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Penny R.

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Review for Miracles In Action Inc, Naples, FL, USA

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.

Role:  Board Member & My mother sponsored the building of the 1st rural primary school in Guatemala, planting the seed for many more, and the start for "Miracles".