In honour of his 36th birthday, the Duke of Sussex along with the Duchess made a personal donation of $130,000 (£100,054) to the African girls education charity, CAMFED.
The Duke and Duchess chose to match the public’s donation of $129,000 which was raised as part of a fundraising campaign in honour of the couple’s birthdays (the Duchess celebrated her birthday 4 August). Along with the donation, the Sussexes posted on the CAMFED fundraising page:
“No better way to celebrate what really matters. thank you to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan.”
CAMFED works across Africa to provide education to marginalized girls and young women. By 2019, the charity helped more than 4.1 million children to go to school across Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. When the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust was first established, CAMFED was one of the first recipients of an award. The Queen is patron of the trust, while Harry is president and Meghan serves as vice-president.
In a post on its website last month, the organisation described how they have benefited from the fundraising campaign in honour of the Duke and Duchess’ birthdays.
“Since its Twitter launch on July 25th, the #InspiredByMeghan fundraiser for CAMFED higher education scholarships, initiated by the ‘Sussex Squad,’ has been the focus of an extraordinary wave of action and generosity from a global network of supporters of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” the website reads.
“By the end of The Duchess of Sussex’s birthday on August 4th, this movement had raised an astonishing $69,700. Just six days later, with the #InspiredByHarry hashtag now trending in the lead-up to Prince Harry’s birthday, donations have topped $87,300 — enough to support 37 young women through a whole year of vocational training.”Embed from Getty Images
On International Women’s Day in 2019, Meghan appeared on a panel alongside Angie Murimirwa, the Executive Director of CAMFED Africa, and an alum of the charity. During their tour of southern Africa, later the same year, Harry visited a CAMFED event in Lilongwe, Malawi.