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Girl Power: Girl Guides Unite for Schoolgirls in Africa

United Kingdom, October 17 2009 - From Dorset to Dubai, nearly 12,000 Girlguiding UK members aged between five and twenty-five have united to send thousands of girls to school in some of the poorest communities of Africa.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section groups in the UK and overseas have raised over £73,000, which will help to transform the lives of more than 2,000 girls in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. Their fantastic fundraising efforts will help Camfed to buy essential items like school books, shoes, uniforms and stationery for girls who would not have the chance to go to school otherwise.

Camfed has teamed up with Girlguiding UK to take part in their Changing the World project and to help celebrate 100 years of guiding in the UK – encouraging girls and young women to unleash the forces of Girl Power to change the world.

Camfed’s Executive Director Ann Cotton said: “Girl guides around the world have responded so magnificently to the injustice of girls’ exclusion from education. Their commitment has changed so many girls’ lives in Africa. A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Camfed and from the girls who can now go to school.”

As well as raising funds for Camfed, girl guiding members have also been raising awareness about the importance of girls’ education in Africa. They have spread the word to more than 6,000 people in their local communities, telling them how educating girls in Africa really does change the world – for each girl who gets the chance to go to school, her family, her community, her country and the next generation of children too.

One of these girls is Charity (right), who lives with her grandmother in the rural district of Wedza in Zimbabwe. Her grandmother was struggling to support Charity through school. But thanks to Camfed’s support, Charity is now the top student in her class. She dreams of becoming a pilot.

“Ever since Camfed started to assist me, I became confident with myself, be it at home or away from home,” she said. “I had the feeling of belonging. Knowing that everything is now provided, that is school fees, books and uniforms, gives me the energy to work even harder.”

Find out how girl guiding members have been changing the world for Camfed.

Learn more about Girlguiding UK’s Changing the World project.


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