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We’re back from filming season 2

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We're back from filming
Season 2

News and Insights

We are delighted to announce the completion of filming for the second season of Beneath the Baobab Podcast.

The production was divided into two parts, the first segment explored areas in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. While the second journeyed through Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. Our esteemed filming crew included Gordon Buchanan, renowned wildlife filmmaker, and the talented Olly Pemberton. They were accompanied by Katie Mackenzie, the project coordinator at Jamma International.

Throughout the production process, we had the privilege of meeting extraordinary individuals in remote regions of Africa. Their stories offered profound insights into what it means to coexist with wildlife, highlighting the complex relationship between humans and animals. Surprisingly, the attitudes towards wildlife were not as negative as one might expect...

We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share these captivating stories with you. For exclusive behind-the-scenes updates and information on episode releases, we encourage you to subscribe to the Jamma newsletter and follow our social media channels. Be the first to experience the remarkable firsthand accounts of individuals in season 2.

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We’ve returned from our filming adventure, completing part 2 of Beneath the Baobab podcast and concluding the filming for season 2. Our journey has brought back stories of resilience, challenges, and triumphs which we are excited to share with you!

We’re back from filming season 2

‘Tis the season for our Christmas newsletter! Unwrap updates on our partners projects and highlights from the past 6 months.

Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter

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‘Brain Smart’ Book Now Out!

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'Brain Smart' Book
Now Available

News and Insights

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Agneta, our Director of Mental Wellbeing at Jamma, has recently released her debut book titled "Brain Smart."

Agneta's passion is to design life skills programmes to build capacity and resilience in people where everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances, can learn to improve their wellbeing. 

"Brain Smart" delves into the inner workings of the brain, offering invaluable insights and practical strategies to enhance mental wellbeing. Unlike traditional therapy approaches, this book serves as an educational tool, empowering readers to understand how their brain shapes thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. This 'Brain Smart' programme is being used by mental health charities and has become part of some school's curricula. It is also being developed for prisons.

Available on Kindle or as a paperback via Amazon, "Brain Smart" provides straightforward exercises and clear explanations, making it accessible to individuals from all walks of life.

so embark on a journey of self-discovery and mental empowerment with "Brain Smart" today. Your feedback is invaluable to us, so please consider leaving a review after reading!

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We’ve returned from our filming adventure, completing part 2 of Beneath the Baobab podcast and concluding the filming for season 2. Our journey has brought back stories of resilience, challenges, and triumphs which we are excited to share with you!

We’re back from filming season 2

‘Tis the season for our Christmas newsletter! Unwrap updates on our partners projects and highlights from the past 6 months.

Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter

Khwe-19 news and insights

Cultural Survival Publication

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Indigenous Peoples
Rights

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Jamma International Champions Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Conservation

Jamma International is proud announce that a compelling article, "A Call to Champion Sustainable Use of Wildlife as an Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Issue," has been published in the Cultural Survival Magazine, authored by our team members Lesle Jansen and Joe Goergen. This insightful piece explores the resilient legacy of the San and Khoikhoi Peoples in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa, highlighting their crucial role in advocating for wildlife conservation despite historical difficulties. As a nonprofit organisation, Jamma International supports Indigenous Peoples' rights, echoing the global call for inclusive and respectful conservation practices. The article delves into the successes of Namibia's conservancy program, covering 20% of the country's land and supporting over 230,000 rural people.

Jamma International actively engages in supporting a more equitable and sustainable approach to wildlife conservation. Engage with the full article on the Cultural Survivals Website to delve into the intersection of Indigenous practices and sustainable wildlife conservation.

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We are delighted to announce a significant milestone in our ongoing project with the Khomani San community. The school has has successfully obtained a long-awaited certification, officially recognising it as a government-approved independent school!

Khomani San School Receives Certification

This years theme is anxiety. Anxiety is a common mental health challenge affecting countless individuals. It can manifest in various ways, from persistent worry and excessive fear to physical symptoms like racing heart and shortness of breath. At Jamma we believe it is essential to recognise that anxiety is not a weakness or something that can be easily brushed off. By raising awareness about anxiety, we can help reduce stigma and create a supportive environment where those affected feel comfortable seeking help and support.
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Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

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Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter

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Jamma International's
Christmas Newsletter

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Exciting news! Dive into the festive season with our newly released Christmas Newsletter

We are delighted to share the festive spirit with our community through this year's Christmas Newsletter, spotlighting the significant achievements of our partners over the past six months. In a year brimming with meaningful projects, we reveal the highlights, providing insights into updates from organisations such as Elephants Alive and Cape Leopard Trust. Our exploration extends to critical areas, including Human-Wildlife Conflict, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, and CBNRM.  As we approach the conclusion of the year, the entire Jamma team extends heartfelt wishes to our incredible supporters and partners. Your support has played a pivotal role in our journey. We wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. 

We warmly invite you to peruse Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter and stay abreast of our dedicated efforts to raise awareness in these vital spheres.

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Joe Goergen and Lesle Jansen from the Jamma Team passionately discuss the sustainable use of wildlife as an Indigenous Peoples’ Rights issue in an article published by Cultural Survival.

Cultural Survival Publication

We are excited to announce that Agneta, director of Mental Wellbeing at Jamma has published her first book, ‘Brain Smart’!

‘Brain Smart’ Book Now Out!

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Beneath the Baobab Podcast Returns

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Beneath the Baobab
Podcast Returns

News and Insights

The Beneath the Baobab Podcast returns, this time exploring the issue of human-wildlife conflict. Currently, Gordon Buchanan, Katie Mackenzie and Olly Pemberton who will be filming and directing this season's podcast are busy getting ready to travel to remote areas of Southern Africa, to speak with the communities living alongside wildlife.

The success of Season 1 of Beneath the Baobab in 2021 led to a scale up of this year’s Season 2. Our ten episodes will take place in seven countries and be filmed, as well as recorded. The theme of Beneath the Baobab Season 2 is Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC), where we will be exploring the real-life costs of communities living with wildlife and the innovative solutions to mitigate these costs.   

As they embark on this journey, we'll be sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses and captivating stories on our social media channels. Stay connected with us as we work to produce this insightful podcast, providing a unique perspective on the intricate dynamics of human and wildlife coexistence.

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These little bundles of fur have effortlessly stolen the hearts and attention of our employees, spreading joy throughout the workplace!

Jamma’s New Office Residents

Lesle Jansen spoke at the 16th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in Geneva, advocating for the indigenous people’s fundamental rights to practice their traditional occupations and pursue sustainable use of their resources.

Lesle represents Jamma at the United Nations of Geneva

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Jamma Legal Assistant Internship: Closed for Application

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Jamma Internship:
Closed for Application

News & Insights

An exciting internship opportunity has been created to support existing Jamma projects by providing legal assistance and research input.

Jamma and its partners are dedicated to preserving the sustainable use of natural resources and the rights of communities living alongside wildlife. Policies restricting sustainable use are gaining momentum, posing threats to vulnerable communities reliant on these resources. These marginalised communities, already bearing the brunt of climate change, often lack influence in conservation decisions. Jamma is actively working through projects, communication initiatives, and social media efforts to address these challenges and advocate for sustainable, community-focused conservation policies.

This role will suit someone used to working both autonomously and within a small team. They will work closely with the Head of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Resource Rights, the Project Development Manager, the Project Coordinator, and the Director of Conservation and Communities.

It is an office-based position on a one-year fixed contract at £21,000 per annum in Cape Town, South Africa.

The closing date for applications is on the 31st of October 2023. Apply here.

Join us in making a difference. Apply now and be a part of our passionate team dedicated to positive change.

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‘Tis the season for our Christmas newsletter! Unwrap updates on our partners projects and highlights from the past 6 months.

Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter

The Beneath the Baobab Podcast makes a comeback. The team are gearing up to film in remote areas of Southern Africa, delving into the complexities of human-wildlife conflict.

Beneath the Baobab Podcast Returns

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Khomani San School Receives Certification

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Khomani San School
Receives Certificate

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Khomani San School Receive Certification

We're excited to announce some incredible news. The school has reached a significant milestone by obtaining official government certification as an independent educational institution. This achievement marks a huge stride forward for the Khomani San community.

The Khomani San are one of the last remaining groups of the indigenous San people of South Africa, and the Khomani San school is a project that holds a special place in Jamma's heart. This Indigenous-led school boasts a curriculum deeply inspired by its roots, showcasing the rich heritage of the Khomani San people. The children at the school are not only learning subjects, but also their ancestral indigenous language, providing them with life skills and cultural dignity.

We are proud to be part of this journey, supporting the community in their quest for educational opportunities and fostering a brighter future for their children.

“We aim to provide an accessible, culturally sensitive primary school education to the Khomani San children. By integrating an up to date curriculum with traditional knowledge, we help to uplift the community by empowering future generations.” - Claire Barry, Khomani San School Programme

Jamma is currently looking for an office-based intern to support our existing projects through their technical and research skills.
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Jamma Internship: Closed for Application

Jamma fully agrees with Greenpeace’s mission to promote change that will create a healthier planet for future generations. Last month, we started supporting Greenpeace’s ‘Protect the Oceans’ campaign, which is dedicated to addressing the significant threats facing our oceans, including climate change, overfishing, plastic pollution, and mining.
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Jamma’s Support of Greenpeace

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Lesle represents Jamma at the United Nations of Geneva

JAMMA NEWS & INSIGHTS

Lesle Jansen represents Jamma International at the
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Lesle Jansen, recently spoke at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in Geneva. She passionately advocated for the rights of indigenous communities in Africa. She emphasised the importance in engaging in traditional and economic activities, especially regarding fishing practices.

EMRIP holds a vital role in the global landscape, providing expert advice to the Human Rights Council on Indigenous Peoples' rights. Moreover, it plays a key role in supporting Member States in upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Here are a few words from Lesle herself: “Indigenous Peoples are deprived of the fundamental rights to practice their traditional occupations and pursue sustainable use of their resources. This undermines not only their right to food, but also their collective rights to self-determination, to lands, territories, and resources, and to culture, knowledge, and identity, among others.”

At Jamma, we take immense pride in supporting Lesle and her dedication to championing the rights of indigenous communities. As an organisation committed to fostering community-driven conservation, we firmly believe in empowering indigenous peoples and safeguarding their cultural heritage and way of life.

Jamma International is proud to work with the Zambian Rainbow Development Foundation (ZRDF) on exciting sustainable agriculture projects around Mkushi, Zambia. During the Central Province Agricultural and Commercial Show in Mkushi, Zambia, ZRDF won first place in the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) category.
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ZRDF Scoops First Position

Jamma is pleased to introduce Lesle, Alison and Theo as our newest team members!
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Jamma’s Newest Team Members!

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World Female Ranger Week

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World female Ranger Week

Less than 11% of the world's rangers are women! This week, we celebrate the incredible female rangers who are breaking barriers and making a difference. They are role models, champions of wildlife, and educators. Female rangers prove that gender is no obstacle to success in this traditionally male profession.

Our partner’s Elephants Alive work in collaboration with The Black Mambas who are an all-female anti-poaching unit currently operating in Southern Africa. These incredible women are at the front line of protecting wildlife as well as community engagement.

Join us in recognising their invaluable contributions and promoting gender equality in conservation. Let's inspire a new generation of fearless protectors of our planet. Discover more about the remarkable stories and achievements of these resilient women by visiting the official website World Female Ranger Week – June 23-30 – Celebrating Female Rangers Globally 

We are excited to announce that Agneta, director of Mental Wellbeing at Jamma has published her first book, ‘Brain Smart’!

‘Brain Smart’ Book Now Out!

Jamma International is proud to work with the Zambian Rainbow Development Foundation (ZRDF) on exciting sustainable agriculture projects around Mkushi, Zambia. During the Central Province Agricultural and Commercial Show in Mkushi, Zambia, ZRDF won first place in the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) category.
Press Release

ZRDF Scoops First Position

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Jamma’s New Office Residents

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New Residents at
The Jamma Office

News & Insights

By Jamma International's office, we are delighted to have some irresistibly cute fox cubs that have captured the hearts and attention of our dedicated employees.

These playful little creatures bring a delightful energy to our surroundings, reminding us of the beauty and wonder of the natural world we strive to protect.

Their presence serves as a daily reminder of our shared commitment to wildlife conservation and inspires us to continue our efforts with passion and dedication.

Jamma International is recruiting for an exciting new role of Communications Intern. This role will undertake the development of Jamma International’s communications and social media strategy.
Press Release

Jamma Communications Internship: Closed for Application

The London Interdisciplinary School continues to be more relevant than ever, with it’s agile and resilient structure helping to adapt to Covid-19.
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The London Interdiscplinary School’s 2020 Summary