Extreme weather ushers in the 2016 makeover seasonMakeover 2016 season has begun and JAM South Africa already has four completed makeovers under its belt. Mohau Day Care near Muldersdrift was brightened up by a zealous team from Zion Fellowship, a church in Canandaigua, New York, USA.
The 17-member strong team painted the classrooms and toilet buildings, installed ceilings, floor coverings and more – and all in four days during some of the hottest weather we have experienced this summer. On one of the days, the team worked for 13 hours in order to ensure completion!
Reneilwe-Lerato in Diepsloot had an extreme makeover done by a team from JAM Germany. Shacks were removed to make way for brand new buildings which include four classrooms, a kitchen and flushing toilets. A shade net, lawn and a huge Noah’s Ark sandpit complete the scene.
Teddy Bears and love for Blessing Day CareCherae Olivier, assisted by her parents Andre and Yvette and friends David Botha, Natalie and Kasey Nel handed out teddy bears, sweets and cake to the children and teachers at Blessing Day Care in Diepsloot, just in time for Easter.
Cherae has been wanting to assist in the community for a while now and realised that cheering up children was a good place to start.
“Children are very close to my heart. My parents and I once did a Christmas toy drive for the children in the cancer ward at Joburg General Hospital. We collected toys and handed them out to the children on Christmas Eve. I started thinking along the same lines before deciding on teddies.”
She and her family and friends collected enough teddies for each of the 91 children and another 13 for the centre – including a giant pink shark that the children adored! Each child was given a brightly coloured gift bag with a teddy, a chocolate egg and a party toy. “The donors were just incredible,” she says.
What it would cost SA's biggest companies to solve child hungerJOHANNESBURG – It would cost the ten largest companies on the JSE just 0.19% of their combined annual earnings in 2015 to feed all of South Africa’s remaining hungry children.
According to Joint Aid Management (JAM) South Africa’s MD, David Brown, at least two million pre-school children go to bed hungry every night in South Africa. JAM is feeding more than 84 000 of these children across seven provinces, by providing them with a bowl of porridge each day known as CSS+, or Corn Soya Sugar Blend. This contains 75% of their daily nutrient requirements, says Brown.
Through JAM’s feeding scheme, it costs R360 to feed a child for a year. Assuming that 1 916 000 children still need to be fed, that amounts to R689.8 million per year, or 0.19% of the R354.4 billion collectively earned in 2015 (calculated by adding headline earnings or operating profit, where headline earnings wasn’t available) by the JSE’s ten largest companies by market capitalisation.
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Joint Aid Management South Africa (JAM SA) has been serving disadvantaged communities in South Africa since 2005. At the end of 2013, JAM SA was supporting over 1 000 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, reaching more than 44 000 children every day. JAM SA now operates in five provinces in South Africa; Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Western Cape.