Ed Hatfield visited Kitezh in 2014 with the group from Sevenoaks School. This visit left a lasting impression on him of the strength of Dmitry Morozov’s dream for the care of neglected orphans in Russia, and in 2016 he returned as a volunteer at Kitezh for 3 months.
Imagine a poor rural family, two small boys and two alcoholic parents. Inevitably the social services stepped in and the boys were taken to a ‘shelter’. Fortunately not long after, a couple from Kitezh were looking for two children to take into their family. Read on.
After more than a year of preparation and enthusiastic fundraising, the Findhorn–Kitezh Youth Exchange has happened. In July 2009 twelve excited members of the Findhorn Youth Project arrived in Russia followed by a reciprocal visit to Findhorn by twelve young Russians in October, to undertake a life-changing journey in friendship and cultural understanding.
Dimitry Morozov made two professional presentations to separate audiences in London at the beginning of April to introduce the English version of his book ‘Kitezh: a community approach to raising children in Russia’ followed by two presentations in Scotland, at Findhorn and at the Scotland Russia Institute in Edinburgh.
The Wetlands Biological Sewerage treatment project at Kitezh Children’s Community & Orion is now completed. On 31st March 2005 Ecologia Trust received a grant to build Reedbeds for biological wastewater treatment at Kitezh and Orion under the auspices of Small Environmental Projects Scheme, Russia (SEPS-3).