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Jama Foundation came far since it established as an NPO in 2010. It started to address the challenges identified by occupational therapists working in the Kwa-Zulu Natal. They noticed that there was no service being provided to the children’s homes with the result that this already vulnerable population of children were even more at risk for developmental delay. The government system significantly overburdened and they unable to reliably access the therapy they vitally needed.
Luke 6:38 – Give, and its given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.
These children were showing signs of institutionalization due to a severe lack of stimulation in their environments. Children had very few toys if any to play with and little in their immediate environment to provide any stimulation. Staff shortages and insufficient training of caregivers also contributed to their difficulties. Most tragically their behavior and delayed development preventing them from being adopted as prospective parents saw them as ill and weak.
How Jama Foundation has grown
Initially, Jama Foundation operated on a voluntary basis with therapist’s working out of their cars. In September 2006, we moved into a home in the Children’s Memorial Institute (CMI) in the Durban. This allowed us to set up an office base and a clinic setting where the children assessed for adoption.
In April 2010, we moved into our current space within CMI. We coordinate our core functions from these offices allowing us to be more efficient and effective.