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WORLD ORPHAN WEEK

World Orphan Week is promoted by SOS Children’s Villages UK which is considered the world’s largest orphan charity. World Orphan Week is a call to respond to the suffering of tens of millions of orphaned and abandoned children in the world today.

SOS Children’s Villages says there are more than 14 million orphans worldwide and as many as 100 million more children living on the streets or abandoned – but are not identified or counted.

SOS Children’s Villages was founded in 1949 by a young Austrian medical student, Hermann Gmeiner, who witnessed the suffering of so many orphaned and abandoned children after World War II and felt that something had to be done to help them.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Download resources from the website to get started. https://www.soschildrensvillages.ca
Become a child sponsor. Start here to learn more. https://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/sponsor/sponsor-a-child
You can even sponsor an entire village of children by starting on this website https://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/ways-to-help
Follow on Social Media with the hashtag #worldorphanweek #SOSChildrensvillages.

HISTORY

World Orphan Week began in 2005 in the United Kingdom, initially running in October, before moving to February. It became an official week to observe in the United States in 2008. It was observed annually until 2013 when it was set aside for a while. World Orphan Week was revived in 2018.

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