Nurturing Orphans of Aids for Humanity (NOAH)
OverviewAt one of four schools in a cluster, a permanent centre has been established where:
This is a project financed by Investec Bank and run under the auspices of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of Aids for Humanity). It is the intention to partner other organisations and sponsors, and to roll the concept out to other schools in Alexandra, each time selecting four Schools in a "cluster" and setting up a facility at one of the Schools which the children will attend on a daily basis. There are 20 Schools in Alexandra which would mean 4 more clusters, of 4 Schools per cluster, to cater for the needs of more than 2000 HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children.
Robin Binckes, Chairman of Friends of Alexandra (FOA) helped establish this project in 2005. Robin now serves on the Board of NOAH Alexandra, and partners FOA with the project in as many ways as he can to assist the children at the project.
The centre is based in rented premises at Realogile High School (one of the schools that the orphans are drawn from) and is staffed by volunteers from the Alexandra community, and is open 365 days per annum. The centre has a full time, salaried Manager, Cook and Child Minder but the 14 Volunteers contribute their time expertise and love in return for a small stipend.
Volunteers call on homes & evaluate and monitor conditions on an ongoing basis. Orphans live with other members of family such as Uncles and Aunts, foster parents and of course some are from "child-headed households."
Friends of Alexandra OA assists this project in the following ways:
Christmas at NOAHChildren who are cared for under the auspices of NOAH are given a Christmas party each year, and are each given an age and gender appropriate gift.
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