Viktoria is one of the many young girls living in the community. Once there were a lot of orphans. But today many normal youngster live there to receive a proper Christian education.
Russia - Isle of Salvation
A very special educational place
Photos: Francesco Comello
A quiet and hidden community which is hard to notice while driving on the busy road taking from Moscow to Yaroslav: there is not a similar spiritual, cultural, educational centre anywhere else in Russia. Founded in the early 90's of the last century by an Orthodox priest, it was supposed to become a confraternity of about thirty people, aiming to live together according to the principles of Gospel and of the Orthodox Holy Fathers.
During time it became a proper community, now hosting 300 kids and young adults, most of them with relational or personal problems. There's no TV, internet, mobile phones nor money, considered evils of society: here people cultivate the land, study and dance, training the body and nurturing the soul.
The supreme values are God and Homeland: an educational utopia away from nowadays world but still immersed in history, where a shared commitment for an individual change and a balanced growth keeps hope alive.