2019 Grant Recipient: Miracle Foundation Global Orphan Project
for May 2, 2019
This update comes from our partners at The Miracle Foundation, an international nonprofit organization supporting orphaned children in India, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Mexico and the United States. The organization ensures orphans receive all of their rights, per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Earlier this year, Legacy Collective awarded a $25,000 grant to The Miracle Foundation to support their Global Orphan Project and provide them with the capital needed to formalize a partnership among more than 60 different governmental organization and NGO’s to eliminate the need for institutionalized orphanages by the year 2040, in an effort that is the first of its kind.
The First Project of it’s Kind
Miracle Foundation is grateful for [it’s] generous partnership [with Legacy Collective]. With you support, we are making strong progress toward our collaborative efforts to reach our goal, establishing the first project of its kind, eliminating the need for institutionalized orphanages by 2040 though a family for every child. We are supporting orphans to have a better quality of life while bringing about systemic, sustainable change that transforms the need for orphanages.
Progress and Achievements
September 2019 was an eventful month. In New York, Miracle Foundation joined its partners at the United Nations General Assembly and called on the UN to keep families together. Miracle Foundation is one of 12 organizations leading the advocacy and collaboration efforts for this global movement. Also in September, Miracle Foundation staff members (80) from the US and India came together for the first time to strategize on ensuring children remain in or reunite with family. Our work in the past was solely based on relief efforts but has evolved to partnering with UNICEF, governments, local NGOs and other officials to create a cascade effect to transform child care in 10 states across India.
Miracle Foundation is part of a global network of over 250 non-profit organizations leading the world-wide movement to end the need for orphanages by 2040. [We are] leading this charge by:
- Implementing on-the-ground with global impact.
- Leveraging technology to solve the global orphan crisis.
- Engaging the voice of children as advocates in their own crisis.
educated on the fundamental rights to which all children are entitled and which drive our work.
In October, Miracle Foundation was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Land Grant to their Bellagio Center in Italy. This prestige award is granted to organizations poised to strategize on a global solvable issue. Conferences at the Bellagio Center invite leaders working in a wide array of disciplines and coming from many geographies to advance ideas for social impact and catalyze concrete action that has the potential to drive positive and far-reaching change.
Miracle Foundation CEO, Leslie Beasley, and Founder, Caroline Boudreaux will be leading the workshop with facilitator, Daniel Swartz, CEO of Dynamica, Inc., a philanthropic foundation and multi-family office serving some of the world’s most generous and effective philanthropists. The workshop will be in early February 2020 and we will be excited to share with you the outcome. Several of the solvable global issues that have come out of the Bellagio Center include the design and focus of UNICEF in 1964 and formation of the Gavi, Vaccine Alliance.
In July, Miracle Foundation brought together 12 children – selected from orphanages all across India – to train in leadership skills and media communication so that they can represent the voices of children sitting in orphanages all over the world. We call them our Youth Ambassadors. Our goal with this program is to literally hand a pen or a microphone to the very children for whom we do this great work. Who better to represent the cause of orphaned and vulnerable children throughout India than the children themselves? They are the experts and their voices are the ones that should be heard!
Going into 2020 our Youth Ambassadors will be writing blog posts for Miracle Foundation as well as to be hosted on other youth advocacy platforms. The youth will be creating social media posts and videos that share their experiences and points of view as well as those of their fellow orphans. Some of the kids will lead talks at their orphanages. All of the children will be receiving 1:1 media training so that they are able to handle media interviews when they arise.
Along with our global partners, we have created a roadmap for achieving the goal of ending the need for orphanages by 2040. The roadmap is based on 8 key resolutions supported by the United Nations and endorsed by UNICEF. These resolutions are:
These resolutions are:
- Recognize and prioritize the role of families.
- Support families and prevent unnecessary family-child separation.
- Protect children without parental care and ensure high-quality, appropriate alternative care.
- Recognize the harm of institutional care for children and prevent institutionalization.
- Strengthen child welfare and protection systems and services.
- Ensure adequate financial and human resources.
- Improve data collection and regular reporting
- Ensure full participation of children without parental or family care.
UNICEF and Miracle Foundation are in the third quarter of our three year partnership working with 4 state governments in India.
The following milestones have been achieved:
- Hired and trained an additional 22 staff for implementation
- Developed the training curriculum (trainings are on track and exceeding expectations).
- Trained 115 District Child Protection Officials (who return to their towns and serve as Master Trainers to create cascade effect and train other officials and orphanage directors).
- On track to train 1689 officials on family based care and prevention.
- Identification of local NGOs specializing in community building and prevention in 2 states to collaborate with Miracle Foundation social workers.
- Conducted 6 immersion visits to orphanages since September.
- Training planned for November in largest state partner of Maharashtra (state population of 112M).
- Hired a Director of Advocacy and Policy
Impact by the Numbers
It’s a thrilling time for those of us who advocate on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children. Around the world, a profound shift is underway—from orphanages and residential institutions to placing children in safe and nurturing homes. This new care model includes supporting children and families to prevent separation, reuniting children with their birth families, kinship care, and adoption. And Miracle Foundation is on the front line.
- 13,548 children being cared for and supported
- 2,300 government officials and childcare workers trained
- 710 children reunited back into family care
- 100% of children enrolled in school
- 84 youth attending higher education/ college