World Orphans Day - November
Mon, Nov 13, 2023

World Orphans Day

World Orphans Day is celebrated in America and around the world on the second Monday in November. This date serves as an important reminder of the plight of those children who, through no fault of their own, are left without parents to guide, protect, and care for them. We as adults must come together to provide these innocent children with the necessary tools for a successful future, including quality education, housing, medical care and other essential resources.


World Orphans Day was first established in 2006 by the Zvezda Foundation, an organization devoted to helping orphans and providing support. The purpose of the day is to make the public aware of the issues orphans face around the world, and to raise funds to assist these vulnerable children.

The first orphanage was created in 400 BC in Rome, where children were provided with shelter, food, work, and medical care. In medieval churches, orphanages were also established to care for children who had lost their parents. Sadly, during the 1900s in England, the living conditions of orphans were often dire, leading to a negative perception of such institutions. This led to a greater demand for foreign adoptions.

Interesting facts

  • Every 19 seconds, one more orphaned child is added to the population worldwide.
  • In 2020, UNESCO conducted a study that estimated there are approximately 153 million orphans around the world.
  • Charles Dickens, the renowned British writer, was left alone at the age of 12 when his father was sent to prison due to large debts. Dickens had to leave school and begin working in a shoe factory at a young age.

How to take part

Take part in this meaningful event by donating funds to a charity organization. These organizations will make sure to use the funds wisely and distribute them to those most in need. Additionally, you can join in any local events that are organized in your city. Finally, you could visit an orphanage and give the children toys, sweets, and other items that will bring them joy.

When is World Orphans Day celebrated in 2023?

World Orphans Day is observed on the second Monday of November each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday November 13 2023
Monday November 11 2024
Monday November 10 2025
Monday November 9 2026

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