Campaign for Female Education (Camfed)

In Africa, where girls have least access to education and are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, Camfed's mission is to increase girls' access to education and economic opportunity and to accelerate the benefits to individuals, their families and communities. Camfed's vision is of a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and valued, and grows up to turn the tide of poverty.

Mother Support Group members making shoes

Mother Support Group members making shoes
Members of a Mother Support Group in Zimbabwe demonstrate their shoe-making skills at a community gathering as one of the various income-generating activities that they undertake to support children in school. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mother Support Group members demonstrating pottery

Mother Support Group members demonstrating pottery
Members of a Mother Support Group in Zimbabwe demonstrate their pottery-making skills at a community gathering as one of the various income-generating activities that they undertake to support children in school. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mothers Groups exhibit their wares

Mothers Groups exhibit their wares
In September 2007, the Mamvuramachena Primary School in Zimbabwe's Nyaminyami District hosted a "talent show" for local Mother Support Groups to market their wares and earn income to support the care and education of orphans and other vulnerable children in their communities. Groups came from as far as 25 kilometers away -- in an area without bus service - to participate. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mothers Group displaying vegetables

Mothers Group displaying vegetables
This group grows and sells vegetables to support children in its community. Though many missed out on the opportunity to go to school, these mothers are keenly aware of the importance of education. At the gathering of mothers groups, various government agencies, including the Department of Health, presented practical strategies to confront challenges involving HIV/AIDS. Due to the lack of general literacy, the program emphasized drama, song and role-playing. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mothers group displays hand-crafted items

Mothers group displays hand-crafted items
This group earns income for vulnerable local children by selling members' handmade items such as the woven bowls and pottery, on display at this gathering. In addition to exhibiting their products, group members also attended discussions and workshops on issues facing their communities, including child abuse, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and the role of Mothers Groups in meeting community needs. (view small | med | large | orig)