SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

The Nanga school construction and operational support project:

Caravan to Class will build our 13th school in the village of Nanga and provide operational support for three years. Operational support will include paying teachers’ salaries, providing basic nutrition for school lunches, and school supplies. In addition, Caravan to Class will provide school uniforms to all children and also implement our award-winning Female Adult Literacy program. The school will follow Malian standard instruction in French. The Timbuktu Ministry of Education will send a director, at their expense, to run the school and certify teachers for class instruction.

The school itself will be a 3-classroom school made of cement. The village will provide voluntary unskilled labor and construction will be lead by a certified contractor. The school will be equipped with metal doors and windows, chalkboards, desks and chairs. The cost, including operational support, is $52,177 and will be completed by April of 2019.

The Nanga school construction and operational support project:

The village of Nanga is an old village, one that has been around since the 12th century, and is situated on along the Niger river (the 3rd longest river in Africa). It sits roughly 5 kilometers from the village of Koriome, where Caravan to Class has been active in supporting education since 2014. Nanga is a large village with a population of over 1,000, and has a very diverse ethnic population of Songhay, Bella, and Bozo (fishermen). Villagers make their living from fishing, animal (goat) herding, and agriculture. Nanga is accessible only by boat during the 6 months when the Niger crests, which occurs mostly during the school year, thus creating the need for the village to have its own school.