Despite rich natural resources and a healthy economy, Ghana’s wealth is not evenly distributed: in the Northern Region, most people live on less than $1.25 per day. Infant mortality rates are up to three times greater there than in other regions of Ghana.
Camfed Ghana launched in 1998, working in the Northern Region and is now operating in four regions. In the communities where we work, chronic poverty excludes many girls from education. Large numbers leave school to do “kayayo,” heading to big cities to work as street porters. With no education, no shelter, little money and no family support, many girls resort to a life on the streets, making them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Girls are much less likely to complete high school than boys in Ghana and many fewer girls from poor, rural households start secondary education at all. Teacher absenteeism in these areas is high and pass rates for students low.
In Ghana, we’re working to solve these problems.
Camfed is touching lives in our communities, children are able to access education and poor parents are being relieved of their frustrations.
Paul Konde, District Director for Education, Chereponi District, Ghana
53,486 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, to shoes, books, pencils and bags.
116,393 Children Benefiting from our Safety Net Fund
Camfed's Safety Net Fund provides essential items to children at primary school to prevent them dropping out of school.
860 Partner Schools
Camfed works in genuine partnership with schools to help improve the learning environment for all pupils. Sharing information on school performance and working with the community to implement change is crucial to success.
25,820 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 pupils.
5,643 CAMA Members
Cama - the Camfed alumnae association - is the largest network of its kind in Africa. It offers peer support, mentoring, and training and leadership opportunities.
2,116 Teacher Mentors Trained
Camfed trains a teacher mentor at every school in which we work. These teachers are trained on child protection issues and offer crucial counselling support and advice to young people.
Latest news from Ghana
See what's happening in Ghana
Read the latest news stories about Camfed, watch videos and see photographs from across the country.
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The rural district of Karaga in the Northern Region of Ghana has 33 district assembly members – 30 men and only 3 women. But 2 of the 3 women are members of CAMA, Camfed’s pan-African alumni network. Their recent election speaks volumes about the network’s success in opening up new leadership pathways for women who were once the most vulnerable young people in society.
Someone built my life. Now I can build other peoples’ lives: Natasha’s Journey to Ethical Leadership
When 22-year-old Natasha, returned to her village in rural Zimbabwe this July, her grandmother’s entire being shone with pride. She was hugging a budding leader, who had just inspired over 100 government officials, and over 1,000 students, to invest in education.
Daniel Probert, Head of IT Innovation at Camfed, explains what is unique about Camfed’s Model, and how we deploy the latest technology to account to every girl and young woman we support through school and into a life of independence.
Stories from Ghana
Read some of our amazing success stories
Get an insight into how Camfed is making a difference by reading the stories of young women, teachers, parents and others.
“I want to be a medical doctor in future because in my community we don’t have enough doctors, which causes so many lives to be lost.”
Sheila, Upper East, GhanaRead Sheila's story
“I want to be one of Ghana’s renowned lawyers in the future. I want to speak for the rights of women and children who are abused and those with disabilities in the community.”
Mildred, Upper West, GhanaRead Mildred's story
“I used to be very shy. But now I'm comfortable speaking to more than 50 people.”
Awabu, East Mamprusi, GhanaRead Awabu's story
“I'm going to work hard and fulfill my goals.”
Mariam, Northern Region, GhanaRead Mariam's story
Camfed Ghana team
Meet our staff in Ghana
In Africa, all our offices are staffed by nationals of that country.
Partners for success in Ghana
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