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Shuvelan Sanatorium

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 Shuvelan

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 summer.

New windows in the dormitory