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Water and Sanitation

What we do

To expand its vision of Helping Africa Itself, JAM established its Water and Sanitation program in 2001 to provide clean water, the most elemental and life-changing element to the people of Africa. It is a program developed to provide critical and sustainable response to more than 300 million Africans without clean water. Our multistage approach includes the pivotal steps of community training on water usage; improved sanitation, maintenance and community development. Our method has been developed to ensure that the water wells we drill are long lasting and will bring an upliftment in the lives of the communities we serve.

JAM has brought water and most importantly hope for better tomorrow, to hundreds of thousands of people in South Africa, South Sudan, Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, through the drilling of over 2500 wells since 2001.

The process of drilling, installing and rehabilitating wells is a grueling undertaking; it is a unique role suited to only a very select few. JAM’s teams toil seven days a week for 12 weeks, and every two days a well is drilled and pump installed, through unrelenting heat, rain and cold, in the harsh African bush, in an attempt to bring water and a revolution in these isolated and impoverished rural villages. Our 20-strong team, drawn from all corners of Africa are an embodiment of JAM’s Vision of Helping Africa Itself - they are heroes.

The cost of a well is an investment in the future of a community that benefits thousands daily. JAM works to effectively and efficiently to minimize costs in order to ensure it keep its operational costs as low as possible reach as many vulnerable villages as possible. Currently, a well costs US$12, 000, serving approximately 1,000 people at a cost of $12 per person.

2500 water wells drilled since 2001

Program Objectives

69 Wells Rehabilitated | 134 WASH Committees

  • JAM Community Development Officers (CDOs) conduct WASH training and establish water committees in areas where boreholes have been rehabilitated.
  • These water points are located in 3 provinces (Inhambane, Manica & Sofala) and provide water to communities and some of the almost 700 schools that JAM serves, thereby complementing JAM’s Nutritional Feeding & School Agriculture Programs.

115 Wells Drilled | 147 WASH Committees

  • JAM works in the Benguela Province and the training of committees is conducted by JAM’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officers.
  • These water points are all located at one of the more than 450 schools where JAM provides daily school meals and complement the Nutritional Feeding program in this area.


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