Supporting JAM SA
First Car Rental is a proud supporter of JAM SA. Customers can donate to JAM SA when booking a car via the 'please donate' button on our car hire booking portal.
JAM SA is one of the largest and longest running African-founded development organisations that has developed programmes that address the needs of the various communities throughout South Africa.
About JAM SA
JAM SA is a South African-based non-profit humanitarian relief and development organisation that has been at the forefront of the war against hunger for over 30 years.
The NPO was founded by Peter and Ann Pretorius in 1984 after they witnessed the horrific consequences of starvation during a visit to Mozambique.
Since its inception, JAM has served more than 1.6 billion meals and grown into a global organisation, with active nutrition, education, water and sanitation projects affecting sustainable change in the lives of children and communities in need throughout Africa.
Improving Infrastructure at Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres
The objective of JAM SA's ECD Makeover programme is to improve the infrastructure at JAM-supported ECD centres to create a healthy, safe learning environment for vulnerable children.
Depending on the size of the makeover, tasks may include: painting the interior and exterior of the buildings, sanding and painting of the existing jungle gym and fence or painting the new one, providing educational toys and equipment, and planting a vegetable garden.
JAM SA Deliver Makeover for Spring of Life
In October 2018, JAM SA, together with a group of volunteers from Norway undertook the task of carrying out a makeover at Spring of Life, an ECD Centre in the Western Cape. For the makeover, the volunteers raised funds for up to two years to donate those funds for an upgrade of the infrastructure at the ECD Centre.
Once the project was completed, the makeover team committed themselves to feeding the children at the centre for a year. Every day, all the children at the centre will be given a portion of JAM porridge, giving them a wholesome meal providing 75% of their daily nutritional needs.
Nutritional School Feeding Programme
When entering a community, JAM SA begins with food, the most basic of needs, providing a highly nutritious porridge to the children who attend JAM-supported Early Childhood Development (ECD) and care centres. Every day the children enjoy a Red Bowl of JAM porridge, which provides them with 75% of their daily macro- and micro-nutrient requirements.
JAM SA currently feeds over 90 000 pre-school children in more than 2000 centres across South Africa, and distributes over a million bowls of highly nutritious cereal to beneficiaries in Angola, South Africa, South Sudan and Mozambique.
Customers wishing to donate to JAM SA through First Car Rental can do so when booking a rental vehicle online.