Camfed supports girls in 5,270 government partner schools across 119 districts in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi to access school, succeed, and become leaders of change in their communities.
Our partner communities are among the most deprived in the region - far removed from hospitals, lacking public infrastructure, and often situated on the poorest land. They have the greatest levels of poverty within their countries, and suffer some of the highest rates of illness, including HIV/AIDS. They have extremely low literacy rates. Most people live a hand to mouth existence.
Schools in these communities are fewer in number, meaning children often have to walk very long distances to get to school, and have fewer teachers and less equipment. Girls are particularly vulnerable in these circumstances, and their education has the most transformative impact.
Poverty is the greatest barrier to accessing an education in the communities where we work.
Families want the best for their children, but lack the financial means to support their education. We know that communities understand their issues, and that they have the solutions to those issues. Our role is to catalyze their activism, and listen to the girls, their families, their teachers and Chiefs.
The children we support are selected by the community as being the most in need. We don’t just provide them with books or school fees, we help them throughout their development. Our package allows a girl to get into school, do well academically, and maximize the value of her education after graduation.
Dolores Dickson, Executive Director, Camfed Ghana
We track and measure the impact of our work through rigorous monitoring and evaluation, longitudinal surveys, and in-depth research
Because of our long-term support for girls through school and into independent adulthood, Camfed has a unique opportunity to track the economic and social impact of investing in girls’ education and young women’s leadership – on individuals, as well as on communities, and beyond.
198,310Girls Supported with Secondary Scholarships
Camfed provides holistic and targeted support for girls to go to secondary school, covering needs that include school fees, uniforms, books, pens, boarding fees and disability aids.
737,200Students Supported to go to Primary School
Camfed's Safety Net Fund provides essential items to children at primary school to prevent them from dropping out of school.
Camfed works in genuine partnership with schools to help improve the learning environment for all students. Sharing information on school performance and working with the community to implement change is crucial to success.
Camfed's program works because of the commitment of local volunteers. These volunteers include everyone from traditional leaders, to government education officials, teachers, parents, and former students.
CAMA - the Camfed alumni association - is the largest network of its kind in Africa. It offers peer support, mentoring, and training and leadership opportunities.
483,768Children Supported by Community Initiatives
CAMA alumnae partner with their communities to support more vulnerable children to go to school, by providing school meals, paying school fees, buying supplies, or providing a home to orphans.
Camfed provides girls with long-term support
Successfully supporting an individual means investing in the structures that support her, enabling her to learn, succeed and lead change