Peter and Ann Pretorius founded the humanitarian aid organisation JAM International in 1984. Peter Pretorius was stranded in Pambarra, near Vilanculous, Mozambique and for ten days he witnessed the horrific consequences of starvation — consequences the locals faced every day. From then on, Peter and his wife Ann committed themselves to fighting hunger among Africa’s children. Since 1984, JAM has served more than 1,64 billion nutritious meals and currently feeds more than 1,2 million every day.
In 2005, JAM South Africa was established as the local operation of JAM International. JAM SA has a holistic approach to development and runs projects in Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres according to five areas of programming.
We serve meals to about 90 000 pre-school children in informal settlements in Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, North West Province, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State.
Infrastructure development through makeovers
We undertake mini and extreme Makeovers or upgrades of ECD centres to provide environments that are conducive to learning.
ECD practitioner training
We work with partners to train caregivers to enable them to offer formal early childhood educational stimulation to children.
In all our work, we involve the community to make sure we take their concerns and needs into account and to harness their active support of early childhood development
JAM SA trains community farmers and establishes vegetable gardens at ECD centres and in communities. More than 900 community farmers have been trained through our agricultural programmes.
JAM SA is a major recipient of the KFC Add Hope Initiative. In 2017 we will be expanding our programmes to all nine provinces.