St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

Our vision is of a nation that is free of barriers, where blind & visually impaired persons are not discriminated against; to have the same rights and responsibilities, share equal opportunities & the quality of life that is available to their sighted peers. Our mission is to provide education, training & employment opportunities in a caring environment, thus empowering blind & visually impaired persons to fully participate in society while helping to promote the prevention of blindness.
Jan 29, 2015

A New Year New Opportunities

The Early Intervention Programme (EIP) is running already for its 9th year and we are still amazed how many children are still in need of our help! Until now we were able to help 74 children with our Early Intervention Programme.

The EIP team consists of two staff who make at least two visits to each child every month to monitor their progress. We are very happy that from last year onwards one of them is a physiotherapist, which benefits the children a lot, because most of them don’t have the possibility to go to physiotherapy.

As I already mentioned there are still a lot of children who need the help of our EIP programme, but we only have limited resources. Therefore we need Your help! It’s our hope that with Your generous contribution we are able to expand our team and improve our equipment so that more children can benefit from our programme. 

Thank you!

Daniel Soon

Executive Director St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

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Jan 28, 2015

You make it happen

A new year has started and we at St. Nicholas’ Home are again full of hope and plans to improve and expand our Deaf Blind and Multi-Handicapped Programme. Currently we have 10 children enrolled in our programme and thanks to Your generosity we were able to help a total of 44 children since the start of our programme.

Maybe you can remember the stories about Siti, Chee Chong orDaniel. It is so nice to see them growing and developing every day. When Siti first arrived, she couldn’t walk and this morning, she was running around the track with one of the teachers, happily smiling and laughing. Chee Chong and Daniel were throwing a ball to each other with some guidance. For a sighted person, these things are not very difficult but for these children, this is a big step in their development and this is just the beginning! We hope that in a few years these children will be graduating from our programme and be able to live as independent as possible. All the things these children have achieved so far and will achieve wouldn’t be possible without You! Thanks to Your generosity the course of their lives have changed and they are facing a brighter future.

I hope You feel the profound magnitude of the gift You give to these children every time you make a donation

Thank You,

Daniel Soon

Executive Director St. Nicholas' Home

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Nov 5, 2014

Outings with Ooi

Outing.  Classroom.  Waterfall.

These are some of Ooi’s favorite words, at least on this particular day.  “Teacher Kaila, waterfall!” he said over and over as he sat in the shallow end of the pool at a local park.  Ooi couldn’t see the fountain that was spraying water into the pool, but to him it sounded like a waterfall.

Here are some of the great things about Ooi:

  • He smiles all the time.
  • He remembers volunteers by name and knows their voices.
  • When we sing “You are my Sunshine” in class, Ooi always joins in.
  • Sometimes when I talk, he giggles like I’ve just said the funniest thing ever.
  • He is determined.  Learning new things can be a slow process for him, but he works diligently.
  • When we’re on an outing he talks about his classroom.  When we’re in the classroom, he talks about outings.
  • My name can be hard to pronounce, but from the beginning Ooi has always gotten it right.

This young man is a lot of fun. He always puts a smile on my face.  On a recent outing with the children from the Deaf-Blind Multi-Handicapped program, we all went to the park and spent a couple of hours playing in the pool.  I spent a lot of time sitting with Khaw Sheng while he enthusiastically splashed me and talked about waterfalls. 

Totally blind and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, 16-year-old Ooi is wheelchair-bound.  He can’t swim around the pool on his own, but that doesn’t stop him from enthusiastically enjoying life.  He loves field trips, and is always inviting volunteers and visitors to take him on an outing.

Through the DBMH program, Ooi is steadily improving his motor and communication skills.  He practices grasping small objects to strengthen his grip, and he is learning to be more conversant. Although Ooi is still growing in cognitive skills, he is friendly and interacts well with visitors.  He likes to talk and sing, and has a cheery demeanor. 

Thanks to the DBMH program, Ooi has been able to grow, learn, and flourish. He is determined to succeed, and his big smile and infectious laugh bring joy to those who work with him. A big thanks to all the generous donors and supporters who have made it possible for us to continue providing these services to the children! 

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