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 17, 2017

I am Maira!

Maira embracing her favorite pink chou chou giraff
Maira embracing her favorite pink chou chou giraff

This cute little girl is four year old Maira from Kedah. She is the youngest child among her six siblings. Her father is a factory worker while her mother is a full-time housewife. Maira loves to play with colorful objects because she is able to perceive colors, but unfortunately she was born with bilateral eye corneal opacity in both eyes which lead to scarring and clouding of her cornea that reduces her visions significantly. Even though she is low vision, she still has a bit of light perception. Imagine being inside cloudy water at night with a little light that is very dim, that is how she sees. Regrettably, she will never be able to perceive the complete shape of an object.

 

Maira joined St Nicholas’ Home Early Intervention Programme in 2015, when she was just a year old. Initially, she was very shy and highly dependent on her mother. She answers only to her mum and was not very responsive during activity time with the teachers. In gross motor skills, Maira was unable to walk without the assistance of a stroller. She also could only focus on one task at a time. For instance, she was not able to count while holding something else such as a ball in her hands.

 

Over the last year or so, Maira has shown much improvement especially in her gross motor and social skills. She is now more engaged in activities with her teachers. Not only that, she is also more comfortable and sociable with the people around her. With this early intervention program, we believe that she would become more responsive to instructions and learn self management. We look forward to the day when Maira grows up to be a happy and independent girl.

Maira is having fun counting the plastic rings
Maira is having fun counting the plastic rings
Teacher is showing Maira plastic alphabets for her
Teacher is showing Maira plastic alphabets for her
Jan 24, 2017

Remember Me?

Raag really likes the swing
Raag really likes the swing

Today we will revisit a child name Raag whom we wrote about 2 years ago. I am sure you still remember him. Just to refresh your memory, Raag was born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome, which caused him to be completely blind in one eye and low vision in the other. He also has congenital heart disease and is dependent on hearing aids to help him with his sensorineural deafness (damage to the inner ear) in both ears.

When you last saw him, he was working towards becoming a more independent child. He is now beginning to do more tasks on his own and is less dependent on his parents’ help.  In the past year, Raag has taken great steps to improve himself with the help of the teachers. In fact, he has been able to put on his own shoes, taking a shower and do other daily living tasks by himself with little supervision.  Raag is also able to feed himself using fork and spoon. Not so long ago, Raag still required one of the teachers or staffs to help him get dressed but now we can proudly say that Raag is managing all of that on his own. The improvements mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg! 

When you last saw him, he was working towards becoming a more independent child. He is now beginning to do more tasks on his own and is less dependent on his parents’ help.  In the past year, Raag has taken great steps to improve himself with the help of the teachers. In fact, he has been able to put on his own shoes, taking a shower and do other daily living tasks by himself with little supervision.  Raag is also able to feed himself using fork and spoon. Not so long ago, Raag still required one of the teachers or staffs to help him get dressed but now we can proudly say that Raag is managing all of that on his own. The improvements mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg! 

Through the hard work and dedication of the teachers here at St Nicholas’ Home Penang, Raag is on his way to becoming an independent individual. However, it is your contribution behind the scenes through Global Giving that allows our teachers to continue doing what they do best with and for these children.

 

Thank you!

Raag doing his fine motor and cognitive exercise.
Raag doing his fine motor and cognitive exercise.
Raag learning about shapes
Raag learning about shapes
Look! I
Look! I'm in a purple silk balloon!
Raag is enjoying the playground with his friends
Raag is enjoying the playground with his friends
Raag is loving it at the beach!
Raag is loving it at the beach!
Nov 23, 2016

Hii Five!

Hii working on his fine motor skills.
Hii working on his fine motor skills.

The month of November is here in-conjunction with 2016 Giving Tuesday campaign!

It is also Hii’s birthday as he just celebrated his 5th birthday on the 01st of November and is progressing tremendously well in our home’s Early Intervention Programme.For the year 2016, there are two main goals set for Hii. Firstly, to interact and play with other children and secondly is to increase his mobility outdoors with minimal supervision.

Hii not only has improved his understanding of commands to perform tasks but has also developed his ability to understand and converse well in English. Hii enjoys using his tablet most of the time and our trainers are now working on accelerating his interaction with family members.

Besides that, to increase his level of Malay communication skills, we are also encouraging him to listen to Malay nursery rhymes and songs to familiarize with the language as it’s the national language and it’s vital for his communication in future. Conversing with Hii in multiple languages will also boost his brain cognitive functions.

This year, Hii’s motor skills have also improved greatly as he is now able to move around the house without help and is working on outdoor mobility with minimal supervision. He enjoys the sessions we have at the toy library and enjoys the outdoors, however his time outdoors are usually reduced because of his medical condition. Hii is also very good at his sessions in the toy library working on puzzles, patterns and sequencing games.

In exactly two more years, Hii will graduate from our programme. Our goal is to ensure that Hii will be able to move around and explore outdoors with minimum supervision and increase his interaction with children of his own age. We hope that our work with him will help him adapt when he is enrolled in a special school.

Your help will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the Early Intervention Programme and for our team to reach out to special children like Hii.

 
   

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