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.

Miranda Curtis speaks at the 100,000 CAMA member celebration.

Camfed celebrates CAMA milestone of 100,000 empowered and educated women

On the evening of September 12th, Miranda Curtis, Camfed International Board Chair, hosted an unforgettable event to celebrate Camfed's CAMA alumnae network reaching 100,000 members. It was a night of inspiration, hope, and lively discussion. Guest-of-honor Angeline Murimirwa, Regional Executive Director, brought to life how Camfed's leaders and alumnae are transforming Africa as young educated women dedicated to the education of the next generation.

13 September 2017Read in full

Celebrating charity with built-in sustainability

This International Day of Charity, Camfed celebrates the philanthropy that happens in our communities every day  - mothers who prepare school meals and Camfed alumnae who use business profits to support more children. Just weeks ago they joined Camfed Zimbabwe to launch bursaries in support of 23,384 disadvantaged secondary school children in partnership with the Ministry for Primary and Secondary Education, made possible through a grant by the UK government.

5 September 2017Read in full

Results week: young women graduates shaping the future

Graduation season is upon us, with many young people in the UK receiving their exam results. It's a pivotal moment, the culmination of years of academic endeavour and the beginning of a new chapter. At Camfed partner schools in rural Africa, thousands of girls are celebrating being the first graduates in their families. Recently in Ghana, 1,500 Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Camfed gathered for a Senior High School graduation ceremony on the theme of ‘Shaping the future of young women’.

17 August 2017Read in full

The unsung hero in tackling climate change: girls' education

Climate change and its devastating consequences regularly make the news - from the uncertain future of the Paris Accord, and this week’s launch of the documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel, to the floods and droughts that are taking lives and threatening livelihoods across the world, disproportionately affecting the poorest populations. Mostly overlooked by the mainstream media, however, is the compelling evidence for one of the most effective ways of tackling climate change: girls’ education.

15 August 2017Read in full

Dorcas is studying Development Planning at university in Ghana

Turning the tide of poverty through education

A few weeks before world leaders met for the G20 Summit, young men and women from across Africa met at the Mastercard Foundation Baobab Summit 2017 in Johannesburg. Under the #GiveBack summit theme, students discussed inclusion, social entrepreneurship and collective action for long term and sustainable change. Among them was Dorcas Apoore, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Camfed from northern Ghana.

2 August 2017Read in full

Fiona Mavhinga (left) joined Malala during UN Week 2015

The young women graduates fighting for education

Four years on from Malala Yousafzai’s first speech at the United Nations, calling for universal access to education, Camfed celebrates Malala Day 2017.

13 July 2017Read in full

Since 2014 Camfed has supported 542,079 girls at secondary level

Camfed Annual Review 2016 - an unstoppable human revolution

Today Camfed releases its Annual Review 2016. With its CAMA alumnae network — projected to grow to 100,000 this year — it is more than halfway towards its five-year goal of supporting one million marginalised girls in rural Africa through secondary school.

6 July 2017Read in full

Changing the face of leadership in Africa

As election season reaches fever pitch across Europe and electorates debate the qualities of effective political leadership, Camfed shines a light on young women leaders in Africa.

7 June 2017Read in full

'We cannot afford to fail this generation of girls'

May was a busy month for Camfed Ghana, with 5,733 secondary school leavers inducted into the CAMA alumnae network, and the launch of a Transitions Programme for graduates in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation.

5 June 2017Read in full

Women graduates use e-readers to support literacy in Tanzania

E-readers boost girls’ education in Tanzania

It’s a winning combination: the lived experience of young women graduates in Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network paired with e-reader technology, which brings thousands of books to some of the most marginalized students in rural Tanzania.

1 June 2017Read in full

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