Camfed Uses Foundation Support to Help Educate Girls in Rural AfricaBy Administrator
Fourth-quarter child welfare beneficiary Camfed USA gave us this report about how they will use the funds contributed by members of Foundation Beyond Belief. Foundation members donated $2,590 to Camfed last quarter.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 24 million girls can’t afford to go to school. A girl may marry as young as 13 and has a one in 22 chance of dying in childbirth. But research shows that if you educate a girl, her life will change dramatically. She’ll earn up to 25 percent more and reinvest 90 percent in her family; be three times less likely to become HIV-positive; and have healthier, better educated children.
Since 1993, Camfed has fought poverty and AIDS in rural Africa by educating girls and empowering young women. A gift of $2,590 from Foundation Beyond Belief is helping educate the next generation of girls in Africa, giving them the tools they need to escape poverty.
Your gift will provide eight girls who would otherwise be forced to drop out of school because of poverty with comprehensive high school scholarships for a year. Camfed’s four-year scholarship program provides a girl with all the school supplies, books, clothing, and mentoring she needs to stay in school and succeed.
One girl in our program is Febby from Samfya, Zambia, pictured here. Following her father’s death, Febby had to drop out of school for two years to assist her mother with household chores. A local teacher learned of Febby’s plight and nominated her to receive a Camfed scholarship.
Febby is now working hard in high school and says, “If I hadn’t been supported by Camfed, I wouldn’t have even learned to read. Knowing that Camfed is there for me gives me courage.”
By making a donation to educate girls like Febby in rural Africa, you are transforming their lives, and those of their families and future generations. We look forward to continued partnership with you in this important work. Thank you!
Kristin Harrison, Strategic Communications Manager