Winter 2002 (10.4)
Reaching out to the community
Renovates Baku Orphanage
Life for residents of
Baku's Children's House No. 1 is looking much brighter these
days, due to the efforts of Hyatt Hotels Baku and the funds raised
through its "Change for Hope" initiative. In January
2001, the company set out to renovate the orphanage, which houses
a number of young physically and mentally handicapped children,
some of them bedridden.
Above: Hyatt Hotels Baku and
their staff introduced the 'Change for Hope' fund-raising initiative
in January 2001. The proceeds have been designated for Baby House
No. 1 Orphanage where extensive renovation of both the exterior
and interior of the orphanage has greatly improved the living
conditions of the children, providing comfort, warmth and cleanliness.
The kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining room and play rooms
have been totally renovated.
Bottom: Grandfather Frost (Santa
Claus) visits the children during Hyatt's annual New Year's Party.
The building's bedrooms, kitchen and pantry have been completely
renovated, including the floors, ceilings, walls, tile and electrical
system. The children's bedrooms now have new curtains, shelves
and wardrobes. Likewise, the kitchen has new sinks, ovens, shelves
and cupboards, as well as a new staff bathroom.
Hyatt donated the building materials and labor for the renovation.
Financial contributions also came from hotel guests and staff,
British Airways, Caspian Drilling, GlobalSantaFe and members
of Club Oasis. Now that repairs of the building's interior are
almost complete, Hyatt is working closely with Baku's International
Women's Club to renovate the exterior.
Children at the orphanage are also benefiting from funds donated
for specialized medical procedures. For instance, one six-year-boy,
Kamran, was given an operation on his clubfoot. Previously, he
had had two unsuccessful operations and could not walk properly.
Now, after his third operation, Kamran is almost completely recovered.
He went to school this year and has the opportunity to live and
study among other healthy kids.
Through the "Change for Hope" program, Hyatt staff
has been directly involved in helping the children, especially
by visiting the orphanage and attending holiday parties. At the
recent New Year's party, children from the orphanage enjoyed
food, holiday decorations and presents provided by Hyatt as well
as an entertainment program presented by ANS-TV, featuring the
hosts of "Bala Dili" (Kids' Language). As a way to
encourage patrons to donate gifts for the party, Hyatt hotel
and Club Oasis lobbies featured "Angel Trees", hung
with pictures of children from the orphanage.
For further information, contact
Hyatt Hotels Baku at (994-12) 98-12-34, extension 5047.
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