August and September have been two busy months for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Amid settling into their new life in California, and announcing their new Netflix deal, they also celebrated both of their birthdays. This year, as the couple celebrated Prince Harry’s birthday on September 15 they marked the occasion with a personal donation to the African girls’ education charity, Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED).
Prince Harry turned 36 on September 15, while Markle celebrated her 39th birthday last month on August 4. To mark the occasions, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex donated US $130,000 to the charity CAMFED, matching the public’s donation of $129,000, which was raised as part of a fundraising campaign in honor of the couple’s birthdays. Alongside their generous donation, they posted a message on the charity’s fundraising page, “No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thank you to everyone who donated! – Harry and Meghan.”
Earlier this year the couple also set up the ‘Sussex Squad Birthday Fundraiser 2020’ in honor of CAMFED. The money raised from the initiative aims to support young women, who are secondary school graduates, and help them to continue their education journey. Last month, the organization posted on its website about the achievements of the fundraiser. “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. 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.”
CAMFED is an international non-profit organization that was founded in 1993. Its mission is to eradicate poverty in Africa through the education, and empowerment of young women.