Orphan Sunday is an international holiday celebrated on the second Sunday of November. It is dedicated to children who have lost their parents, who are among the most vulnerable people on earth. We must do our best to make their lives more happy and meaningful.
Orphan Sunday has been celebrated for a long time, with churches and other institutions taking part in its organization. It started with an American photographer of South African descent, Gary Schneider, who visited a church in Zambia. There he was deeply moved by the pastor’s words, urging him to help the hungry and sick children who suffered during that time. When the service was over, people gave whatever they could – money, clothes, and food – despite their own poverty. This inspired Gary to also take part in the good deeds.
The holiday has since spread across the world and acquired a presence in the United States in 2003. People still remember the Zambian church that had such an impact on Gary and his mission. Now, events are held all over the world to help children feel important and loved!
- There are approximately 153 million orphans in the world.most of them will never be adopted, and only a small portion will end up in families.
- Most orphans are found in India and Africa.
- More than 80% of children in orphanages have at least one living parent.
- Among graduates from orphanages, a large percentage suffer from psychological problems and may be suicidal.
- It is much more expensive to keep a child in an orphanage than to raise them in a family.
How to take part
The best way to take part in Orphan Sunday is to spread awareness of the facts and statistics. Participate in events, invite friends and family, and take part in charity work or make donations to special funds. Let’s all come together to help these innocent and vulnerable children in whatever way we can.
When is Orphan Sunday celebrated in 2023?
Orphan Sunday is observed on the second Sunday of November each year.