In sub-Saharan Africa, 33.3 million girls (about twice the population of New York) of primary and lower secondary school age are out of school. This number rises to 52.2 million when considering girls of upper secondary school age. UNICEF estimates that 46% of females, aged 15-21 are illiterate. While in contrast 72% of males in the same age group can read and write. Without the access to a proper education, these young women are stuck in a poverty ridden cycle. These young women lack the skills to acquire a trade or a job and climb the social ladder to escape poverty all because of this lack of education.
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is a non-profit organization, established in 1993, that seeks to provide educational opportunities to young women in sub-Saharan Africa. CAMFED has schools in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia. CAMFED offers educational opportunities by building schools so that these young women can be equipped with the knowledge to learn a trade or get a job so that they can climb the social ladder out of poverty. When you educate a girl in Africa, everything changes. She will earn 25% more income and have a smaller, healthier family, as well as be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS.
For every dollar that gets donated to CAMFED, 90% of that dollar gets put directly back into CAMFED! The money that gets donated to CAMFED goes directly to their programs such as training teacher mentors, uniforms, providing school supplies, scholarships, books, providing funds for school-based committees, etc. CAMFED is a unique nonprofit that allows you to be able to see the direct impact of your donation and the difference you’re able to make. Educating girls is the best investment we can make to alleviate poverty and create a safer world. It has an incredible multiplier effect, providing higher returns for each generation. By educating a girl, you can educate a nation.
2020 was a hard year for people around the world. It forced everyone to step back and be grateful for what and who they have in their lives. It also forced people to examine their privilege in the world as we watched our brothers and sisters in the United States riot and protest for their rights and respect. If we have really taken these lessons to heart after the pandemic, there should be no second thoughts about these young women. In the US, we are privileged enough to not have to fight for our girls to get a decent education, it just happens. The girls of sub-Saharan Africa do not currently have this same opportunity, but that is what you can help CAMFED to change. The effects of coronavirus have been felt across the world, and Africa is no exception. CAMFED released this statement on their website: “With schools in many countries closed for long periods, we know from experience that marginalized girls will be hardest hit. They are least likely to return to school and are vulnerable to an increased risk of early marriage and adolescent pregnancy, which will perpetuate the cycle of poverty in their communities. Your support can help us continue to be there for girls and women through this crisis, and beyond.”
While things in the States head back towards normalcy, the suffering of our global community is perhaps greater than ever. Your donation will help to provide covid-19 relief and the expansion of remote education in sub-Saharan Africa. With you we can keep these kids in school and change their futures forever.
We ask that you consider donating to this worthy cause. Every donation is appreciated and can make an enormous difference in providing education to a young woman in sub-Saharan Africa!
We thank you for your generosity and compassion!
About the campaign:
We are a group of students from the University of Oklahoma driven towards finding sustainable solutions for some of the world's most pressing issues. After spending weeks researching causes and charities, we identified CAMFED as one of the most effective and impactful non-profits doing work today. Our goal is to raise $500 for CAMFED within the month of April, and we hope you will join us in our mission to educate a girl, and educate a nation.