Camfed Zambia


The demands for Camfed’s work in Zambia are increasing all the time. Coping with the increased numbers of girls who need our support is a challenge. Since Camfed launched in Zambia in 2001, we have seen huge growth. When I joined Camfed in 2007, we were working in just ten districts – and now we are working in 27 districts and in nearly 700 schools.

What’s so exciting is that our partners are now seeing Camfed graduates going back to their communities and getting jobs. These young women are teaching in the schools; they are working as nurses in the clinics; they are working as policewomen. It’s proving that the work Camfed is doing is now paying the communities back. They are seeing the impact. That’s the thing that I find most exciting. It really is life-transforming work!

- Barbara Chilangwa, Camfed Zambia

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Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 64% of the population living on less than $1.25 per day. Some 15% of the adult population has AIDS; an estimated 1.1 million children are orphans.

Girls experience high rates of exclusion from education because of the extreme poverty, most prevalent in the rural areas of Western, Luapula and Northern provinces. These provinces fare much worse than others in government assessments of income levels, education and health.

Zambia is ranked 13th out of 15 countries for literacy and numeracy by the Southern African Consortium for Measuring Education. Girls are far more likely to drop out of school, with the biggest disparities measured in rural communities: 27% of females in rural areas have no education compared to 18% of males. Pregnancy, early marriage and poverty are intrinsically linked and are the main challenges Zambian girls face in staying in school, particularly in rural schools. 

In Zambia, we're working to solve those problems.

I believe educating girls is crucial, especially since our region is so devastated by HIV/AIDS and many of the children are orphans. Educating girls is the only way. If you are not educated, that’s the end of you.

Doreen Mukanzo, TV show host, head of television production and operations at ZNBC and Camfed Zambia Board Member

  • 28,562 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.

  • 244,867 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.

  • 1,061 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.

  • 21,055 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.

  • 6,793 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.

  • 2,350 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 Zambia

See what's happening in Zambia

Read the latest news stories about Camfed, watch videos and see photographs from across the country.

Stories from Zambia

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.

  • Grace

    “Education helps you learn, and makes your future bright. Without Camfed, I would not be in school.”

    Grace, Mpika, Zambia

    Read Grace's story
  • Julia

    “I was named after my grandmother. I am told she was a strong woman, so I am proud to share her name.”

    Julia, Isoka, Zambia

    Read Julia's story
  • Phydes

    “I had a hand-me-down school uniform that was too small and a tie that was faded. I only had half of the books I needed. When I was in class I was scared because the teacher would come with a list to see who had paid. I would just show up and wait to see if they would let me stay.”

    Phydes, Mpika, Zambia

    Read Phydes' story

Camfed Zambia team

Meet our staff in Zambia

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


Partners for success in Zambia

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