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.
Aug 20, 2013

Disability is no Inability

Faiz cutting through the dough into shapes
Faiz cutting through the dough into shapes

Faiz, 17 and very soon going on to 18, has grown tremendously. From a boy who could only move independently inside his house and had limited skills, he has now mastered most of the skills taught in the Deaf-Blind and Multi-Handicapped classroom.

When Faiz first came to the Home, he needed attention and guidance when eating and was only able to pick up big puzzles. He can now do all household tasks such as sweeping, cleaning, wiping the tables, making his own bed and throwing rubbish. Besides, he is also able to talk loudly with clear pronunciation to express his needs and walk independently to the market to buy food. When he is at the market, he is able to recognise money and its value. Thus, he is trained to pay for his own food using the money given to him and to receive the balance upon payment.

Since Faiz is almost to complete his training in the DBMH classroom, he will be absorbed into the Skills Development Programme where he will be further trained to improve his skills and earn some extra income at the same time.

The Deaf, Blind and Multi Handicapped Programme in St.Nicholas’ Home aims to provide a full range of educational service and training to achieve full potential and ability to be independent. The visually impaired children who are part of the programme are basically equipped with useful daily living, motor, mobility, communication and academic skills. They range from the age of 7 to 18 years old. Each child usually has an Individual Education Plan depending on their needs. Stimulation activities are carried out to achieve significant impact on the students’ learning experiences too. These children have benefited from the programme and are continuing to do so. Faiz is one of those visually impaired kids.

Being a Non-Governmental Organisation, St.Nicholas’ Home has been depending on donations for these kids and to ensure the continuity of the remarkable programme. The deficit in funds are one of the reasons why more and more improvements are not being executed successfully for the programme such as buying new puzzles or even to teach them Braille. This is where the home depends on the public for their generosity to equip these kids with skills for life.

We would like to grab this opportunity to thank you for your generous contribution to our DBMH programme and for making a change in the lives of these children!

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Aug 20, 2013

The Special Child

Jason is a 13 year old multi-handicapped boy who is suffering from cerebral palsy, development delay and total blindness. Since he came to the Home in the year 2009, he has not been able to respond to his teachers’ instructions nor move around without supervision.

Jason is unable to move around freely due to the condition with his legs. Thus, he is always brought around on his wheel chair. However, he requires very little help in class as he chooses to crawl around to anywhere he wants without requesting for any help from his teachers. He is able to utter simple words with an almost perfect pronunciation. When it comes to meal time, he is able to feed on the entire meal using 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 of the boiled egg skin. Some of the skills which he is still being trained on his skills to brush his teeth, feed himself, wear clothes and differentiate the front and back part of a T-shirt independently.

Jason who is a day scholar, comes to school by car and has been trained to buckle his own seat belt when he gets into the car. Even though Jason still has a long way to go but he is already showing some improvement.

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

May 22, 2013

Shine in the Dark

Dan using his motor skills to identify fruits
Dan using his motor skills to identify fruits

Dan is a ten year old boy who joined the  Deaf-Blind and Multi-Handicapped program (DBMH) at St. Nicholas Home, Penang. He has been here for almost 11 months now. Dan is diagnosed as a visually impaired child with a rough light perception since birtg.

When Dan first came to St. Nicholas’ Home, he was unable to follow simple commands, walk or climb the stairs. In addition, he hardly communicated and used to be quite aggressive at times as he usually bites himself or his teachers. Due to his capability to quickly pick up the lessons from the DBMH program at St Nicholas Home, this belongs all to the past. The teachers find Dan quite intelligent and see the potential for him to learn through education.

Dan is quite an acrobatic young fellow and climbs on the furniture. He likes to roll on the floor and turn his body upside down. He has learned daily living skills such as eating, drinking and brushing his teeth.

He is also able to identify different objects in class. Dan achieved his objective for motor skills since he is now capable of identifying left and right. He can also climb up and down the staircase with trailing and he also makes all sorts of puzzles. His mobility skills improved where he is now able to walk from dining hall to classroom, from classroom to field and toilet and from dormitory to laundry.

Besides that, Dan shows improvement in his daily living skills. He washes his hands before and after tea break, cleans the table after lunch time, washes his plate and cup after lunch time and puts on his clothes with little assistance. Since Dan’s thumb does not function at all, he had to learn to use only four fingers.

Dan adapts to this so well that he now is able to pick up small objects. He can hold a spoon in one hand and hold a cup with using both hands when he drinks a hot beverage.

Upon observation, Dan seems active in his movements and play. He understands commands and moves around independently indoor and outdoor. Furthermore he seems to be happy in the presence of teachers and fellow classmates.

We are really grateful for all the contributions of our donors. Because of your 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. Thanks for igniting something amazing. You’re making a difference in their lives in securing a bright future for them.

Dan using his motor skills to differentiate shapes
Dan using his motor skills to differentiate shapes

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