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Miracles In Action Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: Miracles in Action empowers Guatemalans living in extreme poverty to help themselves through sustainable projects that improve education, nutrition, vocational skills, and create jobs.

Results: Built 54 Schools in 12 years, 2500+ vented safe stoves, 2000+ water filters, buy fair trade handicrafts from 135 artisans.

Target demographics: Guatemalan children and families, especially Mayan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000s of women and children

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: building schools, nutrition education, agriculture, water systems, water filters, fair trade

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sue_119

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit organization that has gotten more things accomplished than most even dream of doing. Not only do they build schools, they help other NPOs with nutrition training and more. I've seen them in Action. An amazing organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Penny Rambacher, founder of Miracles in Action, about 10 years ago and was immediately impressed. The non-profit organization that she has created has surpassed my wildest expectations. From providing aid to the poorest of the poor in Guatemala to funding schools in remote villages, Miracles in Action is doing just that... providing MIRACLES to those in need. I can't say enough good things about this organization. They are blessing those in need as well as those who get involved. Keep up the good work!

Penny R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I think the best way to know this charity is to watch a video on how it came about. A mother and daughter who could not look away when they experienced Extreme Poverty (defined as when every day is a struggle just to be alive. No water, food or shelter.) This is a poverty that does not exist in the US or any developed country. We have safety nets to prevent this level of poverty - food stamps, soup kitchens, neighbors and churches that are able to help poor people in the US. In Guatemala there are no safety nets, and people die, or try to come to the US to get work, earn a living and send their money back home to help their family.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Kathy M. C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive been supporting MIA since day one! Schools, nutrition, sustainable projects are some of the focus. Money well spent.
Keep up the good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a beautiful organization that not only offers aid to the needs of the impoverished, but actually walks along side of them to enable and equip them which can transform their very lives. So proud to donate to their work and vision! Linda and Bill Merrick

Donor

Rating: 5

I traveled to Guatemala for the dedication of a special needs school sponsored by Miracles In Action in June 2019. Seeing the children and families who would benefit from the school and getting to talk with them was incredible and impactful. It was very rewarding and reaffirming to see the results of our donations!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Penny is a woman of deep passion for her work and the organization is transparent and responsible with the aid that they receive. I highly recommend them.

1 Curt B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action started with a dream that all kids in Guatemala would have the basics--a school to learn from and the right food to eat. Miracles has built nearly 60 schools in Guatemala, distributed thousands of water filters, farm animals and packets of school supplies, and helped Mayan artisans create products that Miracles in Action buys at fair trade prices and sells in the US. But given Miracles in Action's dream, the work hasn't stopped there. They have also found some of the highest impact startup projects on nutrition in Guatemala and supported them. From healthy snacks being sold in stores, materials to support the use of native plants like Chaya, to supporting producing and selling more nutritious corn seeds (super corn), Miracles in Action has been at the forefront of making a major difference in Guatemala.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a truly outstanding nonprofit that has funded the construction of 57 rural schools in Guatemala! They also support vocational schools leading to jobs, and preschool education, and buy handicrafts made in the local cottage industry so women can earn an income from home while taking care of their families. Miracles In Action is a nonprofit that is effective and creates a long-lasting impact in communities across Guatemala - keep up the good work!!!

Lilli E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action does not only build schools, but they also take everything related to learning into consideration, for example, nutrition. The team always the extra mile so that students can prosper and build good lives for themselves and their families.
I love that Miracles in Action finances its adminstration cost by supporting local initiatives and selling Guatemalan handmade jewelry in the United States; that way, all the money donated goes to the schools and children directly!!

Joanne14

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent charity that we have had the privilege of working and traveling to Guatemala with. Hard working, ethical members who truly want to help the Mayan people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have encouraged, donated to and volunteered with this charity over the years. They are doing great work in Guatemala and I can highly recommend supporting their cause.

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Barb M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A most impressive nonprofit that embodies the spirit of teaching a person how to fish instead of giving them a fish. In addition, 100% of all donations go to the cause because all administrative costs are funded through the sale of products made by indigenous people.

1 mireio

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A small foundation having a high impact on education, health and the advacement of women in poor indigenous Guatemalan communities.

SallyGeorge

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have known and supported Penny Rambacher and Miracles in Action (MIA) as volunteers and supporters since its inception. Penny is an exceptionally dedicated worker for and supporter of the indigenous people of Guatemala. MIA does an extraordinary job of providing a “hand up” as opposed to “hand outs.” The Guatemalans touched by MIA include the women who are provided with the materials and training to do beading which is marketed in the United States with all profits returned to the women, many of whom are supporting their families; the children in remote villages who have the opportunity for continuing education thanks to the over 50 schools funded and built by MIA; the reintroduction of native plants to local diets through planting and education; nutrition education; and on the ground work with other NGOs in support of Guatemalan indigenous needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bought some beautiful crafts from the Marco Island Farmer's Market I was greeted by friendly, enthusiastic volunteers and was well informed about the organization. The merchandise was so well made and the details were incredible. I was more than happy to support such an amazing cause.

Amber J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Miracles in Action sees the value in and focuses on education! Such a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There couldn't be a better name for this organization. I had the opportunity to work with them as a volunteer. I was deeply inspired by the work they do for poverty stricken families in Guatemala. The founder, Penny Rambacher has a special gift. Her energy, knowledge and inspiration to help others less fortunate is overwhelming. The organization sells handicrafts made by the artisans in Guatemala and the profits fund many projects there. They have built more than 54 schools . They have programs to educate these people to help themselves have a better way of life. Solar lights, stoves and water filters are supplied to these families. Agriculture programs are put in place. They create classes for women to learn about birth control, and having respect for themselves. I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Guatemala and travel to a remote village for a school opening. It was truly an eye opening experience. Gracious people, beautiful children who are so thrilled to have visitors. We brought them each a book and a knapsack. They were so gracious with big smiles and pointed at my camera and said photo. It made me think of many children who have so much but want more. It touched my heart. What a wonderful experience I was able to have and will never forget. I still help Miracles when I am able to. Giving back is something everyone should experience. Thank you Penny you have truly been my inspiration. Marcia McCarthy

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

By chance I came across Miracles in Action at an event in Naples. They were selling beautiful crafts handmade by the Mayan women in Guatemala. I purchased some beautiful jewelry and was then introduced to the founder of miracles. She began to tell me the story behind her organization and how it started. It deeply touched me as my eyes filled with tears. A few weeks later I called her and became a volunteer. The difference Miracles in Action has made to the families in Guatemala is certainly a miracle but as you know people make miracles. I have been working with a wonderful group of people with big hearts whose mission is miracles and they have certainly made many happen Share their story at miraclesinaction.org. Any purchase will help a family and child in need. Marcia

Bri D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Miracles in Action allows it's donors to chose exactly where their money is going. I was able to give the gift of a women's hygiene kit which was filled with items that as a woman, I take for granted on a daily basis.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had an amazing experience with Miracles In Action and have seen the real impact it has had in Guatemala helping communities in much need of education, nutrition, and other support. These families are soo grateful and I don't know what they would do without Miracles in Action!

Jennifer Nicole E.

Donor

Rating: 5

Watching this organization give to these women warms my heart! So proud to be a contributor and look forward to helping where I can!

Ariana D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer and a holder of an International Studies degree, I can attest the development work Miracles In Action does alongside various reputable partner charities both in-country and within the states is remarkable. Rather than focusing on handouts, Miracles In Action does an incredible job with sustainable development, giving those in need the opportunity to help themselves.