St. Nicholas' Home in Klebang, Malacca, 1926
front view of St. Nicholas Home in 1938
In 1926, the Medical Mission of the Anglican Church started St. Nicholas’ Home with seven or eight crippled and blind children in Klebang, Malacca.
In 1931, the Home moved with 16 children to Scotland Road, Penang as we had outgrown the Medical Mission in Malacca. In 1938, a generous gift by Lord Nuffield enabled the Board to acquire six acres of property at Jalan Bagan Jermal and make necessary alterations to the building which has been the Home since then.
The Home concentrated on education for the blind of all races and creed in Malaya and started a kindergarten for 28 blind children in 1941. thus St. Nicholas’ became the first institution in Malaya to have started education and rehabilitation for the blind.
Then in 1952, three more classrooms were built to cater for the increasing intake. In 1954, a 10-year plan to build more accommodation and facilities were launched. However, this expansion was completed within 3 years with a generous grant from the Social Welfare Lotteries Board of Malaya.
By 1959, the enrolment reached 74 children and a complete primary School for the blind was in session. In 1960, blind students were integrated into main stream secondary schools. As a result, many ex-Nicolites went through universities and became professionals in their chosen fields.
The Ministry of education eventually recognized the important role the school played and started to provide financial assistance on a more regular basis.
At the same time, the Home initiated many other training programmes and services to meet the growing needs of the blind and visually-impaired community in Malaysia.
On 30th April 1997, the Ministry of education assumed full responsibility of the primary school and moved to a new premise at Alma, Bukit Mertajam.
Currently, St. Nicholas’ Home is a multi-service institution catering to the visually-impaired community in Malaysia. It is a voluntary non-profit and non-governmental organization whose work is supported by donations and volunteers. our main aim is to integrate the visually-impaired into the Malaysian society.