Understanding that for many children, particularly those who are orphans, school is the only place where they can get adult guidance and psycho-social support, Camfed has established a network of trained Teacher Mentors. Working throughout the partner school system, they help to solve the problems girls encounter at school or at home.
We also partner with parents, who volunteer their time and resources in Parent Support Groups. These groups offer love, support, and vital services to vulnerable boys and girls, such as school meal programs, or supervision at school hostels. With training and small grants, Parent Support Groups are also starting profit-making enterprises in order to help more children in their communities to cover their material needs, including shoes, books and uniforms.
A formidable new force is now strengthening the ties between schools and homes, working with teachers, parents, schools, and local officials to keep children in school and push up learning outcomes: Thousands of Learner Guides - young women in our CAMA alumnae network - are returning to their local schools to support vulnerable children in their studies and deliver a uniquely tailored life skills program. Learner Guides understand the barriers imposed by poverty, having lived it. As peer role models and mentors, they are transforming prospects for young people.