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2014

January & February

Following on from the project the JCT started in July 2013 to build residential accommodation for carers at each of our four feeding centers (Chitipa, Nsanje, Mangochi and Lilongwe), JCT has decided, with the funding from JCTUK and other sources, to embark on building habitable kitchens across these centers.

Children below are getting ready for one of their meals at the Nsanje center.

Children below are getting ready for one of their meals at the Nsanje center.


Land has been and will be purchased or donated adjacent to each of the centers.  Everyone in each of these communities supports the feeding programme and take turns to prepare, cook and serve the meals for the children.

The kitchens will provide the volunteers and children with good sanitation when cooking vita meals, along with protecting them from the wet weather during rainy season.   It will also provide the children with a safe and comfortable learning environment for singing, alphabet or basic counting.

The picture shows a kitchen under construction in Lilongwe.

Kitchens

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. JCTUK is continuing to establish closer links with global Vita Meal producers in order to distribute greater numbers to the children of all ages across the four districts on a weekly basis.

January to March
Action Aid Project was conducted over a 3 month period in the Mtema, Chitukula and Kabudula in Lilongwe districts.

The project focused on training women living with HIV/AIDS in village savings and loan methodology

March
With funding from JCTUK, JCT procured soya flour for the centers and below are some bags ready for distribution to Nsanje, Lilongwe and Mangochi centers.

Playing materials were procured with funding from JCTUK. Below children at the Lilongwe center are playing as part of their learning.

Below are children attending classes at one of the Mangochi center and the ages are ranging from 1-6 years.

Children outside their classroom and are ready to receive their daily meal.

Below are some children receiving their daily meal at one of the centers in Mangochi.

April
Caregivers from all 21 Lilongwe centers attending a growth monitoring and de-worming training at JCT Lilongwe center.

This training helps caregivers to know more about the health status of the children and is carried out once a month.

The district health officer is demonstrating on how the growth monitoring is done at JCT center Lilongwe.

May
A caregiver cooking food procured with funding from JCTUK .for the children at the center in Nsanje.

With funding from JCTUK plates and spoons were procured for children’s use. The picture shows one of the Lilongwe center.

June
The JCT managed to construct this facility with funding from JCTUK and well-wishers. This will be used as a nursery school where young children will be attending classes

Below, a pit latrine being built in Mangochi

July
As our part of our daily feeding with fund from JCTUK these are some of our children eating porridge at one of our centers in Lilongwe.

August & September
JCT with funding from JCTUK procured paint to decorate the kitchen as one way of good sanitation and is ready for use.

There are plans to expand the site into an orphanage, so that JCT can facilitate the residential care of some children, starting with 50 at this particular center.

The new block and a kitchen at the back being used at the JCT Centre in Lilongwe.

This is a free time where children play music, drama, football and traditional dances – it is a chance for the carers to truly learn about the personalities and behaviour of the children.

October
With funding from JCTUK JCT Malawi procured shoes, toys and distributed to all the children in three centers across Mangochi, Nsanje and Lilongwe.

Below we can see the distribution of shoes to the children.

November
Soya flour and sugar with funding from JCTUK was procured for two centers in Mangochi and Nsanje. During this time of year it is rainy season where food become scarce and expensive, so it is essential to ensure there is an abundance stored for the children

Some of the food items in the JCT warehouse are ready to be distributed to various centers in Lilongwe.

December
Children in a classroom waiting for food to be distributed. With funding, JCT continued procuring soya flour for porridge as it is shown below and also procured extra plates and spoons.

Children have finished eating ready for break time to play

The JCT appreciate all funding from JCTUK. These donations have brought a different level of hygiene to the children and they are able to use the utensils and wash their hands before eating. As you can see they are enjoying their food, have gained weight and are healthier because of the support. This has been revealed by monthly growth monitoring report.


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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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