With more than 2 million orphans (according to UNICEF) in Egypt, this day is aimed at creating awareness for the difficulties Egypt's orphans face.
Not only do orphans grow up struggling to find a place they can call home, but they have also historically been prejudiced against: orphans are often labelled 'awlad haram' or 'children of sin,' according to an Al-Ahram feature.
Yet, to tackle this prejudice, Al-Orman Orphanage launched the national celebration in 2004. Today, the day is supported by the government and many prominent organizations and is aimed at supporting orphans, raising awareness and educating the public.
The most controversial issue that orphans encounter are Egypt's laws and traditions on adoption.
In Egypt, following traditional Islamic law, an orphan cannot take the name of the parents which adopt him/her. Adoptive parents can financially support and foster an orphan, but cannot transfer their names. The reasoning for this is to prevent 'incest' (i.e. if the orphan marries a sibling without knowing so).
Due to this, adoption procedures are extremely difficult and require stringent checks in what becomes a long procedure.
Nevertheless, on this day we should remember Egypt's orphans and how far we have to go to provide them with a brighter future. For more information and to directly support the children, check out Al-Orman, SOS Children's Village in Egypt.