Strong emphasis on water in JAM’s development programmes
Celebrating the importance of World Water Day on 22 March, JAM stands firm in its goal to help curb preventable fatalities caused by water-borne diseases in Africa. According to the World Bank, an estimated 1.5 million people died globally in 2012 of such diseases.
Within JAM’s development programs, strong emphasis is placed on providing water to rural communities through the drilling of new and rehabilitation of existing wells. Addressing issues of sustainability, JAM also strives to empower communities through training on issues of hygiene, the prevention of water contamination and healthy sanitation practices. This is in compliance to the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations, as it has a complete development approach. Training also includes lessons to lactating women on the prevention of germs that can easily be carried onto their babies.
JAM’s training is done according to the Participatory Health and Sanitation Training (PHAST) principle, in which community participation is encouraged. Communities need to help identify the problems and participate in finding solutions. This empowers communities to gain control of their own health and pass on the information from generation to generation.