Could you survive on R1,780 per month?
This is the harsh reality for every South African social pensioner. It’s all they have to pay for a place to live, food, medical expenses, clothes, transport and other basic needs. After a lifetime of work, many of these old people are stripped of their dignity and become victims of loneliness, destitution, abuse, illness and depression. Our mission at the Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH) is to restore dignity, respect and life-affordability to social pensioners.
We want to ensure social pensioners have their basic needs met, have a sense of purpose and contribute to their own families, the NOAH family and society as a whole, forever.
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.
NOAH wants every social pensioner to remain active and independent for as long as possible through purpose, participation and possibility.
WHAT WE DO
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
2 community centers offering social & wellness support and income generation through social enterprise development, s.
Active engagement with the Provincial government through the Sector Task Team for Older Persons (STTOP) for advocacy and innovation on behalf of our members
Residents are able to live with security, eat nutritiously and meet their health and other basic needs with dignity and respect, on R1,780 per month
Our social pensioners feel less vulnerable or overlooked because of their age
Beneficiaries are largely kept out of health emergency situations, live relatively free of anxiety regarding their health with a better understanding of their medical treatments
NOAH members have an improved sense of self-worth, hope and possibility
Social pensioners are more connected and contributing in their families and communities without being disadvantaged/abused
They remain healthier, more active and more in control of their lives for longer
An increasing number of social pensioners have a sense of purpose, feel useful, happier, content
Our members feel a significant improvement to their quality of life and that of their families
HOW WE WORK
NOAH has subscribed to the Independent Code of Governance for NPO’s in South Africa.
The Independent Code of Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa consists of a set of principles, values and responsibilities intended to guide and inform the way organisations are managed and conduct their affairs. It is also intended to serve as a standard or measure to assess performance, and guide members of governing boards, and others who carry responsibility for governance. The code includes 8 fundamental values; 6 leadership principles; and 5 fiscal and legal principles to which signatories will be asked to commit to.
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.
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.
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.
Lorna Olckers (Chairperson)
Jacqui Setoaba (Deputy Chairperson)
Janine Marks (Treasurer)
Dee Wills (Secretary)
Prof David Coetzee
Fr Audecius Tindinwebwa