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Caravan to Class is inspired by the idea of the Camel Caravans that used to traverse the Sahara Desert near Timbuktu, Mali.
Caravan to Class works closely with local villagers, ensuring their commitment to prioritize the education of their deserving children.
Caravan to Class gets its inspiration to advocate for literacy in the Southern Sahara from the children of the villages where we operate.
Caravan to Class is grateful to the teachers and their commitment to bring literacy to the children of far away villages in Africa.

Caravan to Class

Imagine a world... where no matter where a child
lives, the fundamental right of education is assured.


Caravan to Class brings education to the fabled Timbuktu, village by village, reversing the injustice of illiteracy. Find out about:

With your support in helping to educate a child in one of the villages where Caravan to Class operates, we not only bring the gift of literacy directly to a child in a village in Africa, but also break the cycle of illiteracy in the child’s family and bring hope for the future to the village.

Caravan to Class Chosen as Featured Grantee for 2017 by Dining for Women

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In a very competitive selection process, Caravan to Class has been selected as a featured grantee of Dining for Women (DFW) for 2017 for a Female Adult Literacy Program in 10 villages around the fabled Timbuktu. After a successful pilot Female Adult Literacy program in 2016, Caravan to Class—with the DFW grant—will expand the teaching of basic literacy in two native languages to 200 women in ten villages.

As related by Ms. Fadimata Mohammed, program attendee in the village of Tourari, “The program has changed our lives a lot. Most of us had no concept of reading and writing in our language. We have been given, by the foundation Caravan to Class, such a practical gift, but more importantly ideas in our minds about how we can improve ourselves.”

By giving the gift of literacy to mothers in the villages, Caravan to Class (CTC) can further the commitment of the villages and families for education of their youth for schools built by CTC.

Dining for Women is a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. It is a large global NGO with the mission of alleviating extreme poverty in creative and powerful ways that ensure gender equality. The organization has over 400 chapters globally and more than 8,000 female members.

2015-2016 Impact Report

View our 2015-2016 Impact Report to learn how your support has helped Caravan to Class bring literacy to the children and adult women of Mali.

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

~ Mother Theresa

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Sponsor A Student

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Our Schools in Action

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Watch this video of girls reciting the alphabet in our school in Tombouz, Timbuktu, Mali.

Sponsor A Teacher

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Read the interview with CTC founder Barry Hoffner, catch up with progress on literacy programs and Caravan-to-Class press releases.

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