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Meal Provision to OVC
According to local leaders, since the inception of community meal provision, the feeding programme has had a significant impact on malnutrition among the children, especially where it was rampant during the 2006 2010 rainy season.

Maintenance and Development of CBCCs
Establishment of CBCCs in across the three regions have enabled the JCT to distribute meal provision effectively to the children.

Many of the children who attend these centers are orphans. The centers are a safe place for them to spend their day. The children stay until around 3.00pm and receive 2 meals: Likuni Phala in the morning and a maize and vegetable stew before they leave. Two meals are provided because their young age makes them more vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition.

The volunteers teach the children songs, rhymes, and introduce them to counting and the alphabet. The aim of this early introduction to education is to encourage later enrolment in primary school.

In some of the centers, children were were eating using their fingers as shown below.

With funding received, a remedy was provided on this unhygienic situation by procuring utensils such as spoons, plastic plates, basins, pots, buckets and children are no longer using their fingers.

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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 -

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 -

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