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.
Feb 10, 2014

No Signs of Slowing Down

14 year old Jason is a multi-handicapped boy who is suffering from cerebral palsy, development delay and total blindness. He came to the Home in the year 2009 and when he first came, he was not able to neither respond to his teachers’ instructions nor move around without supervision.

As Jason suffers from cerebral palsy and development delay, he had difficulties following instructions and his progress was slow. Jason was unable to move around freely due to the condition with his legs. Thus, he was always brought around on his wheel chair. He was able to utter simple words with almost perfect pronunciation although he needs prompting from the teachers when it comes to greeting others or to express his needs. When it comes to meal time, he is able to finish the entire meal using his spoon and fork. He loves eating fruits and is able to peel off the banana and orange skin before he eats it. He is also able to peel off the boiled egg skin. He still needs hand on hand assistance from the housemothers and teachers for some of the skills which he is still trained on, for example personal grooming skills such as brushing his teeth and wearing clothes.

Jason had 5 annual goals which was targeted to be achieved by end of 2013. One of the goals set for him was to be able tell his personal details to the other person and identify the surrounding people. Towards the end of 2013, he was able to identify his teachers and able to say his name when asked. The second goal for Jason was to practice social manners and greetings. He is now able to behave and greet accordingly with some verbal prompting from his teachers. Jason was also trained in class to use the pincer grip to pick up objects. He is now able to pick up small objects, nuts and bolts with the pincer grip but he is still unable to place it correctly. Besides that, Jason has also been trained to express his needs in words. He is able to express his needs with little verbal prompting. Other than that, another important goal which was set for him was to be able to practice independent self care. Some examples are brushing teeth and washing his face. He is able to do them with some hand on hand assistance from his caretakers.

Jason still has a long way to go but he is already showing positive improvement and we hope to see him carry out activities with less dependency on his teachers by end of the year so that he will be able to lead a more independent life.

We are really grateful for all the contributions of our donors. With your undivided support, we are able to continue to supply our services to the children of the Deaf-Blind and Multi Handicapped programme in order to develop their potential and exercise their rights to a life of dignity. Thank you for making a difference in their lives in securing a bright future for them.

Nov 20, 2013

Step by step

Yash is a cheerful fellow of seventeen years old. Thanks to the training received in the DBMH program at St Nicholas Home we can proudly announce that he developed his skills to a higher level during the past six months.

Nowadays, is able to communicate with staff and his friends verbally by using Malay and English language. He is able to move around in the dormitory and able to follow staff’s instructions. Besides that he can wash his clothes and brush his teeth and bath without staff’s instructions. He is also able to put on his clothes, fold his clothes, and sweep the floor independently.  During meal time he is able to arrange the cups and plates for his friends and fill up water into the cups.

In addition, he can scoop food from the bowl to his own plate with little help from the staff. He can wash his plate and cup after the meal. Yash became quite independent in his self-care. He needs minimal supervision. He is able to clean the table after meals with little assistance from the staff. He likes to help in the kitchen by peeling big onions and garlic. While peeling the onions he feels it to know if there is any skin left. Besides helping out in the kitchen he listens to music and likes to dance.

The achievements of children like Yash show that the Deaf-Blind and Multi-Handicapped program is improving lives of disabled children. Therefore, we all our sponsors for your continued support through all of your generous contributions. Your help is greatly appreciated! 

Our sincere thanks to you for providing a better future for the young blind and multi-handicapped children. You’re a lifesaver. Your contributions will continue to help many other children like Yash to lead a secured and better life regardless of their disabilities.

We at St Nicholas Home are very proud of Yash’s good progress and with donations received through GlobalGiving; we can continue to help Yash and other children in the programme towards improving their lives for a bigger and brighter future! Therefore, we would like to thank all our contributors for your support and donations.

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Nov 15, 2013

Not Longer Just a Hope

Being born blind is perhaps the worst dreaded disability, an able world can think of. A life without light, is in askance of pity always and that is what, one thinks. Dignity takes a back step.  Surviving is more important.  The horror of a dark world is numbing to one who has experienced light. The predicament for an individual who is born blind is much larger, as one is not even aware what it is to “see”.  It is survival, amongst those who see, that takes a toll and the fight is a life long.

Siti is one such child. Born with multiple disabilities and blindness she was a bundle of inactive life, till the age of 8. Born to an unwed mother, and abandoned in the care of an old and poor grandfather, she was growing up in penury lacking basic survival needs of independence.

She was born without eye balls and multiple clefts on the lower jaw. Nostrils were not properly formed and hence respiration was her problem. Her intake of air was only through mouth and lack of oxygen proper reaching the brain resulted in her stunted growth, both physically and mentally. She was lagging in her milestones immensely and today at almost 12 she is of a size of a 7 year old and mental ability according.

Yet Siti is the brightest star at the Home. She reiterates the fact that, all the world is made of faith and trust and pixie dust. When she was brought to the home, she was only eight and with a physical and mental growth of only a toddler. Helpless, introvert, totally unaware of surroundings, unable to communicate and walk, she was a life with no hope.

Abject penury, undernourishment had worsened her growth levels. Imperfect speech made her introvert as she was unable to communicate well. However she was blessed with perfect hearing and agile mentally to learn. Non conducive living conditions at her home had made her an unhappy, introvert, scared and shelled. She lacked toilet training, eating norms and many other basics which one actually learns as a way of life.

It was here at St. Nicholas that she got her proper home. Her vegetable, pitiable conditions had to end and the home took full charge of making her independent and worthy of living a life of self dependency.

Dedicated efforts from the teachers, house mothers and medical attention slowly made impact on Siti and she was able to mobilize her self towards facing life. She was slowly able  to stand, move and now ably walks around the home without even an aide assisting. She pushes the wheel chairs of other immobilized friends guided by her teachers. A sightless angel, she lights up each corridoor, each path she crosses. Patience of her teachers have made her learn to do her own basic chores independently, She is able to take a bath, wash her plate, eat on her own. She also goes to her classrooms to learn tasks of ability. Identifying a known touch is her forte and she never misses to gurgle a sound of acknowledgment or passing on a hug.

Her deformity of face is her current problem as the low oxygen levels cause her delayed growth. The home has been succesful in getting her case well attended by medical team and Siti has undergone her first facial reconstruction earlier this month. Her lip cleft has been sealed and she has recovered well.

Our sincere thanks to you for providing a better future for the young blind and multi-handicapped children. You’re a lifesaver. Your contributions will continue to help many other children like Siti to lead a secured and better life regardless of their disabilities.

We at St Nicholas Home are very proud of Siti’s good progress and with donations received through GlobalGiving; we can continue to help Siti and other children in the programme towards improving their lives for a bigger and brighter future! Therefore, we would like to thank all our contributors for your support and donations.

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