Filling tummies and helping minds grow

The relationship between Papersmith & Son and Joint Aid Management South Africa (JAM SA) dates back to 2009 and is stronger than ever! Papersmith recently handed over another cheque to the value of R22 000 to the organisation, bringing the total value of the partnership so far to almost R90 000. Poverty is a sad reality for many South African households. Recent studies illustrate that almost 56 percent of children in South Africa live below the poverty line. Moreover, more than half of South Africa’s population does not have regular access to enough food and our national food security is estimated to be 45.6 percent. Joint Aid Management (JAM) International, a South African founded international humanitarian relief and development organisation firmly believes in ‘Helping Africa Help Itself’. Such a vision is realised through our programmes, which focus on Food Security, Nutritional Intervention, Vulnerable Child Care, Skills Development and Agricultural Development. JAM operates in five countries in Africa: South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan. JAM SA’s Nutritional Feeding programme is complemented by its Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre makeover programme, which helps ECD centres provide children with quality education. Kofi Annan once said, ‘A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.’ We at JAM SA feed over 44 000 school going children in over 1000 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in four provinces in South Africa. This milestone would not have been achieved without the support from our donors. Through our programmes, working with partners with the support of donors, we do our part in investing in South Africa’s future; her children. With every procured ton of Stephen paper, Papersmith & Son (Pty) Ltd donates R2000 towards JAM’s feeding programme. It costs R30 to feed a child for a month, and R360 to feed a child for an entire year. In total Papersmith & Son’s donations thus far have fed a total of 246 children in JAM SA supported ECD centres with their nutritious porridge. JAM provides 50 grams of fortified porridge mix to feed just over 44 000 children in ECD centres in South Africa. This porridge provides at least 75 percent of a child’s daily micro-nutrient requirements. Filled with this highly nutritious porridge, JAM’s signature Red Bowl represents hope to these children by contributing to their nourished bodies and minds. Their feeding programmes allow us to help improve the physical and mental well-being of each of these children, while promoting and enhancing their education by encouraging enrolment, retention and regular attendance.