Johannesburg – One of South Africa’s longest running humanitarian organisations will on Saturday 10th February receive the prestigious South African Department of International Relations Ubuntu Award in recognition of its work on the continent of Africa.
Joint Aid Management International (JAM), a locally founded international NGO, has for more than 30 years committed itself to turning the tide on poverty and hunger for African rural communities, especially children.
JAM has been at the forefront of the war against hunger since 1984, when founder Peter Pretorius was left stranded in Pambarra, Mozambique, for 10 days. There he witnessed the horrific consequences of starvation, with children dying every day around him. Along with his wife Ann, they committed their lives to supporting the fight against hunger in Africa.
In over three decades, JAM has progressed as an organisation that reflects strong and expansive development. It has grown into a global movement that affects visible change in the lives of African children and communities through a multi-pronged approach that includes, among others, the rollout of emergency response, agricultural development, school feeding and nutritional assistance, as well as clean and safe water supply in some of the hardest-to-reach parts of the continent.
“We are deeply honoured to receive the 2018 Ubuntu Award. Serving Africa is close to my heart and its people are the reason for our hard work. We continuously push ourselves to grow and develop our aid organisation. From initially providing life-saving nutritional relief in one country, we now roll out many specialised programmes to meet the needs of the five developing nations [South Sudan, Rwanda Angola, Mozambique and South Africa] in which we work,” says JAM Founder and CEO, Peter Pretorius.
JAM International has been nominated in the category of Social Responsibility, which honours South African individuals and groups who have projected a positive image of our country internationally through excellent programming in their chosen fields.
“At JAM International we work with focus and passion for our purpose, which is to save and change as many lives as possible. As a global organisation we are one family and strive to always foster the African tradition of uBuntu, a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. We share the vision to Help Africa Help Itself because we cannot rest while children go to bed hungry and families struggle to survive. Our purpose, at JAM, is to assist Africa to go from survival to sustainable development,” says JAM Vice President of Marketing, Jackie Vorster.
Winners of the Social Responsibility award in previous years include Gift of the Givers, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the Babies Behind Bars Foundation. The awards ceremony will take place in Cape Town on 10th February 2018 and will be attended by a number of prominent business people and dignitaries, including the Head of State.
“We are excited and honoured to receive this prestigious award and believe it will give us the opportunity to get increased donor support. Together we can reach so many more who need our assistance,” says Vorster.
For more information, contact JAM Global Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Abigail Mapara.
Office: (+27) 11 548 3900
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