Kitezh Children’s Community consists of two villages: Kitezh and its sister community, Orion. Kitezh and Orion are non-profit communities of foster families whose aim is simple: to give abandoned or orphaned children a real chance in life. Founded on the principles of therapeutic education, and care for nature, the communities are located in rural Kaluga region, south of Moscow.
Kitezh Children’s Community was founded in 1992 during Perestroika by Dimitry Morozov, a successful Moscow journalist, on an empty piece of land 300km from Moscow. Despite harsh economic conditions, he and his dedicated group of volunteer foster families built a thriving rural community with 16 houses, a church, a school and a farm. Together they developed a home for orphaned Russian children from extreme social situations.
Orion Children’s Community was founded in 2004 when the first house was built. Spearheaded by founder Dimitry Morozov with Masha Pichugina who grew up at Kitezh, Orion will become home for 10 foster families and 40 orphan children. Although three hours drive apart, the two villages are closely connected. Several people from Kitezh now live at Orion and the children regularly gather to learn or work on a project together.
Kitezh and Orion are joyful, safe places for children. They are communities of dedicated foster parents, teachers, and psychologists who fill each child’s day with active work, study and play. Education at Kitezh is an all round experience to prepare the children for life.
The aim is that the graduates of Kitezh and Orion enter adulthood as strong, stable individuals capable of playing their part in society. A remarkably high proportion of them go on to higher education, with many planning to return in order to give back to other children what they received.