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, 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 from dropping out of school.
860 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.
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 students.
5,643 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.
2,116 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.
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.
Speaking in an interview for the FT Technology Leaders Report, Charlotte Finn, Vice President of Programmes at Salesforce Foundation, describes Camfed as a game changer in how it uses technology to log financial transactions, ensure marginalized girls’ entitlements, keep girls in school, connect alumni, and report back to communities and donors.
The world knows that the education of girls delivers the highest social and economic dividends to a developing economy. In regions where girls face acute disadvantage, their education has transformative potential. How then do we achieve universal access to education?
Six members of Camfed’s CAMA alumni network joined the first Young Africa Works Summit, dedicated to “Practical Solutions for Lifelong Success.” They came to learn and share their experiences in starting rural businesses, practicing sustainable agriculture, and helping other young women build independent livelihoods.
‘Going Places: Girls’ Education in Ghana’ is the latest Al Jazeera documentary in the ‘Women Make Change’ series that showcases Camfed programs empowering young women in northern Ghana. Following two young women whose schooling was supported by Camfed, the film shows the benefits of investing in girls as whole communities reap the rewards.
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.
“When Ayisha Fuseini was a little girl, she helped her mother collect shea nuts while on her walk to school. Some days, she'd arrive to her classroom late.”
Ayisha, Tamale, GhanaRead Ayisha's story
“I see children who don’t have what I have. I want to help my community.”
Elizabeth, Chiana, GhanaRead Elizabeth's story
“My parents went to farm so that they could get our daily bread. They give most of the produce to the landowner and the rest they bring home – including maize and yams.”
Jennifer, Upper East, GhanaRead Jennifer's story
“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
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
We are grateful to the generous donors and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.