In attempting this trip I also supported Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) (registered charity number: 1029161). It is a charity dedicated to improving the education of girls in Africa, and in doing so, helping eradicate poverty.

From Camfed:

Camfed is an international organisation dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of young women.

Our focus is on rural areas of Africa. Girls and young women in rural areas of Africa are the most disadvantaged social group in the world today. They are unable to challenge the status quo from their position of acute vulnerability. Girls’ circumstances can only improve if their communities are in a position to support them. And in turn rural communities can only change if girls’ circumstances improve.

Educating girls and women helps individuals. It also unlocks energies which drive social and economic development.

Camfed unlocks the resources that begin the process of change. We empower communities to solve problems – to identify their own resources, knowledge and creativity – and supplement these with finance and training. Together we build around girls a supportive environment in which they can attend, and succeed, at primary and secondary school, and progress into young adulthood with opportunities that include professional training, higher education and job creation.

Since 1993, Camfed has developed and refined a development model that sets in motion a virtuous cycle of change. The most powerful example of the model in action is Cama – the Camfed alumni – whose members are reinvesting the benefits of their own education in their families and communities.

It is a very worthwhile cause, and one which I hoped I could add even a little bit of support to in the process of this adventure. Please donate what you can to this excellent charity, and help give an education to, and change the lives of, young girls in Africa. Just £25, for example, will provide a year of primary school education for a girl in Africa. Any donation, large or small, will be grately appreciated by Camfed, so please give what you can.