From 32 girls to a powerful network of change leaders across Africa
CAMFED has ‘grown up’ with the first group of girls who received support
CAMFED was founded in 1993 by Ann Cotton OBE. It began in Zimbabwe with scholarships to a group of 32 girls. By 2021, support had been extended to more than 4.8 million children through a network of partner schools in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
CAMFED as an organization has literally ‘grown up’ with the first girls supported through school. They are now united in the CAMFED Association, the network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support, founded in 1998. Through the CAMFED Association, women are leading action on the big challenges their communities and countries face – from child marriage, and girls’ exclusion from education, to climate change. This unique pan-African network of teachers, nurses, doctors, sustainable agriculture experts and entrepreneurs is growing every year as more girls complete school and join them. They in turn provide the pipeline of future leaders across all sectors of society in their communities and countries.
CAMFED’s CEO, Lucy Lake, joined CAMFED in 1994. In 2017, Lucy appointed Angeline Murimirwa as Co-Executive to recognize the expert leadership that comes from lived experience. Angeline and her peers in the CAMFED Association are now at the forefront of CAMFED’s leadership, and setting a new agenda for girls’ education and women’s leadership in Africa.