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Rest and Labour Home for Young Invalids

‘The Rest and Labour Home for Young Invalids’ provides accommodation and support for young people confined to crutches or to wheelchairs.

The residents are encouraged to learn a craft by the staff at the home, producing a pool of very talented craftspeople with highly marketable skills.

Sunhats under construction at the Home

We assist the residents of the home with the sale and marketing of their products, helping them to achieve their goal of self-sufficiency.

CSA volunteers provide the materials and the ideas of different products, the ladies of the home make them and CSA volunteers sell these products at bazaars, coffee lunches and other venues. The invalid home products are also sold at Christmas bazaars in Abu Dhabi.

Carolyn, Maria Elena, Irene, Quinta and Dan at the CSA stall

The residents of the home receive a good wage for their work and any profits that are made are returned to the home in the form of beds, room heaters, air conditioning and new sewing machines.

At the height of the construction of the BTC pipeline, CSA secured large orders from the Sangachal oil and gas terminal in Azerbaijan and BTC to make sunhats to be worn over standard safety helmets. These enable workers to comply with Health and Safety policy, while also being protected from the strong Azeri sun. The home received their first export order of sunhats for BP Egypt.

CSA also placed orders for the making of sheets and duvet covers for their other projects such as Mashtaga Psychiatric Hospital.

Sewing machines and an embroidery machine were donated by individuals thereby creating more job opportunities and introducing new skills, and a computer was donated by BOS Şelf.

CDC gave mattresses and Nargiz Muradova donated furniture. Wellington Heights provided a washing machine.

Hess and an individual donation financed a $2000 repair bill to the home’s bus which had been out of order for some considerable time due to lack of funding, thereby preventing the disabled residents from leaving the home.

In 2010 disabled people from the countryside were given the opportunity to attend residential training courses. CSA created 2 training rooms and donated starter kits such as hairdressing equipment for the graduates when returning home, thanks to the proceeds from Baku Triathlon. Joe Dowse provided 4 more computers for residents living on the 1st floor and a group of ladies collected clothing to raise money for an advanced embroidery machine.



A ramp will be installed to enable wheelchair users to enter the dining room with money from Hess.

In 2009 and with the help of the Anglo Azerbaijani Society, a treatment and computer room were created. Joe Dowse enabled the residents to access the internet.

Residents using the donated computers

Renovated treatment room

Help Needed

  • Creative volunteers are always needed to ensure that the supply of products remain interesting and appealing. Equally, volunteers to help with selling the products are also required.

  • Funding to renovate their kitchen.

  • We always welcome donations of fabric and materials for use in the products produced in the home.

Please send us an email to info@csabaku.org if you're able to help.

Jackie discussing new products