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Financial Times selects Camfed for its seasonal appeal charitable partner for second consecutive year

Cambridge, UK (November 27, 2007) — Camfed, an international non-profit organization that supports girls’ education in rural communities in Africa, has been selected by the Financial Times as its seasonal appeal charitable partner for a second consecutive year.

Camfed was honored to be the first organization selected for the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal last year which resulted in a campaign that raised over $1.2 million. This year the Financial Times will publish twice-weekly articles from now through mid-January highlighting Camfed’s work and featuring students and graduates who have been empowered by the organization’s programs. The special series will encourage readers to donate to the organization and will also increase awareness of the importance of girls’ education worldwide.

 “We are delighted that we are able to work for a second year with Camfed International, after the hugely successful campaign last year. Our commitment for a second year underscores our backing for Camfed’s work and goals - and it mirrors the long-term commitment the charity makes to the girls it supports. The generosity of our readers has already ensured that Camfed can support more than 2,000 girls through to the end of their secondary education. We aim to add greatly to that number this year,” said Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times.

Since its 1993 founding with outreach in Zimbabwe, Camfed has expanded its efforts to Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania.  In 2006, over 300,000 children benefited from its education program. Camfed empowers girls from impoverished backgrounds to live economically independent lives and protect themselves from HIV by supporting them through secondary school.  Camfed makes a minimum four-year financial commitment to each girl. The organization pays for all educational costs, including school clothing, fees, shoes and stationery.

“Camfed takes on the challenge to secure girls’ entitlement to education in Africa as a vital foundation for the continent’s economic and social advancement. With the support of key partners like the Financial Times, we can reach a new audience with our message and raise the funds needed to continue and expand our outreach for the girls. It has been a pleasure to work with the Financial Times,” said Ann Cotton, Executive Director of Camfed International.

Research from international agencies including the United Nations and the UK Department for International Development has shown that for each additional year of education a woman in Africa obtains beyond elementary school, her income increases by 15 percent, her vulnerability to HIV/AIDS drops significantly, and her risk of dying in childbirth greatly decreases.

More information on Camfed and the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal can be found at www.ft.com/appeal and www.camfed.org.

About Camfed:
Camfed is an international organization working since 1993 to solve long-term health, economic and social issues in Africa by investing in girls’ education. In 2006, over 300,000 children in some of the poorest regions of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania benefited from Camfed’s education program. The organization has grown in income 50% annually in the past three years. Camfed is co-chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, advises the UK government’s Department for International Development, and its founder and Executive Director, Ann Cotton, was the UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 and a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship winner in 2005. www.camfed.org

About the Financial Times:
The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business newspapers, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.  Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed at 24 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 449,385 (ABC figures, October 2007) and a readership of more than 1.3 million people worldwide. FT.com is one of the world's leading business information websites, and the internet partner of the FT newspaper.  FT.com is the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. FT.com attracts 6.5 million unique users, generating 43 million page views. FT.com has 101,000 subscribers.


 

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