A Case Study: Priya’s Story
Priya was born in rural India in the state of Maharashtra. Her father died when she was only 6 years old and her struggling mother could not support the family. In an act of desperation and self-less love, she placed her three young girls in an orphanage, hoping they would have a better life.
Priya and her sister lived at this orphanage for seven long years until a Miracle Foundation staff member asked them one critical question:
“Is there anyone you would feel safe going home to live with?”
Of the 70 children at the orphanage, all 70 could name a safe individual and--once contacted–all 70 had relatives come to discuss next steps. In Priya’s case,
it was her grandmother who showed up, eager to have the children home again.
This is where the Thrive Scale™ goes to work. Home studies from social workers evaluate the state of Priya’s living environment. Using a phone-based app and a series of measurable markers, a baseline condition is established and needs are assessed. From the quality of the school to the location of the nearest hospital, no area of health, education or wellness is overlooked.
In Priya’s case, her grandmother’s home needed a new roof, beds, mattresses, and furniture, and support paying for school transportation fees, access to wi-fi, and school supplies.
On average, it costs $1260 to complete this process for and support a child as they return home. Ironically, it costs four times that to keep a child in an orphanage.
Once settled, Miracle Foundation social workers follow up with Priya and reevaluate her placement and Thrive Scale™ score on a quarterly basis, taking note of successes and working to enhance areas that need improvement.
It’s a process that unfolds over 36 months to ensure each child is safe and permanently home where they belong.
Help Bring Children Home.
The Thrive Scale™ provides the data we need to do our work, but it is only a tool. The truth is: Without intervention, children stay in orphanages. Without support, vulnerable families struggle to keep the children they so desperately want.
But we can end this cycle. With your help, along with our expertise and the Thrive Scale™ to keep children safe and home permanently , we can end the age of the orphanage and ensure a family for every child in our lifetime.
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