Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI) – Cohort 3

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Key Information

The Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative was designed to support marginalized girls who face multiple social and economic barriers to attending school. These include girls from ethnic minorities or excluded castes; slum dwellers; girls at high risk of sexual exploitation, early marriage, and other forms of gender-based violence; the extremely poor; adolescent migrants; and rural girls in areas severely affected by climate change.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


East Asia & Pacific, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Cambodia, India, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, Zimbabwe

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2015 - 2021


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Patsy Collins Trust Fund, Sunbridge Foundation

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Vocational training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Climate change
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary
  • Vocational

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training
  • Savings accounts

School-related gender-based violence

  • Support in and around schools (e.g. peer counseling, adult-to-student counseling)

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Literacy - outside the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - outside the classroom

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Katherine Begley
Senior Technical Advisor for Education, CARE USA