It is not necessary that you have to be a mother to shower motherly care. Caroline Bordeaux has proved this notion true when 17 years ago in the year of 2000 on Mother’s Day she met 100 orphaned children in rural India for the very first time. She had been invited to dinner at the home of a local family. When she arrived more than 100 hungry, beautiful, parentless children greeted her.
Caroline tells, “A one-and-a-half-year-old girl named Sheebani came and put her head on my knee. I picked her up and she pushed her body into mine. I sang her a lullaby and rocked her to sleep. I went upstairs to put her in her crib and was shocked to see that there wasn’t one. Instead, the room was filled with hard, wooden-slatted beds.
I laid that angel down and heard her bones hit the boards. I broke. I couldn’t believe that any child had to live like this. Here I was, traveling for fun halfway 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.
The day was auspicious: It was Mother’s Day. “
The idea for the Miracle Foundation was born that day. Since then—miraculously—people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from all socioeconomic backgrounds have joined the team on this journey. The Miracle Foundation helps bridge the gap between those who want to give miracles, and the children who desperately need them. The organization has helped thousands of parentless children, empowered hundreds of women and given out almost 200 scholarships for higher education. Year over year they have been expanding rapidly.
Talking about the challenges Caroline faced during the journey she says, “Many years ago, before we developed our extensive vetting process for NGO’s, we realized that there was a lot of corruption. We learned the hard way that not everyone has the best interest of the children at heart.
It was painful, but a big part of how we got so metric and process-driven. Unfortunately, we are unable to convince the leadership at some organizations to maintain financial transparency. It’s sad because the children are the ones who suffer. However, the challenge of overcoming corruption made us engineer a metric-driven process that measures impact for children. It is this measurement tool that sets us apart and enables people to genuinely know how they’re doing in providing children all their rights.”
She thanks Alan Graham and Joan Holmes who has taught her how to see the world of possibilities and represent the poor with dignity.
The organization is based on funding from people and has future goals of making a powerful impact in the lives of more parentless children.