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The following activities were supported with funding from The Friends of The John C Thomas Children’s Foundation in the UK (JCTUK):

  • Procurement of vita meals for Chitipa and Nsanje feeding centers.
  • Updating profile in district social economic profile.

These meals often feed 25-30 of our malnourished children who are missing key nutrients in their diets, which can hinder brain, bone and immune system development.

The John C Thomas Foundation, Malawi (JCT) 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.

Children's Meal Time

With funding from JCTUK, the Community of Mutu were able to restore a borehole next to Mutu school.  The photo shows the borehole in an non-functioning condition.

Mutu school

The JCT received a visitor H.A Harris from UK who visited some of JCT centers and donated clothes and shoes.

H.A Harris from UK

Received 33 Mission Malawi members from the UK who were in a fundraising tour.  They visited two centers of JCT, as one the benefit organisation through Action Aid.

JCT received a team of Mission Malawi members from London, UK, who support Action Aid in its programmes.  Since JCT has been receiving funds from Action Aid the team decided to visit some centres as part of monitoring projects of Action Aid partners and they also donated gift such as t-shirts and ball pens. The community entertained them with traditional dances. Finally the leader of the delegation thanked JCT for the good work they witnessed on their visit.

With funding from JCTUK, vita meals for Mangochi and Lilongwe feeding centers were procured.

meals for Mangochi and Lilongwe feeding centers

A choir festival activity that raised funding for the maintenance of a borehole at Mutu school.

ICT training
The training was organised by JCT in order to equip staff in Lilongwe with specific Microsoft Package computer knowledge, covering packages such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer.  The training company were Chishamiso Training Consultancy.

Microsoft Computer Training

Following the choir festival and donations from JCTUK, funding has been spent on the borehole maintenance next to Mutu school and children are now able to drink safe water. 

borehole maintenance

With remaining funding and JCT also purchased rabbits for selected vulnerable households as their food source and income generating activity. In Malawi, rabbits are produced in for meat consumption.  Many households are too poor to raise other animals such as goats or chickens to provide them with the appropriate nutrition, so a solution has been rearing small animals such as rabbits.

rabbits for selected vulnerable households as their food source

A fully functioning rabbits kraal.

A fully functioning rabbits kraal

The foundation has introduced farming to ensure food and nutrition security in the homes of the beneficiaries. There are plans to have a maize meal owned by JCT. This will be used to prepare flour from maize and soya beans grown by the communities to be distributed to the children.<

The families will be encouraged to grow soya and will be taught how to make flour from soya beans and maize. This will in turn be used to prepare porridge for the children this practice will be passed on to others to ensure sustainability.

The JCT received visitors Brazil who organized the party for 1000 children of Lilongwe and donated 100 school desks.

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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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