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Girls’ education is the starting point for securing the rights of women and girls globally, while improving community health and resilience to climate shocks. It also leads to a drastic decrease in emissions. It's the most profound investment we can make to secure our planet’s future.  We know this not just from the data presented below, but from more than 25 years of experience in Africa. 

Girls’ education and climate action

52.2 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa are excluded from education. Poverty remains their biggest challenge. If we want to see a drastic improvement in the health and wealth of entire nations, and in our societies’ ability to face the impact of climate change, we need to ensure that women and girls have equal access to quality education, health and reproductive information and services, employment, land, finance, and leadership positions in every sector of society.

The metrics that matter

Download our fact sheet to learn more about the multiple ways in which educating girls to become influential, independent women benefits all of us - and our planet

The multiplier that makes us different

CAMFED has joined forces with communities, education authorities, partners and supporters to build an unrivalled infrastructure that serves the most excluded girls, led by members of the  CAMFED Association - women leaders educated with CAMFED suport - who are dismantling gender barriers to create a better future for us all.  Each member sends another three girls to school with her own financial resources. Members are also committed to paying forward their education through: 

  • peer mentoring and role modelling -  so girls and women can grow in confidence and aspirations, and work collectively to secure their rights
  • delivering life skills - so girls and women can learn about sexual and reproductive health, gain control over their bodies and futures, set goals, and learn how to achieve them
  • supporting study groups - so girls and young women have the tools they need to thrive in school, pass exams, and graduate
  • sharing expertise and knowledge - so girls and young women have the skills and resources to set up sustainable businesses, utilize climate-smart farming techniques, look after their health and wellbeing, and seize job and further education opportunities ensuring that the most excluded girls become visible to local authorities, and that their rights are protected— so that girls and young women who are living in extreme poverty, as child brides, heading up households, or suffering abuse, are identified and supported

The result of our work: Educated women with agency, who can live healthier, more productive, and secure lives.  They have smaller, healthier families, earn higher incomes, support their children’s education, and can help to build more resilient communities. Women leaders, actively connected through a peer network, can work together to support each other, and the next generation, to thrive and lead change.

Winners of the UN Global Climate Action Award 2019

Our operational model

CAMFED is made up of three interworking and interdependent parts. Through the synergy of these three parts, CAMFED is able to deliver a resilient, highly efficient and ultimately sustainable program that truly serves the needs of our clients, and multiplies the impact of donor investment:

 

Our Impact

CAMFED in Numbers

CAMFED operating model diagram

The CAMFED Association

The network of women leaders founded by former CAMFED clients, who organize and act on behalf of girls and young women

CAMFED Champions

Members of the communities we work with who actively champion and support the advancement of girls and young women

CAMFED Operations

The fundamental operations of CAMFED, including program design, support systems, partnerships and governance

Meet some of the leaders at the forefront of our movement

They are the teachers, health care workers, business leaders, climate-smart farmers, politicians and advocates that are changing the status quo for good.

Meet Esnath

Esnath

Esnath has completed a degree in Agricultural Sciences at EARTH University, Costa Rica with a Mastercard Foundation scholarship. In August 2019, she was awarded funding and a fellowship by The Resolution Project to grow an agribusiness specialising in farming edible insects. “We all have to play our part, and with the CAMFED Association in every corner of the country, we can improve and reduce these effects [of climate shocks] faster and more effectively.”

Meet Winnie

Winnie

Winnie’s education took her from extreme poverty to being a university educated young woman, who has built a house for herself and her three brothers, whom she is now supporting through school and university. She supports literacy projects, and advocates against child marriage and gender-based violence, and for climate-smart farming. Now the Zambian Ministry of Gender is encouraging her to expand her climate smart garden project into a women’s cooperative and create a demonstration farm.

Meet Lucia

Lucia

Having faced incredible hardship growing up, Lucia’s education unlocked a life of many firsts. A founding member of the CAMFED Association, she eventually became the first female mathematics teacher at the same school she had been supported to attend. She teaches with passion and deep empathy for the students she supports.



Meet Rose

Rose

Rose is on a mission to end child marriage in her community in Malawi - and she is working with men in power to achieve this. By breaking the cycle of poverty and supporting girls to return to school, she’s helping to equip them to have smaller, healthier families, and join forces with others to create a brighter future.

Meet Stumai

Stumai

Stumai is an unstoppable force in her community - a role model for girls, running a successful business and supporting and mentoring more girls and young women. She is someone who will rally the Chief and parents to ensure that children don’t drop out of school due to malnutrition. Her expertise and activism have been recognized at national level, as education authorities support our work to further scale the impact of thousands of Stumais.

Meet Ruka

Ruka

Ruka is an unstoppable force for change. A successful business woman, she leads by example, with philanthropy a cornerstone of her commitment to the next generation. Ruka has contributed to 50 programs across Ghana and has mentored more than 3,000 young people. She even shared her knowledge internationally with the Profit Plus Project in Zambia, where she provided poultry management training to 50 people.

Meet Fatima

Fatima

Fatima suffered immense hardship on the road to securing her education; now she is determined that no woman or girl is left behind. A professional nurse in Ghana, who has also trained hundreds of Traditional Birth Assistants, Fatima has thrown the full weight of her medical experience and expertise behind the effort to fight child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Through advocacy and action for girls’ education, Fatima sees the influence of the CAMFED Association as a driver of development.

Meet Hawa

Hawa

The first girl in her village to complete school, Hawa was elected to her District Assembly, with strong support from village elders and chiefs. Of the 53 district assembly members, only three were women, and two of the three are CAMFED Association members She is among the new firebrand of activists in Africa, passionate about education, taking a stand and changing the face of their communities.

Esnath

Esnath has completed a degree in Agricultural Sciences at EARTH University, Costa Rica with a Mastercard Foundation scholarship. In August 2019, she was awarded funding and a fellowship by The Resolution Project to grow an agribusiness specialising in farming edible insects. “We all have to play our part, and with the CAMFED Association in every corner of the country, we can improve and reduce these effects [of climate shocks] faster and more effectively.”

Winnie

Winnie’s education took her from extreme poverty to being a university educated young woman, who has built a house for herself and her three brothers, whom she is now supporting through school and university. She supports literacy projects, and advocates against child marriage and gender-based violence, and for climate-smart farming. Now the Zambian Ministry of Gender is encouraging her to expand her climate smart garden project into a women’s cooperative and create a demonstration farm.

Lucia

Having faced incredible hardship growing up, Lucia’s education unlocked a life of many firsts. A founding member of the CAMFED Association, she eventually became the first female mathematics teacher at the same school she had been supported to attend. She teaches with passion and deep empathy for the students she supports.

Rose

Rose is on a mission to end child marriage in her community in Malawi - and she is working with men in power to achieve this. By breaking the cycle of poverty and supporting girls to return to school, she’s helping to equip them to have smaller, healthier families, and join forces with others to create a brighter future.

Stumai

Stumai is an unstoppable force in her community - a role model for girls, running a successful business and supporting and mentoring more girls and young women. She is someone who will rally the Chief and parents to ensure that children don’t drop out of school due to malnutrition. Her expertise and activism have been recognized at national level, as education authorities support our work to further scale the impact of thousands of Stumais.

Ruka

Ruka is an unstoppable force for change. A successful business woman, she leads by example, with philanthropy a cornerstone of her commitment to the next generation. Ruka has contributed to 50 programs across Ghana and has mentored more than 3,000 young people. She even shared her knowledge internationally with the Profit Plus Project in Zambia, where she provided poultry management training to 50 people.

Fatima

Fatima suffered immense hardship on the road to securing her education; now she is determined that now woman or girl is left behind. A professional nurse in Ghana, who has also trained hundreds of Traditional Birth Assistants, Fatima has thrown the full weight of her medical experience and expertise behind their efforts to fight child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Through advocacy and action for girls’ education, Fatima sees the influence of the CAMFED Association as a driver of development.

Hawa

The first girl in her village to complete school, Hawa was elected to her District Assembly, with strong support from village elders and chiefs. Of the 53 district assembly members, only three were women, and two of the three are CAMFED Association members She is among the new firebrand of activists in Africa, passionate about education, taking a stand and changing the face of their communities.

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