Teach a Girl – Change the World.

Camfed (Campaign for Female Education) is an international, non-profit organisation focused on educating and empowering girls and young women in a bid to eradicate poverty and help develop societies.   Camfed programs operate in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.

In 1993, an English woman named Ann Cotton started Camfed at her kitchen table after a visit to Africa.  Nineteen years later, Camfed has helped 1,451,600 children with their education.  In addition, they have also set up the Cama Network – an offshoot of Camfed which trains and organises women to provide support, healthcare and education to others in their communities,

Wonderful as these things are there has been an unexpected outcome from this whole endeavour – the Camfed graduates have become individual philanthropists themselves.

The girls who have benefitted from the help given by Camfed, are now helping an average of 5 other girls at any one time – not including their own families who they also help.

As Ann Cotton says – “They are becoming real role models in their communities. It may be that the neighbor’s child can’t go to school because she doesn’t have a skirt, so she’ll provide that. Or maybe she’ll pay another girl’s school fees.  This was something we didn’t expect at all. It shows the power of education.”(1)

Human beings.  Endlessly wonderful once they get a chance.


(1) Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, p. 203

12 comments on “Teach a Girl – Change the World.

  1. pfcairns says:

    Thanks for showing the clip . Very powerful indeed.

  2. eof737 says:

    And that is why some don’t want others to have the opportunity… Education is empowerment! 😉

  3. Education certainly is empowerment, not only that look at the knock on effect it has. Thanks for posting this, wonderful clip!

  4. Thanks so much for making us aware of this cause! And even though the language is not mine, the music spoke to my soul this morning and left me with a sense of the beauty of life.

  5. Beth Parker says:

    It’s so true! Thanks for this great post, Trisha!

  6. kianys says:

    This reminded me of this video Erik (of susserative aspirations) shared with me on one of his posts – so heart wrenching :

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  8. granbee says:

    I am referring my blogging friends Sherline and the author of Worshipandswag to CamFed and Cama Network. They are Zimbabwe and Nigeria, respectfively. This is so heartwarming and encouraging to think about. Praise be to God. Praise be to Ann Cotton. I believe I have read about her in various Episcopalian news sources and heard about her in church women’s study groups.

  9. Wonderful positive post ” Pay if Forward”…What goes around comes around.. 🙂

  10. willowdot21 says:

    I know this all goes on and I give to charities but again you have brought me up short! Thank you!

  11. willofheart says:

    I salute to Ann Cotton who founded CAMFED and show the power of education because education truly an empowerment. Great post thanks for sharing …

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