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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 2018 Grantees

Starfish empowers indigenous female leaders to help break intergenerational cycles of exclusion and poverty in rural Guatemala. WFP USA’s Bertini grant will help Starfish deepen its mentorship work to support young girls enrolled in school in 2018 to unlock and maximize their potential to lead transformational change. 

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Ethiopia increases access to education for girls in the region of Southern Oromia. WFP USA’s Bertini grant will support 80 girls at the Chembie Middle School by rehabilitating an on-site hostel allowing girls from remote locations to live closer to school; strengthen gardening activities to support good nutrition; and provide learning materials to help the girls complete their education.

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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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