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When you educate a girl in Africa, everything changes. She’ll be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family.
Our Mission: Camfed fights poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by educating girls and empowering women to become leaders of change. Our goal: To improve the lives of two million children by 2013.
Our Values: Since 1993, we’ve operated community-based programs that place the needs of individual girls at the heart of our work. Here are the values that guide us:
Focus on the Girl. All our programs begin with an individual girl in rural Africa. By looking at the world from her perspective, we work to dismantle the hurdles in her way to obtaining an education and living a healthy adult life. We’re answerable first and foremost to her.
Involve the Community. Change can’t happen without community support. We believe people living in rural communities are best placed to solve the problems around them. Community members of all levels help with our program design and implementation.
Operate Transparent, Accountable Programs. We place transparency at the core of our operations. Unique social and financial auditing systems are used in a monitoring process that safeguards girls and young women.
Here are a few ways we operate to ensure transparency and efficiency, maximising the benefits of our programs for girls in Africa.
(from the Camfed USA website. Accessed 13 Sept 2010)