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Equip deafblind children with skills for life!

by St. Nicholas' Home, Penang
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Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Equip deafblind children with skills for life!
Chee Cheong
Chee Cheong

Since enrolling in the DBMH program, Ng Chee Chong has transformed to become one of the most active children
in 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 the
ways 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 hold
the 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 doing
packing. 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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His wrist bones are deformed. His thumbs do not function at all. He would bite his caregivers if he was uncomfortable. He would roll around on the floor and throw tantrums. That was Muhammad Eisma Daniel two years ago.

Today, Daniel is a changed boy, all thanks to the training he received in the DBMH program at St Nicholas Home. These days, though he still does not talk much and communicates mostly through touch and sound, he still smiles and approaches his caregivers to give kisses when he approves of something.

Daniel has learnt to adapt to using only four fingers on each hand, eats and drinks independently and is slowly learning how to rinse his utensils with the help of his teachers. He is also very accurate in his sense of direction and no longer needs help or guidance to walk to his class. “Daniel has very good concentration and retention and we do not have to repeat it many times,” his teacher comments proudly.  

We at St Nicholas Home are very proud of Daniel’s good progress and with donations pouring in through Global Giving; we can continue to help Daniel and other children in the DBMH program towards improving their lives for a bigger and brighter future! Therefore, we would like to thank all our contributors for your support and donations.

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Standing at 165cm tall and weighing almost 90kg, Yashvanthan s/o Rajendran may be big in size but in reality, is as gentle as a mouse could be. Yash, as he is known to all, was diagnosed with severe visual impairment (retinitis pigmentosa in both eyes) and was found to be mentally challenged, displaying some autistic features.

His father is a hawker while his mother works as an operator at a factory here. He has a brother Mugilan, who is also visually impaired, working at the Wellness Center as a masseur.

As Yash is slightly autistic, he can be a little bit shy, refusing eye contact and not speaking to people. However, surprisingly, despite his shy personality, his gentleman side prevailed right from the start! He is always ever ready to greet the people he knows by taking their hands and sometimes kissing them (sometimes with a loud smooch) like a gentleman, before slowly easing away to return to what he was doing.

Since enrolling in the DBMH program, his speech and understanding has improved and he can also return envelopes to the appeals department on his own. However, Yash vast improvement in motor skills was a total surprise to his teachers, “Instead of threading only one bead at a time, he managed to thread 5 beads at one go!” exclaimed one of his teachers. His steady improvements have enabled him to become more independent as well.

Enrolling in SNH’s DBMH program has certainly changed Yashvanthan’s life and with the donations received through Global Giving, we can look forward towards improving the lives of the other children in the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Handicapped program.

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to you for your generous donations. Thank you for your continued support and compassion.

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Siti was diagnosed at the age of 8 with Global Development Delay ( a medical condition which causes delays in all areas of a child’s development). Siti’ s  growth is lagging and stunted; so she is no bigger than a normal person  3-4 year –old child. Siti was also born with no eyes and some facial deformities.

St. Nicholas’ Home came to know about Siti from the Social Welfare Department in mid 2008. Siti was 8 years of age then.  St. Nicholas subsequently include Siti in the Early Intervention Programme for half a year, before moving Siti to the Deaf – Blind & Multi- Handicapped Programme (DBMH) in 2009.

When Siti first arrived at the Home, she was not able to walk. She had lived with her grandfather in a small town. As both of them were practically living from hand to mouth, it was understandable that Siti was malnourished and weak when we first saw her. Through out her growing years her loving grandfather had carried her about thinking that Siti was immobile.

After 6 months at St. Nicholas’ Home, Siti had made significant improvement that changed her life. She had learnt to walk with the help of Home‘s dedicated teachers engage in the DBMH programme. Siti could walk confidently and with little help.

The Home fed her on a soft diet for a year before weaning Siti to solid food. In a short time, Siti had learnt to recognize teachers and staff by their  voices and could cheerfully address each of them loudly by name. Siti can now spell her name verbally. Everyday she eats and drinks on her own and dresses herself with minimum assistance.

Siti is the pride and joy of all of us here at the home as she blossoms and takes on learning daily living skills in big
strides!

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Like every child, Munira is excited about starting work so that she can help her family. However, the difference between her and others is that she is deaf and blind in one eye. Despite her physical disability, the 17-year-old is
optimistic about her future.

Munira wants nothing more than to contribute to the family income and cannot wait to join the workforce next year. She will leave the home in December this year after staying there for the last seven years. Her father is a security guard and her mother is a cleaner.

“I am the eldest in the family. I want to earn money for my two younger brothers to continue studying. I am also excited to go home so that I can take care of my 80-year-old grandmother,” she said.”

The well-groomed teenager from Relau is like any other girl her age who enjoys dressing up and putting on make
up. With her hair neatly tied up in a bow, she puts on a dash of perfume and happily runs off to class.

Since she was 10, Munira, who loves to draw, has been learning skills her able-bodied counterparts take for granted. Her teacher said Munira was taught vocational skills so that when she leaves St. Nicholas, she would be able to look after herself independently and contribute to her family.

“Hopefully she can work in a hotel, perhaps in the house-keeping department,” she said of Munira. “She is a fast learner. She can iron, wash clothes, sew, and do light kitchen work and gardening.”

Last year, Munira was taught how to make popsicles. She now can make the ice treats in asam jawa, Milo and orange flavours.

There are many more children like Munira who deserve to have the same chances as she does. With your help this becomes reality. Therefore we would like to thank everyone who makes a contribution to our project.

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St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

Location: Georgetown, Penang - Malaysia
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Project Leader:
Daniel Aik Bin Soon
Mr
Bagan Jermal, Penang Malaysia

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