Barry Hoffner
A woman participates in a literacy class in Mali.


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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Fall 2017 Grantees

Caravan to Class seeks to bring education to villages around Timbuktu and the Southern Sahara, one village at a time, by engaging diverse communities of supporters. WFP USA’s Bertini grant will help Caravan to Class expand its Female Adult Literacy Program to serve an additional 40 women in the villages of Bantam and Koiria where the organization has built plans for new schools in the past year.

The Jeneba Project is dedicated to providing high-quality traditional and civic education in Sierra Leone. With the help of Bertini grant funds, the Jeneba Project will finish building a new high school for 75 girls in the region of Robis in northern Sierra Leone where illiteracy rates are high, especially among girls.

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