Explore our work in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean story is far from written. In sharp contrast to the 1980s and 90s, when massive strides were made in increasing access and improving the quality of education, we have just emerged from a very tumultuous era. Even during that difficult time, we continued to perform remarkably well as an organisation in keeping schools functional, retaining teachers and limiting child dropout.

We not only assist poor families with meeting the educational costs for their children, we engage them with respect, allowing them to invest what they can in making the education of their children possible. The challenges ahead of us remain profound but we remain energised by our conviction that a time shall come when each and every child will be in school.

- Angeline Murimirwa, Camfed Zimbabwe

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Founder and president Ann Cotton launched Camfed in 1993 in Zimbabwe, where 15.3 percent of the population has HIV/AIDS and 68 percent live on less than $1.25 per day. One in four children are orphans.

Despite a difficult social and economic situation in Zimbabwe, we’ve significantly increased our programs there since 1993. Our partnerships with thousands of rural schools provide vital help for poor children. For many, particularly those who are orphans because of HIV/AIDS, school is the only place where they can get adult guidance. A network of Camfed-trained teacher mentors works throughout the partner school system and helps solve problems girls encounter at school or home.

There is no better gift to the Zimbabwean child than to let him or her know that education is not up for grabs.

Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of Camfed Zimbabwe and one of the first girls Camfed supported

We’ve improved the school environment for hundreds of thousands of children in Zimbabwe. We provided scholarships so the poorest girls in rural communities could attend high school. We also built hostels so girls would no longer have to walk long, unsafe distances to get to school, improving their chances of academic success. However, many children still do not get the education to which they are entitled or gain the skills they need to find gainful employment once they graduate.

In Zimbabwe, we're working to solve these problems.

  • 33,412 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.

  • 208,998 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.

  • 2,060 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.

  • 57,218 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.

  • 9,322 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.

  • 2,481 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 Zimbabwe

See what's happening in Zimbabwe

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

Stories from Zimbabwe

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.

  • Runyararo Mashingaidze

    “I used to go to school barefooted, with my face full of hunger. If only I get the chance, I will do something great.”

    Runyararo Mashingaidze, Chikomba, Zimbabwe

    Read Runyararo's story
  • Talent Tokoda

    “Now that I'm in medical school, I have faith the gates to success are wide open. I just have to walk through them.”

    Talent Tokoda, Chikomba, Zimbabwe

    Read Talent's story
  • Coleen Nyamupfukudza

    “I advise all youngsters to make a life for themselves and not rush into marriage, to work hard and not be taken down by disability. ”

    Coleen Nyamupfukudza, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe

    Read Coleen's story
  • Mrs Chibuwe

    “The 'Together We Can' concept is working really well in our community because it is bringing different stakeholders together to help children.”

    Mrs Chibuwe, Manicaland, Zimbabwe

    Read Mrs Chibuwe's story

Camfed Zimbabwe team

Meet our staff in Zimbabwe

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

Partners

Partners for success in Zimbabwe

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