School for 120 Youth in post-conflict Timbuktu

$24,234 $766
Raised Remaining


Caravan to Class will rebuild a school in the village of Tombouz, near Timbuktu, Mali, that was badly damaged during the recent conflict. The new school will provide a conducive learning environment for children living in one of the poorest and most illiterate villages in Mali. Caravan to Class will also pay teachers' salaries and provide nutrition, school supplies, and books for 120 deserving children. Kindly note in our budget: A match grant we secured will double all donations up to $20k.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The children of the nomadic Tuareg have never known formal schooling and government has under-funded education in Nothern Mali for many years. While Mali is already one of the world's most illiterate countries, with the literacy rate around 25%, the villages near Timbuktu have even lower literacy rates, many under 15%. Caravan to Class' mission is to reverse this injustice and bring the dream of education, and the hope for a better life, to the children of these villages in post conflict Mali.

How will this project solve this problem?

The three pillars of getting kids into school in the area where Caravan to Class operates, and part of Caravan to Class model to invest in literacy in the Southern Sahara Desert, are: 1) Building a safe and welcoming school building, 2) Hiring accredited teachers, 3) Providing basic nutrition, school supplies and books. Tombouz is one of almost 1000 villages in the Timbuktu region, more than half without schools. With a new cement school, the Tombouz children will realize the dream of literacy.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will put the more than 120 children of the village of Tombouz on the path to receiving a needed education, allowing them to break the cycle of illiteracy and have a future full of hope. In addition to building the school and paying for its operations, Caravan to Class works with the village to ensure prioritization of schooling, particularly for girls, and we will measure ourselves by the ratio of girls to boys, the increase in students, and the levels of literacy achieved.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $24,234

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 $24,234 .  The original project funding goal was $25,000.

Additional Documentation

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


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Sausalito, California, United States

Project Leader

Barry Hoffner

Sausalito, California United States

Where is this project located?

Map of School for 120 Youth in post-conflict Timbuktu