Serving Children with Camfed

By Kristen Johnson

The happiest days are the days when we find a new charitable organization working to alleviate poverty for young girls. Doing this kind of work through education is always the best way to find success!

Camfed is an awesome organization that works with girls in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi to support them to go to school while tackling poverty. They protect children from abusive environments, empower them to succeed, and work towards sustainability goals. Most importantly, they hold governments accountable for the effects of poverty, and they support women in leadership. (Camfed).

Camfed works with local governments to provide services to communities. Their mission statement really says it all: We envision a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and valued, and grows up to turn the tide of poverty. Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if this mission was a world-wide mission for all of us?

I am particularly impressed by Camfed’s model of working with communities. For instance, not only do they pay school fees – they also provide things like uniforms, books, and sanitary protection (something many of don’t think of – it’s incredibly important for young girls to continue in school!) They focus on girls, work with communities, and they insist on transparency and accountability.

To find out more about this wonderful organization, and most importantly, to contribute to their fabulous cause, see here:

Thank you to Camfed for providing us with a wonderful example of “living the church.” You are a fabulous example of serving others, working to improve the lives of children, and empowering young girls.

Acts 20:35 (NRSV):  In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Serve all with love.

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