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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 Loses a Friend

Passing of Ms. Irma Turtle, Friend of Timbuktu!

May 5, 2016

Dear Friends:

Some of you will be aware by now, but I wanted to make sure to send you this sad note...

I learned earlier this week that Irma passed away a few weeks ago. She had been battling Parkinson's Disease for a few years now and finally decided to end her suffering. As a friend of hers wrote to me, Irma told her "I have happily and gratefully released myself from the confines of this physical body which has gotten too difficult to endure due to stage 4 Parkinson's and extreme, chronic sciatica."

Timbuktu has lost a dear friend! Irma worked tirelessly, for so many years, through, to create better living conditions for so many in Timbuktu (and elsewhere in Africa). Even in her final days, though I did not know it then, she called me to ask me to send her close friend in Timbuktu, Jiddou, some money and she then sent Caravan to Class a check to cover that. I could tell that she was not in the best health, though she was very interested in hearing about the recent developments with Caravan to Class. Even though she had not been to Timbuktu for well over seven years, she still carried an infectious enthusiasm for this place I have come to care for.


2014-2015 Impact Report

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

~ Mother Theresa

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

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