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Ghana

Although it may seem like Ghana is doing well, if you scratch below the surface, there is a big gap between urban and rural, rich and poor. We get a lot of girls coming to our office every day asking for support. What Camfed Ghana is doing is building networks and relationships around these girls – they are succeeding because they have all these people around them.

What motivates me to go to work every day is not what is happening now but what will happen to these girls in the future. I can see the potential of every one of them, and there’s not one single girl who has ever disappointed me. The moment you invest your time and resources in a girl, you can see the change in her – in the way she talks, the way she walks, the way she thinks.

- Dolores Dickson, Camfed Ghana

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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.

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

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 thes areas is high and pass rates for students low.

In Ghana, we’re working to solve these problems.

  • 26,176 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.

  • 57,872 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.

  • 721 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.

  • 15,983 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.

  • 3,050 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.

  • 937 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.

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.

  • Awabu

    “I used to be very shy. But now I'm comfortable speaking to more than 50 people.”

    Awabu, East Mamprusi, Ghana

    Read Awabu's story
  • Mariam

    “I'm going to work hard and fulfill my goals.”

    Mariam, Northern Region, Ghana

    Read Mariam's story
  • Nsaaya Salifu

    “I can stand in front of my colleagues and speak without shaking and this I learnt from the teaching practice and I also learnt how to do a business plan so it will succeed.”

    Nsaaya Salifu, Tamale, Ghana

    Read Nsaaya's story
  • Rafiatu Lawal

    “I learnt that social media is a powerful tool to promote social change as it allows users to engage with peers on important issues, advocate for rights and change, network across regions and borders, and secure employment and educational opportunities.”

    Rafiatu Lawal, Tamale, Ghana

    Read Rafiatu's story

Camfed Ghana team

Meet our staff in Ghana

In Africa, all our offices are staffed by nationals of that country.

Partners

Partners for success in Ghana

We are grateful to the generous donors and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.