Emlyn John and Pastor Michael Thomas meet on the border of Malawi and Tanzania.
The John C Thomas Children’s Foundation is formed.
JCT registered as an NGO with the Government of Malawi.
The first orphan centre, in Nsanje District opened, supporting over 1000 registered orphans and vulnerable children.
Land gifted by Chief Tengani for the Nsanje community to grow more maize and vegetables.
Two new centres opened: in Lilongwe – with 250 registered children and a nursery school – and in Chitipa, with 700 registered children.
JCT registered with the Network of Vulnerable & Orphaned Children (NOVOC), in Malawi.
HIV/AIDS awareness programme set up in Lilongwe with funding from Action Aid Malawi.
JCT becomes a registered member of CONGOMA (Council for Non-Governmental Organisation of Malawi).
The first Friends of JCT fundraising website set up in the UK.
Land donated by the local community in Lilongwe to build JCT’s first school. Brickmaking started.
School build started in Mutu village, Lilongwe.
Village loan schemes for people living with HIV/AIDS set up with funding from Action Aid.
Small-scale irrigation schemes set up in four areas to create vegetable gardens for income generation.
School build started in Chitipa, Isharikira village.
The first JCT football team is set up. Three boreholes drilled in Lilongwe.
JCT mobile HIV/AIDS counselling and testing clinic set up in collaboration with Partners In Hope, a private hospital in Mutu village, Lilongwe.
Mutu village school, in Lilongwe, opened.
Expansion of JCT’s ‘grow your own’ programmes.
Construction of feeding shelters and programme areas at Nasala and Zama.
Soil-enriching tree-planting programmes started in collaboration with Concern Worldwide.
Goat and piglet loan schemes started to encourage livestock breeding at a local, household level.
Advocacy campaigns against child labour in tobacco fields launched.
Rabbit-rearing scheme launched, providing food and income generation opportunities for families who cannot afford to rear livestock.
Borehole recommissioned for the community in Mutu, Lilongwe.
Building work started to house live-in volunteer carers at each of our feeding centres, in Chitipa, Nsanje, Mangochi, and Lilongwe.
Pit latrines constructed in the Mangoche centre.
Early Childhood Centre expansion, in Lilongwe, completed, providing a new kitchen, meeting hall, and centre manager’s house.
Eco San toilets installed in Lilongwe, providing free, manure fertilizer for the wider community.
The Ministry of Education and Science and Technology allocate 19 qualified teachers to the JCT primary school in Lilongwe.
Official growth monitoring of the children starts in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
New boreholes commissioned to provide safe drinking water in four JCT care centres.
The JCT Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Six new boreholes built for three care centres and their wider communities in Lilongwe.