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Elimination of Child Labour on Tobacco Farms
The JCT Foundation is trying to help with the elimination of child labour on tobacco farms.

Tobacco is Malawi’s top export to US clients such as US-based leaf buyers, Universal Corporation and Alliance One International, which resell it to international tobacco firms. Their main clients are two of the world's biggest cigarette manufacturers, Philip Morris (Marlboro) and British American Tobacco (Lucky Strike).

Due to Malawi’s poor economic situation, child workers as young as five are being exposed to the toxic dangers of tobacco harvesting, forced into labour in order to provide food for their families.

Many of Malawi's estimated 80,000 child tobacco workers suffer from a disease called green tobacco sickness, or nicotine poisoning. Symptoms include severe headaches, abdominal cramps, muscle weakness, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and vomiting, high blood pressure and fluctuations in heart rate, according to the World Health Organisation.

Vita Meal Producers and Distribution
The JCT Foundation is looking to establish closer links with global Vita Meal producers in order to distribute greater numbers to the children of all ages across all four districts on a weekly basis.

Irrigation Farming
Approximately 90% of the people that we cater for at the foundation live in rural areas. Projects developing new agricultural techniques are the key to improving these communities’ livelihood. The use of motorized pumps for irrigation farming for example allows an all year round farming cycle of increased volume and variety - and the consequent trading leads to sustainability.

Resource Centres
We plan to build Resource Centres in the three districts where children can learn different skills including vehicle repair, tailoring and animal husbandry.

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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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