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.
Hear Caroline share her story and learn why she dedicates her life to empowering orphans to reach their full potential.
I’m Caroline Boudreaux, the Founder of the Miracle Foundation. I’d like to tell you why I started the organization and then talk to you about the global orphan crisis around the world.
In 1999, a friend and I were working at corporate jobs. We were doing well financially, but we just were so unfulfilled and we just didn’t really have any purpose. So one day we decided that we were going to quit our jobs and take a trip around the world for a year for fun.
One of the places my friend wanted to go was India, because she had been sponsoring a child there and she wanted to go and meet him. I made fun of her and told her, “Chris, there’s no way, this kid is fake. It’s a scam. They give everybody the same picture. You know let’s not, let’s not bother.”
And she said, “No, I really care about him. I pray for him every day. I really want to meet this child.”
So we arrived in India and met this little boy she’d been sponsoring for four and a half years. They were just dirt poor… so poor, and I thought that I had seen the bottom. I was so wrong.
We go to this guy’s house for dinner, tired and hot. And we walk into his orphanage. And met 110 hungry, filthy, bald, empty-looking children. I had never even thought about orphans before. And here I am—you know—surrounded by them. We were playing with the children, and we were calling them “Velcro babies” because they were just attached to us. We knew it was them trying to take the affection that they needed so desperately.
So then this little baby girl—she was one—she came and put her head on my knee, and I rocked her to sleep, and I sang her the lullaby that my mother used to sing to me when I was a little girl. I went to put her in her room, and I walk into this room with these splintered wooden beds. And putting that orphan child on a wooden bed on Mother’s Day… I mean the minute I heard her bones hit that bed I thought, “Unacceptable.” No little girl should live in a room like this. No little kid should go to bed hungry. We can do so much better than this.
Miracle Foundation was born that day. May the 14th of 2000. And our hope is for every child in the world to have a family. A loving, caring, stable, nurturing family.
That’s what the Miracle Foundation is all about: Empowering orphans to reach their full potential by giving them a loving family environment, whether that be in institutions or whether it be through foster care or adoption. That’s what we’re working toward every day.
So if you ever really wanted to make a difference, if you ever wanted to be the change you want to see in the world, this is a great opportunity to join us. The 150 million orphaned children need you, the people like the Miracle Foundation doing this work need you. And I suggest—interestingly—we need them to be able to make a difference and make an impact in the world.
And so I invite you to join us on this incredible, miraculous journey.