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Malawi is a small landlocked country in southeast central Africa and is one of the least developed countries in the world.  Bordered by Mozambique to the east, Zambia to the west, and Tanzania to the north, Malawi was formerly a British Protectorate known as Nyasaland. Since 1964, Malawi has been an independent nation and a member of the British Commonwealth.

The country is dominated by Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa) which covers almost a fifth of Malawi's total area.  Malawi is divided into three regions - the Northern, the Central, and the Southern - and into twenty-four districts. The capital city of the country is Lilongwe, located in the central region.

Malawi is often called the ‘warm heart of Africa’ because of its beautiful scenery and the friendliness of its people.

Country Statistics:

  • Population: 15, 879, 252 (July 2011 Estimate)
  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Area: 118 484 sq km (45 747 sq miles)
  • Languages: English and Chichewa (both official)
  • Religion: Protestant 55%, Catholic 20%, Muslim 20% Other beliefs 5%
  • Life expectancy: 41.93 years Men: 41.45years Women (2006 est.)
  • Infant mortality per 1000: 94.37 deaths
  • Poverty: 55% below poverty line (2004)
  • Currency: As of February 11, 2009 – 1.40 Malawi kwacha (MK) = 63 pence (UK)
  • Exports: Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton

For all up to date statistics, please visit:
www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mi.html 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi

Malawi.com part of the World News Network: www.malawi.com

Government of Malawi website: www.malawi.gov.mw

The Nation, Malawi's leading newspaper: www.nationmalawi.com

Tourism in Malawi: www.malawitourism.com / enquiries@malawitourism.com

For a satellite view of the villages we operate out of, please visit: www.maplandia.com/malawi



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We are currently looking for individuals or teams of runners willing to take part in a number of fundraising events during September – November, including the Wolf Run, Bristol Half Marathon, Cardiff 10k or Half Marathon and Birmingham Half Marathon.

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…to Julia Beamud, illustrator who published Miss Escotofina in 2013, has once again very kindly dedicated her time exclusively to the JCT for new a book titled La pandilla Natilla and the Puchi's missing shoe which is an amazing children’s story available for purchase at a cost of £6.99.

Every single penny of the proceeds from the sale of Julia’s books will be donated directly to the foundation.

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Cheltenham Half Marathon, 25th September 2016

The JCT is being supported by runners taking part in the forthcoming Cheltenham Half Marathon which is taking place on Sunday 25th September 2016 and we have a number of places available - http://www.cheltenhamhalf.co.uk.

The foundation will cover your entry fee and all we ask for in return is to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship

If you would like to get involved, please email for a runner registration form and instructions - emlyn@jctchildrensfoundation.org

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