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Catherine Bertini Award

The mission of the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls’ Education is to improve access to training and education for girls by supporting innovative efforts to reach and empower girls.

As the host of this initiative, WFP USA stewards the evolution of the Fund based on Ms. Bertini’s vision. Catherine Bertini was the driving force behind reform of WFP from 1992 to 2002, when she served as executive director. After winning the World Food Prize in 2003 for her contributions to food security, Ms. Bertini used her $250,000 reward to start the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls’ Education.

Catherine Bertini

Spring 2019 Grantees

Sacred Valley Project: In the Andes mountains, girls walk an average of 5-6 hours to reach the nearest school, and only 4 in 10graduate. Tucked into one hillside is the Sacred Valley Project dormitory and education center, where girls have access to after-school tutoring, receive healthcare and eat well-balanced meals. SVP provides a place for girls to stay while they attend public schools nearby, which are otherwise too far from their hometowns. SVP has grown from serving just six students in 2012 to nearly 60 girls this year, and every single one of them has graduated

WISER International: In one of the hardest-to-reach areas of rural Kenya, girls face enormous hurdles to education. Poverty, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence mean that only 7 percent of girls finish high school. Yet, 100 percentof WISER students have graduated and 90 percent have gone on to higher education. The boarding school has been so successful, it’s grown from 30 to 210 students, providing shelter, clothes, healthcare and advanced classes. WISER’s work extends far into the community as well. The organization worked with a local partner to install the town’s first clean drinking water system, which serves 5,000 community members, and run a sex education program that has benefitted 1,500 young people, reducing their risk of HIV and teen pregnancy.

Want to support the Bertini Fund?

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To donate via U.S. mail, please make your check payable to World Food Program USA, add “Catherine Bertini Fund” to the memo and mail to:

World Food Program USA
1725 Eye Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20006

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