Sunday, December 20, 2009

Supported Living Holiday Program 18-20 December 2009 (Fri-Sun)

i) Event: 3days 2nights Camping at Selesa Home
Date: 18-20 Dec 2009 (Fri-Sun)

Objectives: To enable the group to organise and enjoy outdoor activities and develop friendship

Monday, December 14, 2009

Supported Living Holiday Program 11-13 Dec 2009 (Fri - Sun)

i) SL Member Julie's Birthday Celebration

- To teach individuals to care for each other

i) Event: 2nd Putrajaya International 12hr Walk 2009
Venue: Putrajaya
Date: 12-13 Dec 2009
Time: 8pm - 8am
Organizer: Persatuan Lumba Jalan Kaki Malaysia

- Participants: Fendi, Qi Han & Wai Keen and Julie Wong


~To enable youth with Learning Disabilities to participate as equals in maistream sports events
~To raise funds for Dignity & Services through our veteran sports woman and loyal volunteer Julie Wong.
- Persons with Learning Disabilities participating in mainstream international sports event.
- We all did the minimum 26km walk within 9 hours to get the medals and certificates.
- It was the longest sports event we ever participated in. We surely got lots of experience on how to prepare next time. We were all tired by the 20th km but we all didn't give up and kept on walking 6km more! It was 5am we decided not to push ourselves any further, we all collapsed on the floor and just slept! It certainly was a unique experience and a great achievement for our youth with learning disabilities- completing 26 kms, something that most of us may never be able to achieve in our lives. And what a relief for Fendi, our support staff, he managed to preserve his ego and dignity by not doing less than 26 kms !!!!! (Fendi did 30km instead)

The Victory picture with our medals. We have done the minimum 26km walk and our body was so tired, hungry and sleepy.

Julie Wong, our veteran sports woman and volunteer managed to complete 55 km!!! great achievement and Congratulations Julie !! and Many Thanks for raising some funds to support our work at Dignity & Services.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Supported Living Holiday Program 3-6 Dec 2009 (Thur-Sun)

Event: Walkabrella 3.8km
Venue: Central Park, 1 Utama
Date: Sunday 6 Dec 2009
Time: 7am - 4pm
Organizer: KDU College
Participants: Fendi, Qi Han & Matthew

To create awareness on Cerebral Palsy.
To gather as many people to participate in a walk-for-a-cause event with umbrellas wide open as a significance of shelter and security.
Broke the Malaysia book of Records!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Supported Living Holiday Program 26-28 Nov 2009 (Thur - Sat )

i) SL Holiday Program: Bowling and Sight Seeing at Cineleisure.

-To enable individuals to enjoy a game of bowling and compete with each other.

ii) Powerpoint Presentation and discussion on moving house.

- To teach the youth on how to prepare when moving to a new house. We are currently preparing to move to a new location, a double storey house in TTDI since Supported Living requires more space. In short, SL is getting bigger.
Thanks to Mr & Mrs Lim who have helped us achieve this.

The group members made up a list of items they needed for the new house. We drew a plan of the new house and showed them the lay out of the house. A few group members made a visit to the house to test out the accessibility before the renovation work commenced. The group members participated in collecting cardboard boxes, sewing curtains and clearing one of the rooms to start preparing for the move.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Supported Living Day Program 14 November 2009

i) Pusat Jagaan Sumber Kairos Awards' Ceremony at The Royal Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur.

- We were invited to attend the ceremony and to support our SL Members as they celebrate their success in school. The ceremony rewarded the students who showed great results and hard work. And also to Thank the Principals, Teachers, Staff, Parents and Volunteers for their dedication to the success of Kairos.
There was also a Show called "Gold Mine Zero Nine", presented by the Kairos students themselves. All 5 of our SL Members participated and acted very well.

Supported Living Day Program 7 November 2009

i) Discussion on Monti & Logi Theater Play at The Actor's Studio at Lot 10.

- Fendi & Qi Han went to see the Comedy Show last night to gain some theater experience and also to contribute to the Fund Raising for PDK Ampang as part of the proceeds will be given to the organization. To increase the skills of our youth in using public transport we went by LRT . We had a great laugh and an enjoyable evening.

i) Group Game of UNO.

- To teach the group a game that includes everyone . UNO is a very simple yet fun card game.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 31 October -1 November 2009 (Sat-Sun)

i) Steamboat Dinner by Belinda, Wai Keen's mother.

- To learn how to cook and eat Steamboat dishes.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 23-25 Oct 2009 (Fri - Sun)

i) Leadership Skills Training Program by SEGI College - Recap

- To give an opportunity to partipants to give feedback about what they learnt to the other group members

i) Pravena Farewell Day.

- To thank volunteer Pravena from University Malaya for her great effort and assistance throughout her Placement with D&S. The youth presented a beautiful Thank You card with signatures from all members and shared a few words of appreciation.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Supported Living Day Program 19 October 2009

i) Visiting the family Mr Chanthiran for Deepavali Open House.

- To teach the group skills for appropriate social behavior when in someone else's house.

We were kindly invited by this family to their open house, this was great, considering many do not get a chance to visit their indian friends during festivals. We got lost for a while but eventually managed to find the place. We presented a gift of fruits and a Deepavali Card signed by our youth.
We were served by great Deepavali themed delicacies with thosai, muruku with chicken and lamb.
At the end of the short but sweet visit, each of our youth was given a Deepavali Angpow! It was a thoroughly enjoyable day in the spirit of ` One Malaysia `!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 10-11 Oct 2009 (Sat - Sun)

i) Games and Fun activities with Help University Students

- To teach the group skills for better communication.
a) How to start a conversation
b) How to accept NO in a positive manner.
4 Students from Help University College spent some quality time with our youth by playing group games and fun activities. They did very well and kept the activities and games simple but fun for our youth to participate. This was their first experience and they were very effective in conducting a teaching session which included every individual no matter how severe their disabilities

ii) Discussion about The Meaning of Deepavali

Pravena from University Malaysia Student shared some brief details about her knowledge of Deepavali. Very interesting celebration. Now, we know why its celebrated in such a colourful way.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 26-29 Sept 2009 (Sat - Tue)

i) 26th Sept: Segi College, Developing Leadership Skills Workshop: organized by Adventure Club / Dayspring and in partnership with Leaderonomics.
ii) 3 Days 2 Nights at Awana Genting

The aim was to build leadership skills, self confidence and to learn the basics of public speaking. 4 SL members were there to participate in this event. The event was fairly well organized with simple yet understandable presentation and each group was supported by a facilitator from Segi / Leaderonomics and supporters from each organizations. The workshop was packed with lots of fun games and activities. The presentators were funny and entertaining. Our group had enjoyed it so much.

The main reason of going for an outing or camping is to teach the youth on how to pack lightly for convenient traveling because they all will be carrying their own bags and stuffs. Also, to learn independent skills on managing own self. Before the outing/camping, we reminded the youth to pack properly and try to keep things light for easy carrying. Make sure they have enough clothing, toiletries, plastic bags for dirty clothing, money and documents.
We did a powerpoint presentation about appropriate social interaction skills and how to respect each other within the group. For example bullying, we raised the point that all this doesn't only happen in the outside world but also in our own group. We asked each other if any of this ever happened to them and most of them said yes, whether in school, in public or anywhere else. They expressed their feelings and opinions to the group. We also did a recap about Appropriate Clothing since we were going to a Restaurant Buffet at Awana.
We had a buffet dinner at Awana, thanks to one of the SL parents for kindly supporting us. Although we did Appropriate clothing presentation that day, some of the youth still came with unsuitable dress to the restaurant. We need to be stronger in our approach with this subject in the future. (Where are the fashion police?). We enjoyed the buffet dinner and later were entertained by the local trio singers band, playing and singing evergreen songs. The youth took the chances to dedicate songs and danced and sang the night away. Before returning to our hotel, we played in the arcade nearby and just had fun.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Supported Living Day Program 19 September 2009

i) Discussion about The Meaning of Hari Raya
- To teach the youth, myself included, the meaning of Hari Raya.
- Why do we puasa? What is Hari Raya? and why do we celebrate it? (Thanks to Wikipedia and my vaguely memories of what i learned in high school)
We managed to create a simple yet understandable powerpoint as a presentation to bring some understanding to the youth about Hari Raya. So now i think we all understand a little bit about this festival, something that is very important living in a multireligious community.

ii) Discussion about Appropriate Clothing
- To increase their knowledge and awareness about appropriate dressing.
We strongly feel a need to do this because of the inappropriate choice of wardrobe for various activities and event, and the need for age appropriate choice of clothes. Well, we don't really know whether that was their fashion statement or them being artistic and wanted to express themselves but we think it's too much "expression" to handle. We hope this brings some changes into their wardrobes.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 12-13 sept 2009 (Sat - Sun)

i) Furniture Painting
ii) Pravena Cake Making, Cornflakes Cookies

Painting have always been fun and exciting to them. We decided to paint the garden table outside to make it looked nicer. We opened 3 cans of paint; Red, Green and Yellow, and asked the youths to decide on what colour they wanted the table to be. So, Yellow was the colour chosen by them. We got Yellow paint all over our fingers, feet and even our hair!

Pravena from UM, was teaching the youths on how to make cornflakes cookies. As usual, we INSIST them all to wash their hands (ourselves included) before touching any of the cake making materials because we were planning to make safe, hygienic and eatable-cookies for tea-time. This was also fun for all of us because we were making our own food, learning the ways to mix ingredients and bake with the right temperature. It's not a 5 star standard cookies but still, homemade tastes better.

Supported Living Day Program 5th Sept 2009

i) Group feedback on Camping Trip : Sabah Trip & Gift Camp

We just came back from a trip to my hometown, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It was a good idea to sit the youths & volunteers together and talk (not brag!) about the trip. Qi Han voluntarily expressed his point of view about the trip. Questions were given to him and he answered very well.

William and Charmaine went to a Gift Camp and told us all about it. It was in Port Dickson, their friends and family was there as well. Lots of singing, playing games and dancing involved. They seemed to have a great time at the Gift Camp.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Supported Living Program 1-4 Sept 2009 (Tue - Fri)

i) 4 Days 3 Nights Trip to Kota Kinabalu

A trip organised by us to experience the joy of traveling and going for a holiday. It was a new experience for 2 individuals who never had been traveling by an aeroplane before. It was also a challenge for us and AirAsia staff to manage disability in their airlines. But with combine experiences and determination, we manage to corporate very well together. It was raining at first but it settles down, then the clear blue skies makes the view from above looks so fantastic. We could see the buildings, forests and the great South China Sea.
We went to Tanjung Aru Beach for sight seeing and lunch. Embracing the sea breeze runs through the hair and indulging the sensation of the sand on your feet while the waves brushes it clean over and over again. This moment can easily be taken for granted by most of us, but 1 individual misses it the most because the last time he saw the beach was when he was a little child. That was an emotional moment for him and we could only imagine the priceless joy that this person was feeling inside. For this person, its just the simple little things matters the most, it may sound funny to us, but it mean so much to him.
We visited the Museum, Philipino Market, went shopping for handicrafts, t-shirts and had dinner with Cultural Dance Shows. This was our 1st Trip out of KL and by aeroplane. We must admit, there was hiccups here and there but that was a part of traveling anyways. What we can do is to learn and gain new experiences so we could do it better next time. We wonder where is our next trip going to be. Hmmm.....

Supported Living Overnight Program 28-30 Aug 2009 (Fri- Sun)

i) 1 Day 1 Night camping at FRIM
ii) BBQ at TTDI House

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Supported Living Day Program 22 August 2009

i) Briefing about packing list for Outdoor Camping
ii) Discussion about prevention of H1N1 disease.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 15-16 Aug 2009 (Sat - Sun)

i) Monash students briefing about Outdoor Health.
ii) Picnic breakfast at Kiara Park.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Supported Living Day Program 8 August 2009

i) Cleaning and installing bunk beds for 2 SL members for OPTIONS STAGE 2 in September 2009
ii) Monash doing interview for all SL Members about Outdoor Safety

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 1-2 Aug 2009 (Sat - Sun)

i) Organic Day
ii) Hin Yue Cake Making
iii) Monash Students Introduction
iv) Fendi's Parents Visiting
Volunteer: Pravena UM, Monash Students.