Thank you from 21,158 children!

Posted Jan. 25, 2012 in Malawi, Fundraising, Press Coverage

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In December, we shared with you a moving message from Mr. Lawford Palani, District Commissioner of Neno district in Malawi.

Poverty runs deep in Neno – one in four children have neither shoes to protect their feet nor a blanket to keep them warm at night.

Mr. Palani described the pain of having to turn away talented and deserving children who came to him seeking an opportunity to go to school before Camfed began working in Neno. “Every time I had to tell a child, ‘Sorry we cannot help’ for lack of resources, it was with a very heavy heart,” Mr. Palani told us. “The coming in of Camfed has meant a lot of those children can indeed get a chance. It is hope restored.”

Thanks to your generosity, Mr. Palani no longer has to turn away children with a passion for education. Through our 2011 Seasonal Appeal, you have restored the hope of 21,158 children in Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe by giving them the education they so desire. Girls like Ellina, a primary school student in Neno, now have a route out of poverty, and they’re beginning to dream about the possibilities that education will unlock for them. “I plan to go all the way through school and university and become a judge, so that I can bring fairness to my community,” Ellina told us.

This coming year, we look forward to sharing with you stories about the myriad ways that girls and young women are seizing the opportunity you have given them and flourishing.

Thank you for playing a vital role in transforming the lives of children in Africa.