Shuvelan Sanatorium, 30-40 minutes
drive from Baku, is home to around 35 children suffering from respiratory
disorders. In summer they must accommodate double that amount.
The entire sanatorium had fallen
into a state of disrepair but when we arrived to investigate, we discovered that
the toilet, bathroom and classroom facilities were the worst. In 2006 thanks to a truly
multinational effort, we were able to embark on a $34,000 renovation and
refurbishment programme, during which (and to save costs) all three facilities
were tackled at the same time.
Washing facilities before renovation
Renovation of the classroom
facilities was sponsored by the Baku Irish Society, the
Holycross and Kyleakin Football Clubs and Netherland Trains making
it an Irish, Scottish and Dutch venture.
A 'thank you' to sponsors from the children of
Proceeds from the 2005 Anglo
Azerbaijani Society Dinner funded a complete overhaul of the toilet and
bathrooms which proved to be in such a bad state that it was more economical to
demolish them and start again from scratch, rather than attempt a repair. The
new building now provides excellent facilities adjacent to the dormitories and
also provides outside facilities for use in summer time.
Caroline Featherstone, a CSA trustee
in the UK, donated the money raised by a sponsored walk, enabling the windows in
the dormitory to be replaced and to provide new beds for the children. The new uPVC windows also have fly screens fitted which will prove invaluable during the
New windows in the dormitory