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.
21,184 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.
201,900 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.
794 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.
14,905 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.
4,420 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.
1,979 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.
A big thanks to Auntie Daisy – helping to send girls to school, every time of the month!
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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.
“I'm looking forward to going so much that I've stopped sleeping. My Mum told me that my young brothers will now try to be like me.”
Memory Nakazwe, Mpika, ZambiaRead Memory's story
“I like the aspect of giving guidance and care for my pupils. I want to help them to have a good future – lead them to the right life skills so that they can make rightful choices.”
Jasper Likubese, Western, ZambiaRead Jasper's story
“We saw a lot of challenges, including girls not attending school because they didn’t have simple items like books or uniforms. We wanted to support them and tell their parents about the importance of education.”
Teresa Chanda, Mpika, ZambiaRead Teresa's story
“If we can enrol vulnerable children in school early, they won’t be roaming around on the streets, which puts them at risk.”
The Great Ones, Mpika, ZambiaRead The Great Ones' story
Camfed Zambia team
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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.