October 16, 2017
Caravan to Class has won the prestigious World Food Program USA Catherine Bertini Trust Fund Award.
On World Food Day (October 16), Caravan to Class was announced as one of the recipients of the World Food Program USA Fall 2017 Catherine Bertini Trust Fund award. The award, given also this year to the Jeneba Project of Sierra Leone, is awarded to organizations that bolster women’s empowerment across the globe. Supporting grassroots initiatives that boost access to training and educational opportunities for girls, the fund has awarded more than 20 grants over the last decade.
M.J. Altman, WFP USA’s Editorial Director, writes: “Caravan to Class and the Jeneba Project are doing important work in communities across Mali and Sierra Leone to break the cycle of illiteracy and improve educational opportunities for women and girls. We are incredibly excited this World Food Day to support their initiatives through the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls’ Education.”
The Bertini Trust fund award will help Caravan to Class expand our Female Adult Literacy Program to serve an additional 40 women in the villages of Bantam and Koiria where new schools were built in the past year.
The program, which was launched in 2015, equips women with basic literacy in multiple local languages to become strong advocates for education within their families and villages. So far more than 120 women have benefited from the program.