Empowering intelligent children from the slums of Rishikesh, India to be the best. 

We provide the highest quality education, as well as nutrition and healthcare to exceptionally intelligent children from the slums of Rishikesh, India. Our scholarship program enables our students to attend private universities in India and the United States. We are currently raising funds to open a coding school in September 2019. 

For the past 4 years, Mother Miracle has been awarded ‘Best School Trophy’ among 40 schools in Rishikesh, and Shahla Ettefagh has received the award for ‘Outstanding Achievements’ by the Government of India. In 2018, Shahla also received the “Mahatama Gandhi Award” in English Parliament.  

“When I joined Mother Miracle and started sponsoring my first child, I had no idea that she would one day become a nurse at one of the most prominent hospitals in India supporting her very poor family. Mamta Chauhan is now an educated, intelligent, and independent young woman who has a well-paying job and a choice to follow her dreams. With that choice, Mamta has decided to save lives.”

– Shohreh Aghdashloo, Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress

Who is Mother Miracle?

The story of a woman from San Francisco who gave up everything to serve.

During a visit to India in 1995, Shahla Ettefagh was so moved by seeing children living in extreme poverty that she vowed to come back to India to dedicate her life to helping poor children and families, especially women. In 2002, she fearlessly sold her house, business and personal belongings. She said goodbye to her family, friends and the love of her life. She ripped up all her photo albums to avoid the temptation of returning, and she moved to India to start a new life without ever looking back. Every year since 2015, Shahla has received an award for “Outstanding Achievements” for Mother Miracle School by the Government of India, and in 2018 received the “Mahatma Gandhi Award” in English Parliament.  

Our Impact

Exceptionally intelligent children from the slums receiving quality education, nutrition and healthcare

"All you can eat" lunches, fresh baked breakfast with glass of milk, and midday snacks being served daily to students and staff

Impoverished community members have received vocational training for future employment

Awarded in scholarships for our most outstanding students to attend private universities in India and the United States

Mother Miracle School Video

A short 6-minute video capturing the vibrant day-to-day life of students and teachers at Mother Miracle School. Narrated by Shahla Ettefagh, Founder & President.

Mother Miracle Bakery: Baking for a Cause

Mother Miracle Bakery

Monday-Saturday 8:30am-8pm, Sunday 9am-1pm

We’re proud to welcome you to our beautiful bakery, run by the mothers of our school children. From our on-site bakery, we are able to provide our students with a daily nutritous breakfast that includes freshly baked multigrain bread with nuts, and a glass of warm milk. You can contribute to our breakfast program by making a donation below, or by stopping in to the cafe to enjoy our coffee and baked goods. Our bakery is attached to our school and offers a clean and modern environment to relax and have an espresso. All proceeds support Mother Miracle School. Come have a cappuccino and cake, and visit our kids.