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Supporting girls to learn, thrive and lead change

CAMFED catalyzes the power of the most vulnerable girls and young women to create the future they imagine: for themselves, for their communities, and for Africa.

What we do

Education is a fundamental right, and a matter of justice. Girls' education and women's leadership are also key to tackling our most pressing global challenges. Together, we can ignite the world-changing power of girls’ education:

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Women's Leadership

Through the CAMFED Association, women are leading action on the big challenges their countries face - from child marriage, and girls’ exclusion from education, to unemployment and climate change.

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Social Justice

Social justice starts with educated girls, supporting each other to become independent, influential women, working together with communities to provide equal access to tools and opportunities for all.

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Economic Development

When women gain access to skills training, resources and opportunities to grow rural enterprises, they gain economic independence and agency, supporting themselves, their families and communities to thrive.

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Climate Action

Educated women make choices that reduce future carbon emissions and increase community resilience to climate change, including through leadership for sustainable futures and the adoption of climate-smart technologies.

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Open doors appeal 2021 Keep the doors to school open

A girl’s exclusion from education today closes doors for the rest of her life. Keep the door to school open during the pandemic, and each girl you help can open many more doors in her future.

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Transforming girls' lives

  • 4.88M

    Since 1993, we have supported 4,885,221 children to go to school in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 178K

    The CAMFED Association - our powerful network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support - is 177,899 strong and counting

  • 308k

    308,054 CAMFED Champions (parents, teachers, traditional leaders, district officials and graduates) actively champion and support the advancement of girls and young women in their communities

  • 6,787

    CAMFED supports girls in 6,787 government partner schools across 161 districts to access school, succeed, and become leaders of change in their communities

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The multiplier effect

Every school graduate joining the CAMFED Association shares her expertise with others, and financially supports at least 3 more girls to go to school.* 

Girls educated with CAMFED’s support belong to Africa’s largest and fastest-growing network of young women leaders, who are capitalizing on their own education to support many more girls through school.

And as community leaders, they pass on the skills they learn to even more young women, creating employment and opportunity, tackling inequality and injustice.

This is what we call the CAMFED Multiplier Effect, and what Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times calls a “perpetual motion machine” — the positive impact a girl’s education has on others’ lives.

*On average – some support many more!

Discover CAMFED's Multiplier Effect

News Highlights

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COP26: Watch our sisterhood of leaders for girls' education and climate action

Our leaders are participating in several events at COP26, bringing the deep expertise, lived experience and grassroots activism of young African women to a global audience, and to the policy making table.

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Celebrate with us at the 2021 Hilton Humanitarian Prize Ceremony

On October 13th, 2021, three of our leaders - Angeline Murimirwa, Fiona Mavingha and Lydia Wilbard - accepted the 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize on behalf of all in our global movement.

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The Princess Asturias Awards 2021: A moment for all in our movement

CAMFED Association Executive Adviser Fiona Mavhinga and CAMFED Chief Executive Officer Lucy Lake attended several days of celebratory events to mark the 2021 Princess of Asturias Awards.

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Looking at girls' education through a different lens

CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake are urging the global education community to take an approach that is both inclusive and disruptive in order to change the status quo and deliver social justice.

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Kristof Holiday Impact Prize - CAMFED Update - One Year On

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof named CAMFED - the Campaign for Female Education - as Grand Prize winner of his 2020 Holiday Impact Prize, unleashing a groundswell of support for girls’ education in Africa among more than 3,300 generous readers of the New York Times.

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Watch the CAMFED Annual Review 2020 Video

In a year that tested us all, our power came from our grassroots leadership - the young educated women in the CAMFED Association, who will stop at nothing to make sure girls stay safe and keep learning. And it came from all of you, who joined and supported our movement at this pivotal moment.

Thank you to our generous recent donors

Together we are breaking the cycle of poverty

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Eric Starr $15

Frederick Fedewa $50

Stephen Kevan $2500

Fran Taffer $100

Annie Durbin $1000

Adele Grunberg $500

Matthew Reid-Schwartz $100

Kim Pengelly $1000

Kerri Hame $150

Henry Burton $200

George Coope $50

Lillian Pearson $25

Jackie Wilson-Farber $75

Jane O'Grady €50

Jackie Wilson $75