JAM Angola – Established 1991
In the height of the civil war in Angola, JAM established operations in the province of Benguela. Initially providing relief feeding and very quickly transitioning into school feeding.
JAM then established a food production facility in the province and started producing food for a WFP supported school feeding programme across the province.
In 2013 JAM fed more than 220,000 primary school children daily through the assistance of USDA.
JAM is now working with the Government of Angola to provide school meals to students in the Benguela and Kwanza-Sul provinces.
JAM Mozambique – Established 1984
Joint Aid Management (JAM) was founded in 1984 in Pambarra, Mozambique. JAM was established in Mozambique to tackle poverty and starvation head-on, especially during the war in Mozambique where so many starved to death.
Over time JAM moved into school-feeding in Mozambique, and in 2013 fed over 300,000 primary school children in the country through the assistance of USDA.
Currently JAM is developing a “home grown school feeding” programme in Pambarra Mozambique using goods grown in and around the schools.
- Sustainable Agricultural Development: To combat the cycle of poverty and food insecurity, we have introduced the Farm, Empower, Enhance and Distribute (FEED) cycle. This sustainable approach aims to make farming profitable for families and communities. This high-payoff outgrower scheme helps us provide all the maize and soya needed for school feeding and also encourages agricultural development by helping local farmers become commercially viable.
- Nutritional School Feeding: Aiming at the heart of the troubling lack of access to food in some areas of the country, JAM supplies school meals to children every school day. Through this programme, the children in Inhambane Province, Mozambique are fed with food grown at the Pambarra Life Centre Training Farm.
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): In order to bring a clean and safe water to communities, we drill and install water wells in areas where it’s not uncommon for women and young girls to walk up four hours a day to collect often contaminated water from rivers and makeshift dams. Our water programme includes rehabilitation of hand-pumped water water wells and training on the effective and sustainable use of those wells. We also establish WASH committees in the recipient communities to monitor and promote responsible water-use and hygiene.
JAM Rwanda – Established 1994
JAM established operations in Rwanda in 1994 immediately after the genocide, initially providing relief.
In 1998, thanks to support from Life Outreach International, JAM established the Fred Nkundla Life Centre (FNLC) to care for children orphaned by the genocide.
Since then the FNLC has integrated hundreds of orphans back into their families and communities and has transitioned the FNLC into a vocational skills and training centre.
Programme Details Of The STC
- The skills centre was built in response to the changing needs of young Rwandese.
- Students follow the national education curriculum and the Rwandan Department of Education assesses them independently.
- Those without a high school diploma are able to complete a one-year certificate, and those who have completed high school can enrol in a three-year course.
- The STC provides instruction in welding, hairdressing, culinary arts, masonry and carpentry, with female students also encouraged to study in male-dominated fields and with management having sound plans for expansion.
- In addition, all students are also taught French, English, mathematics, entrepreneurship and computer literacy.
JAM South Sudan – Established 2002
In 2002 JAM expanded its intervention into Southern Sudan, then apart of the country “Sudan”.
These programmes provided food, and water for many beneficiaries who were desperate after having been displaced during the civil war.
Since 2011, JAM’s intervention has been growing rapidly. We now provide food for up to 500,000 people daily as a result of WFP support.
Current programme interventions include, school feeding, relief feeding and development feeding.
- General Food Distribution: Food parcels are distributed to severely food insecure households and include the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme, which are child focused and intended to reduce malnutrition in children under five.
- Food For Education: Children receive meals every school day.
- Food For Assets/Cash for Assets: Community members who create assets and infrastructure are paid with cash or with food.
- Health and Nutrition: Food is provided to children, with a focus on Severe Acute Malnutrition, childbearing women and pregnant and lactating women.
- Food security and livelihood: Emergency livelihood kits are provided and training is given to farmers and anglers to protect their livelihoods.
JAM South Africa – Established 2004
JAM South Africa was established in 2004 to provide school meals to South African students.
In 2008, when the South African Government took over school feeding, JAM started providing meals to pre-school students.
The pre-school feeding programme has since developed into a holistic Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme including teacher training, infrastructure development and feeding.
Today JAM SA provides daily meals to around 40,000 pre-school students across Gauteng, Eastern and Western Cape, KZN and Limpopo supported by KFC Add Hope and other partners.
- Nutritional school feeding: JAM SA delivers, monitors and evaluates feeding children in day care centres.
- Infrastructure development through Makeovers: We renovate the daycare centres in which we feed children.
- ECD practitioner training: JAM works with partners to provide training to daycare centre childminders.
- Agricultural training: We involve the community directly to make sure we take their concerns and needs into account, while also training community farmers and establishing vegetable gardens at early childhood development centres and in communities.
School Feeding Pilot programme and expansion plans
JAM has partnered with the Government of Sierra Leone through a series of engagements and consultations throughout 2018 leading to the implementation of the JAM School Feeding Pilot programme in November 2018.
Broadly this partnership will be anchored upon the JAM F.E.E.D model “Farm, Empower, Enhance, Distribute”. F.E.E.D is a model developed through years of agriculture development implementation in Mozambique. The JAM FEED model aligns directly to GoSL’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Free Quality Education Programme (FQEP) objective and will be implemented in phases. JAM is developing a holistic and sustainable model that promotes local food production, procurement, processing, and distribution, which is anchored on active participation of entrepreneurial farmers in the local agricultural value chains.
The initial phase was the pilot School Feeding programme, which was implemented in November 2018 to 15,000 children in the Yele area of Tonkolili District. Early impact was recorded during the pilot phase, in 88 pre- and primary schools in the District, where fortified rice was used for feeding school children. Feeding started on the 18th of November 2018 and our monitoring showed that within 2 weeks the number of children attending school increased to 19,800. Children who were not yet registered for school came to attend school so that they could be fed. Such a high increase in school enrolment and attendance was not expected so soon into the implementation of the pilot phase. There was an increased attendance of about 30% in the three weeks of the School Feeding pilot. This was evidence to us that the school feeding initiative was well received. We always like to see more children attending school! Through School Feeding we can reduce short term hunger in children, promote regular school attendance and overtime contribute to broader positive education outcomes.
Our plan is to expand this programme to reach 120,000 children in the early part of 2019.
Food security and Livelihoods programming
Agricultural development programming
JAM works with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda’s Arua district. In partnership with a national organization called Uganda Refugee and Disaster Management Council (URDMC), JAM implements Food Security and livelihoods, and WASH interventions, in Zone 3 of Imvepi Refugee camp.
Beneficiaries receive WASH NFI Kits to improve sanitation and hygiene. A total of 16,023 beneficiaries have been reached with these interventions by the end of December 2018.
Beneficiaries in the Ugandan refugee camp receive agriculture training and start up kits for developing food gardens. The seemingly small innovation in vegetable gardening has attracted a lot of attention within the camp and wider humanitarian community in the area, because these refugees are following the steps given at their demonstration plots to diversify their diet with the support from JAM. We are the only NGO implementing this kind of intervention for these refugees.
We have been so impressed to see how the vegetable garden programme has been adopted by these families, they are already producing enough crop to sell their surplus harvest to other refugees within the camp. Before our programme these refugees relied solely on maize and beans distributed by other agencies.