Educating young blind children for a better future

Dec 5, 2012

Hope in the eye of adversity

Nur Farah Hanim was an overdue baby and had to be delivered through a caesarean section. When she was delivered, she was diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy and cerebral palsy.

She was slow, her development was delayed and she had to go for weekly physiotherapy at the Sungai Petani General Hospital.

When she was first attended to in April of 2009, she was not stimulated and could only lie down. Babies have to be stimulated in order to accelerate their development. However, due to her conditions, baby Farah had difficulties and her parents were at their wits end about what to do with her. They were depressed and worried about her future as she was their eldest child.

Baby Farah and her parents were then introduced to the Early Intervention Programme (EIP). Her parents were given training and advice on the proper care and the do’s and don’ts of taking care of baby Farah.

After being in the Early Intervention Programme (EIP), baby Farah’s parents are now more aware and confident about taking care of their baby girl. They are no longer afraid or confuse about what they should do. They are now all out to see to her needs. Her mother stimulates her by talking to her, telling her what is happening around the house and just engaging with baby Farah. Her parents have become proactive and want to do everything possible for baby Farah so that she can lead an independent life in the future.

Initially baby Farah’s parents did not want anymore children as they wanted to ensure that they could give 100% of their attention to Farah. However, they recently had their second child. Seeing Farah’s progress and upon realising that she needs siblings to socialise and integrate, they decided that having another child was ok now as they knew that the knowledge that they received through the EIP has trained them well to provide equal care and love to both their children.

As parents, they will always worry about their child but with the help of the Early Intervention Programme, they are now more prepared to face the future with her and to ensure that their child will have a brighter future!



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St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Project Leader

Daniel Aik Bin Soon

Bagan Jermal, Penang Malaysia

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