The Noah Model

What is the Noah Model about?

Noah’s Arks are networks of care.

Noah’s 96 Arks provide support to approximately 19,248 orphaned and vulnerable children. They are across KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and North West. The Arks are not buildings, but synergistic networks of care. They are largely made up of elected community members, and are mentored and guided by Noah on a financial, organisational and skills training level.

How the model works

An Ark starts when a community approaches Noah for assistance in caring for their vulnerable children. A community meeting is called where a committee of community leaders such as teachers, pastors, local entrepreneurs, traditional or political leaders is elected. An Ark Manager is also appointed by Noah and the committee. This committee is trained in the needs of children.

The committee then mobilizes volunteers who go house to house to register vulnerable children, and deliver services to them. Volunteers continually check up on the children and refer them to the appropriate agency as needed. This network of care and community support is what they call an Ark.

The next step is a satellite office where a feeding scheme can be started. It could be a shipping container, a school classroom, a community hall or a shack. Eventually, this may become a resource centre with daycare and aftercare programmes.

An Ark Development Officer/ADO (from the Noah head office) supports each Ark with developing sustainable practices and to form networks within the broader community. Noah co-operates and partners with existing community projects, since we believe it is counter-productive to duplicate resources.

Each Ark provides a combination of services to vulnerable children in its community.

The aim for each Ark

The ultimate aim for any single Ark is to become a self-sustainable charitable entity in its own right, able to raise funds and operate independently from Noah. Once an Ark “fledges”, that creates a space for Noah to start a new Ark elsewhere.