We believe that our elders are the tools to re-building ‘whole’ communities.
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.


Despite their limited income, the NOAH elders have their basic needs met, have a sense of esteem and purpose, and contribute to their own families, the NOAH family and society as a whole.


The NOAH team aims to be prosperous custodians of NOAH, ensuring that the organisation is compliant, financially secure, capacitated and progressive.


Sustainability is a priority for NOAH, the beneficiaries and the organisation, ensuring the consistent provision of innovative and relevant responses to the needs of social pensioners.


The guiding principle behind NOAH Sustainability is resilience: NOAH must be resilient against any external factors, such as inconsistent funding, policy changes, environmental factors.

Environmental, Social and Governance COMMITMENTS

NOAH has a detailed Sustainability Strategy that focuses on three key areas: fundraising, generation of own income and cost containment.


Currently NOAH generates 24% of its own income. The aim is to continue to operate within budget and generate 25% of its own income by end 2023.


The intended result is that NOAH is a well-resourced, transparent and effective organisation, has a reliable and diverse funding base, is cost-effective and is able to use self-generated income to grow a reserve.

monitoring & evaluation

NOAH has an annual strategic plan, an annual budget, and a Monitoring & Evaluation system in place based on a logical framework model. Each programme is costed, monitored and reported on to ensure that the programmes achieve their intended impact and donor funds are spent as directed.


This monitoring provides both quantitative and qualitative data to feed into the monthly team meetings for programme assessment and adaptation, as well as the annual review and strategic planning process which is conducted by an external facilitator.


Each programme beneficiary has a baseline assessment with an annual follow up assessment.


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


NOAH has a health and safety programme in place throughout the organisation to ensure compliance and regular oversight to mitigate risk and ensure the health and safety of our beneficiaries and staff.

Digital literacy is a focus, including increasing cloud-based competence for increased connectivity, protection of information and improved access to information.


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.


Asset-Based Community-Driven Development (ABCD) is an approach that recognises the strengths, assets, potentials, and capacities that communities inherently have to drive development.


This strengths-based approach has the ability to improve even further the quality of life of elders as it provides an enabling environment that harnesses their capacities, strengths and skills to solve their own problems and create a more positive older stage.


Assets include stories, knowledge, innovations, talents, associations and networks, local institutions, physical assets, and natural resources; financial resources; cultural assets; rights, claims and entitlements. The intention is to surface hidden abilities and grow a common vision and appreciation from which to move forward. ABCD is an organic, deeply respectful approach that supports development from the inside-out.


The ABCD project was launched in September 2020, located in NOAH’s Happiness Programme. The management team was trained to encourage uptake from the onset. Over time, NOAH adopted ABCD as its core practice. The project became a catalyst of organisational change.


The purpose of the ABCD project is to:


  • Deepen knowledge and understanding of the development context and where ABCD can be applied;
  • Deepen knowledge and understanding of ABCD as a paradigm (way of thinking) compared to the ‘needs or ‘problem’ based approach;
  • Develop skills in ABCD facilitation and practical tools for asset mapping, visioning, and planning; programme design and monitoring/evaluation using ABCD as an approach;
  • Monitor, evaluate and document the ABCD project including lessons, successes, and case studies.

Find out more about the ABDC methodology here.


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