Hey flashy friends! We began working with The Miracle Foundation in July 2014, and even had the privilege to travel to India with them to meet some of the kids whose lives they are helping to transform for the better. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the amazing Ashley Haustein, Marketing & Development Manager of The Miracle Foundation, who is here to share a little bit about this life-changing organization! Take it away, Ashley…
Tell us a little bit about The Miracle Foundation’s beginnings, and what the foundation does.
The Miracle Foundation was established on Mother’s Day in 2000, when founder Caroline Boudreaux was traveling in India and found herself face-to-face with orphaned children for the first time. She was captivated by their beautiful smiles and incredible potential, but horrified by the conditions they were living in. Caroline committed herself to ensuring that orphaned children have the opportunity to grow up with the love and care they deserve.
We are an Austin-based nonprofit that empowers orphans to reach their full potential. We do this by partnering with existing orphanages with a lot of heart, but not enough resources to feed, clothe, nourish, and educate orphaned children who have no one else.
At The Miracle Foundation, we believe that helping people help themselves is the most sustainable way to affect real change. That’s why we have a global focus on strengthening existing orphanages and giving purposeful employment to local people in need of work. Together with our supporters, we transform local orphanages into homes, provide clean water and quality healthcare, and fund scholarships for education. Our goal is to have each orphan become a happy, healthy, income-producing person – and break the cycle of poverty.
Flash Tattoos proudly donates 5% of the proceeds from each Sheebani collection purchase to The Miracle Foundation. How has partnering with Flash Tattoos contributed to achieving your goals?
Flash Tattoo’s support is amazing! To date, Flash Tattoos has donated north of $45,000 to The Miracle Foundation. That will support an orphanage of 50 children for a whole year – providing everything they need to thrive. Incredible!
And Flash Tattoos does more than support us financially, they consistently promote us on social media and at their trendy events. Flash Tattoos does a beautiful job of informing their customers about their Sheebani pack and how Sheebani wearers are supporting orphans, while looking fabulous!
We love Flash Tattoos! <3
What was one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had working at The Miracle Foundation?
I always like to share anecdotes that demonstrate the impact of our work with orphans. One of my favorite stories is one I heard from a member of our India team, who visits the orphanages monthly to provide training and support. Sometimes our staff will ask children, “how has your life changed? What’s different about your life before the miracle foundation, when compared to your life now?” One child said, “since The Miracle Foundation came, i get to eat every day.”
It’s stories like these that remind me how important our work is, and how lucky I am to be a part of it.
Can you share some of the highlights that The Miracle Foundation has achieved in the past year?
We began 2015 supporting 8 orphanages – now we have grown and are supporting 16 orphanages, and over 800 children. These orphans are now all getting clean water, nutritious (delicious) food, high-quality healthcare, and a life-changing education, all in a loving home!
We are supporting 15 children in college right now, and are providing funding for an additional 20 children to receive higher education next year. We are totally committed to the children we support until they reach adulthood.
For our efforts, we have received the highest ratings possible on charity navigator.
What are the primary initiatives you are working on for 2016?
Our primary initiative is always to help more orphaned children! In 2016, we will continue to mentor and monitor the 16 orphanages we currently support and expand our methodology to new homes.
We will also continue deepening services at the orphanages. We are really ramping up our education efforts by sending kids to college, creating computer labs in the orphanages, teaching the kids robotics, and helping them learn English (which increases their life-time earning potential four-fold!). It’s all part of empowering them to reach their full potential!
We are also exploring partnerships with state governments and other non-governmental organizations in India, who are interested in implementing our methodology in their orphanages. It’s really exciting to be able to work with other organizations that are doing the same life-changing work and increase the number of orphans helped exponentially!
How can people help The Miracle Foundation achieve these goals?
There are a lot of ways to help transform the lives of orphans. Here are a couple:
Make a life-changing donation: you can make a monthly donation at give.miraclefoundation.org/yourock or a one-time donation at give.miraclefoundation.org/manythanks. Monthly donations are really important to us because they help us budget for bringing on new homes and support more children. A meaningful donation of any amount goes a long way to help.
Be a miracle maker and host an online fundraiser for us. One of the most amazing ways you can help the orphans we support is by hosting an online fundraiser for us. You can encourage people to donate to us in lieu of birthday, wedding or anniversary gifts or to support a 5k or marathon. Engaging your friends and family in this life-changing work is a game-changer for us! We can even help you set up your Miracle Foundation fundraising page that allows supporters to make tax-deductible donations to help orphaned children.
Travel with us: you can travel with us to india to visit the kids, see our work first-hand, do an improvement project in an orphanage, and come back ready to help us tell the world about the children. Sign up to stay in the loop about upcoming trips here.
Join our conversation on social media: you can help us by liking, commenting on, and sharing our social media posts. Inviting your friends to follow us is great, too!
Support us while online shopping: you can support orphans while doing online shopping at amazon smile. or givebuy. The experience is the same, with the added benefit of part of your purchase benefits the orphans in our care.
It is great to make our customers’ sparkle with our tattoos, but it is also an amazing feeling to know that we’ve given back to such a meaningful organization. Hearing about what our proceeds go to just makes the feeling even sweeter. It’s amazing to see photos and videos knowing that we have touched lives while also adding some sparkle