JAM provides about 900 000 children with a porridge that nurtures them with up to 75% of their daily protein requirement every school day. A simple provision that will go on to play a critical role in the physical and intellectual development of these children.

Our School Feeding Programme enables us to improve the well-being of each child, while promoting and enhancing school attendance and education. Through daily feeding at schools, clinics and welfare programmes, we hope to ultimately enhance the future role of these children in society.

JAM also assists a further 200 000+ adult beneficiaries who receive our nutritional feeding supplement for themselves and their families through JAM's Food for Assets (FFA) programme in South Sudan. This brings the total of JAM’s daily beneficiaries to more than 1.1 million people per day. Due to situational changes in South Sudan, JAM’s beneficiary feeding numbers may fluctuate from quarter to quarter.

JAM provides nutritional feeding in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and South Sudan.
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Access to clean water is hardly ever a concern for most individuals, yet a child dies every eight seconds from water-related illnesses. This is a statistic that JAM begins to change for over 200 communities every year, which can impact approximately six to nine million people annually.
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From a farmer’s hard labour to a child’s bowl, JAM takes an active role; from planting all the way to the delivery into a community for feeding or a buyer for resale. JAM has the agricultural expertise, logistics systems, and processing facilities to make this happen effectively.
Through the Agricultural Development programme, JAM equips local communities with the tools needed to improve their nutrition, increase education and sustain themselves through innovation and the use of their natural resources.
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In many African communities there exist children who need more care and attention because life has been extra rough on them. From orphans of war to children of sick parents who are taking on the responsibility as the head of the household or simply children from the poorest of the poor families, JAM is prepared with programmes that attend to the cry of those who are vulnerable to their circumstance. These Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programmes include HIV/Aids education programmes in farms schools and Childcare Centre Makeovers in South Africa, an orphanage and Young Adults Integration Programme in Rwanda as well as malnutrition clinics and hospitals in Angola.
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Most of the Child Care Centres where JAM South Africa (JAM SA) operates are nothing more than corrugated tin shacks with holes in the walls, leaking roofs and unfinished floors. This leaves the children in an unhealthy and unsafe environment that exposes them to various ailments and disease. There is seldom running water and sanitation they use buckets and old tins as toilet facilities. The centres also lack educational toys and materials needed to stimulate the children’s learning ability.
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Feeding

JAM provides 100 grams (a little less than ½ cup) of vitamin and mineral fortified porridge mix for around 690 000 African children everyday through their schools. This porridge (CSB), usually made from a blend of ground corn or sorghum with soybeans, sugar, vitamins and minerals, is cooked with water and provides approximately 75 percent of a child’s recommended daily allowance. When poured into their JAM red bowls, this seemingly simple porridge represents a life full of hope for these children along with a nourished body and mind .For those children too ill to attend school, JAM produces and provides a life saving food known as Plumpy'nut to malnutrition clinics. Similar to peanut butter, Plumpy’nut products provide high nutrition and calories in an easy to digest paste to children battling for their lives. Diet and nutrition plays a critical role in the physical and intellectual development of children.
  • Our school feeding programme allows us to improve the well-being of each of these children, while promoting and enhancing their education.
  • Providing one meal a day at schools encourages enrolment, retention and regular attendance.
  • Through daily feeding at schools, clinics and welfare programmes, we hope to ultimately enhance the future role of these children in society by providing them with the right foundation.
  • JAM provides nutritional feeding in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and Sudan.

BENEFICIARIES
Angola
  • Currently reach more than 225 000 beneficiaries every school day.
  • Nutritional feeding in over 495 schools, as well as clinics and welfare programmes.

Mozambique
  • Currently reach more than 299 000 beneficiaries every school day, in partnership with the national and local Government as well as local communities.
  • Nutritional feeding in over 780 schools across the provinces of Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala and Manica.

South Africa
  • In 2009 JAM began nutritional feeding in what has grown to over 377 Child Care Centres in the Gauteng Province
  • Reaching over 21 500 children daily across Chiawelo, Diepsloot, Doornkop,Evaton West, Finetown, Hammanskraal, Joburg CBD, Orange Farm, Soshanguwe, Sweetwater, Cosmo City, Zandspruit, Lanseria and Itsoseng.
  • The objective of the JAM nutritional feeding programmes in South Africa is to improve Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the country.
  • Sudan
    • Currently reaching over 140 000 children in the Jonglei State of Southern Sudan, where the organisation has been operating since 1999
    • JAM is currently operating feeding programmes in a number of schools, in partnership with the Government of Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Education and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Vulnerable Child Care

In many African communities there exist children who need more care and attention because life has been extra rough on them. From orphans of war to children of sick parents who are taking on the responsibility as the head of the household or simply children from the poorest of the poor families, JAM is prepared with programmes that attend to the cry of those who are vulnerable to their circumstance. Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
Support groups are established in schools to provide support to the most vulnerable children in the schools.
These support groups represent a safe, positive place for children to discuss their challenges and emotions with each other.
JAM offers basic counselling training for select educators in each school in order to better provide support to children facing difficulties at school or home.

HIV/AIDS
JAM operates a health programme aimed at providing comprehensive care and support to farm schools.

Peer educators are trained in each school on topics such as HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse and self-esteem.
These educators then become trainers for the rest of their school, reaching out to the student body through education.
JAM trains parent peer educators on parenting skills, HIV/AIDS and intergenerational communication.
These parents are responsible for passing this knowledge on to their fellow parents in farming communities.

Child Care Centres (CCC)
Through the Child Care Centre programme, which runs in South Africa, JAM upgrades and improves child care centres in disadvantaged areas where it currently conducts its nutritional feeding programme, currently reaching 23 500 children daily in Chiawelo, Diepsloot, Doornkop, Evaton West, Finetown, Hammanskraal, Joburg CBD, Orange Farm, Soshanguwe, Sweetwater, Cosmo City, Zandspruit, Lanseria and Itsoseng.

Most of these child care centres are nothing more than corrugated tin shacks with holes in the walls, leaking roofs and unfinished floors, leaving children exposed to the elements. They seldom have running water, and tins and buckets are used as toilets. There are little or no educational materials or toys to stimulate these children.

With the support of sponsors, we are able to upgrade these centres and help them toward qualifying for government grants. We implement Mini, Midi and Maxi Makeovers depending on the needs of the respective childcare centre, which will range from a fresh coat of paint, new table, chairs, educational toys and books, to the building and provision of new classroom structures, toilets and playground facilities

Fred Nkunda Life Centre-Rwanda
JAM International began working in Rwanda in August 1994 when James Robison of Life Outreach International and Peter Pretorius of JAM International found Rwandan Fred Nkunda desperately trying to care for many orphans, but in great financial need.

A partnership was founded between JAM International and Life Outreach International to establish a permanent facility to help the Rwandan orphans. Sadly, Fred Nkunda passed away due to ill health before the orphanage was completed, so the Fred Nkunda Life Centre was born in his memory.

The orphanage has been a home to some 10 000 children since its founding. 1000 of those children joined foster families, 67 children were successfully reintegrated into society, and 8 824 joined their families. Now housing

139 children, it continues to be a place where the children affected by the genocide are living, growing and receiving food, clothing, schooling and medical attention, giving them an opportunity to receive comprehensive childcare to better prepare them for adulthood.

JAM ensures that the older orphans (18+) become fully integrated into society through a process that prepares them both emotionally and financially to return to their native community and be self sustaining.

The Rwanda Training Centre, which previously ran as a skills training facility at the Rwanda Life Centre, has been temporarily disengaged due to lack of funding. However we look forward to exploring ways to revive it for future use.

Food Development

From a farmer’s hard labour to a child’s bowl, JAM takes an active role; from planting all the way to the delivery into a community for feeding or a buyer for resale. JAM has the agricultural expertise, logistics systems, and processing facilities to make this happen effectively.

Through the Agricultural Development programme, JAM equips local communities with the tools needed to improve their nutrition, increase education and sustain themselves through innovation and the use of their natural resources.

AGRICULTURE

School Gardens
JAM field staff as well as government extension agents are empowered with agricultural interventions and skills.

Learners, teachers, PTA’s and community members are educated through the following:
  • School garden implementation
  • Agricultural training in school curriculums
  • Inclusion in the project cycle
  • Medicinal plant growing taught in selected schools.
  • Processing of agricultural products (Agroprocessing) to ensure maximum food security during dry periods of the year.

Community Garden Programmes
JAM is constantly looking at even greater agricultural interventions in community gardening and larger scale agriculture to help effect change within the communities for the future.

We work together with the Ministries of Agriculture, Social Development and Health in ensuring that livelihoods are sustained in areas surrounding where the nutrition related programmes are being carried out.

We currently have 100 backyard gardens and one community garden operating in Orange Farm, Gauteng, South Africa.

Emerging Farmers Club
JAM has developed a young farmers club where young people selected within communities carry out sound agricultural interventions in partnership with us. These are later passed on to others who are not necessarily involved in the programme. BENEFICIARIES

Mozambique
JAM has established school gardens at 45 schools in Inhambane (12), Gaza (11), Manica (11), and Sofala (11) provinces, as part of its feeding programme. This has resulted in the training of a total of 400 educators and 38 000 students. This is done in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA),the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Water and Energy Development (MoWED).

South Africa
Within the Gauteng Province, JAM operates agricultural programmes in 14 schools and assists the Government Nutritional Feeding Programme by selling the extra vegetables produced to the community for income generation. We currently have 100 backyard gardens and one community garden operating in Orange Farm, Gauteng, South Africa.

Angola
10 school gardens have been established in Ganda and Cubal municipalities so far. Agreements about the land were made with local authorities and school principals.

FOOD PRODUCTION FACTORIES
Mozambique-Beira
  • Produces a fully pre-cooked, vitamin and mineral enriched Corn Soy Blend (CSB)
  • consisting of 65% corn, 25% soya and 10% sugar.
  • Production capacity is 500 metric tons per month or 6 000 metric tons per annum.
  • At full capacity, this factory utilizes 6 600 metric tons of raw commodities per annum.
In 2009 a UNICEF accredited Plumpy’nut production facility was added, with a capacity of 1 500 metric tons per annum. Plumpy’nut forms part of our Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) programme targeting those suffering from Acute Malnutrition.

Angola-Benguela
Produces a nutrient rich corn and bean blend. Production capacity is 500 metric tons per month or 6 000 metric tons per annum. At full capacity, the factory can use 6 600 metric tons of raw commodities per annum.

South Africa-Pietermaritzburg
Produces a fully pre-cooked, vitamin and mineral enriched Corn Soy Blend Plus (CSB Plus), consisting of 65% corn, 25% soya and 10% sugar. Production capacity is 32 000 metric tons per annum.

Water

Access to clean water is hardly ever a concern for most individuals, yet a child dies every eight seconds from water-related illnesses. This is a statistic that JAM begins to change for over 200 communities every year, which can impact approximately six to nine million people annually. JAM operates four water-drilling rigs that provide clean water pumps for schools to prepare safe meals, mothers to bathe their children, health centres to use for their patients, and most of all for safe drinking. Understanding the value of clean water and the reasons for creating a more hygienic environment is another area that JAM raises awareness within communities and schools.

  • With our four drilling rigs, JAM has provided more than 1 889 boreholes since we began drilling. Some of these provide clean water for up to 3,000 people per well each day.
  • In 2010, JAM drilled 205 wells in South Africa, Mozambique and Angola.
  • We provide potable water to desperate communities, clinics and schools where we are already involved in nutritional school feeding programmes. We also provide training on water usage and sanitation.
  • Through doing this we are able to help develop communities in their entirety, changing their landscape, resulting in permanent transformation.
  • This model, which we call the Complete Community Development Assistance (CCDA) is the developmental foundation of all our programmes.
  • JAM Drilling started in 2001 and is a professional operation, complying with international standards determined by the South African Department of Water Affairs.
  • JAM Drilling currently employs a team of 20, being rotated in the various countries of operation

Child Care Centre Makeovers

Most of the Child Care Centres where JAM South Africa (JAM SA) operates are nothing more than corrugated tin shacks with holes in the walls, leaking roofs and unfinished floors. This leaves the children in an unhealthy and unsafe environment that exposes them to various ailments and disease. There is seldom running water and sanitation they use buckets and old tins as toilet facilities. The centres also lack educational toys and materials needed to stimulate the children’s learning ability.

JAM South Africa is currently feeding in more than 400 Child Care Centres in Gauteng reaching more than 21,500 children daily.

JAM SA is currently working with CCCs in following communities: Orange Farm, Evaton West, Zandspruit, Chiawelo, Doornkop, Diepsloot, Lion Park, Cosmo City, Hammanskraal, Soshanguve, Itsoseng, Sweetewater, and Johannesburg CBD.

Our first goal and priority is nutrition, and to provides a free, highly nutritious instant porridge with valuable micro-and macro- nutrients at the most crucial developmental stage. However beyond this JAM SA’s ultimate goal of this programme is to uplift the child care centre and improve Early Childhood Development in the informal settlements. We do this in the following ways:
  1. JAM SA provides a free, highly nutritious instant porridge with 75% of valuable micro-and macro- nutrients that improves the nutritional intake of the children at the most crucial developmental stage, better preparing them for school, education and healthy growth and this assist the child care centre principals to save on food and take reinvest back into their institutions, improving the quality of ECD services for the enrolled children. Some have been able to allow children who can’t afford to pay fees to attend.
  2. We have highly trained field-monitoring staff who are knowledgeable in the South African ECD centre registration process. JAM staff work closely with each child care centre helping them to comply with all regulations. Once registered the child care centres have the ability to apply for Government funding (currently R15 per child per day), Once they can access state subsidies and become sustainable. JAM SA will withdraw and expand to other needy centres
  3. JAM partners with committed donors and sponsors who are willing to do a make over and renovate the child care centres. JAM SA has strategically categorised the makeovers to cover all different sizes of the centres that we are working with. The makeovers vary from a ‘patch-up’ and repairing the holes in leaking roofs, patching and painting walls and providing education materials, to knocking down existing shack structures and putting in more steady, safe and healthy buildings with suitable flooring, kitchen and toilet facilities, play equipment, hand towels, blankets, washing basins, educational toys, tables, chairs and more. These are amazing life changing experience for the working groups, volunteers and our beneficiaries. Each project takes a maximum two weeks and project costs depend on the centre’s needs.
  4. JAM is a member of a legislative task team with the inter-governmental Early Childhood Development Institute (ECDI) that looks at the legislation and ECD policy in South Africa. The purpose of the task team is to lobby for more legislation that will improve ECD in South Africa needy and vulnerable children.


4 WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
  1. Sponsor the nutritional feeding at the selected child care centre for a year. R30 sponsors 1 child for a month R360 sponsors 1 child for a year, just R1 a day!
  2. Put together a group and raise funds to do a Child Care Centre Makeover, assisting the owners to work towards compliancy with government regulations and registration
  3. Volunteer your time, skills or administrative assistance or service
  4. Donate goods in kind (blankets, educational materials & toys…etc).