Caravan to Class builds new Tombouz School to replace badly damaged structure

Image of the school in Tombouz rebuilt by Caravan to Class

During the 2012 takeover of Timbuktu by Ansar Dine, a militant group closely linked to Al Qaida, the Tombouz school that Caravan to Class supports was badly damaged. In 2013, after the French liberation of Timbuktu, Caravan to Class was able to reopen a number of schools we support, and in 2014, we launched a project to build a completely new 3-classroom school in the village of Tombouz. We started construction in January 2014 and finished in July 2014.

The school is a brand new 3-classroom + hallway welcoming cement structure with metal doors and roof, and fully furnished with desks, chairs, chalkboards and solar installation. The new school will accommodate more than 100 children students of Tombouz. The major donors for this project were recognized by name in a plaque that is found at the entrances to the school. The school was inaugurated when the 2014-15 school year started in September, 2014.

The Tombouz school construction project was completed, on budget, for a total cost of $45,000.

Caravan to Class founder Barry Hoffner with a group of NGO partners posed next to a sign listing the Tombouz school supporters Students in a classroom at the school in Tombouz built by Caravan to Class
Image of children and teachers posed in front of the school in Tombouz rebuilt by Caravan to Class


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