Millions of children, in the world are vulnerable and often incapable of meeting the demands of society. Most are orphans, children who are extremely vulnerable after having lost their parents for various reasons. While their pain is unfathomable, there still remains the necessity to make them a part of society rather than streamline them for lack of opportunity. Governments all over the world need to focus on activities that help find sustainable solutions to ensure that orphans are provided an alternative caring home along with all the rights that a child is entitled so that he can live a complete and fulfilling life.
Research shows that every 2 seconds a child becomes an orphan somewhere in the world. The major contributing causes are disease, poverty, war and famine. World Orphans’ Day is a global initiative to draw attention to the plight of these orphans who would otherwise be forgotten. Various government organisation, non-government organizations and charitable societies are working enthusiastically for the empowerment of these orphans. Observed every year on the 2nd Monday of November, the day is marked by numerous activities that raise support, awareness and funding for the cause of orphans all over the world.
Activities organized on World Orphans Day include sponsorship programs and collection of donations. The primary focus remains in generating awareness about the plight of orphans and orphanages. The lack of funding is a primary factor affecting the future of the orphans and hence the need for donations and sponsorships for the orphans. This small gesture goes a long way towards ensuring their education and helps to build a foundation for them to grow in life. The importance of the day lies in beginning various activities and social initiative that ensures the well-being of orphans and helps them create a future in mainstream society.
Discussions on how to celebrate the day are incomplete without a careful study about the plight of orphans and the steps undertaken for their future well-being. The activities including studies and discussions as well as interaction with the orphans and their caregivers help to identify all their needs and initiate concrete steps to meet those needs. The importance of the day not only lies in highlighting the plight of orphans, their vulnerabilities and organizing activities for their empowerment, but also in initiating steps required in setting up a system that meets all their basic needs in the absence of their parents.
The focused and disciplined approach rather than high profile activities showcasing of the plight of vulnerable children. Even though sponsorships as well as donations make a small contribution to their well being, the majority of orphans are left to fend for themselves. This can even create a corpus of persons ready to step onto the dark side of society due to lack of opportunities for their growth unless basic amenities like education and medical facilities are provided. It remains a stigma on society that a major part of funds raised for orphans usually does not reach them or their caregivers.
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"Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need. The man to whom our Lord has been liberal ought not to be stingy. We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy as we ourselves have dispensed in this life."
- Saint Ignatius
"There are orphans that can be cared for; but this some will not venture to undertake, for it brings them work more than they care to do, leaving them but little time to please themselves."
- Ellen G. White
"A person may rightfully be happy if in this life he could do a great favor for widows and orphans, could assist support than, and facilitate fate of people."
- Islom Karimov
"Throughout his life, Dickens cared passionately about orphans."
- Claire Tomalin
"I write sets of books, but I've also written a lot of orphans."
- Lynn Abbey
"'Peter Pan' is my favorite. I love the idea that all the Lost Boys were orphans, and that they wanted Wendy to be their mom."
- Edward Kitsis