27 June 2022 – In conjunction with Helen Keller week, an “Awareness Programme on Deaf-Blindness” was held at St. Nicholas’s Home. Helen Keller day is observed every year to mark the birth of a remarkable person, Helen Keller, who changed the way of looking towards the world despite her loss of sight and to hear the sounds that push you towards success despite her being a deaf person. The Helen Keller day dedicates itself to all the efforts put by many international, small, and big organizations working for people with disabilities and helping them to move forward in life.
The programme is started by a welcoming speech by the Home’s General Manager, Mdm. Carmen Chew. An introduction of St. Nicholas’ Home by Mdm. Siti Nor. The DBMH teacher Ms. Thivia presented the history of Helen Keller and Ms. Gomathi demonstrated basic braille. The St. George’ Girls’ School students were invited to braille some sentences and they enjoyed the experience. Our massage trainees, Firdaus and Jonathin, performed a few Malay ballads.
We invited the Penang Deaf Association to demonstrate the basic sign language. Our staff, trainees and participants enjoyed the tutorial. The participants were divided into groups and participated into the five station games. The station games were designed with using five human senses.
The programme was ended with giving souvenir to the Penang Deaf Association and Mdm. Yap, the teacher of St. George’s Girls’ School.
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light”- Helen Keller