Prince Harry amplifies the power of CAMA
In a meeting filled with laughter, singing and sharing stories, The Duke of Sussex praised the “great work” carried out by members of the CAMFED Association, CAMA, and other youth leaders.
They had gathered together for a special event in Lusaka, Zambia, organized by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust in celebration of what young change-makers are achieving in their communities. The exchange of ideas also struck a more serious note, as young women and men spoke of the urgent issues they are working to address.
The Duke of Sussex attended this event in his role as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. He was welcomed by 70 CAMFED Association members, who proudly partnered with hosts Circus Zambia to stage this dynamic event, and joined with young leaders from the Asikana Network, the Women’s Economic Empowerment Project, and Agents of Change.
From the extensive CAMFED Association network, two young women leaders stepped forward to make a powerful speech about how The Queen’s CAMA Commonwealth Fund is enabling them to expand their reach. Fatima, aged 22, from Malawi and Tisiyenji, aged 24, from Zambia, told personal stories and talked about the shared experiences of the CAMFED Association sisterhood, which is already 120,000 strong. These young women are united by a shared background of poverty, but most importantly a shared commitment to a better future for those most marginalized. Having completed their education against great odds, they strive to remove the financial and psycho-social barriers faced by other children.
Through the The Queen’s CAMA Commonwealth Fund, started in Tanzania and Ghana in 2017, CAMFED Association members have already supported 3,490 children to go to school. In September the Fund was also launched in Zambia, and another donor has funded its expansion to Zimbabwe.
The work of CAMFED Association, experts in girls’ education, women’s empowerment and youth leadership, is admired by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who share a commitment to these issues. The Association, which in 2018 celebrates its 20th Anniversary, is increasingly gaining the visibility and recognition it deserves, working hand-in-hand with CAMFED as a powerful force for change.
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