Lokbatan Sanatorium is situated in
the town of Lokbatan, a few miles south of Baku. The sanatorium provides a home
to young children with heart complaints and consists of two dormitories,
washing, medical and teaching facilities.
The entrance to Lokbatan sanatorium
The Sanatorium had benefited from
some assistance in the late 1990s, but when we first visited, it was obvious
that conditions had deteriorated and that further support was needed urgently.
Immediate roof repairs were completed thanks to Chirag Platform and new
beds ordered thanks to the generosity of the Irish Society.
Kitchen and Heating Renovation
The old kitchen at the sanatorium
Society came forward as the sole sponsor of a new kitchen, dining room and
heating system for the sanatorium. Completed: 2009.
Through generous donations from
CDC and Mr Gideon Donoho, who ran the Prague Marathon in aid of CSA,
we were able to continue with our renovation programme and the shower facilities
had a total makeover in 2007.
Opening of the renovated toilet and washroom
facilities with sponsors, CSA volunteers, staff and children
In 2006, we were able to completely
overhaul the very poor washing and toilet facilities.
Photo showing the old facilities
Thanks to donations from the
drilling rigs Istiglal and Dada Gorgud, courtesy of CDC,
the communal washroom and toilets at the Sanatorium were markedly improved.
The Istiglal team presenting their donation
Computers and more
In April 2008, facilities at the
Sanatorium were improved further by the donation of computers from an
international company. CSA organised an educational trip to BP’s Caspian
Energy Centre where the children learned hands on about the oil industry.
Children from Lokbatan enjoying the Caspian
In 2009, the opening of the new
kitchen, dining room and heating system took place in the presence of the
Irish Society who sponsored the project. An Irish band, in town for the
St.Patrick's ball added to the festivities.
The Irish band
Brand new kitchen
Cake cut by Billy Quinn (R) from the Irish
Society, the director of Lokbatan and John Patterson, chairman of CSA (Middle)