Blog Archive

This Friday (July 18) Nelson Mandela Day; South Africans mark the birthday of South Africa’s greatest and recently departed son. Mandela inspired, and his legacy will continue to move millions of people around the world. It falls upon us; those of us privileged to live in his time, to act as defenders of his legacy.

Janet Rich, a talented South African singer, songwriter and pianist tells us about what led to the launch of her self-titled album and donating R5 from each sale to Joint Aid Management South Africa (JAM SA). As a little girl, I remember sitting on the carpet in-front of these really big speakers my dad built

Kerryn Whittaker shares her first-hand experiences of JAM’s programmes in Mozambique and South Africa while she was an intern at the organisation in 2013. In March of 2013, I flew to Beira, Mozambique and crashed into culture shock. Having grown up in South Africa and Zimbabwe, I thought I knew what I was getting myself

Martyn Foot, JAM SA Operations Manager, airs his concerns about the children not attending Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in South Africa. Of growing concern is the large number of children 0-5 years of age who are not attending Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in our informal settlements. These vulnerable children are largely from the

This is the story of how one donor used her birthday party as a fundraising opportunity for JAM SA. In August 2011, I was challenged by someone from the JAM DC office to join the Team Red Bowl fundraising initiative (which encouraged people to set up teams in their office, school, church, community environment and

Laura Durham writes about what it means to be a Red Rider and part of the team that rides for JAM SA in the cycle race that takes place every year in Johannesburg. Those three words sum up my experience of being one of JAM SA’s Red Riders in last year’s Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge.

Janine visited the JAM base in Honeydew, Johannesburg after spotting one of our branded bakkies at a shopping centre the day before. She came armed with her guitar to join some of the JAM SA staff at the makeover handover celebration taking place at Ipopeng Day Care in Diepsloot that morning. These words were her

19-year-old Luca Coniglio is from Germany and after finishing school, he came to South Africa in October 2013 to work with JAM SA as a volunteer until the end of the year. As a volunteer, I was able to stay on the JAM Base in Honeydew, Johannesburg. It is just beautiful, with two pools, a

When people visit any one of JAM’s African programs, it usually proves to be a life-changing and inspiring experience. Pastor Steve Fleming, JAM Canada Board Member, shares his most recent experiences. In 2011, together with my wife, Beth, we visited a number of nursery school makeovers and feeding programs in South Africa. It was difficult to

The true impact of a child care makeover is only really felt after the balloons have popped, the sweets have been eaten and the children settle into routine at their new school. The principal and a parent at Sakhile Day Care wrote to JAM SA to explain the real difference that the JAM Switzerland team