Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities

by Wings Melaka
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities
Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities

A challenging yet fruitful and fulfilling year 2023. Children's improvement in their learning, smiles on the faces of parents and the dedicated comitment of the team, unceasing financial support of the good samarithans, these are all the motivational factors that pull us through a stormy year post covid season.

With the long waiting list of students, we managed  to secure some part-time teachers to cater for as many students possible. We closed the year of 2023 with 32 EIP, 15 SAP & 4 YAP students vs less then 8 teachers. Our greatest challenge is still manpower issue. We are indeed glad with the increases of total students of 35 from Jan 2022..

Special event took place during the closing include:

1. Christmas party for the children and families.

2. Parent support group conducted by Jacquelyn Ang & staff training

3. CSR run by the Youth Outreach from Singapore.include spring cleaning, Staff training,& mural painting.

Photos are attached below.

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Our ED & staff at the NECIC 2022 in Miri, Sarawak
Our ED & staff at the NECIC 2022 in Miri, Sarawak

The students and teachers participated in a variety of activities throughout the past 2 months including:

Dentist visit to the centre 

A team comprising of 2 dentists and 3 nurses from Klinik Pergigian Klebang came to our centre to conduct their annual dental checkup for our students on 11th and 12th August. They also gave a detailed talk on how to care for our teeth and the students got an opportunity to learn hands-on on the right way to brush their teeth. 

Parents Support Group (PSG)

We are very priviledged to have Mdm Teo Lee Fun from Teo Therapeutic Centre to give a talk about 'Sensory Triggers at Home' where she shared with parents on how to identify possible triggers within the home environment, ways to modify it as well as the importance of why they should address their child's sensory needs, if any. The session was conducted on 13th August.

8th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference (NECIC) 2022

Our executive director, Ms Chan Saw Si together with 3 of our staff, Ms Emily Choon, Ms Sharon Low and Ms Malar hopped onto a flight to Miri, Sarawak for the NECIC that was held from 3rd to 5th September. They found it interesting as it was an eye-opener where they could experience a wide range of topics anchored by professional practitioners and parents from all around Malaysia and other countries too. The topics covered include types of strategies used in behaviour management/ learning through play or music, addressing social and mental health issues and giving parental or caregivers support. 

Annual fire drill exercise

We had our annual fire drill on 28th September and it was conducted by Jabatan Bomba Jalan Kubu, Melaka. They gave a fire stimulation exercise and a demonstration on how to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire ie PASS strategy: Pull the pin, Aim low, Squeeze the lever and Sweep the nozzle side-to-side. The students from SAP and YAP participated in the event and had a great time exploring the fire truck after that.

3Rs fashion show

The students from our SAP did a 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) fashion show on 29th & 30th September. They made clothes out of recyclable items, decorated them and posed for the runway. They enjoyed trying on each others' costumes too. 

As we move towards year-end, we hope to plan and conduct more meaningful activities for the students to learn and enjoy. We look forward to wrap up the year with joyful fun!

Taking a group photo with the firemen
Taking a group photo with the firemen
Fun time at the photo booth for 3Rs Fashion Show!
Fun time at the photo booth for 3Rs Fashion Show!
During the PSG sharing by Mdm Teo Lee Fun
During the PSG sharing by Mdm Teo Lee Fun
A dental nurse teaching ways to care for our teeth
A dental nurse teaching ways to care for our teeth
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EIP lesson
EIP lesson

All activities in the Centre remained vibrant and hectic since the last quarter. We have recruited about 15 new EIP students within the 2nd quarter and yet there are still about 15 children lining up in the waiting list. Students newly recruited are mostly 4-5 years old as a result of the 2 years lockdown period due to Covid 19 which causing the delayed for early intervention.

We have 24 EIP, 14 SAP & 5 YAP students altogther vs 10 staff  (3 management + 7 teachers/trainers) as of reporting period. A handful of the teachers are as new as 1 month to less then 2 years teaching experience. Meanwhile, 2 of the key leaders are also working on a partime basis at present due to family and other personal commitment. As such, Human capital remains the greatest challenge for our works, more so, being a Christian NGO. 

We had also tried to outsource an Occupational Therapy (OT) for the benefits of our children in May 2022. However, the project was unable to proceed on for a longer term collaboration due to the mismatched of our needs vs the commitment level of the OT. Nevertheless, we will continue to look out, to recruit and train up more teachers or even an in-house OT if we could find the suitable candidates.

Based on our record, there are some EIP students who are not able to pursue academic learning and we are hopeful to introduce and incorporate more functional and living skill into our School Aged Program or to segregate the SAP students into 2 different groups to meet the needs of the students. This will make their learning more meaningful.

As for our Young Adults Program(YAP), besides house-keeping, cooking, we are trying to revive the baking project to vocational or even baking for sale. Besides, we had reposition one of our male trainer to train the  boys on new skills include simple carpentry work and agri-planting. These are all new planning in the pipeline for YAP.

SAP Art & Craft
SAP Art & Craft
YAP Gardening
YAP Gardening
YAP Coffee making
YAP Coffee making
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EIP activities
EIP activities

All our 3 programs resumed physical lessons starting November 2021 and it brought much excitement to our students who had been lockdown for almost the whole year through 2021.  Despite unforeseen staff turnaround and leakage of students during MCO, our students vs teachers ratio was still within a manageable level. Nevertheless, the waiting list of EIP students remained incomprehensible for the current year.

We entered the year 2022 with much hope and expectation to reach out to more children and families in view of the increasing demand vs the lack of relevant services for the subject group within our vicinity. 

We welcome our Ex-Head Teacher Ms Loreen Lim who was once a committed & faithful teacher with us for more than 8 years from 2012 -2020 to resume one of the key leadership roles as the Head of Programs starting Jan 2022.  Besides, we are also hopeful to recruit at least 3 more teachers this year of which 2 suitable candidates have been identified and started volunteering and doing internships at present and the employment offer had been extended pending acceptance. 

As a result of the Covid Pandemic and great uncertainties ahead, we may need to develop a Hybrid Program in the pipeline for children and families as an alternative to meet some urgency or contingency cases.

The finance of the organization being an NGO remains challenging, however, we could partly self-support based on the nominal students' contribution and donation by many including GlobalGiving and its networks.

We captured and shared some sweet moments from our daily activities to draw your attention and continuous support and is our pleasure to be part of you.

Let's continue to pursue our vision and mission in the life of the special needs people with the right mind, right heart, and the right attitude, and all will be well.

EIP activities
EIP activities
EIP activities
EIP activities
SAP activities
SAP activities
SAP activities
SAP activities
YAP activities
YAP activities
YAP activities
YAP activities
YAP activities
YAP activities
Staff CNY Reunion Lunch
Staff CNY Reunion Lunch
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EIP1
EIP1

We are encouraged indeed by what we have overcame, ie the scepticism of online or virtual lessons during the prolong locked down caused by the outbreak of Covid Pandemic starting early last year.  Obviously the effectiveness of physical lessons prevailed, nevertheless, it keeps the learning routine on going & dynamic. It is certainly the joint efforts of both the teachers of Wings and all parents concerned who had not given up on their child's learning journey.

Throughout the months where lessons are conducted via online, we have slashed down the student contribution by 50% accross the board. We are glad to have some parents continue paying full contributions while those who are really affected financially during this crisis period enjoyed 100% waiver of contribution by the Board.

Now that the Malaysian Government has started to open up all social economy sectors this month, there are much to prepare physically for the centre before it is neat and clean both externally and internally in compliance to the stringent SOP requirement by the Local Authorities. We are taking the right steps to get ourselves ready for the reopening anytime needed.

In view that we are in the last quarter of our learning calender and the high risk of rebound in the outbreak cases due to the upliftment of the nationwide movement control, almost 50% of the parents preferred to remain online lesson until Jan 2022. As such, the Board of Wings had decided to carry on virtual lesson until further notice.

EIP2
EIP2
Grd Maintenance 1
Grd Maintenance 1
Grd Maintenance 2
Grd Maintenance 2

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Wings Melaka

Location: Malacca - Malaysia
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Project Leader:
Boon Hock LIM
Malacca, Malacca Malaysia
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