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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.