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Women and girls stepping up on climate action and education

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Earth Day 2023

On Earth Day (April 22nd) 2023 learn how women graduates in our CAMFED Association are stepping up to drive climate action and shape climate education relevant to the rural African context—bringing girls in school on board as the environmental leaders of tomorrow.

Our determination to build community resilience has only been strengthened by the recent devastation inflicted by Cyclone Freddy in southern Malawi.

Young women are taking the lead in climate change activities so that we can help our communities get prepared with each and every [extreme weather] event that is coming towards us.

Malumbo, CAMFED Association member and climate-smart agriculture expert, Malawi

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An Earth Day message from Malumbo in Malawi

Malumbo is a CAMFED Association member, climate-smart agriculture expert, and the CAMFED District Operations Officer for Mwanza, Malawi. She has recorded her reflections on the impact of Cyclone Freddy and the importance of young women’s leadership and responsiveness for their communities.

“As CAMFED Association members, we’ve been working towards supporting people so that they can rebuild their lives. We have been contributing clothes, money and food stuffs.

We are helping children in schools to learn about climate change by helping them to know which ways we can use to mitigate climate change, such as planting trees… And we are also working with different stakeholders in our communities who are also helping by sensitizing in the communities.”

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Students take part in tree planting in Tanzania

Mrs Diana Pazah, the CAMFED Teacher Mentor at a secondary school in Mufindi district, Tanzania, shared photos of a tree-planting exercise that she led alongside Leah and Tegemeo, CAMFED Association Learner Guides, with the support of the Head Teacher.

CAMFED-supported secondary students got involved in planting young avocado trees close to their school to create a greener environment.

The benefits of planting trees are widespread and include preventing soil erosion, particularly in times of flooding.

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Naomi’s leadership at our Zambian teaching farm

Naomi (pictured, on the right) is a CAMFED Association leader and Agriculture Guide, growing our climate-smart teaching farm in Zambia’s Chinsali District. She decided to get involved in this project to help bolster food security for her community in the face of changing weather patterns.

“At the farm I work with 14 other Agriculture Guides where we share different roles and do a lot of activities. We have a role planting the crops, applying fertilizers or manure to the crops, feeding the livestock, harvesting the crops. We operate and maintain farm machinery like wheelbarrows, tricycles, solar panels… We also train smallholders in sustainable farming techniques. We support the communities to adapt to the effects of climate change and improve their yields.”

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