JAM SA’s development approach
In line with JAM SA’s vision of Helping Africa help itself our programmes are built to provide sustainable assistance for our beneficiaries across the African continent. Our programmes are built on the Complete Community Development Approach (CCDA), which ensures that we operate sustainable programmes that not only meet individuals’ immediate needs but also change the landscape of the community, leaving permanent and sustainable transformation.
Our programmes include Feeding, General Food Distribution, Water and Sanitation, Livelihood Support and Agricultural Development. We are reaching and impacting the lives of millions of people in remote communities in Africa.
We help Africa Help Itself through the following programmes:
Nutritional school feeding
We are committed to the development of children. For a child to succeed and have a progressive future they need to be well educated. The quality of their education can only be assured if they have sufficient nutrition for body and mind. School Feeding programmes are effective in addressing school enrollment, particularly of the girl child, and improving the health of the children attending. By providing food at school we are giving children the nutrition that they need to concentrate on lessons and develop scholastically.
With most of the world’s uncultivated arable land found in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is room for agriculture to expand. Developing the broad agricultural sector is key to its future because agricultural development programmes generate jobs, incomes and food.
Water Sanitation and Health
In sub-Saharan Africa, 325 million people still do not have access to clean water. To provide a critical and sustained response to this, JAM founded its water and sanitation programme in 2001. Access to clean water vastly improves the health of impoverished communities where villagers often have no option but to share stagnant and polluted water sources with livestock and risk contracting cholera, typhoid, and E.coli.
Water is life and JAM works to provide clean water, without which development would be impossible for those in need across all our programme areas. Water is provided through the drilling of boreholes and installing hand pumps for the affected communities. In so doing, we provide clean water to people and communities that have been ravaged by the effects of contaminated water.
Care for vulnerable children
Thousands of African children in Africa endure extreme socio-economic conditions. This demands greater care for vulnerable children. One of JAM’s first programmes, in 1986, established an orphanage for 300 Mozambican children and reintegrated almost all of the children into the community. The facility is now a skills training centre.
JAM’s child care efforts are concentrated in South Africa and Angola. In South Africa, JAM South Africa (JAM SA) supports more than 120 000 children in more than 1 700 child care centres in impoverished communities throughout South Africa.
The objective of our school makeovers is to improve educational infrastructure creating a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn. In Mozambique particularly, access to water provision and agricultural training is also a specific focus. The scale and scope of school makeovers, or upgrades, depends on the budget available for each project.
Teams from all over the world take on the challenge and raise the funds for a designated school upgrade. Participants are accommodated at JAM’s facilities and travel to the school each day to complete the upgrade within seven to 10 days. JAM’s headquarters in Johannesburg is well equipped to accommodate and cater for groups of up to 17 people.