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Supporting Education in Africa: Elma Philanthropies

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Member Spotlight *

This week’s member spotlight focus is on the Elma Philanthropies Services and the ELMA Group of Foundations. The ELMA Foundation invests in the education and development of African children. It supports organizations and programs that help communities gain access to quality early childhood care and that prepare children to learn and participate in primary education to maximize their potential.  

When it comes to education, one of the ELMA Foundation’s most impactful projects is Camfed International

Camfed is a non-profit organization working to tackle poverty and inequality by investing in girls and women. It provides scholarships and helps women develop skills that can help them to transform their communities and become empowered leaders of change. Camfed’s education programs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, and Malawi have supported almost two million students to attend primary and secondary school and helped to improve the learning environment for more than four million. 

By paying school fees, Camfed is able to train teachers, provide school equipment and establish parental support groups. After a successful graduation of the first group of women, alumni of Camfed created an association called CAMA. The alumni of CAMA have access to resources that assist them in becoming self-sufficient and employed with the option of pursuing further education within their community. 

To learn more about the successes of Camfed and CAMA, take a moment and watch the following video: 

Camfed from The ELMA Philanthropies on Vimeo.

*Member Spotlight highlights how members of AGAG are working to promote robust, effective, and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities.