"St. Nicholas Home has many different stories, cases and trainees at different walks in life. As an organization we are really trying to work towards early intervention so people in Malaysia can be more open and have more knowledge on how to prevent blindness. With early prevention we can teach families how to better care for their children with visual impairment. We look forward to partnering with more families and helping them care for their kids.
Amin is one of the kids that lives at home with his family that we have found through Early Intervention. He is apart of our home visits. Every two weeks we go and spend some time with him and his family. We were able to come in contact with him at two years of age. Amin is completely blind, but he is good health with no other medical problems. Although he is very supported by his family, our team helps him to be more independent and makes a way for him to grow and learn normally.
Our plan is to encourage and push him towards more independence and learning more about daily life activities. We are very impressed by the way that his family push him forward and we believe with more training from us that his family will be able to really push him to be an independent thriving young man. These are the cases that we are so happy about. The ones that have stories of families taking part in the work we are doing and allowing our expertise to help them succeed with their children. Thank you for helping our programs so we can continue to focus on Early Intervention. Having others believe in and financially support us helps us to continue our programs. Thank you and please continue to support us."
Let me introduce you to Rin. Rin came to St. Nicholas Home in 2011 at the age of 2. When she came to us we discovered that she had Low Vision with Bilateral Congenital Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement). Rin is apart of our Early Intervention Programme and thanks to donations like yours we have been able to help her succeed in her early childhood years.
Rin has done great in our programs and has succeeded notably since she first came to us. In 2011, Rin was very slow in tactual stimulation, was able to converse her needs but with a lack of understanding in English, and was able to move around with support. Rin was very dependent on her family and we hoped to help her gain independence and be able to do much more on her own in her years to come with us.
Since Rin has been with us we have been able to see a whole new girl. With our many programs to increase cognitive, language and social skills she has shown great improvement. Rin has been able to follow instructions given to her and ask questions to improve her knowledge. She has also shown great skill in interacting with others, becoming more independent in social situations and also basic life skills. She can now do much more without the assistance of her mother. She can also ride her bike around with minimum guidance from others.
This was all accomplished by your generous donations. Please help us to continue changing Rin’s life and assisting her to be an independent girl. We have many goals for her this year that include learning the Braille Alphabet and boosting her self-confidence. With your help this will be possible.
You can already do this by making a donation on the upcoming Bonus Day on Wednesday, May 13th. On that day GlobalGiving is matching every donation!
Thank you so much for supporting these children. You are helping us to change lives at an early age and prevent blindness! We appreciate you.
The Early Intervention Programme (EIP) is running already for its 9th year and we are still amazed how many children are still in need of our help! Until now we were able to help 74 children with our Early Intervention Programme.
The EIP team consists of two staff who make at least two visits to each child every month to monitor their progress. We are very happy that from last year onwards one of them is a physiotherapist, which benefits the children a lot, because most of them don’t have the possibility to go to physiotherapy.
As I already mentioned there are still a lot of children who need the help of our EIP programme, but we only have limited resources. Therefore we need Your help! It’s our hope that with Your generous contribution we are able to expand our team and improve our equipment so that more children can benefit from our programme.
Executive Director St. Nicholas' Home, Penang
Since the day Hadi came into this world, he has not had it easy. He was born with dysmorphism, bilateral congenital microphthalmus, a small hole in the heart and with a left kidney failure. As an only child with both parents working, he is currently being looked after by his grandmother.
Hadi depends a lot on his family in the managing of his life as he still cannot do much due to his disabilities. He depends a lot on his grandmother in carrying out his daily living skills such as during bathing, toileting, eating and dressing.
Since being referred to our Early Intervention Programme, Hadi has shown much improvement. His parents and grandmother has noticed positive changes ever since we started providing training to little Hadi. He has started to learn how to make sounds to indicate his needs to his caretakers. Although he is still shy and interacts better with people who are familiar to him, he is beginning to open up and we are currently trying to focus on activities which involve other children to improve his social skills.
Initially, Hadi needed assistance to move around even in his own home but with constant guidance from our patient teachers, he is now able to walk independently! However, since he began learning to move independently, he moves around too freely and tends to explore on his own. Therefore, the teachers are now training him to listen and follow instructions.
Our plan for little Hadi is to continue training him particularly in the areas of social skills and daily living skills. We would love to see Hadi open up more to new people to enable him to make more friends. We are also focusing on teaching Hadi to communicate his needs more effectively.
We truly believe that with constant support and guidance, Hadi will grow up to be a remarkable boy and will be able to adapt to the society and community around him. We would like to thank each and every one of you for standing by us and for making it possible for us to help children like little Hadi!
Terrence is a five-year-old boy who was born with Congenital Blindness and lives with his parents in Perak, North west Malaysia. During the day when both parents are at work, he spends time with the grandparents who have abundant love for their only grandson.
Terrence recognizes people by their voices and interacts with surroundings through touch, smell, and sound. He can speak three different Chinese languages and is able to communicate basics in Malay and English. However, from the beginning it was not this easy. Visual impairment comes with its own challenges; it takes ways of learning in which teachers and parents have to give so much of their support and the best reward is, of course, watching him grow to an independent capable child. Terrence’s friendliness catches hearts, he identifies people with the touch of their hands and asks, “Who is this?” if there is someone he is meeting for the first time. He speaks gently with adults, especially elderly people.
Early Intervention Program is a program in which teachers are sent to the house of children in early ages to help them with their education and also to consult with parents and give them suggestions of how they can assist their children to learn specific skills that will benefit them in the future. In the beginning of this program, when the teachers met Terrence for the first time, they set up particular goals such as walking with the cane independently, holding it in the correct direction, and gaining the courage to go outside the house for outdoor activities and interact with people. He is now able to walk around by himself with minimum assistance and identify objects. Another objective was to overcome the language barrier. In the beginning he could speak only Chinese and that made it hard to communicate with teachers or others outside the family. Through this programme, Terrence learned Malay and English word by word and now uses them regularly in conversations especially when the teachers ask him to.
Beauty exists where there is love. It is in the words of the teacher who learned simple Chinese words to communicate with him, and the efforts of the parents who desire to see their son develop day by day. It was a journey, a very unique journey that only Terrence can feel and talk about perfectly. Maybe one day, when he grows to a young man, he can complete this writing knowing how precious he was, how everyone wanted him to be the best he could.
“20 years from now, Terrence might be a successful businessman, like his father, and I believe with his potential, he can do all that he wants.”
This was said by the teacher who travels 6 hours every two weeks to meet Terrence to give him new ways of learnings and record down the detailed improvements. For now the next steps are getting him prepared for school, starting to learn braille and be exposed to another world, a world of children where he gets opportunities to socialize with and experience new types of friendships.
We are happy and proud of Terrence's good progress and with donations received through Global Giving; we can continue to help Terrence 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 form the bottom of our hearts for your support and donations.
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