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.
Aug 11, 2011

Mothers’ selflessness to help orphans

We are pleased to update our supporters about Mother Support Groups in Zimbabwe, who are helping children stay in school with support from GlobalGiving.

Mothers Giving Back

 In the rural communities across Africa where Camfed works volunteer Mother Support Groups are stepping up to help many orphaned and vulnerable children who face severe obstacles.

With support and training from Camfed, members of Mother Support Groups who are mothers and grandmothers who weren't able to finish school themselves because of poverty, give of themselves to give the opportunity of education to others.

Gertrude Kariko a member of Nyangani Mother Support Group in Zimbabwe, has seen the transformative power of support from others in her own life. Her daughter, who is now a qualified nurse, was supported through school by Camfed. Gertrude now supports some orphans in her community to go to school. She says, “I sacrifice to help them but I know it is for a good reason. They can help themselves better in the future with an education than without it.”

Continuing Mother Support Groups’ Work

 We appreciate your continued support to help Mother Support Groups care for children in their communities. Through these groups, dedicated women are serving as mentors and role models for children and ensuring that they have all the supplies they need to stay in school and succeed.

May 12, 2011

Mothers protecting and advocating for children

We are pleased to update our supporters about Mother Support Groups in Zimbabwe, who are helping children stay in school with support from GlobalGiving. 

Mothers Making a Difference

Mother Support Groups (MSG) are volunteer groups comprised of mothers and grandmothers, most of whom have no formal schooling and live in relative poverty. MSGs are formed based on members’ shared commitment to supporting orphaned and vulnerable children’s education and helping improve their communities.

The Importance of Mother Support Groups

Members of Mother Support Groups serve as nurturers, protectors and advocates for children and as community educators. For example, they are trained to protect children from abusive situations, and they in turn share their knowledge with other community members, ensuring that safeguarding children’s wellbeing is a community effort.

Mother Support Groups teach their communities the importance of children’s education for present and future generations, and they also actively support children through school. To do this, women grow and sell produce and other goods to provide school supplies and other materials to children in need. To date, in partnership with Camfed’s alumi association (CAMA), they have helped support 103,7000 children through school in Zimbabwe.

Continuing Mother Support Groups’ Work

Thank you for your support to help Mother Support Groups care for children in their communities. Through these groups, dedicated women are serving as mentors and role models for children and ensuring that they have all the supplies they need to stay in school and succeed.


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Feb 1, 2011

Mothers Working to Improve The School Environment

We are pleased to update our supporters about Mother Support Groups in Zimbabwe, who are helping children stay in school with support from GlobalGiving. 

Background on Mother Support Groups

Mother Support Groups (MSG) are made up of volunteer mothers and grandmothers in rural communities where Camfed works. Although most do not have a formal education, these women recognize the importance of sending children to school and are dedicated to helping orphans and other children in need.  With training and assistance from Camfed, they engage in income-generating projects (like selling handmade crafts or vegetables) that then allow them to provide children with essentials like school supplies and uniforms. They also provide invaluable moral support to children without adult role models. To date there are more than 1,605 Mother Support Groups in Zimbabwe.

Mother Support Groups –  Dedication in Action

 MSGs are dedicated to children’s success in school, and this is achieved by ensuring that all the children’s needs at home and at school are met. Mrs. Manyame, a member of the Tamuka MSG in Chikomba District, says, “Children who are running their households speak to our hearts. We assist these children by ploughing their gardens for them and giving them food and clothing.”

Loveness, an orphan who lives with her aunt in Buhera District, received soap and clothing from the local MSG, which gave her confidence to go to school. ”My aunt does not have the money to buy me clothes. I am very happy with what I received.”

Continued Support for Mother Support Groups

 Members of Mother Support Groups continue to need support on various levels to enable them to continue helping children in their communities. Activities you can help provide include:

1. Business training to help MSGs manage their small businesses better and boost profits

2. Workshops for MSGs to gather together and exchange ideas about how to best serve orphans and vulnerable children in their communities.

Thank you for your support to help Mother Support Groups care for children in their communities. Through these groups, dedicated women are serving as mentors and role models for children and ensuring that they have all the supplies they need to stay in school and succeed.


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