Big Birthday Wish to Restore School in Timbuktu



Tourari school, was the"Big Birthday Wish" project/dream of two AZ friends, Eileen Rogers and Debbie Hill through Ravaged by Al Queda rebels, it recently reopened after the French liberation of Timbuktu in early 2013. Now more than 120 children 6-12 are back in school! Caravan to Class & Eileen and Debbie, are asking for your donations to help provide books, school supplies, pay teachers' salaries and to build a new 3-room school. Make the Big Wish Dream true again for these kids

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The nomadic Tuareg children in Mali have never known formal school, nor has the Malian government invested in building schools in their villages, located outside of Timbuktu, where the literacy rate is less than 10%. The militant rebel occupation of Northern Mali closed the Tourari school, intensifying the injustice for the children of this village. Caravan to Class has since reopened the Tourari school and needs your help to support the dream of education for these children!

How will this project solve this problem?

Caravan to Class' focus is on engaging partners, namely the Ministry of Education, school directors, parents in the villages, and the UN World Food Programme, to provide education to deserving children with a focus on literacy. An educated child creates more income earning opportunity and a better life for their entire family. Educating a child is the best opportunity you could provide for them for a chance at a life without poverty.

Potential Long Term Impact

Education allows these deserving children the opportunity to be a productive part of society in Timbuktu, the country of Mali, and the global community, thus breaking the long cycle of illiteracy and providing hope for future well being. Each child who is educated will pass on that value to their children... and we will change the future for generations to come.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $11,622

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $11,622 .  The original project funding goal was $14,298.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Barry Hoffner

Sausalito, California United States

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