Poverty is the greatest barrier to accessing an education. 95% of girls from the most disadvantaged communities in rural Africa never complete secondary school.

CAMFED is working to change that.

With access to education, women can do amazing things: launch climate-smart businesses, become health workers, run schools, and lead governments, making the world a better place for everyone.

We believe that every child is entitled to a quality education in a safe environment, and to a life as an independent adult. That’s why CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education, builds an individualized network of support around each girl, providing her with tailored assistance during school, beyond school, and into her future.

The Campaign for Female Education, CAMFED, is a pan-African, grassroots-led movement tackling poverty, inequality and injustice through girls’ education and women’s leadership. Our focus is on vulnerable girls and young women in rural areas of Africa. This is where girls face acute disadvantage, and where unlocking their power will have a transformative impact.


By 2023, CAMFED has already supported 6.5 million children to go to school cross Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, and Ghana. 

With you, we’ll help millions more.

For an individual girl, education changes everything. It’s her right, and it unlocks her power to determine who she will become and what she will do with her life. For the world, girls’ education can change our future trajectory. It has been proven time and again to advance health, gender equality, social justice, economic development, and even our ability to tackle climate change.
Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa, CEO of CAMFED

What We Do

We’ve developed a proven solution that helps girls to thrive in school, and equips them with the skills and community support they need to succeed.

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Support for Girls in Secondary School

We provide girls with individualized financial and material support to attend and succeed in school – including items like decent clothes, notebooks, and menstrual products –  and build a nurturing social support network around them.

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CAMFED Association

When girls graduate, we support them to transition to work and positions of leadership through the CAMFED Association — a sisterhood of over 250,000 educated young women who in turn help to support the next generation of girls to go to school. 

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Transforming Systems

Our approach to girls’ education, women’s leadership and government partnership galvanizes whole communities.  CAMFED partners with thousands of schools, communities, local leaders, and education authorities across districts in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to better serve the needs of all children.

Our Work in Numbers

Done right, girls’ education and women’s leadership are key to tackling our most pressing global challenges - delivering gender equality, social justice, economic development, and climate action.

  • 7.2M

    By the end of 2023, we had already supported 7,198,628 children to go to primary and secondary school in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 3.7M

    3,690,718 students have been supported to attend school or further education directly by CAMFED Association members. Often using profits from their businesses, CAMFED Association members support on average 3 more children to go to school - multiplying the impact of their education.

  • 279K

    The CAMFED Association - our powerful network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support - is 278,959 strong and counting

  • 122K

    122,030 Community Champions - CAMFED's program works because of the commitment of local community champions and activists. These volunteers include everyone from traditional leaders to government education officials, teachers, parents, and former students.

Our Recent News

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Video: Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa’s TED Talk 2023

Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa, CEO of CAMFED, helped found our sisterhood of leaders for girls’ education – the CAMFED Association – 25 years ago. Watch her TED Talk to see the world through the eyes of a girl in rural Africa, find out why school is not enough, and experience the difference that a ‘Big Sister’ can make.

How We Use Your Donation

CAMFED is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making all donations to our cause 100% tax-deductible charitable contributions.

As well as paying school fees and other essentials, such as uniforms, books, and sanitary protection, your gift helps beyond the classroom, supporting young graduates with the training and resources they need to become economically independent leaders in their communities.

Over 90% of every dollar we spend goes to our programs.

Thank you to our generous recent donors

Together we are breaking the cycle of poverty

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Niall Doherty $310

Rob Nickerson £350

Niall Doherty $215

David WOLFSON $750

Wendy Wallbrunn $40

Jonathan Wilkinson £50

Albert Zabin $200

Steve Osman $100

Roe & Maggie Stone $100

Betty Schwab $25

Jonathan Brody $40

Bonne Mogulescu $150

William Wiedmann $150

Adrianna Timmons $360

Lizbeth Garcia $10