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In a fairy-tale community in Russia, orphans thrive. The founders of the orphanage, called Kitezh, hope their village can be a model of reform for Russia’s deplorable 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.

“Hats off to the visionaries behind Kitezh. Russia’s apalling orphanages are one of the few things that didn’t change after the downfall of Soviet communism. Now, at least, some Russian orphans have a shot at happiness and success they wouldn’t otherwise get unless they were adopted by rich Americans.”

by David Smith The Republik

Photo Credit: Oleg Nikishin via The New York Times