Junior mushers from local Sunday school had their first dog-trekking trip they had been preparing for a few months for! They took the dogs that they had been working with since early winter on a real adventure into the wilderness full of challenges and surprises! They were honing their dog care skills under the open sky, learning the basics of hiking survival and protecting nature and wildlife, making food on the open fire and everything that could help them become a REAL MUSHER. A challenging trip ended in a fun caniscross relay race with a good swim for dogs in a bracing taiga creek afterwards, a hot tea around the fire and cuddling cuddling cuddling!!
It was founded in early 2000 to be the home for the kids who were taken away from their parents and were waiting for the court decision on the question of their parents’ parental rights and on whether or not they would go back to their parents, unfair but still loved, or would be doomed to set off for a sad journey to the state orphanages of the region…
The Pokrov orthodox family orphanage, Vladimir region, Russia, was founded during the WWII in 1942. The first kids of the orphanage were those whose parents died during the war. In 2002 the orphanage celebrated its 60th anniversary.
There 80 kids aged from 2 to 18 living in the orphanage now.
On March 17th North Hope visited the Pokrov orphanage sharing the joy of dog sledding with them within the frameworks of the Sled Dogs Helping Children project. We made some great new friends over there and will be looking forward to meet again!
Enjoy the photos by Vera Kupriyanova!
February 22 – March 1, 2011 North Hope Sled Dog Center, Neya province, Kostroma region, Russia
13 TEAMS, 8 SKIJORERS
6 INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS: RUSSIA, USA, AUSTRALIA, SCOTLAND
…AND 230KM OF EXTREME SNOW-COVERED RUSSIAN WILDERNESS