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Camfed supports girls in 5,488 government partner schools across 136 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.

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- Feb 21
#Africa is home to over 2,000 languages. By providing early childhood learning opportunities in the languages child… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 21
Find out why we're such big fans of @ClaraLionelFdn and how they're helping girls in #Malawi go to school. 💕👇 twitter.com/ClaraLionelFdn…
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- Feb 21
In some rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, 6 out of 10 girls are married before the age of 18. Support our mission… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 21
We talk about marginalized girls in our January blog and include recent study by the @REAL_Centre that shows impact… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 21
Congratulations to #CAMA (Camfed Assoc) member Esther from #Ghana, Winner in the Woman Entrepreneur category… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 21
On #MotherLanguageDay , meet Hellen, a Secondary School Swahili Teacher from #Tanzania. Also Chair of a Parent Supp… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 21
Congratulations to #CAMA (Camfed Assoc) member Ayisha from #Ghana, Winner of Female Entrepreneur of the Year… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 20
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- Feb 20
New research shows that for every $100 spent on girls’ education through the @Camfed programme, the impact is equiv… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 20
We live in a world where millions of children and young people lack the basic skills to thrive. We must continue t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 20
On #WorldDayOfSocialJustice , join us in highlighting #education as a universal right and a matter of #justice.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 20
With training & support, female entrepreneurs CAN offer sustainable & profitable opportunities for themselves, thei… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 20
Girls education isn't just about an individual, it's the starting point for social change. #GirlsEdu4 Quality Educa… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 19
Tomorrow is World Day of Social Justice. @Camfed we won't stop in our mission to promote gender equality and remove… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 19
Great news about two of our awesome alumnae! Award-winning social entrepreneurs promoting gender equity in their co… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 19
At @LSEMarshall, @SallyOsberg joined @Camfed's Ann Cotton and Fiona Mavhinga to discuss power dynamics in philanthr… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 18
Our inspiring network of @Camfed alumnae now hold over 38,4000 local, national and international leadership positio… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 17
Went for a nice long run along the River Cam today as part of my year of running for @Camfed. Only 2 weeks to go un… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 17
Happy #RAKWEEK2018! Why not send a @Camfed e-card to a friend, colleague or loved one as your Random Act of… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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- Feb 17
Help us to drive this number down by supporting #GirlsEd and creating a cycle of positive change.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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Amazing public response to Camfed’s UK Aid Match appeal

Unleashing the power of educated girls: 2017 highlights

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16 Days of Activism 2017

  • 249,378

    Girls 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.

  • 772,609

    Students 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.

  • 5,488

    Partner Schools

    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.

  • 199,178

    Community Activists

    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.

  • 84,675

    CAMA Members

    CAMA - the Camfed alumni association - is the largest network of its kind in Africa. It offers peer support, mentoring, and training and leadership opportunities.

  • 944,859

    Children 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

Learn why we’re different

Education

We provide school fees, supplies and uniforms to support girls from primary school through secondary school, college and beyond

Training

We help women learn how to manage money and launch small businesses. We train them as health activists and Learner Guides

Support

CAMA – Camfed’s graduate network – is the only network in Africa bringing together educated young women to lead change

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