Since 1993, Camfed has fought poverty and AIDS by educating girls and empowering young women. More than 1,451,600 children in impoverished areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi have benefited from their innovative education programs.
Focus on the Girl
All their programs begin with an individual girl in rural Africa. By looking at the world from her perspective, they work to dismantle the hurdles in her way to obtaining an education and living a healthy adult life. They're answerable first and foremost to her.
Involve the Community
Change can’t happen without community support. They believe people living in rural communities are best placed to solve the problems around them. Community members of all levels help with our program design and implementation.
Operate Transparent, Accountable Programs
They place transparency at the core of our operations. Unique social and financial auditing systems are used in a monitoring process that safeguards girls and young women.
They believe every child has the right to an education. Camfed uses a community-based, holistic approach to bring about change in Africa. The girls they support are selected by the community as being the most in need. They don’t just provide them with books or school fees. They help them throughout their development, from their elementary school years until adulthood. Their package allows them to get into school, do well academically, and maximize the value of her education after graduation.
Here's how our girl-centric, long-term program works:
Provide long-term support
They provide school fees, supplies, uniforms—whatever is necessary—to support girls from elementary school through high school, college and professional schools.
Offer business training & small grants
Through their Seed Money Program, they help women learn how to manage money and help them launch small businesses.
With the help of Cama, an association of 15,437 Camfed alumni and other African women, young women become leaders and bring change to their communities.
Through this long-term approach, we’ve supported 602,405 girls and vulnerable boys through school, taught 20,216 young women basic economic skills and helped 6,915 young women launch small businesses. Our work has also started a local philanthropic movement: Cama members have helped 161,300 children go to school.See more