About Us


South Africa has a rapidly ageing population and we are underprepared to cope with the implications of this, leaving older persons vulnerable, isolated, neglected and hungry. Of these older persons, 3,1 million are social pensioners whose sole income is R1700 per month and of whom 74% share their pension with other members of the household – the pension must contribute to securing many essential expenses required to keep households functioning, including educating, clothing and feeding children. It is often that social pensioners end up living in abject poverty, suffering the effects of malnutrition, hunger and chronic illness, not to mention the psychological impact of ageing – a growing sense of helplessness, anxiety about failing health and possible abandonment…



NOAH was established in 1981 by Catholic Welfare & Development, in response to the need for safe, affordable accommodation for the elderly poor. Starting with one communal home for social pensioners, this holistic model of support now ensures that over 730 social pensioners are able to continue to lead purposeful and dignified lives.


Vision & Mission

Home Health & Happiness for every social pensioner…

NOAH enables social pensioners to remain active, independent and purposeful in their homes and communities for as long as possible through the provision of communal housing, primary health care, social support and social enterprise development.



  • 11 safe, compliant, affordable communal houses offering dignity, companionship and independence to 107 residents
  • 1 assisted living home providing care and oversight for 15 less independent residents
  • 2 primary health care clinics, offering bi-weekly doctors’ clinics with a focus on preventative and promotive health services including observations, medication distribution and compliance oversight, advice, referrals and support services such as Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Dementia support and therapeutic massage for 449 members
  • 2 community centres offering financial support (incl. income generation through social enterprise development), social support, wellness support, access to information, and referrals to 144 members
  • Active engagement with the Provincial government
  • Membership of STTOP (Sector Task Team for Older Persons) for advocacy, lobbying and innovation




NOAH ensures that:

  • Residents are able to live with security, eat nutritiously and meet their health and other basic needs with dignity and respect, on R1690 per month
  • Beneficiaries do not have to be at the mercy of transport and state services that do not cater for their needs and which require them to stand in queues, often in the dark, and be vulnerable, overlooked and disrespected because of their age
  • Beneficiaries are largely kept out of health emergency situations, are less compromised in their daily activities and live relatively free of anxiety regarding their health by preventing/delaying the onset of costly chronic diseases, and their implications
  • Beneficiaries have an understanding of their medication and are 90% compliant
  • Beneficiaries have an improved sense of self-worth, hope and possibility
  • Beneficiaries have increased level of choice



  • Increased number of social pensioners who are connected and contributing in their families and communities without being disadvantaged/abused
  • Increased number of social pensioners who remain healthy and active for as long as possible
  • Increased number of social pensioners who have a sense of purpose, feel useful, happier, content
  • Increased number of social pensioners who remain in control of their lives for as long as possible
  • Improved quality of life for social pensioners and their families


Monitoring & Evaluation

NOAH has an annual strategic plan, an annual budget, and a Monitoring & Evaluation system in place based on a logical framework model .

In 2018, beneficiary interviews were completed in order to illustrate the NOAH Theory of Change.

An annual audit is conducted by HG Chartered Accountants and all compliance requirements in terms of the NPO Directorate and South African Revenue Service are met timeously.



NOAH has a detailed Sustainability Strategy in order to ensure that the organisation works in the most cost effective way, is generating more of its own income, is well positioned for donor funding and builds reserves.

The aim is for NOAH to be operating within budget and generating 50% of its own income by 2023.


Health & Safety

NOAH is in the process of implementing a health and safety programme throughout the organisation to ensure compliance and regular oversight in order to mitigate risk and ensure the safety of beneficiaries and staff.