Supporting Education for NOAH Orphans

by Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (Noah)

Dear Donor/s

If we look back since January 2011, we can stand tall and say,"We made it"! The support that we recieved throughout the year was tremendous.

Many children have been able to benefit from your unconditional support and as a organisation, we could not have done it without you! We have 19,282  children that are currently recieving services in terms of their education, physical and psychological needs.  These children have been given the opportunity to grow in a normal environment just like any other child nurturing them into becoming our future leaders.

We  have had the high's and lows as an organisation due to the economic  downward trends but have kept our head above water. The reason being the mission we need to accomplish, and that is to empower disadvantaged communities to care for their orphan and vulnerable children.

All credit goes to our donors, helping us help others!

Thank you for your dedicated support in making sure that we reach as many children as we can and make a difference.We are truly hopeful that you will walk the journey with us all the way.

Thank you!



From the implementation of the "Supporting Education for Noah Orphans project", many children have been able to benefit through this initiative.  The Global Giving Project Portal has assisted organisations like Noah  to receive  donations from donors all over the world. As one of these organisations, we greatly appreciate the unconditional support.

Over the years, Noah has been able to assist more than 20,000 orphaned and children from 100 disadvantaged communities. Boys and girls from all walks of life have received assistance in educating themselves to become better citizens of tomorrow. Many children have through this project achieved great academic results at school because  they have been tutored and assisted in their homework during their aftercare activities at the ark. These children feel empowered,and ready to achieve anything they set out to do in life.

Noah's mission is to empower the communities with the  knowledge, skills,strategies and self confidence to form and successfully operate their own community based organisations supporting the wellbeing of children. According to Maslow's hierachy of needs, education is the most sought after need because with the knowledge acquired, a person can achieve anything they set out to do.

With continued assistance in this regard, many children of South Africa will be great citizens starting from the grassroots!

I visited two of Noah’s Arcs in South Africa a little more than a week ago.  The first one, called Kliptown, was located in the Soweto township where a lot of the news-making Apartheid-related tragedies took place.  The Arc is run by a woman named Helen, a member of the Soweto community who has been managing the Arc for several years.  She took care in showing me around the plot of land whose perimeter was outlined on all four sides by portals (long, narrow, mobile rooms outfitted with all the fixings to create classroom space, a kitchen and bakery, and bathrooms for the children to use).  In the middle of these portals was an open play space for kids to have lunch and otherwise enjoy the outdoors.  There was also a small garden kept on the land that was used to prepare food for the children and to sell produce and baked goods to the surrounding community. 

NOAH encourages Arc managers to develop income-generating projects that will help them raise money to support themselves.  In fact, this is a big piece of the NOAH model.  Arcs are managed by people in the community, who receive training on a variety of topics including general business operations, subject matter for the kids to learn, and how to raise money to eventually be self-sustaining.  The other Arc I visited rents part of its space to a local church to use for community gatherings.  There are 101 Arcs across South Africa, and NOAH’s annual budget is 300 million Rand (roughly $45M US dollars).

It was wonderful to see how much real interaction and engagement there was with the kids, with an emphasis on general learning, nutrition, and awareness.  One of the instructors I observed was teaching the children a song, “My Body Belongs to Me”.  The lyrics of the song were repetitive and helped make the children aware of the need to protect their bodies and their health.  I did not have the opportunity to observe students coming to the Arcs after school, but learned from Helen and her colleague Mimi, who runs the Arc called Freedom Park, that their facilities are available for day care and after care support to children all the way into their late teens.  I also learned that the Arc managers meet regularly to share stories, best practices, and otherwise build each other up so they can collectively be supporting their communities in effective and sustainable ways.


Noah would like to thank Global Giving donors for the continuous support they have offered and shown our organisation to date. Your support is invaluable and we appreciate the great work that has come out of this partnership. The rollout of these funds has been a tremendously successful thus far, and the Ark have become more cable to operate effectively and deliver numerous services to the children. Herewith please find our report on the operations at our Arks.

Our objectives for this year were:

  • To empower communities to take care of their own children
  • To provide ongoing nutritional support to children
  • To develop the Arks into sustainable independent entities
  • To provide a safe haven for children To deliver benefits to the community
  • To provide psycho social support to bereaved children and families.

These objectives are the basis of our Noah model and have been met in the previous 12 months by all our Arks at Noah. They are however ongoing objectives as communities struggle with ongoing issues around food security, providing for orphaned children and caring for children’s emotional and physical needs.

Attached is a report that details progress in the year since 1 March 2010 to December 2010.

Children at Siyanqoba Noah Ark
Children at Siyanqoba Noah Ark

Noah is at its heart a community based and community driven organisation. Our committee members and volunteers represent the communities directly affected by HIV. They incorporate care givers and neighbours of orphaned and vulnerable children, people who are directly responsible for the well being of those children. But our community extends beyond the immediate geographic confines for each individual orphaned or vulnerable child. Our global community includes every volunteer, donor or partner - that means you! Each individual contribution helps to consolidate our communal effort and brings additional layers of support to each child that we care for and each family that we include in our network of care. I would like to share a few short stories with you that illustrate the difference your contribution has made: My Name is Sandile Ngubeni. I am 14 years old. I am a boy. I am doing Grade 6. I live in Blaauwbosch, near Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal. I live with my grandmother and 7 siblings. I would like to say thank you for our cosmetics pack. Since I was a child we always share the face cloths, comb and even a tooth brush. This is my first time to have my own set. I feel so good. I promise I will take good care of it always. Sometimes in this life we take for granted the simple things - a hug from our mom, a warm bed to sleep in and our own tooth brush. Sandile's story reminds me that these things should never be taken lightly as there are children, almost 3.7 million of them in South Africa alone, who do not have them. Through your assistance we were able to give Sandile his own tooth brush and comb. We are also able to help his grandmother take care of him by providing help with his homework, counselling, nutritious meals and most of all - hugs every day and a place where he is welcomed and loved. The second story comes from one of our Arks near Johannesburg, eGoli - the place of Gold. In this city where extreme wealth and poverty live side by side lives a young boy. He is being raised by his grandmother. He comes to an Ark every day in Midrand where he attends the day care. He is always quiet and shy and his teachers let him be. On a hot afternoon in February a volunteer took the time to sit and play with him. They played peek-a-boo, hide & seek and then she read to him. She thought he was shy and did not understand English but continued to play with him as he laughed at her funny faces and games. At 4 o clock in the afternoon his grandmother arrived to collect him. He turned to her and said "Go Away!" the grandmother immediately started crying and the teachers gathered around. The volunteer was apologetic - afraid she had offended the grandmother as the boy was obviously having so much fun he wanted to stay and she thought the rejection had hurt the old lady's feelings. But the tears were of happiness as these words were the first spoken by the boy in the year since his mother had passed away. They say it takes a village to raise a child and every donor and volunteer, no matter where they are or how they come to know Noah, is a part of our village. Thank you for your constant support and ongoing assistance.

Happiness in a child
Happiness in a child's smile
We learn by doing
We learn by doing
Celebrating 2010
Celebrating 2010

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Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (Noah)

Location: Umhlanga, KZN - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (Noah)
Project Leader:
Katie Andrews
Umhlanga, KZN South Africa

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