Faiz cutting through the dough into shapes
Faiz, 17 and very soon going on to 18, has grown tremendously. From a boy who could only move independently inside his house and had limited skills, he has now mastered most of the skills taught in the Deaf-Blind and Multi-Handicapped classroom.
When Faiz first came to the Home, he needed attention and guidance when eating and was only able to pick up big puzzles. He can now do all household tasks such as sweeping, cleaning, wiping the tables, making his own bed and throwing rubbish. Besides, he is also able to talk loudly with clear pronunciation to express his needs and walk independently to the market to buy food. When he is at the market, he is able to recognise money and its value. Thus, he is trained to pay for his own food using the money given to him and to receive the balance upon payment.
Since Faiz is almost to complete his training in the DBMH classroom, he will be absorbed into the Skills Development Programme where he will be further trained to improve his skills and earn some extra income at the same time.
The Deaf, Blind and Multi Handicapped Programme in St.Nicholas’ Home aims to provide a full range of educational service and training to achieve full potential and ability to be independent. The visually impaired children who are part of the programme are basically equipped with useful daily living, motor, mobility, communication and academic skills. They range from the age of 7 to 18 years old. Each child usually has an Individual Education Plan depending on their needs. Stimulation activities are carried out to achieve significant impact on the students’ learning experiences too. These children have benefited from the programme and are continuing to do so. Faiz is one of those visually impaired kids.
Being a Non-Governmental Organisation, St.Nicholas’ Home has been depending on donations for these kids and to ensure the continuity of the remarkable programme. The deficit in funds are one of the reasons why more and more improvements are not being executed successfully for the programme such as buying new puzzles or even to teach them Braille. This is where the home depends on the public for their generosity to equip these kids with skills for life.
We would like to grab this opportunity to thank you for your generous contribution to our DBMH programme and for making a change in the lives of these children!