How does it feel to be separated from a loved one?
How does it feel to live away from the comfort of home?
How does it feel to live in a place where your identity is reduced to just a number?
Most children living in institutional care know just how that feels.
Millions of children are ending up in a Child Care Institution, even though they have a living family member. They are getting exposed to the pain and trauma of separation as their family members are choosing not to live together as a family. But why?
Poverty is forcing children to leave their families and enter institutions.
There is no doubt that institutional care can never replace a family. It is, after all, the family that gives people the roots to stand tall and strong
We know children do not belong in orphanages; they belong in families. Our work revolves around uniting families and keeping them together. As we lead the transition of children away from institutions, our job is to make sure this work is done in a safe, stable, and permanent way. For this, we provide individualized, needs-based support to families including access to education, livelihood support, improved living conditions, health and sanitation.
We prevent children from entering the system: To ensure that poverty does not separate children from their families, we link underprivileged families to government schemes such as housing, ration, pension and educational scholarships.
We also train government and social workers to identify and support at-risk children long before separation is ever necessary. We provide highly specialized educational resources and tools for monitoring that highlight alternatives to orphanage care.
In the past 21 years, Miracle Foundation has cared for over 1.64 lakh children, supported more than 1 lakh families and trained 3300+ government and social workers.
But we have a big goal ahead of us.