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Lokbatan Sanatorium

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

The Irish Society came forward as the sole sponsor of a new kitchen, dining room and heating system for the sanatorium. Completed: 2009.

Renovations

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 BPs Caspian Energy Centre where the children learned hands on about the oil industry.

Children from Lokbatan enjoying the Caspian Energy Centre

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)