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.
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.

Oct 28, 2016

RFS 2016 In Aid of Deafblind children of St Nicholas Home, Penang

Advertisement of  "Earth Hour" Charity Ride 2016
Advertisement of "Earth Hour" Charity Ride 2016

The blind and visually-impaired (BVI) community is more often than not pigeon-holed and hindered by invisible barriers when it comes to education, employment and life choices. These are typically the outcome of low expectations from people who have a poor understanding of the abilities of the blind. Ride for Sight was conceived to be an avenue for the BVI community to champion for their right to expect and are expected to achieve success. Our hope is that this event will promote the idea that we can and should expect our BVI friends to achieve their fullest potential in life.  .  

The previous five Ride for Sight events were very successful and attracted between 800-1200 participants each time the event was held. The feedback on the event was so encouraging among all the participants, sponsors and other stakeholder that we decided the event would be held annually. Another important benefit from Ride For Sight was that many volunteers signed up as pilots and marshals for our bi-monthly cycling outings as well.

When we started planning for RFS2016, we were very confident that despite the economic slowdown, we would be able to attract the numbers. We promoted this vigorously event to various cycling groups, corporate companies and as well as individuals as a whole in hopes to increase participation numbers.

In late January, we discovered that there is another cycling event to celebrate “Earth Hour Charity Ride” to be held on 19th March 2016, just one month earlier than our event. What is even more devastating for us is that the registration fee only 1/5 that of ours and the organizer of the “Earth Hour” ride named us as the sole beneficiary of the funds raised from the eventImagine our consternation when we were hit with this news! Whave been deep in the preparation of our very own ride scheduled for 10th April 2016 and this will definitely have a negative impact on our participant numbersSure enoughthere was a sharp decline in participation numbers for Ride For Sight 2016 with only 200 registered cyclist.

This experience taught us that we should never take things for granted and that we should check more carefully to avoid clashing with another event. More importantly, we realised that we could have achieve a win-win scenario by working hand in hand with other organisationsBy working together, not only we can pool our resources, we can also tap on the expanded network of both organisations. Nevertheless, we are grateful to receive funds as beneficiary from the Earth Hour Charity Ride.

So for 2017, we are joining hands with Queensbay Mall to organize “Earth Hour Ride For Sight 2017”. With our combined resources, we will certainly be looking forward to a fantastic event that will be even more impactful and rewarding for all stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

Advertisement of Ride For Sight 2016
Advertisement of Ride For Sight 2016
Sep 7, 2016

A smile was her greeting

Xuan having her physio session
Xuan having her physio session

Meet Xuan, she was born in 2012 and diagnosed with Global Development Delay, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and Cortical blindness. Xuan comes from a supportive home, her parents enrolled her in a Spastic School in 2014. When she came to St Nicholas she was able to interact with the teachers by smiling but was not able to talk, she was also not able to sit up or move around, was completely dependent on her mother or other caregivers for daily activities and was also not able to focus on objects.

Within the past year we have seen a slow but noticeable improvement in Xuan, with some basic physiotherapy training like passive stretching exercises we see that Xuan has begun to be able to move herself and sit up with only minimal supervision. By teaching her caregivers and parents these exercises she is now on a steady path to being able to move around independently.  Along with working on her motor skills we have also begun developing her social skills, by spending time with her and doing some basic vocal exercise we see that she has now been able to recognize and can interact with the teacher but she still needs the teachers support to do these activities.

Her slowest growth can be seen in her ability to understand language, she can reproduce sounds she hears around her from her parents or teachers but is unable to produce any identifiable sounds on her own.  Here at St Nicholas we are still very hopeful and confident that with time and patience she will slowly learn to understand language and respond to her teachers, strengthen her muscle tone and balance on her own when sitting up.

With your support, we can continue to work with Xuan and who knows, one Xuan may greet us with more than a smile.

 
   

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