Camfed International

Camfed International

Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 362 648
Address: St Giles Court, 24 Castle Street, Cambridge
Postcode: CB3 0AJ
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Charity <100 staff (£50+VAT pa)

Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programmes have directly supported more than 2.6 million children to go to school at more than 5,700 partner schools in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. 

Local Activists Dismantling Barriers to Education

What makes Camfed different, and helps us succeed in the most marginalised, underserved communities, is the recognition that girls, young women and their communities are the true experts when it comes to identifying and dismantling the barriers to girls’ education and learning. So unlike any other non-profit organisation, Camfed brings together grassroots, government and civil society representatives with the knowledge and authority to address education issues spanning across individual, school, district and national level.

Parents, teachers, school leavers, traditional leaders, social workers, police and government education officers make up a formidable network of  frontline activists who collaborate to ensure that money is directed where it is most needed. Their constant monitoring means that assistance packages can be tailored to address not only the financial, but also the psychological and social barriers faced by each individual girl when it comes to accessing and completing an education.

Girls in school in Malawi (Photo: Eliza Powell/Camfed)

Three stages of girls’ education and development that can change everything

Investing in the education of girls and women is a proven way to improve the health and wealth of entire nations. Yet across sub-Saharan Africa, 28 million girls are out of school. Even those who initially access school face many barriers to completing their education — financial (the costs of school or exam fees, uniforms and books), physical (the long and dangerous distances to many secondary schools) and psycho-social (barriers to learning due to hunger, grief, or lack of confidence).

23 February 2018Read in full

Esther Naanbir accepts her award at SMEGA

Cosmetics entrepreneurs tackling gender inequity scoop national business awards in Ghana

Two alumnae of Camfed's Ghana programme have won top awards for their successful businesses. Ayisha Fuseini of Asheba Enterprise, a shea butter processor which supplies The Body Shop, accepted two awards including Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the Invest in Africa Awards (IIA). Esther Naanbir, of Agape Moringa Processing, won Woman of the Year at the Vodafone Small and Medium Enterprises Ghana Awards (SMEGA).

21 February 2018Read in full

Camfed supported students in Malawi march for girls' education

Together we’re making more noise for women and girls

One hundred years ago today marked a turning point for the British women’s suffrage movement, when 8.4 million women were granted the vote -- the start of a journey of empowerment which continues to this day, and proof of what is possible when we make enough noise. In the past few weeks Camfed teamed up with some great partners to make more noise for girls’ education and women’s empowerment in Africa, "because we know what we can achieve when we leave no one behind."

6 February 2018Read in full

When poverty forces girls like Gloria into early marriage

BBC highlights Camfed’s work to end child marriage

In an in-depth interview with Angeline Murimirwa, published by BBC News today, Lucy Sherriff explores the reasons why so many girls in sub-Saharan Africa become child brides, and highlights Camfed’s work to tackle the issue holistically, hand in hand with its alumnae and their communities.

31 January 2018Read in full

REAL Centre research reveals  ‘what works’ in education, for whom, and at what cost

REAL Centre research reveals ‘what works’ in education, for whom, and at what cost

Data from Camfed’s girls’ education programme in Tanzania demonstrates that equity considerations improve overall effectiveness.

29 January 2018Read in full

Cambridge samba band Arco Iris drum up support for Camfed

Camfed's UK Aid Match appeal gets amazing response

Today Cambridge-based Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, praised the generosity of the UK public during its UK Aid Match fundraising appeal. The girls’ education charity more than doubled its target, smashing the £1 million mark.

25 January 2018Read in full

The power of GirlGuardians

Fiona Mavhinga, Development Director for Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network, joined Camfed CEO Lucy Lake, Board Chair Miranda Curtis and guests at the Institute for Government on the International Day of the Girl. Fiona introduced Camfed’s unique solution to tackling child marriage by focusing on the power of CAMA ‘GirlGuardians’ - young women once at risk of becoming child brides, who are now working together to help girls stay in school and out of child marriage.

26 October 2017Read in full

Support Camfed's #UnlockFutures appeal

Together we can end child marriage and #UnlockFutures for girls for good

Help a girl stay in school and escape a life as a child bride. Support Camfed's #UnlockFutures appeal and the UK Government will DOUBLE your donation.

12 October 2017Read in full

WISE Awards will be celebrated in Doha, Qatar, in November

Cambridge charity Camfed wins major international education award

The work of Cambridge-based Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) has been recognised again by a major international award - this time for its work in Tanzania.

26 September 2017Read in full

Angeline Murimirwa accepts the 2017 Diamond Ball Honors Award

Angeline Murimirwa accepts award from Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation

Camfed is proud to announce that last night, Angeline Murimirwa was presented with the 2017 Diamond Ball Honors Award. One of the first girls supported by the organisation, Angie is also the founding member of Camfed's alumnae association (CAMA), and now holds the title of Camfed Regional Executive Director. The Diamond Ball is the annual gala held by the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), founded by award-winning performer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rihanna.

15 September 2017Read in full

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