Orion Appeal 2010

Orion Appeal 2010

Orion 2010 Appeal – protect our children and our goats!

At the end of August 2010 we experienced two nights of terror at Orion. Some strangers came at night, and shot down three goats of our small herd.

It was the first time we had such intrusion from outside, and of course we were extremely worried and concerned about the security of our children.

Orion is a big open space, and we didn’t want to enclose it with any kind of fence. Openness to the world is one of the main therapeutic principles in child care here. But this terrible incident showed us that we must somehow make people know that Orion is a special place for children and they are not allowed to come in without permission and kill the animals! So to protect ourselves and our children the only choice was to put fencing around it.

We asked our friends and supporters in Russia and abroad to help us raise funds and to our great joy we had an immediate response. Thanks to their generous donations we’ve managed to buy all the necessary materials and start the installation of the fence.

Orion Fence Our thanks to all who contributed to an urgent need, especially Premium Engineering LLC, the exclusive Russian partner of Red Mountain Energy Corporation who contributed last year to the installation of gas boilers at Kitezh. They donated $15,000 as well as their hands, time and energy.

On 16th October we held Volunteers Day at Orion for thirty-two volunteers from Premium Engineering. The group was energetic, positive and hardworking. We managed to do a lot together. They also talked with the children about work, responsibilities, difficulties in gaining targets and meeting dead- lines, who showed great interest in these questions.
Orion fenceThey returned at the end of October to finish the job. The fencing and the gate were in place before the end of November. A wonderful conclusion to a stressful situation. The fence will give the families and children a much needed sense of security.

Katya Gurkhina, Kitezh Centre, Moscow

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