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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Miracles in Action was founded in December 2004 as a response to the extreme poverty witnessed by our founders, Penny and Noreen Rambacher. Since that time, we have grown into a wide network of volunteers and supporters who further our mission of helping poor families to help themselves through education, vocation and sustainable development projects.

Learn How Miracles Began with two ordinary people – a mother and daughter (Noreen and Penny Rambacher) and a visit to the garbage dump where children scavenged for food.  This 3 minute video ends with the construction of School of Miracles #25.  Currently, we are building School #57 in just over 15 years.

Our team of volunteers seeks out under-served Mayan villages of need in rural Guatemala. We research projects that focus on education, vocational training, and other basics like providing clean water, safe stoves, and water filters. We then select those projects that achieve long-term results, improve quality of life, and allow truly impoverished people to help themselves.

100% of your donations go directly to our projects. Administrative expenses are funded by the sale of handicrafts produced by Guatemala’s cottage industry and a separately-funded account.


The Story of Miracles in Action

The Story of Miracles in Action

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Sometimes we are asked “Why not help the poor in our country?” In the U.S. there are poor people, but there are also government and social programs to assist the poor.

In Guatemala there are no such programs. The poor in Guatemala are at the level of extreme poverty, defined by Economist Jeffrey Sachs (author of “The End of Poverty”) “when every day is a struggle just to be alive – without basics like food, water, and warm shelter”.

The poor in Guatemala are not looking for a hand out; they are hoping for a hand up. They want to educate their children, possibly learn a vocational trade, and have safe drinking water in a secure home. They do not want to leave their villages and come illegally to the US for a job, but sometimes do this so their family can survive. Teaching children to read and write offers them opportunities not available to their uneducated parents forced to pick coffee as the only job available.

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