1985-1987: Finding our Feet
1985: Soup kitchens were established in the towns of Maputo, Beira, and Pambarra in Mozambique where JAM fed 9 500 children each week.
November 1985: Peter Pretorius signed a contract with Joana Manque, who was the Director of Social Action Ministry of Mozambique, to build an orphanage that would accommodate 300 orphans in Pambarra, Inhambane Province, Mozambique.
1986: Peter’s father, Isak, led the construction of the orphanage.
July 1987: Children began moving into their new homes at the orphanage. The orphanage was 30 homes that housed 10 children in each.
December 1987: Mozambican President Joaquim Alberto Chissano visited the orphanage with Ambassadors from the US, UK, and East Germany. This visit greatly enhanced JAM’s profile in Mozambique and abroad.