How we do this
JAM is an eyewitness to heartbreaking situations in Africa. We work within communities that suffer from severe hunger and malnutrition both of which are a direct ￼result of the abject poverty that afflicts millions. Hunger and malnutrition continues to be the major contributing cause of death for children and a major barrier to gaining an education in Africa. JAM was founded in the ashes of a devastating famine caused by civil war that placed nearly four million innocent Mozambicans at risk of imminent starvation in 1984.
Thirty years later, JAM’s Nutritional Feeding programmes have developed to provide not only relief from starvation to impoverished Africans, but as well as innovative interventions designed to promote education, social and economic development.
JAM provides nutrient-rich meals to over one million beneficiaries in Angola, South Africa, South Sudan and Mozambique. Our school feeding programmes are primarily focused on young children - this approach enables us to improve the well being of each child, while promoting and enhancing school attendance and education.
110,000 people fed daily
In 1991, JAM was requested by the Angolan government to provide emergency nutritional relief in the country. We have remained in the country ever since and our Nutritional School Feeding Programme provides a nutritious meal to over 300, 000 children. An exciting development in 2014, has been the willingness of municipalities within Benguela and Kwanza-Sul provinces to fund and share the cost of implementing our school feeding programme in several municipalities for 87,000 children.
Ever since JAM’s founder, Peter Pretorius, was stranded in Pambarra, Mozambique in 1984, and witnessed up to 30 people dying daily of starvation, JAM has supplied millions of meals to children. Our programme is currently concentrated in the central province of Inhambane and headquartered at our Pambarra Life Centre (PLC) farm. At the farm, JAM is pioneering a Homegrown School Feeding (HGSF) Programme. Through HGSF, JAM is producing the ingredients needed for its proven super cereal, a fortified Corn, Soya Blended (CSB) dry porridge to feed thousands and thousands of children in a sustainable manner.
In 2001, JAM began operations in what is now known as South Sudan, in the isolated community of Boma in Jonglei State. In 2009, after years of developing the capacity, skills and infrastructure needed to effectively operate in what is the world’s youngest nation, JAM partnered with the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) - the world's largest and oldest NGO fighting hunger. JAM Implements four programmes in the country: Food For Education (FFE), Food For Assets (FFA), General Food Distribution (GFD) and Blanket Supplementary Feeding (BSF).