Small, stable and densely populated, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Some 74 percent of Malawians live on less than $1.25 per day - with the majority of the population working as subsistence farmers. Some 14 percent of the young adult population are HIV positive, and nearly one million children are orphans. Just 14 percent of rural girls enrol in high school. Child marriage and pregancy is a particular problem in the country, which suffers from an acute lack of secondary schools, meaning children - particularly those in rural areas often have to travel long distances to school. This makes them extremely vulnerable to exploitation.
Malawi also suffers from an acute lack of female teachers, meaning those girls who are able to get to school lack the role models to help encourage them to stay.
In Malawi, we're working to solve these problems.
Camfed has come at a good time for Malawi. I will encourage my community not to wait for Camfed to do everything, but to start right away with things we can do ourselves to support children. Together we will find strategies to support the female student wherever she goes.
Alice Willard, a teacher in Malawi
16,904 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.
75,876 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.
628 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.
12,287 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.
217 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.
628 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 Malawi
See what's happening in Malawi
Read the latest news stories about Camfed, watch videos and see photographs from across the country.
In a village in the Machinga district of Malawi, Mrs Matiki is stirring a huge pot of porridge, fortified with groundnuts. Local mothers are preparing a morning meal for 600 children. She says that many of the children come to school hungry and fall asleep in class…
The two main components to Camfed’s ability to scale our impact, while maintaining our focus on the individual girl and her entitlement to a quality, safe education, are communities and ‘big data,’ delivered by robust finance and data systems, centralized in Salesforce.
Camfed Recognized as Leader in Use of Technology and Impact Data to Inform Girls’ Education Programs
A recent article on Devex, the social enterprise platform that delivers important news and intelligence for the development community, commended Camfed for the effective use of ground breaking technology and evaluation of “big data” in support of girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ann Cotton travels to Davos to ask the world to rethink capital. She discusses the transformational leadership provided by young women graduates in the poorest districts of sub-Saharan Africa, who help to develop the rich capital innate in their communities, delivering sustainable change.
Stories from Malawi
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 the first girl in my community to really go far!”
Mary, Machinga, MalawiRead Mary's story
“Camfed has proved to be exceptional. It clearly and practically works within existing structures, respecting them for who they are and what role they can play.”
Lawford Palani, Neno, MalawiRead Lawford's story
“I have become empowered and I will keep on fighting for girl child education. I want to make sure that all my grandchildren go to school.”
Florence Shuga, Machinga, MalawiRead Florence's story
Camfed Malawi team
Meet our staff in Malawi
In Africa, all our offices are staffed by nationals of that country.
Partners for success in Malawi
We are grateful to the generous donors and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.