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Orphan Sunday

This Orphan Sunday, join us in the fight against poverty and show your support for vulnerable children around the world!
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It's time to show your support and help make a difference in the lives of orphans around the world on Orphan Sunday, November 12. This special day was created to bring attention and raise awareness about the plight of orphaned children globally, many of whom don’t have access to basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. It’s also an opportunity for communities everywhere to come together in solidarity and express their commitment to ensuring that no child goes without life’s most basic needs. So let’s all join together on this day and make sure every orphan is provided with love, care, and a safe place to call home.

History of Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Orphan Sunday Origin</div><div class='timeline-text'>Orphan Sunday originated in Lusaka, Zambia, for efforts to care for the numerous orphans in the country due to the AIDS pandemic.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>New Zambian Tradition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Local Zambian believers adopted Orphan Sunday annually to take up cause of children, including fostering, adoption and support.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>US Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Christian Alliance for Orphans began promoting and running Orphan Sunday in the United States, inspired by the Zambian initiative.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Campaign</div><div class='timeline-text'>Orphan Sunday was broadened to reach a global audience sparking over 50 nations to take part in recognizing and responding to the global orphan crisis.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Ongoing</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Annual Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Orphan Sunday is now observed annually on the second Sunday in November, serving as a reminder of the needs of orphaned children worldwide.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Orphan Sunday

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a dinner, movie night, or other event and charge an admission fee for the activity. Donate the proceeds to a local orphanage or organization that supports orphans.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at an orphanage</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local orphanage and lend your time and talents. This could be anything from teaching classes, helping with chores, providing meals, or even just spending time playing with the kids.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate items</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look through your closet and find items that you no longer need or use. Donate them to an orphanage or organization that supports orphans.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share your support for orphans on social media, write letters to your local representatives about the importance of assisting orphans, and advocate for change.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create care packages</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Fill care packages with items such as toothpaste, soap, towels, blankets, snacks and other essentials. Deliver them to a local orphanage or organization that supports orphans.</p></div></div>

Why Orphan Sunday is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Orphan Sunday is an annual day of prayer and awareness to raise attention to the needs of orphans around the world. By raising this awareness, we can encourage people to take action by fundraising, volunteering or advocating for children in need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It offers support</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Orphan Sunday not only brings attention to the millions of orphans globally, but also provides a platform for churches, agencies and other organizations to come together and provide support for these vulnerable children. Many churches host special services and events on Orphan Sunday to stand in solidarity with orphans around the world.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages adoption</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the most important elements of Orphan Sunday is that it promotes adoption and fosters safe, loving homes for those who have been orphaned. Through awareness campaigns, churches are given opportunities to encourage families to consider adoption or fostering a child in need.</p></div></div>

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Orphan Sunday FAQs

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