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Michelle Obama visits Zandspruit

During her recent visit to South Africa, America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, scheduled a visit to Golang Day Care Centre in Zandspruit.


JAM SA runs a programme in this severely impoverished informal settlement that provides children at Golang, and other day care centres like it, with a nutrition-packed meal every school day.

Mrs Obama and her daughters received a warm reception from elementary-aged children who sung to welcome them to the Emthonjeni community centre.

Michelle’s time at the centre saw her reading to many of the little ones, all of whom seemed to be as awestruck by her presence as the grownups accompanying her! Needless to say, a wonderful, unforgettable time was had by all.

The family, who donated 200 books to the centre, took turns to read from one of their favourite books, The Cat in the Hat.

"I used to read this book to Malia and Sasha all the time when they were little," said Mrs Obama.

"I don't know if they remember. But all three of us are going to read it."

BELOW: Malia, Sasha and Michelle take turns reading The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss at the Emthonjeni Community Centre in Zandspruit township, Johannesburg

Joint Aid Management (JAM) is a South African-founded non-profit organisation, who since 1984 has expanded its expertise in relief and sustainable development in Africa

Programmes based on a Complete Community Development Assistance (CCDA) model, include nutritional interventions, school feeding, assistance to orphans and vulnerable children, the provision of water and sanitation, skills development, community training on agricultural development, income generation and HIV/AIDS projects.

JAM strongly believes that without education, there can be no development. Quality of schooling and most importantly, adequate nutrition allows a child to focus, retain, and apply what is being learned. JAM currently assists around 690,000 children through nutritional feeding, health and social welfare programmes as well as hundreds of thousands of additional beneficiaries ensuring that we provide a hand up toward communities becoming self sufficient.