Our work and impact

Camfed operates in rural communities across five countries in Africa: Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Camfed works in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. These communities are among the most deprived in the region: they are far-removed from services like hospitals, ill-served by public transport, and often situated on the poorest land.

These areas have the greatest levels of poverty within their countries, suffer some of the highest rates of illness, including HIV and AIDS, and have extremely low literacy rates. Most people live a hand to mouth existence.

Schools in these communities are fewer in number, meaning children often have to walk very long distances to get to school and have fewer teachers and less equipment. Girls are particularly vulnerable in these circumstances.

  • 198,310 Girls Receiving Bursary Support

    Camfed provides comprehensive bursary support for the full duration of a girl's secondary education. The scholarship covers everything from school fees to uniforms, shoes, books, pencils and bags.

  • 737,200 Children Benefiting from our Safety Net Fund

    Camfed's Safety Net Fund provides essential items to children at primary school to prevent them from dropping out of school.

  • 5,270 Partner Schools

    Camfed works in genuine partnership with schools to help improve the learning environment for all students. Sharing information on school performance and working with the community to implement change is crucial to success.

  • 136,773 Community Activists

    Camfed's program works because of the commitment of local volunteers. These volunteers include everyone from traditional leaders, to government education officials, teachers, parents, and former students.

  • 33,111 CAMA Members

    CAMA - the Camfed alumni association - is the largest network of its kind in Africa. It offers peer support, mentoring, and training and leadership opportunities.

  • 9,616 Teacher Mentors Trained

    Camfed trains a Teacher Mentor at every school in which we work. These teachers are trained in child protection issues and offer crucial counseling support and advice to young people.