Wings Melaka

Wings Melaka's mission is to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families by providing learning opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential. As an expression of God's love, Wings Melaka embraces the following values: Compassion, Acceptance, Integrity and Hope.
Apr 29, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Wings Class in Action
Wings Class in Action

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Malaysia:

Children’s laughter, coloring time, puzzles, math worksheets, and outside exercise… the activities, sights, and sounds of school. 

April 20 I visited Wings Melaka, but this “school” was different  - this is a Center for Developmental Disabilities. The youth at this center are special needs, and the “teachers” and staff are dedicated professionals and parents working to provide learning opportunities to achieve the youth’s full potential. Upon arrival in Melaka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I was greeted by Executive Director, Dr. Boon Hock Lim, at the bus station.

Immediately we departed for Wings Melaka’s location to visit staff and experience the work of Wings first hand. I toured the facility, seeing all of the toys and resoouces available for parents and the youth. Their resource library was full of dvd’s, books, trainings, educational toys, and more. After I was able to observe and help out at Wings' School Age Programme observing the class and spending time with the kids. The teachers were committed, patient, and creative making sure each student was busy completing his and her activities for the day. Some of the students' favorite activites were coloring and some were puzzles.

At the end of the day, I sat in on the weekly Parent Support meeting (Coffee Session) where parents can share struggles, experiences, and questions to support each other raising children with special needs. Some of their children were autistic, some hyperactive, and some had very rare developmental diseases.  The parents opened up and began to share their experiences both with Wings and their children for example when they found out their child had a form of developmental disability like Autism and then the process of finding the right support and education. All of the parents shared the improvements they have seen with their children after being at Wings. There were tears, laughter, and encouragement.

A unique aspect of Wings' program that inspired me was that at least 1 parent/guardian is required to attend sessiona and practice with their kids. This is because Boon Hock explained to me that the learning process only BEGINS at Wings, but in order to make progress it must be continued at home consistently. Wings Melaka is providing the tools and training for the youth and their families for a brighter future with options, possibilities, and hope when before it was a future full of questions and fear. Also, it was wonderful to see kids, staff, and parents from all backgrounds, languages and cultures – all seeking a better future for their children.

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Apr 20, 2012

Wings Melaka into the 1st Quarter of 2012

learning through play
learning through play

Greetings from UNESCO World Heritage City of Malacca!  We are pleased to update you on our activities and programme for the first quarter of 2012.

Early Intervention Programme (EIP) & School Age Programme (SAP)

We currently have 24 students enrolled on the EIP, 2 of whom are new.  Another 12 are enrolled on the SAP.  As at this point in writing, we are scheduled to assess 4 other children waiting to come in. 

 Apart from routine sessions conducted for the children, we encourage parents to engage their children in meaningful play activities, bearing in mind that ‘the amount of a service is not what’s important, because all the child’s learning occurs between sessions’ (McWilliam 2000, p. 19).

The children who come to Wings Melaka generally have language and communication difficulties. So we schedule many group activities to encourage social interaction. For example, birthday parties for the children (together with their parents) can be such fun too!

Young Adults Programme (YAP)

2 more young adults have joined us, making the total number of 5 in our YAP.  The activities continue to promote the young adult’s sense of ownership over her/his programme, and to encourage her/his own input, choices and decision-making.

Teachers need to learn too – staff professional development

Three of our staff from Wings Melaka went on a working visit in March to the Northlight School and St Andrew’s Autism Centre in Singapore.  The teachers were also briefed on the use of interactive white boards.

Contribution from volunteers

We are deeply grateful to our many volunteers who come in regularly to help us with our programme activities. 

Other activities

Parent education & empowerment

25th Feb 2012: The 1st Parents Support Group meeting was attended by 19 parents.  Moms & Dads shared grief and laughter, encouraging each other in facing their personal challenges bringing up a child with special needs.

Disability Awareness, Advocacy & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

10th Jan 2012: ED Dr Lim spoke to the staff of a private hospital at a disability awareness seminar.

13th – 17th March 2012: As ED of Wings Melaka, Dr Lim represented the ASEAN Autism Network at the UNESCAP meeting in Bangkok.  This was an important meeting working towards the finalisation of The Incheon Strategy  which will launch us into the next decade of Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, 2013-2022.

16th – 18th March 2012: Wings Melaka set up at booth at a major shopping mall in the city to raise awareness about disability issues.

Once again I take this opportunity on behalf of the Board, Staff and Community of Wings Melaka, to express my thanks and gratitude to thank all our friends for their invaluable partnership and support.


group activities enhance language & communication
group activities enhance language & communication
yeah! my birthday present
yeah! my birthday present
Washing a car is hard work!
Washing a car is hard work!
teachers need to learn too
teachers need to learn too
Volunteers Jenny & Ming help make teaching aids
Volunteers Jenny & Ming help make teaching aids
PSG meeting - Moms share some funny moments
PSG meeting - Moms share some funny moments
PSG meeting - Dads play an equally important role
PSG meeting - Dads play an equally important role
ED Dr Lim speaking to staff at a private hospital
ED Dr Lim speaking to staff at a private hospital
Wings Melaka at a CSR event in a shopping mall
Wings Melaka at a CSR event in a shopping mall

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Jan 20, 2012

Something old and something new

An eloquent story-teller at the graduation party.
An eloquent story-teller at the graduation party.

Since our last update in October, we have wrapped up one year and ushered in a new one.

Happy 2012 to all the friends and supporters of Wings Melaka out there!

Farewell, 2011

In mid-November last year, we held our annual Thanksgiving & Graduation Party.  The event, attended by some 100 family members and other guests, saw four children graduating from the School Age Programme (SAP). 

Students from both the Early Intervention Programme (EIP) and the SAP staged an enjoyable programme of songs and story-telling as well as a charming fashion show for the guests. Our little ones certainly did their teachers proud, and the parents were busy snapping photos as each item was presented.

The Young Adults Programme (YAP) also launched its YAP Café successfully in early November 2011. It was closed over the December break but will re-open in February once the new students have settled in and will operate on two days a week.

Helping in the café will provide the students with effective pre-employment training to prepare them for work in the food industry. It will also allow them more opportunities to interact with new people and also meet up with old acquaintances, thus enhancing their social skills.

Hello, 2012

The school year started with three new students in the EIP. This brings the total enrolment to 26 for the EIP with another 11 children in the SAP. As is usual, the first couple of weeks have been particularly challenging for the teachers – the new children needed extra attention to ease into the programme while a number of the older ones also took some time to settle back into their class routine after the year-end break.

Over in the YAP section, there have been exciting developments. There are two new enrolments this year, which means Daniel Kan, our sole YAP student last year, now has two friends joining him for classes.

Apart from spending time on the more serious stuff such as functional maths and computer work under the ongoing education component as well as manners and money management under community skills, the trio have also been kept busy brushing up their independent living skills. They have not only worked hard learning to mop the floor and tend the garden properly but have also had fun in the kitchen putting together their own lunches.

It has been a promising start to 2012, so once again, a big “Thank you” for helping Wings Melaka in realising its mission to make a difference in the lives of the children and young people it serves.

And we would also like to wish our Chinese friends and supporters a truly blessed and happy Chinese New Year!

The fashion show included some fancy dancing too!
The fashion show included some fancy dancing too!
Daniel Kan doing a great job in the YAP Cafe.
Daniel Kan doing a great job in the YAP Cafe.
Parents were briefed on the first day of school.
Parents were briefed on the first day of school.
Parental presence in class is vital and required.
Parental presence in class is vital and required.
The toy and resource library should be well used.
The toy and resource library should be well used.
Ma, do I really have to do this? I want my bed!
Ma, do I really have to do this? I want my bed!
At least someone is glad to be back at school!
At least someone is glad to be back at school!
This is the way to get the floor really clean.
This is the way to get the floor really clean.
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