Caravan to Class has focused its efforts on constructing schools in the small villages around Timbuktu on the southern edges of the Sahara Desert in the African nation of Mali. They have constructed 12 schools and are building a 13th school in 2018 in the village of Nanga on the Niger River.
Nanga, is a substantial village of over 1,000 people. As a major transportation route, the Niger River helps to support a thriving and diversified local economy. Tribal groups that are focused on fishing (the Bozo) and cow herding (the Peul) both make their homes in the village.
The schools are significant community buildings and a source of pride for village residents. There are 20-30 villages in the region that are asking for their own school.
The cost of the program for school construction and operation provides a good return on investment. Total costs with a factor for depreciation of physical assets over five years results in an annual cost per child of about $80.
Caravan to Class focuses its efforts on providing education opportunity in a region where local schools simply do not exist. They are taking the first steps to re-build a tradition of scholarship in Timbuktu that dates back to the Middle Ages.