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Home for the Blind

In the leafy Baku suburb of Montin, the Home for the Blind (or "Kor Evi") sits in a quiet, residential neighbourhood.

The exterior of the Home for the Blind

The Home is typical of the projects we undertake in Baku in that it has received little to no government investment over the last several years and this has left most of its facilities in a poor condition.

In 2006, our priority, as ever, was to make the biggest positive impact we could on the quality of life of the blind residents at the home, given the funds available to us. As has often been the case, this meant an immediate focus on the sanitary facilities at the home.

Showers at the Home for the Blind - before and after

The photographs above show the improvement that we have been able to achieve - and we have also been able to achieve a similar improvement in the conditions of the toilets at the Home. All of this has been made possible through generous donations from the Irish Society, Kentech, and Messrs Patterson, Shaw, and Fraser through funds raised from their support of football in Baku.

Opening of the renovated showers and toilets at the Home for the Blind

Practical help was also given thanks to the collection of clothes by Elizabeth Patterson as part of the Womenís Institute in West Wickham and who is also a CSA trustee in the UK.

The children of the home were treated to a trip to BPís Caspian Energy Centre.