Nowhere can anyone afford to house, clothe, and feed themselves, and provide for their health and transport needs, on R 1690 per month – the social pension the only source of income for the majority of social pensioners in South Africa. With a rapidly ageing population and a crumbling community fabric, South Africa is facing a crisis.
The NOAH solution:
NOAH was established in 1981 and ensures that more than 700 social pensioners are able to continue to lead independent, purposeful and dignified lives. Through the provision of accommodation, health and social support services, NOAH not only supports them to remain engaged and independent but in so doing supports families and communities.
‘Home, Health and Happiness for every social pensioner:’ this is our vision, informing every aspect of our work in supporting more than 700 social pensioners.
NOAH also advocates for services for social pensioners through the promotion and replication of our model, collaboration with sector partners and forming working partnerships with Government.
In this way this historically disenfranchised and still marginalised group retain their dignity and independence, feel more secure, are involved in their families, connected to their communities, and remain healthy, active and out of residential care for as long as possible.
As a registered NPO and PBO, NOAH has two main centres of activity: Woodstock & Khayelitsha, and individual houses in the outlying areas of greater Cape Town: Atlantis, Elsies River, Maitland, Athlone and Ida’s Valley.
NOAH has a bespoke Monitoring and Evaluation system in place. The focus for this year is to:
Sustainability is a priority for NOAH, for our beneficiaries and for the organisation. We have a Sustainability Strategy in place in order to ensure that we always provide innovative and relevant responses to the needs of social pensioners.
Our aim is to:
Secure our annual income budget by December each year. The 2017/2018 budget is R 7,176,661.
In order to achieve the above, we focus on four key aspects:
1. Self-generated income to represent 22 % of the budget for 2017/2018:
2. Increase funding:
3. Cost containment to ensure nominal annual and expenditure increases
4. Ensure institutional continuity