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Did you know that just £25 will pay for an African girl’s education for an entire year? Through buying a stunningly produced new book published by the charity CAMFED International you can help young women change their lives for the better through self-empowerment.

CAMFED International has now been running social, education and health programmes across Africa for over a decade. During that time hundreds of thousands of young rural women have benefited from its assistance. From its lowly beginnings in 1993, when it was financed through the sale of sandwiches in Cambridge market place, it has emerged in recent years as a key player on the international scene. With a current reach stretching across Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and most recently Tanzania, the organisation is now able to invest in the education of thousands of girls each day, with almost a quarter of a million young women benefiting in 2003 alone.

To mark its tenth anniversary of operating in Africa, CAMFED published a book entitled I Have a Story to Tell. This publication is a moving collection of autobiographical accounts from young Zimbabwean women, whose lives have all been transformed thanks to the support of CAMFED. At times tragic, often harrowing and profound, each story is ultimately optimistic and focuses on the overwhelmingly positive effect that CAMFED has had on the women’s otherwise difficult lives.

We read about Spiwe Rare, who overcame humiliation and physical abuse from her stepmother and went on to run her own enterprise making school uniforms, thanks to a business grant from CAMFED. Using her profits, she is now able to pay for her own children to attend school. Then there is the story of Fiona Muchembere, who fought poverty and sexism during her youth, and with the support of CAMFED, emerged after years of hard study as a fully qualified lawyer. Up until then, such a feat was almost unheard of amongst the male-dominated field of law. And then there is the tale of Siphelani Chomuzinda who, at just eighteen years of age, became a widow with a two-week old baby, after her soldier husband was killed. Rather than enter a downward spiral of self-pity and destitution, she remained positive in her outlook and with the help of a grant from CAMFED, she was able to start her own poultry raising business and provide for her family.

Not only is I Have a Story to Tell laced with countless tales of hardship, poverty and victory in the face of adversity, it is also packed with evocative images from highly-acclaimed photographer Mark Read. Each photo tells a story in its own right, a story usually of strength, courage and a hope for a better future.

In buying a copy of I Have a Story to Tell you are not only purchasing a highly captivating, beautifully illustrated piece of literature, you are also contributing enough money to pay for the primary education of one rural African girl for an entire year. Rarely are individuals given the opportunity to see the direct results of their charitable donations, but in this instance the outcome is clear: buy the book and a young girl in rural Africa continues to learn for a further 12 months, a situation that is unlikely to occur without your support. The book costs just £25 and all proceeds go straight to the charity, who in turn invest directly into the heart of African communities, where assistance is needed most. Anybody interested in purchasing a copy can do so by visiting http://www.camfed.org/ihaveastorytotell.


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For review copies of the book, please contact: Kirstin Gaymer, Tel: 01223 362 648 at
CAMFED International, 22 Millers Yard, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RQ.

For further media information and high resolution images please contact Paul McCaffrey on 020 7569 3043 (paul@yesconsultancy.com) or Tina Fotherby on 020 7569 3042 at The YES Consultancy.


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