Why your support is so vital at this time
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly and unpredictably changing the environment within which we operate, and will lead to significant changes in how we deliver our programmatic priorities as we work to support the communities we serve, where those already marginalized — and often struggling for the basics, including food, adequate sanitary facilities and medical care — will be at greatest risk.
These risks are not limited to the virus, but include child marriage for vulnerable girls as families lose income and are unable to feed their children, greater risk of abuse and violence for those not able to go to school, and who cannot seek help during times of social distancing; and, for young women and their communities, loss of income from failing businesses, as customers use their diminishing resources to fund the very basics.
Through our partnerships with district-level authorities, through the grassroots activism of the educated young women in the CAMFED Association, and our Community Champions, we are uniquely placed to take an agile approach to these challenges, as we seek new ways to support the learning of children who are out of school, and identify the support and resources the young women of the CAMFED Association need to secure their own livelihoods, while reaching out to secure the rights of girls in their communities.
How your support can help us take concrete action NOW
Your investment will help us to:
- Support our young women leaders, in their communities, to reach out to vulnerable children affected by school closures, providing basic necessities and ensuring they have the support to re-enrol when schools re-open.
- Support a ramp-up of community initiatives, such as school feeding programs when schools re-open, recognizing that many children will have suffered a lack of basic nutrition
- Identify and provide distance learning support, such as via community radio stations, and digital content - including our My Better World life skills curriculum - via mobile devices
- Provide grants and information to young women whose businesses are suffering to help them repay outstanding loans
- Provide working capital through a revolving fund facility that allows young women to refocus their businesses to ensure their communities are served with basic goods, including food and hygiene products
- Support our decentralized district and national operations teams to remain connected and highly responsive to the changing situation in our partner communities by funding connectivity solutions, including data bundles and airtime.
Alternatively, please contact a member of our Development Team to find out how you can help: [email protected]
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