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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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Game Changers appeal 2022

Donate today, and join our global movement making the world a safer, healthier, more prosperous place through the education and leadership of game changing young women.

Be a game changer, support girls’ education

Supporting girls to learn and lead

Our grassroots-led movement is transforming the lives of girls and their communities by educating a new generation of game changers:

  • 5.5M

    Since 1993, we have supported 5,505,822 children to go to school in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 208K

    The CAMFED Association - our powerful network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support - is 207,941 strong and counting

  • 139K

    139,461 CAMFED Champions (parents, teachers, traditional leaders, district officials and graduates) actively champion and support the advancement of girls and young women in their communities

  • 7,018

    CAMFED supports girls in 7,018 government partner schools across 166 districts to access school, succeed, and become leaders of change in their communities

multiplier-effect

You can ignite the CAMFED Multiplier Effect

Girls educated with CAMFED’s support go on to join Africa’s largest and fastest-growing network of young women activists. Each member of the CAMFED Association, on average, supports another 3 girls to go to school with her own resources, as well as mentoring and encouraging many more.

And as a Sisterhood of community leaders, they create 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.

Discover CAMFED's Multiplier Effect

News Highlights

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CAMFED at COP27

Join us as we discuss climate education in the classroom and the community, with equity at its heart. Climate activists Harriet Cheelo and Natasha Lwanda join climate specialists Christina Kwauk and Kartick Kumar, CAMFED Ghana's National Director Sally Ofori-Yeboah and our Executive Director for Enterprise and Climate, Catherine Boyce.

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Day of the Girl 2022: #EducationMyPower

We’re the CAMFED Sisterhood – girls and young women uniting our communities across Africa to make sure that every child has the right to go to school, learn, thrive and become independent and influential.

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Obama Foundation Girls Opportunity Alliance names CAMFED as "Get Her There" campaign partner

Today, Michelle Obama's Girls Opportunity Alliance announced CAMFED as one of its non-profit collaborators on a new initiative to educate and empower more girls.

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CNN profiles CAMFED's Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa in Changemakers series

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers highlights the leadership of Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa, CAMFED’s Executive Director - Africa, and her sisters in the CAMFED Association, using their lived experience to achieve gender equality, economic development and climate action through girls’ education.

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CAMFED awarded 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

We are thrilled that CAMFED has been awarded the 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit in recognition of extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.

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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.

Thank you to our generous recent donors

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George Jarecke $1000

Brian Harding $800

Leigh Hardiman $3000

Arthur Glenberg $100

Mary Rowe $30

Sophie Underwood $50

Heidi Bloom $75

Sharon Wilson $50

Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks $100

Lisa Benjamin $150

Lisa King $250

Sheri Shannon $150

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