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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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Spring 2019 Grantees

Sacred Valley Project | Peru

In the Andes mountains, girls walk an average of 5-6 hours to reach the nearest school, and only 4 in 10 graduate. Tucked into one hillside is the Sacred Valley Project secondary boarding school, where girls stay in dormitories, have access to private tutoring, and receive healthcare and well-balanced meals. SVP has grown from serving just six students in 2012 to nearly 60 girls this year, and every single one of them has graduated. The Catherine Bertini grant will allow SVP to add 10 more girls to its incoming class.

WISER International | Kenya

In rural Kenya, girls face enormous hurdles to education like poverty, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. Yet, 100 percent of WISER International 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. With the Bertini grant, WISER will be able to house 30 more girls and provide the new incoming class with shoes, socks, school uniforms, textbooks, school supplies and lab materials.

Read more about the recent grantees here.

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