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The Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls’ Education improves access to training and education for girls by supporting innovative efforts to reach and empower girls.

As the host of this initiative, World Food Program USA stewards the evolution of the Fund based on Ms. Bertini’s vision.

Former WFP Executive Director Catherine Bertini.

Catherine Bertini was the driving force behind reform of the World Food Programme (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.







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Developments in Literacy (DIL) has spent the last 20 years working to expand access to quality education in Pakistan. Its mission is to educate and empower underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating student-centered model schools and providing high-quality professional development to teachers and principals.

LIDÈ began as a short-term intervention for adolescent girls displaced by Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. However, its founders quickly realized that a more sustainable solution was necessary to empower girls to achieve their dreams.

The New Foundation School (NFS) of the American University of Nigeria was established as a university preparatory program for the Chibok girls who escaped after being kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014. As of 2017, 120 girls – many now young women – have been released or escaped and are now studying at NFS with their “sisters” who began the program in 2014.

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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:

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