From Bleak to Beautiful — Meet Sheebani
When Founder Caroline Boudreaux took her first visit to India on Mother’s Day of 2000, she met Sheebani Das. Sheebani was the first orphan Caroline ever held.
Caroline recounts the meeting that forever changed her life: “Sheebani came and put her head on my knee. When I picked her up, she pushed her body into mine, trying desperately to get the affection she lacked. I sang her a lullaby and rocked her to sleep. I went upstairs to put her into her crib, and was shocked to see that there wasn’t one. Instead, the room was filled with hard, wooden-slatted beds. No mattresses, just wooden beds that reminded me of a concentration camp. I gently laid Sheebani down, but when I heard her bones hit the boards, I broke. I couldn’t believe it that any child had to live like this. Here I was, traveling around the world without a care, and these children were going to bed hungry and lonely every night, on hard wooden beds. I was angry, hurt, and embarrassed.
Right at that moment, on Mother’s Day, I decided I had to do something to help parentless children. That was the beginning of the Miracle Foundation.”