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Published on Aug 3, 2007
At present Russia is experiencing its thirds wave of orphans in the past 100 years, as a result of dramatic socio-economic changes which took place in the 1990s. It's hard to believe but there are almost 4 million abandoned and street children in the country. When coming of age 40% of them become alcoholics and drug addicts, 40% lead a life of crime, and 10% commit suicide.
These horrifying numbers are often perceived as a result of genetics and early childhood, as a fact that can never be resolved. Radonezh volunteers and staff members strongly believe that this is not the lack of the inner potential of these children, but the absence of the required educational and social environment.
40 beautiful art works that were exhibited at the event is the best proof of this viewpoint. Most of the works exhibited however, don't reflect the world around these children, but their longing and desire for a new social reality with family and pets, where they are loved and cared after.
Radonezh - is a private non-profit organization, founded by a group of volunteers -- teachers, psychologists, and children's doctors -- people united by the experience in orphans welfare policy and the desire to make a difference in the lives of abandoned children.
For the last two years Radonezh has been involved in the implementation of the Art Therapy Program into a number of orphanages in the Volga region and two Art Studios that work with children from underprivileged families.