From Christian Alliance for Orphans: ON UNDERSTANDING ORPHAN STATISTICS
Current Global Estimates
Although reflecting only broad projections, the estimated number of orphans globally currently reported by the US Government and UNICEF include:
- 17.8 million children worldwide have lost both parents (“double orphan”).[i],[ii]
- 153 million children worldwide have lost either one parent (“single orphan”) or both parents.[iii]
Missing From the Estimates
There are many inherent limitations to any data that claims to be truly “global” in nature. While such data can help us gain a clearer picture of the size and scope of need, it can also be misleading.
One of the greatest weaknesses in these global orphan estimates is that they include only orphans that are currently living in homes.[iv] They do not count the estimated 2 to 8+ million children living in institutions.[v] Nor do current estimates include the vast number of children who are living on the streets,[vi] exploited for labor, victims of trafficking, or participating in armed groups. Thus, global orphan statistics significantly underestimate the number of orphans worldwide and fail to account for many children that are among the most vulnerable and most in need of a family.
For western Christians, this includes a distinctive call to foster, mentor and adopt children within their local foster systems. In addition, when there are more orphans in need of adoption than local families available in any country, children can find loving homes through inter-country adoption. Western churches and nonprofit organizations also can continue to play a vital supportive role globally—humbly aiding local churches and ministries.
BY ROBERTA MATUSON AUGUST 7, 2012
Sometimes we forget that the most productive people in an organization aren’t the ones who make the most noise. In fact, it’s often the quiet ones who out-produce everyone else. Here are some reasons I think this is so.
- Being quiet strengthens focus.
- Being quiet calms others.
- Being quiet conveys confidence.
- Being quiet means you think before you speak.
- Being quiet gives you the space to dig deep.
The next time you evaluate team performance, be sure to give credit where credit is due. Remember that at the end of the day, it’s not about the noise one makes, but what one actually gets done