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.
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!
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.
Thurga first came to St Nicholas’ Home in 2012. Coming from a family of four and as far as Johor Bahru, the most southern part of Malaysia, it has been a long journey of success for her here in St Nicholas’ Home Penang. Thurga was born with congenital blindness, mental retardation and autism. Before stepping foot to SNH, Thurga was pampered a lot at home. She was still wearing diapers as she did not have the proper toilet training. She was having difficulties doing daily activities on her own such as eating, dressing herself and wearing shoes. However, she was able to walk around without any help. When placed in an uncomfortable situation, she would make noises and throw tantrums.
All that changed when her parents decided to send her to St Nicholas’ Home, Penang. Within a year, she changed tremendously. More attention was given towards enhancing her skills in tactual sense, cognitive, living skills and motor skills and Thurga became better each day. Now, with the training received from the Deaf, Blind & Multi-Handicapped programme, Thurga is able to wear clothes and shoes on her own when she receives a verbal command. She is now able to move around from her dorm to her classroom and dining hall. Thurga also recognises her housemothers, teachers and friends’ voice when they talk to her. She has also become more energetic and lively as she demonstrates it through her new found love of music and dance. In class, she is able to do tactual puzzles and explore the different shapes and sizes of the tactual board. She is also able to recognise her both hands, other body parts and name them. She is now beginning to repeat words that she has learned from her teachers which indicate her learning progress.
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. Thurga is one of those visually impaired kids.
Being a Non-Governmental Organisation, St.Nicholas’ Home has been facing problems with sourcing funds 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.
The kids may be blind but are definitely St Nicholas’ Home’s shining stars and the same goes to Thurga. As her star continues to shine at St Nicholas’ Home, we would like thank you for your generous contribution to our DBMH programme and for making a change in the lives of these children!
Since enrolling in the DBMH program, Ng Chee Chong has transformed to become one of the most active childrenin the program as he always likes to move and jump around cheerfully. He seems to be on cloud nine all the time. He enjoys being cuddled by the teachers and housemothers and has very high spirits in doing classroom activities. Chee Chong has also improved in his speech delivery as he is able to answer more questions during circle time. Besides that, he enjoys listening to the music and is also capable of dancing according to the tune. He usually does this in the toy library. He is also very good at following the lyrics of the songs but mostly the pronunciation and utterance of the words will be different from the real word. For now, the most common song that he always sings is, Three Blind Mice which sounds more like “chee bind mice”!
Chee Chong has become independent in managing his daily routine and he is more aware of all the things that need to be done regularly. In the dormitory, he is able to identify his clothes and wear it on his own with very little assistance from the housemothers. He is also very good at applying powder all over his body and face evenly and he enjoys the pleasant smell of the powder and he usually says, “hmmm…Wangi (fragrant)…”. Chee Chong has also learnt to wash his hands independently without being told and assisted by the teacher after using the washroom. Immediately after washing his hands, he looks out for the towel to wipe his hands.These actions show an enormous improvement in Chee Chong.
In the classroom, Chee Chong is in the midst of familiarising himself with the Brailler. He is being taught on theways to load and unload paper from the Brailler. He is also in the process of learning Pre-Braille Tactual Discrimination activity whereby it involves sensory training which actually helps him to develop his finger dexterity. This training would eventually help him to recognize the Braille dots and lead him to read Braille alphabets accurately later on.
Chee Chong has also learnt to climb stairs on his own without being assisted by the teachers. He is able to holdthe stair’s railing and climb one step at a time and at the same time he will be counting the number of steps. Besides that, Chee Chong has also shown improvement in his pre-vocational skills whereby he is capable of doingpacking. He takes one plastic and places one button in. Once he is done, he places the packed button in another basket. This shows that he understands the process of packaging.
These achievements show that the DBMH program is improving the lives of these children and we would like to once again convey our sincere gratitude for all your generous contributions!
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