Camfed Zimbabwe was launched in 1993, in tandem with Camfed International. In Zimbabwe, 68% of the population 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.
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.
There is no better gift to the Zimbabwean child than to let him or her know that education is their entitlement.
Angeline Murimirwa, Regional Executive Director of Camfed Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, and one of the first girls Camfed supported
70,420 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.
219,141 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.
2,158 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.
64,452 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.
13,906 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.
3,403 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 Zimbabwe
See what's happening in Zimbabwe
Read the latest news stories about Camfed, watch videos and see photographs from across the country.
Speaking in an interview for the FT Technology Leaders Report, Charlotte Finn, Vice President of Programmes at Salesforce Foundation, describes Camfed as a game changer in how it uses technology to log financial transactions, ensure marginalized girls’ entitlements, keep girls in school, connect alumni, and report back to communities and donors.
The world knows that the education of girls delivers the highest social and economic dividends to a developing economy. In regions where girls face acute disadvantage, their education has transformative potential. How then do we achieve universal access to education?
Six members of Camfed’s CAMA alumni network joined the first Young Africa Works Summit, dedicated to “Practical Solutions for Lifelong Success.” They came to learn and share their experiences in starting rural businesses, practicing sustainable agriculture, and helping other young women build independent livelihoods.
Today Camfed’s Ann Cotton was honored with the Ahimsa Award, which celebrates compassion and non-violence. In her acceptance speech, Ann Cotton described girls’ education as the best investment we can make to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and said that compassion and kindness must be scaled.
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.
“My children are living a better life now.”
Bvumai, Mola, ZimbabweRead Bvumai's story
“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, Chikomba, ZimbabweRead Runyararo's story
“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, Chikomba, ZimbabweRead Talent's story
“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, Mashonaland West, ZimbabweRead Coleen's story
Camfed Zimbabwe team
Meet our staff in Zimbabwe
In Africa, all our offices are staffed by nationals of that country.
Partners for success in Zimbabwe
We are grateful to the generous donors and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.