River of Thoughts

Christine Royse Niles — Changing the world one word at a time

What can I do?


I used to love snow days. Listening to the radio DJ rattle off the list of school districts.  Waiting on pins and needles to hear my district called, followed by the magic words: “Closed” Spending the rest of the day whining to my mom, “What can I do now, Mom?  I’m bored.  What can I do?” I ask the same question now, but for different reasons. I look at the 153 million orphans in the world, and I have a hard time figuring out where to start.  I look at that number and think, “it’s overwhelming, scary, and expensive!”  I […]

Do The Impossible


Solving the problem of 153 million orphans seems overwhelming; it seems impossible.  But with many people taking steps toward the goal together, we CAN make a difference. On Monday, we’ll talk about how.   Thanks to Michael Hyatt for sharing this on his blog.  Truly inspiring. What inspires you?  Leave a comment… This is important.  Subscribe via email or RSS so you don’t miss a post, and use the buttons right here to tell your friends and followers about this.  Awareness –> Action –> Impact

Why Care?


I’ve never really been the social activist type. Sure, when I was 14, I sent my allowance to Greenpeace.  How could I not?  They sent me a postcard with a cute little baby seal on it and then told me about how mean-spirited Republicans beat them with clubs.  But then I grew up.  And became a Republican. (Yeah, there, I said it.  I’m out.  Don’t judge me.) For the record, I am not mean-spirited, and I don’t kill baby seals. But just like I couldn’t ignore the baby seals when I was 14, I can’t ignore the fact today that […]

153 Million Unpacked


Last week, we talked about 153 Million Orphans That number is big, but it’s kind of abstract. What does this mean? Let’s think about us again for a minute (we like to do that, don’t we?  I know I do.) If you’re reading this, you probably live in the United States, Canada, or Europe.  Sorry if the rest of you feel left out…it’s just what Google Analytics tells me.  But I digress. There are 140 million children in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Where we live.  Every kid we see at the bus stop, or at birthday parties, or in […]

The Global Orphan Crisis

  153 MILLION children have lost at least one parent.  That’s roughly half the population of the United States. That’s 8.3% of ALL the children in the world.   95 Million children who have no father to play catch with. (More than the population of Germany!) 40 Million children with no mother to kiss them goodnight. (More than there are people in California!) 18 Million children with no parents at all to love them or protect them. (Almost as many people as in the State of New York)   What are we going to do about it? Leave a comment… This is important. Subscribe via email […]