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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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Our latest TED Talk

Experience the power of sisterhood as CAMFED’s CEO, Angie Murimirwa, challenges the way you think about girls’ education.

Watch Angie's TED Talk

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:

  • 6.4M

    Since 1993, we have supported 6,476,311 children to go to school in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, including 1.8M girls at secondary school

  • 254K

    The CAMFED Association - our powerful network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support - is 254,470 strong and counting

  • 3X

    Evidence shows that girls supported by CAMFED are three times less likely to drop out of school

  • 95%

    Learning outcomes among girls supported by CAMFED have significantly improved, and 95% say they are better able to shape their life goals

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You can ignite the CAMFED Multiplier Effect

CAMFED graduates can join Africa’s largest and fastest-growing sisterhood of leaders, the CAMFED Association. Each member, 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 network of activists, we create employment and opportunity, tackling inequality and injustice.

This is 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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Powering the sisterhood

Don't miss Angie Murimirwa's TED Talk as we launch Sisterhood Week. Together we rise by lifting others, with our African sisterhood (25 years young and 250,000 strong!) leading the charge.

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President Obama engages with CAMFED Association members on leadership and driving change

Eliza Chikoti from Malawi and Natasha Lwanda from Zambia traveled to represent our movement at a leadership symposium for a select group convened by the Obama Foundation.

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Let Girls Learn profiles CAMFED's climate-smart teaching farm

Come behind the scenes at CAMFED’s climate-smart teaching farm in Chinsali, Zambia - subject of a video-led feature for the Evening Standard's 'Let Girls Learn' series.

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CAMFED Events

View a list of upcoming events about girls' education, women's leadership, and climate action with CAMFED leaders, or catch up on some past events.

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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 and her sisters in the CAMFED Association, deploying their lived experience and deep expertise 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.

Thank you to our generous recent donors

Together we are breaking the cycle of poverty

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Benj Schneider £1600

Martha King $1000

Lara Kenny £5

David Wells $15

jane moore $50

Kerri Hame $150

Tim Howell £120

Virginia Roaf €10

David Chatfield $13

Robin Gregory £10

Barbara Lindheim $150

Emiliano Conde $447.55

LISA VOGEL $150

Jessica Hicks €687

Lara Kenny £6