In February 2021, Ecologia Youth Trust ran a fundraising campaign to build a small house to honour our oldest Foster Mother, Tamara Pichugina. Now, as she approaches her 70th birthday on 17th August 2021, Tamara plans to retire from fostering, but wishes to remain living at Orion so that she can stay close to the family she has helped to grow, and until her youngest foster daughter Nastya turns 18 in four years. We are delighted to let you know that the framework for the house has been built, thanks to the Russian construction company HotWell who specialise in high quality, energy efficient housing, and is ready for adding the external and internal finishings which are scheduled to be completed by early August.
The Education Centre in Kitezh has been undergoing expansion since earlier this March to increase its pupil capacity and offer facilities for a more rounded education. The project means that an additional eight classrooms will be available to the school. It is a large project, expected to take two full years to complete. The existing six classrooms are being used on a daily basis. This means the children who attend Kitezh school can still receive a quality education while building work takes place.