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Collective village offers new hope to Russian orphans

2 October 2008
clipped from www.iht.com
Work and play often commingle in Kitezh, an experimental orphan community about 190 miles southwest of Moscow that combines features of an orphanage with those of foster care. With its colorful wooden cottages, Kitezh appears as distant from the cruelty of the children’s frequently alcoholic and abusive parents as it is from the stale, often crowded government institutions where many Russian orphans still�live.
The founders of Kitezh hope that their village can be a model of reform for Russia’s decrepit child welfare system, little changed since Soviet days. Though perhaps hard to replicate on a large scale, Kitezh still stands as one of the few largely successful alternatives here to institutional care for�orphans.
Dmitri Morozov, a former radio talk-show host, founded Kitezh in 1992 as a kind of orphan collective
Today, there are about half a dozen houses built in Russian-folk style, a school, a communal dining hall and a small Orthodox�church.
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In our mission congregation at Klipfontein View one woman has been trained in caring for abandoned children, of whom there are plenty in the vicinity, and it would be good to have something like Kitezh village… unfortunately there isn’t enough money to set it up.

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  1. 2 October 2008 8:40 pm

    Thank you for such an encouraging and hopeful story and for the link to: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/02/europe/02russia.php

    However, I have to take issue with you regarding the statement “… unfortunately there isn’t enough money to set it up.” This statement seems inconsistent with who I am discovering you to be. A man of faith.

    In the article sited above it says:

    “Dmitri Morozov, a former radio talk-show host, founded Kitezh in 1992 as a kind of orphan collective, building it with the help of volunteers and adoptive parents on a rural plot donated by the Kaluga Region government. Today, there are about half a dozen houses built in Russian-folk style, a school, a communal dining hall and a small Orthodox church.”

    I can’t imagine that there is a lot of money in Russia anywhere, but God provided. The very essence of faith is stepping out without seeing the how-to but only the what.

    May we be people who follow with passion the visions God places in our heart and let Him show us how it can be done and in doing so secure His getting the glory.

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