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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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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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