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In May, 2000, Caroline Boudreaux of Austin, TX seemed to “have it all.” She was just 30 years old, working in TV advertising sales and making more money than she ever imagined possible. Yet she remained deeply unhappy and unfulfilled.
“I drove a nice car, lived in a beautiful condo and led an active social life. Still, I felt so empty inside,” she recalls. “I felt like I was being wasted. I knew in my heart that I had a higher purpose that I wasn’t fulfilling.”
Inspired to make a change, Caroline quit her lucrative job and took a year-long “Eat, Pray, Love”-style trip around the world with her best friend. Her year-long sabbatical was not intended as a way of finding that higher purpose, but find it she did.
While visiting a small village in India, Caroline was invited to the home of a local family that had taken in over 100 orphaned children. She was stunned by what she witnessed there.
“I had never seen an orphaned child before in my life. Every single one of them was bald, and their clothes were tattered and absolutely filthy,” Boudreaux recalls.
“Some were malnourished and some were puffed out, but all of them had empty looking eyes. And they were all vying for our attention, asking for a hug from us or to touch our hands. There were so many, and every single one was precious and perfect, desperately in need of love, attention—someone to care. I couldn’t un-see what I saw that day. I knew I had to do something.’”
After witnessing such harsh realities faced by orphaned children in the developing world, many of whom suffer greatly from hunger, disease, and a lack of love, Caroline Boudreaux founded Miracle Foundation (www.MiracleFoundation.org) on Mother’s Day in 2000. The Austin-based international nonprofit is dedicated to bringing life-changing care to orphaned and vulnerable children.
The non-profit is changing the lives of children in Africa, India, Mexico and Sri Lanka and is now working to help kids in the United States’ foster care system realize their full potential.
Under Caroline’s leadership, Miracle Foundation is working to find a loving family and personalized care for every institutionalized child, by the year 2040.
“Miracle Foundation stands for vulnerable children everywhere,” said Caroline Boudreaux, Founder of Miracle Foundation. ““We believe in a future where there’s no longer a need for orphanages. And we believe we can get every institutionalized child into a loving family… in our lifetime. Ask any child and they will tell you that their biggest dream is to be part of a loving family — it’s where they thrive.”
Whether serving children in the U.S. or in the developing world, Caroline’s non-profit has created a measurable, repeatable and systematic method to ensure that kids are loved, educated and healthy – and in a safe home. What’s more, Miracle Foundation collaborates with governments, corporations, other non-profits and local family-strengthening organizations to transform systems and give children a voice.
Caroline’s work with Miracle Foundation has become her life’s work. For eighteen years, she has tackled foreign barriers, recruited a world-class board and staff, and enlisted the help of hundreds of business people, doctors, donors and volunteers to fix a broken system.
Caroline couldn’t be happier or more fulfilled, in her “second act” career!
“I now have everything money can’t buy,” she says. “I have this great mission and great work now. It’s given me something so powerful to do.”