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Camfed supports girls in 5,488 government partner schools across 136 districts in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi to access school, succeed, and become leaders of change in their communities.

Our partner communities are among the most deprived in the region - far removed from hospitals, lacking public infrastructure, and often situated on the poorest land. They have the greatest levels of poverty within their countries, and suffer some of the highest rates of illness, including HIV/AIDS. They have extremely low literacy rates. Most people live a hand to mouth existence.

Schools in these communities are fewer in number, meaning children often have to walk very long distances to get to school, and have fewer teachers and less equipment.

Girls are particularly vulnerable in these circumstances, and their education has the most transformative impact.

Poverty is the greatest barrier to accessing an education in the communities where we work.

Families want the best for their children, but lack the financial means to support their education. We know that communities understand their issues, and that they have the solutions to those issues. Our role is to catalyze their activism, and listen to the girls, their families, their teachers and Chiefs.

The children we support are selected by the community as being the most in need. We don’t just provide them with books or school fees, we help them throughout their development. Our package allows a girl to get into school, do well academically, and maximize the value of her education after graduation.

 Dolores Dickson, Executive Director, Camfed Ghana

We track and measure the impact of our work through rigorous monitoring and evaluation, longitudinal surveys, and in-depth research

Because of our long-term support for girls through school and into independent adulthood, Camfed has a unique opportunity to track the economic and social impact of investing in girls’ education and young women’s leadership – on individuals, as well as on communities, and beyond.

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- Jul 20
Nomore & Tsitsi from 🇿🇼have twin girls They’re both employed at Batsirai Zimcare Trust, the school they went to as… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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- Jul 19
In some parts of rural sub-Saharan #Africa, 6 out of 10 girls are married before the age of 18, some as young as 13… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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#Education shapes the future of every child. Invest in education = invest in life. ☀️🌱🌻. #ForEveryChild.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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- Jul 19
This month we're highlighting #GirlsEdu4 Reduced Inequalities. To achieve #GlobalGoals we need inclusion of ALL irr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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- Jul 19
Obama has a message for young people. https://t.co/KqZKs6AS9f
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- Jul 19
Graça Machel inspires so many, not least CAMA. She told them: "change is built by movements & you are an important… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Meet the SDG 4 Data: Measuring How Much Children Are Learning sdg.uis.unesco.org/2018/07/18/mee… https://t.co/HYHKnEjYGW
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- Jul 19
It's just five days to go until the global #DisabilitySummit Make sure your organisation joins the International… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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- Jul 19
#FundEducation to make sure all children get the future they hope for, the future they deserve. https://t.co/eq6DHRsMFB
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Chakupasa was abducted because of her albinism. Thanks to community trainings supported by #UKaid and @UN_Women a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice,” Nelson Mandela once said. Today, on his… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Members of the Camfed alumnae network (CAMA) are joining hands with @ClaraLionelFdn to maintain 1,000+ new bicycles… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Today in Johannesburg, @BarackObama and 200 #ObamaLeaders participated in a service project at a local school to ho… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Today The Elders joined #WalkTogether #SparksofHope, activists and civil society in Johannesburg, South Africa to c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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We want to see a world where people with disabilities have equal access to jobs and education. That's why on 23-2… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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How has Mandela inspired these @ONECampaign and @ONECampus members to change the world? Watch this video to learn.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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This #MandelaDay marks 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born. His inspiring legacy continues as individuals, comm… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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- Jul 18
“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the ac… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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- Jul 18
In our partner communities we see astonishing acts of #kindness everyday. This week in #Tanzania, a Parent Support… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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- Jul 18
If all adults completed secondary school, the global poverty rate would be more than halved. #FundEducation https://t.co/bsgMI1zvmC
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Camfed Annual Review 2016

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Changing the face of leadership in Africa

  • 249,378

    Girls Supported with Secondary Scholarships

    Camfed provides holistic and targeted support for girls to go to secondary school, covering needs that include school fees, uniforms, books, pens, boarding fees and disability aids.

  • 772,609

    Students Supported to go to Primary School

    Camfed's Safety Net Fund provides essential items to children at primary school to prevent them from dropping out of school.

  • 5,488

    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.

  • 199,178

    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.

  • 84,675

    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.

  • 944,859

    Children Supported by Community Initiatives

    CAMA alumnae partner with their communities to support more vulnerable children to go to school, by providing school meals, paying school fees, buying supplies, or providing a home to orphans.

Camfed provides girls with long-term support

Successfully supporting an individual means investing in the structures that support her, enabling her to learn, succeed and lead change

Learn why we’re different

Education

We provide school fees, supplies and uniforms to support girls from primary school through secondary school, college and beyond

Training

We help women learn how to manage money and launch small businesses. We train them as health activists and Learner Guides

Support

CAMA – Camfed’s graduate network – is the only network in Africa bringing together educated young women to lead change

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