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of the Children's TB Sanatorium
has been involved with supporting the Guindes Bone Tuberculosis
Sanatorium for Children in Zugulba, which is located close to
the sea. This sponsorship has been going on for nearly 10 years.
In 1998 (previously through its subsidiary Pennzoil Caspian)
, the company completely refurbished the main building of the
For nearly 10 years,
Devon Energy Caspian Corporation (previously through its subsidiary
Pennzoil Caspian) has been involved with supporting the Guindes
Bone Tuberculosis Sanatorium for Children.
The Sanatorium is adjacent the sea, in the town of Zugulba located
along the shores of the Caspian outside of Baku. In 1998, the
company undertook a major refurbishment project for the major
two-storied building where the children stay. The building had
been privately donated for as a sanatorium in 1912 for the work
of the famous pediatrician, Yevsey Guindes (1872-1954) to help
children recover from bone tuberculosis.
While tuberculosis, generally is known to affect the lungs, bone
tuberculosis is also prevalent in this part of the world. The
disease penetrates the bones and weakens the skeleton. If the
children's bones become very fragile, they often have to be confined
to bed encased in plaster casts for a number of years. However,
the disease is treatable with good nutrition, antibiotics and
proper care. The Guindes Sanatorium is known for its dedicated
and caring staff.
These days, about 140 children are currently staying at the Sanatorium.
The children receive treatment and those who have parents return
home after being cured. But the children who are orphaned continue
to stay at the Sanatorium, even after treatment. Last year, two-year-
old Orkhan was lying in a cast. This spring, at the Novruz Celebration
(March 21) that Devon gives annually for the children, he was
walking with ease.
For years, Devon's employees have been personally involved with
this project, gathering clothes, toys, books and furniture for
the center. They provide monthly food staples for the children
and take pride in organizing numerous parties throughout the
year for the children as well, especially at Novruz (March 21st).
Below: Recently, Devon undertook refurbishment
of the smaller building that houses the younger children afflicted
with bone tuberculosis. The work was carried out by ARSC Construction
Company and completed in December 2003.
refurbishment was again quite extensive and involved construction
from top to bottom - from the roof to the basement. On this occasion,
Devon was involved with repairing the smaller of the two buildings
in the complex, where about 40 younger children are housed. These
children are between the ages of two to eight years old. This
building was in a very bad condition. The roof leaked, the flooring
was in very bad condition, the wheels on the beds were noisy
The project began in September 2003 and was carried out by a
team of professional construction workers, all employed by ARSC
Construction Company. The job was completed by early December
before the cold Baku winter winds begin to blow off the sea.
Devon's Founder, John Nichols, personally donated the power generator
for the building. And now there is a game room where the children
Devon and their staff have been so pleased to be involved with
the lives of these children over the years, and to know that
their presence makes a difference in the strengthening of the
health and future rehabilitation and development of these children
and the Sanatorium's staff.
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