On Thursday, 21 August, Joint Aid Management will commemorate 30 years of service on the African continent at a gala event in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 1984, JAM’s Group CEO, Peter Pretorius, founded JAM after he witnessed countless deaths from starvation while he was stranded at a relief camp in Pambarra, Mozambique. After returning to South Africa Peter, with the support of his wife Ann, established JAM primarily as a relief-feeding organisation. JAM has since grown to work in five African nations, feeding over 1.1 million beneficiaries daily.
Together with partners, donors, Affiliates and colleagues from around the world, JAM will retrace its unique journey during the special celebratory event – a journey that has seen millions of lives in Africa touched and transformed over the past three decades. JAM has attained global recognition for its work in alleviating hunger and helping impoverished communities in Africa.
Over the past three decades, JAM has grown significantly and evolved into an organisation that focuses extensively on nutrition, agricultural development, vulnerable childcare, skills development, and water, sanitation & hygiene services in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, South Sudan and Rwanda. JAM has forged strong partnerships with some of the world’s largest humanitarian development organisations such as the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union (EU), many corporates as well as local and national government agencies.
JAM’s independently registered ‘affiliate’/support Offices in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany and the United Kingdom focus on marketing and partnership ventures to advance the organisation’s work at grass roots level in order to ensure that JAM continues to assist the poorest people in Africa who do not have a voice to plead their case.
Through partnerships and collaboration, JAM has constructed orphanages for children who were victims of war and famine in Mozambique and genocide in Rwanda, drilled over 2,500 water wells, established hundreds of community and school gardens and agricultural/farming projects, built food factories and served over 1.2 billion meals to the hungry. These are significant achievements dedicated towards improving the quality of life for the communities we serve in Africa.
JAM is currently on the cutting edge of the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan where we are providing emergency relief to 694,000 people. The United Nations (UN) Security Council recently described the escalating humanitarian crisis in South Sudan as “catastrophic” and that “food insecurity in South Sudan is now the worst in the world.”
The gala event will be held at the Avianto Village Hotel in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg. With the theme of ‘A Heart for Africa’ guests will be afforded an opportunity for meaningful connection with those who, in some way or another, have contributed to the story of transformation spanning 30 years. The event’s theme represents JAM and its donors’ compassion and deep commitment towards the precious people of Africa.
The evening is a time for the global JAM family to remember those who have given so much through JAM and to the people of Africa. It will not only be an opportunity to reminisce and remind ourselves why we remain dedicated to serving our fellow Africans, but will also be an opportunity for JAM to inspire others into the next 30 years of life-changing work in Africa.