Orphan Sunday - World
Sun, Nov 13, 2022

Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday of November around the world. The holiday is aimed at children who have no parents. These are the most vulnerable people on earth: they cannot boast of attention, their eyes are often full of tears. Therefore, our task is to do everything possible to make their life happy.


Orphan Sunday has been held for a long time … Churches and various institutions were involved in the organization. Gary Schneider, an American photographer of South African origin, visited a church in Zambia. Here he was deeply touched by the words of the pastor, urging him to take care of hungry and sick children. That period was really notable for the horrors that orphans faced, and there are enough such stories.

When the service ended, people literally gave their last to help. Money, clothes, food… Gary was surprised that, despite the general poverty, those present could not be blamed for greed. Then he decided to also participate in good deeds.

The holiday spread all over the world and finally appeared in America in 2003. People still remember that Zambian church that turned the photographer’s creation upside down. Now events are taking place all over the world to help children feel important and needed!

Interesting facts

It is noteworthy that:

  • there are approximately 153 million orphans on the planet. Most of them will never be adopted, only a small part will end up in families;
  • most children without parents are concentrated in India, in second place are African countries;
  • more than 80% of children in orphanages have 1 living parent;
  • among graduates, a large percentage of children wander, have psychological problems. Some of them are suicidal;
  • spending by orphanages on a child is 10 times more than if he was brought up in a family.

How to celebrate

Tell people about the sad statistics – let the society know about the problems! Take part in events, invite friends and relatives. Do charity work or make donations to special funds.

When is Orphan Sunday celebrated in 2022?

Orphan Sunday is observed on the second Sunday of November each year.


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