Child malnutrition is a major problem in Malawi. Many children simply don’t get enough to eat. Our centres provide a daily nutritious meal for them. Joshua began with the establishment of a single CBCC, for vulnerable children in Pensulo village, 10 Km from the city of Blantyre. Since Joshua was founded, we have helped construct twenty of these Centres and still run ten in villages across the region.
Joshua aims to encourage rural communities to take part in development activities which will improve the lives of vulnerable groups, especially orphans. One of the central ways that Joshua initiates this is through its support of these centres. Joshua is now operating in 19 rural communities with 10 CBCCs, some of which have been built by our organisation. We help by supplying food, cooking equipment, seeds for crops, fruit trees, educational materials and training for the carers who work voluntarily.
In total, Joshua is helping close to 1000 children by ensuring that they have at least one nutritious meal each day. In some areas, primary school children are also fed. Although a small organisation, Joshua employs a small team of local Field Officers to assist our programmes and ensure everything we do is community-led.