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CARAVAN TO CLASS

Sausalito, CA

Mission

Caravan to Class is an all-volunteer registered 501c3 charitable organization that invests in education and brings literacy to remote villages in the Sahara Desert region of West Africa.

Ruling Year

2010

Principal Officer

Barry Hoffner

Main Address

1001 Bridgeway #730

Sausalito, CA 94965 USA

Keywords

literacy, Africa, Mali, education

EIN

27-1885332

 Number

5506098114

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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With Caravan to Class bring education to the first generation of children in the villages where we operated, our focus is to make "going to school a routine part of life". We make a careful investment in a village by building a school and then supporting that school for a period of three years. Our target is to achieve a 70% attendance rate in the schools that we have built and do this by committing to support the schools operations and help raise awareness of the importance of education within the village.

Caravan to Class partners with the Timbuktu Ministry of Education and the UN World Food Program when we engage a village. The Timbuktu Ministry of Education sends a Director at their expense to run the school and ensure the national curriculum is followed. In addition, the UN World Food Program supplies the schools with basic nutrition. We also have other network partner NGOs that intervene in the same village in different areas, eg. sanitation, health etc., to lift the entire village up.

Caravan to Class works through our local NGO partner, Nord et Developpement to not just build the school but sensitize the village of the important of sending their children to school. By focusing in one area, we are able to use our relationships and experience to bring real change in the villages where we operate.

In all of the nine schools we have built, we have achieved our target of 70% attendance rate. In some schools, we are as high as 90%. Our long-term goal is to get 100% of the children to school and then begin sharpening our focus on literacy outcomes.

Since 2010, Caravan to Class has built nine schools, provided education for more than 1,200 children annually. We pay the salaries of 25 teachers, and provide over 150,000 meals annually.

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