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Financial Times Selects CAMFED International for 2007 Reader Seasonal Appeal
Date:9/26/2007

LONDON and NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Financial Times has selected the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) for the second year running for its seasonal charity appeal to readers. CAMFED supports girls' education in rural communities in Africa.

Last year's appeal raised more over 600,000 pounds Sterling ($1.2 million) for CAMFED. The Financial Times will run a series of articles from November through to mid-January highlighting CAMFED's work. The articles will feature the accomplishments of young women who have been supported through their education by the organisation's programmes. Financial Times journalists will also report from Africa on how the money raised in the 2006 appeal was spent. It is hoped this special series will encourage readers to donate to the organisation and greatly increase awareness of the importance of girls' education worldwide.

Announcing the partnership with the Financial Times at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Ann Cotton, Executive Director of CAMFED said, "It is widely recognised that girls' education is the best vaccine we have against HIV/AIDS. Educated women, quite simply, transform the economic and social fabric of their communities. Building on the success of last year's campaign, CAMFED is honoured to partner with the Financial Times again."

Founded in 1993 when CAMFED awarded scholarships to the first 32 girls, the charity has since grown to support over 300,000 children and young people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania. CAMFED's programme supports girls through childhood and adolescence to young adulthood, meeting all educational costs, including school clothing, fees and stationery and then providing micro finance with training to support entrepreneurship. CAMFED makes a minimum five year financial commitment to each girl.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: "We are delighted that we are able to work for a second year with CAMFED International, after
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