Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 64 percent of the population living on less than $1.25 per day. Some 15 percent 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.
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
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 percent of females in rural areas have no education compared to 18 percent 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.
24,445 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.
223,833 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.
986 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.
19,669 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.
5,691 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.
2,059 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 Zambia
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Read the latest news stories about Camfed, watch videos and see photographs from across the country.
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.
Watch the Webcast from D.C. as Angeline Murimirwa, representing the CAMA network of young women leaders in Africa, speaks about tackling the obstacles to education at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the keynote.
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.
“When we go and sensitise the community we cover so many issues – like early marriage, abuse, and the importance of education. ”
Rachel Sinyama, Western, ZambiaRead Rachel's story
“College life is really different. You find all sorts of people. Some were friendly and others were not. It took a while to fully adapt. A lot of Camfed staff really encouraged me and this helped the transition. I also had good friends who really understood my background. These helped me.”
Kasolo Ngandwe, Northern Province, ZambiaRead Kasolo's story
“I have become stronger and am a peer counsellor to the girls. By being a prefect and deputy head girl, I have learnt how to react to different issues.”
Chisanga, Mpika, ZambiaRead Chisanga's story
“I like helping the vulnerable and make them realise and fulfil their potential.”
Victor Walubita, Western, ZambiaRead Victor's 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.