Charity of the week
More than 49 million school-age girls in sub-Saharan Africa are not enrolled in school; the region also has one of world’s highest rates of child marriage. Since 1993, the Campaign for Female Education (camfed.org) has worked to tackle the education gap for young women in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, and Malawi. CAMFED supports girls from primary through secondary school, paying for school fees and providing necessities such as books and uniforms while training volunteers to look after the students’ emotional well-being. Afterward, CAMFED helps alumnae transition to adult life, with certificates that offer admission to teacher training colleges or with interest-free loans to start businesses. Alumnae are encouraged to give back to their communities by mentoring students in their local schools.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■