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Improving Conditions for Children in Azerbaijan

Deaf and speech-impaired children in Azerbaijan now have a better place to live and learn thanks to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The 355 children live in a boarding house that has been in great need of repair. Nothing had been renovated since 1969.

New showers and bathrooms were among the major improvements to the facility. Alarm systems were added to the showers which will allow the children to communicate emergency needs to staff.

This is an extension of UMCOR's ongoing work at the school. UMCOR has long had a health clinic there for these vulnerable children. Free medications are provided to those that need them.

"Until this rehabilitation, it was very painful to see the hard conditions that we had to give our children," said Bahar Kerimova, director of the boarding house. "Children suffered from cold water and unbearable conditions and we could not relieve them from this," she went on to thank UMCOR as well as the US Department of State and International Rotary Club of Baku for their contributions to this important work.

How You Can Help

UMCOR has been active in Azerbaijan since 1996 providing assistance to refugees, internally displaced people and other vulnerable people, primarily in the field of health. You can support UMCOR's work in this area by giving to UMCOR Advance #250135, Azerbaijan Emergency. Online Giving