanted to hug them.

The Miracle Foundation created this opportunity for us, and I am forever grateful. Heather Shaw of the Miracle Foundation in Austin helped us organize our preparations for the trip, and once we arrived in India, all the logistics like food, transportation, and lodgings were taken care of. Barbara Joubert was absolutely incredible in the way she took care of us in India and the way she loves every single one of these kids, she is an inspiration. Thank you Heather, thank you Barbara, and thank you Miracle Foundation!

Laura356

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Miracle Foundation is a nonprofit that truly does amazing things for orphans around the world. The founder's story fuels the organization with a fierce passion to create Centers of Excellence where these children in need can thrive until they are reunited with their kin. Keep making miracles happen!

1 Rahul B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Miracle Foundation has a strategy. And it is working. They aren't just tossing dollars and riding missions statements, but executing on a coherent and amazing strategy.

It was beautiful to see what they do. I went in to my work with them (teaching robotics at one of the homes) a skeptic. I had watched the ted talks and listened to stories, but there is always a part of you that wonders what they do with your donations, how real the story is, how affected are they by corruption in the country the work in, etc.

And man, it was beautiful. Spending a week teaching Robotics to the kids in the home, I saw the joy that permeates every facet of the home. The kids have the opportunity to be children. They are not forgotten orphans. The eat and play, they have mothers. They get individual attention, teaching, training, equipped to stand on their own two feet.

When we came, there was a new girl that had just come. You could tell, because she didn't smile or talk or interact. And I saw so many times the mothers in the home or staff would go hang out with the girl and comfort her. And we did too. Just such an amazing community feel.

Ren H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege going to an orphanage in Agartala, India with The Miracle Foundation in September 2016. I didn't know what to expect. I have never met an orphan in my home country, let alone India.

I met the nicest group of children when I was there. They didn't have much in terms of material possession, but they were loved. They were well-fed. They got good education. The 12 rights of children that The Miracle Foundation believes in really showed at the orphanage. The children probably had sad pasts, but they were so happy at the orphanage.

In the short four days, the children passionately called me "Dada," which means older brother. I don't have any siblings, but had so many littler brothers and sisters that week. I was there to set up a robotics program. I don't know how many lives I changed that week, but it certainly changed mine. It put in perspective how prevailed I am simply because where I live and from.

People say India is incredible, but children were even more so, every single one of them. I can't wait to see them grow up and make India even more incredible.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife Raka, our children, and I have been actively involved with the Miracle Foundation for over ten years. We have made annual trips to orphanages run by the Miracle Foundation for the past four years, and I have served as Chairman of the Board for a number of years.

The numbers speak for themselves: Miracle Foundation helps 2,500 kids, which translates to over a million meals, hundreds of thousands of medicines, and thousands of textbooks. Imagine a typical household with two kids and multiply what happens there by one thousand, all with a maniacal attention to detail to meet each child’s needs!

More than just the numbers, however, I am a big fan of the Miracle Foundation due to what I call my “3 Ps”:

a) Process: Miracle Foundation has a proprietary Thrive Scale—this is a methodology created to measure and enable systematic change in their homes. The process emphasizes measurement followed by investment at greater rates as a home/organization hits its critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In my world, this is venture capital meeting a non-profit: something as magical as true fusion of oil and water!

b) Persistence: Miracle Foundation has an amazing team in the U.S. While the staff is 10,000 miles away from the children they serve, it makes positive change with uncompromising integrity in India. This is a testament to the team's sheer perseverance and grit for the kids they serve. It is impressive they’re able to succeed and make this vision a reality.

c) People: The Miracle Foundation staff is among the most amazing people we have ever encountered. From a place of selflessness, motivation for the well-being of the kids, and very astute business thinking, the team has conceived and implemented a technology-enabled methodology (with tremendous attention to detail) that creates the maximum impact for every dollar generated.

I have seen many companies, have sat on many Boards, and have worked with amazing CEOs and entrepreneurs. But there is something about the folks at Miracle Foundation that makes you want to help them with their mission to empower the world’s most vulnerable children. Supporting them is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Miracle Foundation is a fantastic organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was blessed to travel with other Miracle Foundation ambassadors to meet the incredible children of Balgram Poynad. These children were inquisitive, happy, and funny. They were fed delicious, nutritious meals and were in excellent physical condition. Their living conditions were clean and comfortable, and their home mothers were loving and caring. The children discussed their aspirations for their future with no limits on possibilities. The Miracle Foundation has changed the lives of these incredible young people. I hope many others will support this vitally important organization!

1 Sandy132

Donor

Rating: 5

The journey that I took with the Miracle Foundation was extraordinary. I was not expecting to go to an orphanage and meet children that was so full of joy . There is no doubt that these kids are loved . Those children was very well taken care of . I know that they are getting an education because we walk them to school . This group of kiddos was very happy and healthy . I got to see first hand exactly how much the donations we make to the Miracle Foundation is providing for these children . I have to say it is very impressing . I will continue to support those children by donating to the Miracle Foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love lives in the eyes of the Miracle Foundation's children. The kids in the care of TMF are filled with light and joy. They laugh with their stomach muscles, play competitively but fair, dance gracefully and whole-heartedly. They are being raised by hard-working, impressive women who are referred to as house mothers....and mothers are definitely what they are. The model created by The Miracle Foundation is beautifully implemented. It provides these precious people with not only what they need today, but the tools and hope for bright futures. We left them in the most tender of hands, in a place filled with goodness, with mothers and brothers and sisters whose devotion to each other is something that the whole world should be able to see. I recommend you go see it!

1 Jessica133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating to them for years now. They are going to do great things for orphans all over the world. Their system is transparent, measurable, and SO obviously working when you visit with the impacted children!!!
This is my fourth trip to India with TMF and I am sure it won't be my last.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long-time donor (over ten years) to The Miracle Foundation, and my association with their organization and their methodology is a tremendous point of pride for me. Their work defining a measurable, sustainable, effective solution for protecting children's rights has been impressive at every turn. Recently returning from my first trip to one of their homes in India, I can attest first-hand to their success is creating environments where children not only thrive, but have a home. These abandoned and rescued children are joyous, educated, responsible, and actively participate in the management of their own lives. They have futures. Big ones.

I would encourage anyone, anywhere to become involved with, and donate to, The Miracle Foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I run a nonprofit that partners with various nonprofits around the world to bring unique educational experiences to children. We’ve had the fortune of partnering with The Miracle Foundation for several years now to bring STEM education workshops to kids in the homes they support in India. Each experience has been incredible, and I cannot say enough good things about this organization. The staff of the Miracle Foundation are so incredibly committed to these children and passionate about giving them the love and support they need to become healthy, thriving, human beings who get that they matter. If you ever have an opportunity to go on a trip to visit one of their homes, to look these children in the eyes and tell them they matter, to laugh and dance and just experience joy with them… I highly recommend you take it. It will forever change you.

Nicole Richard
Co-Founder of Science in a Suitcase

2 Roxy K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in northeast India that the Miracle Foundation has invested in, this past month, and the experience was astounding. First, the kids were happy and their happiness was tangible. I clearly could not communicate with any of the children extensively, but every time I looked at any of the children, a big smile would fill their face. It was beautiful! I was so excited to be with the children, and they were just as excited to be with me. The Miracle Foundation has made an impact in the lives of these children that is truly providing all of their 12 rights of a child, but also a happy, clean and loving home.

I was so impressed, and so happy to have spend a few days getting to teach some basic science and robotics concepts to the children. The organization truly cares about every child that walks through the doors of their homes.

They were also very supportive of their volunteers and very thankful for our time and efforts. I will definitely keep on supporting!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to join The Miracle Foundation this year on one of their trips to a children's home in India. I was blown away by the quality of life experienced by the 40 young boys living at this home. This home has been a part of TMF for three years, and has made huge improvements in everything they do. The most important part of my trip was seeing the difference between where these children started and where they are now. It goes to show how much of an impact TMF is playing the success of these homes.

In addition to meeting the boys, I also had the opportunity to meet with the founders of the home and some of the generous people who work there. The people involved in this home are truly good people and have devoted their lives to helping children. These are the type of people that make big differences and touch the lives of everyone they meet. My confidence in the organization largely lies in the dedication I saw in those people. With a foundation like that, TMF will have a lot of success and make a huge change in this world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization, and this was an amazing, life-changing, wonderful trip! They took care of absolutely everything so that we could focus on our work with the kids.

We could tell the children and the orphanage staff all just adored the Miracle Foundation staff, and it was obvious that 1) TMF had done a lot of work to get the orphanage to its current state, and 2) we made a huge impact with our robotics program and STEM activities.

If I could give 5000 stars, I would.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to travel to India & visit a Miracle Foundation children's home. What I expected to see and what I experienced were two completely different things. I anticipated meeting the saddest & most malnourished children on this earth. I was completely taken back when I met these happy and loving children who have all of their necessities met. The Miracle Foundation has guided this home and has helped them grow into success story after nearly 10 years of struggle. The workers of the home receive a significant amount of guidance on running the home from the organization. The miracle foundation doesn't just pour money into the home they actually teach the employees the tools needed to run the home like a business while loving and caring for the children equally. Each child has their 12 rights met at all times and there are measures in place to assure that this is so. The children are growing intellectually, emotionally, and physically.
As sad as it was to separate from these children, I left there knowing that each child is well taken care of. I know that the money I've donated is going to the right place because I saw, first hand, a thriving home full of love & happiness. I witnessed the systems in place to assure that this home is moving forward and properly guiding the children to have a future. A future is not something promised in India so these kids happen to be exceptionally lucky to be involved with the Miracle
Foundation. Without this organization so many children wouldn't have a chance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My trip with The Miracle Foundation to one of their partnership orphanages in India was a great experience. I witnessed the Foundations premise and vision of providing the full scope of meeting resident children's measurable needs and outcomes in daily practice. The children are thriving and gifted with a lifetime legacy that will positively impact their whole lives, and will undoubtedly pass on to their future generations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi Friends,

I associate with Miracle foundation for 3 months and working as per the guidance and support given by Miracle team for the benefits of children of our SAMPARC Bal Asha Ghar, Pune, India. The partnership giving guidance and providing me the tools to see the progress of our work. In few months, I have come to know many new techniques which are helping us to ensure the rights of Children. I am thankful of Miracle foundation for giving their knowledge to work in better way.

Thanks & regards,

Tulshiram Khadagale,
Project incharge-SAMPARC Bal Asha Ghar,
Pune, India

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It was really grate experience with working with Miracle foundation team for one year. Our partnership with Miracle has helped us to give best services to our orphan & needy children of SAMPARC canters.

As a partner ,we have learned many things to monitor the progress of children as well as for the organization through various innovative tools used by the team. The tools which have been used by Miracle foundation in our SAMPARC Children’s Home is really helping us to monitor and track the progress of our work in education, health & nutrition and overall needs of the children.

We are really thankful team for giving their feedback and guidance as knowledge partner of SAMPARC. We are really proud to associate with Miracle foundation.

Thanks & regards,

Satish Mali,
Progarme Manager-SAMPARC, Pune India

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Board Member

Rating: 5

we the sisters and children of Marialaya coimbatore with grateful heartsthank you for your meaningful support and constant guidance in bringing smile on the face of our children These days of training programme help us to make our work more effective in the field.
We assure u of co operation and thank all those who support us through you..

with love and prayers
Sr.Amalie yacob and sr. Isabella Alphonse & children, staff
Coimbatore Marialaya.