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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

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity. Where else can every cent you donate go to whatever project you pick? Where else can you go see the school you sponsored open? Where else can you see the homes you sponsored a stove or pure water? I love Miracles in Action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over a decade ago I attended a lecture at The Norris Center in Naples, Florida. Our speaker, Penny Rambacher, opened our heads and hearts to the dedicated work that she is doing in Guatemala.The stories of the women and children in need inspired me to immediately offer my help.
I work at the markets here in Naples where we sell our beautiful beaded jewelry and woven products.
Led by our talented founder, Penny, we are a team of passionate volunteers dedicated to Miracles In Action.
Our work continues to improve the lives of the people of Guatemala!
Sharen Thomas
Naples, FL

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand since 2005 and repetivly up to last month the hard and diligent work that Miracles in Action continues. Miracles in Action is smoothly and passionately managed by founder Penny Rambacher. She shares her joy generously and inspires many many others.

2 Amarierussell

Board Member

Rating: 5

I live in Guatemala year round and see many non-profits. Miracles n Action caught my heart and respect as it does work in the truly remote areas with some of the neediest people. I've been with Miracles to the mountains of Chiantla where the terrain is barren, the wind brutally cold and the people are wrapped in towels for shawls. They wanted a teacher for Pre School children. A community nearby built their own school...and desks! They wanted a new building. These are people willing to make their lives better and want a hand up, not a handout. Miracles looks for and supports projects that work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Marlys H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Penny and MIA for about 10 years and marvel everyday about this charity. It is run by a terrific founder and dedicated volunteers . This charity is blessed with putting the welfare of the Guatemalan people first. I have worked mainly with selling jewelry and have also traveled to Guatemala to see and experience the benefits of MIA . Marlys

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for MIA for many years and can honestly say it's one of the best nonprofits around. It continues to grow its Ideas for the Guatemalan people by implementing new and diverse projects every year. Schools are continuing to be built with an agricultural training center/school to be completed soon. The Founder, Penny is a devoted, skilled , faithful committed leader who works tirelessly and has a contagious personality.

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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

4 E'lise G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Penny Rambacher and Miracles in Action through Bosom Buddies in Naples FL. To help myself through breast cancer and help others, I knit dozens of warm hats for the children. It was a very rewarding experience to receive photos of them wearing my hats. Unfortunately my hands have given up on me. Nevertheless I follow them and revel in the outstanding success of this organization. What is so notable is that when you give, you see the fruits of your effort immediately in the lives of these wonderful people who are so appreciative. I cannot say enough about the organization and the people behind it for the Miracles they perform. This little girl is wearing one of my hats. What a darling.

2 loribm

Board Member

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action and its founder Penny Rambacher are helping those living in extreme poverty to help themselves through a hand up not a hand out. When we help those help themselves solve for very basic needs like safe water, education, and nutrition, we all can thrive. Families will then stay together, they will uplift their neighbors, their village, and their country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action does a tremendous job not only supporting the Mayan people and culture of Guatemala, but also educating other people around the globe on the needs of these beautiful and friendly people. My life has developed greater fulfillment thanks to Penny Rambacker and Miracles in Action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My charity organization has partnered with Miracles in Action numerous times over 5 years. They have been integral in helping our chosen indigenous village in a remote mountainous area of Guatemala. They have stepped up quickly, generously and with great passion and critical follow up. They have made it possible to provide a school, a retaining wall to protect the school, vented stoves, clean filtered water buckets, scholarships and much more.
I volunteer now for this organization in order to raise funds for their incredible projects. I admire their philosophy to provide a hand up, not a hand out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered for years. The work they do is more amazing each year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that this charity helps women to earn income from their homes by buying their beaded jewelry at fair prices, and then sells it online, at gift shops (like the Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Zoo, Island Vision, Dallas Aquarium...) and at farmers markets. Women love to help other women by buying their handiwork. The things are so beautiful they are easy to sell, and volunteers are the sales reps. Then, they go beyond this and give the artisans water filters, school supplies for their kids, and assistance to improve their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work! love the Guatemala! Leaving a legacy!

1 Morales

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has worked with Miracles In Action for several years. This organization has welcomed OUR family into THEIR family. It has allowed us to focus our desire to give and has shown us what giving can achieve. Our youngest child was adopted from Guatemala nine years ago, and we have always felt a connection with the country of our daughter’s birth. This organization has impressed us by the scope of their programs in Guatemala and the relationships with people and organizations “in country” that they have established. Its most impressive achievements have been how they have been able to create large projects, like building schools and partnering to create vocational institutions, while also providing assistance to individual families by way of teaching skills that will help each unique village. An example of these acts may include giving water purifiers to the villagers, along with lessons on the importance of proper hygiene. There is also constant dialogue with the villagers about proper nutrition, coupled with lessons on which native foods can provide superior nutrients when blended into the food already found in their culture.
We have found that MIA has successfully created a bridge for those here in the States, that have the desire and resources to help, to participate in the process of assistance. MIA is always cognizant that the donor wishes to be informed how their gifts are being used, but always stays true to their mission to not impose changes within the culture of the recipients, but rather work with them to discuss the most effective and respectful way to reach their common goals.
Perhaps one of the aspects of MIA that we find most attractive is that the organization offers "a hand up", not "a hand out". This important facet of their mission allows the beautiful people of Guatemala to maintain their dignity, while teaching them valuable skills that will eventually cause them to be, not only self-sufficient, but successful.
Miracles In Action has been a blessing for our family. We could not be happier to be involved with an organization that welcomes all those who want to help and inspires all those that have the pleasure of working with them. We consider ourselves fortunate to have met Penny Rambacher and Miracles In Action

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Ann F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

birenegn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!