The #MomentOfLift
for women and girls

Support Tostan to scale our program to 2000 new communities
in 3 West African countries


Walk On My Own

In her own film, Ndeye Fatou Fall tells the story of her community’s social transformation and what it means for her generation. Premiering in NYC on March 13th and airing on PBS and online this spring.

Empowering Communities

to lead their own development

Abandoning Harmful Practices

Tostan’s impact on intersecting issues

2017 Annual Report

Highlights & Achievements

Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.

Women’s Empowerment

women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities, with many running for public office


people live in communities that publicly declared their intention to end female genital cutting

Child Marriage

communities have publicly declared that their daughters will not marry before the age of 18

The Tostan Model

Our three-year, non-formal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We support our partner communities to define and fulfil their own vision for wellbeing, allowing them to create positive and lasting social transformation. Our approach is:



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning



Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages



The program has impact across multiple issues, with sustainability at its core

Ndéye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own

In Walk On My Own, 13-year-old Ndeye Fatou Fall tells the story of her community in Senegal and the social transformation they have sparked to end harmful practices and ensure education, self-determination and wellbeing for girls and women.

News and Stories

Tostan awarded 4-star rating by Charity Navigator in 2019

Tostan has attained a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the highest possible rating from the leading nonprofit evaluator in America. It indicates that...

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As Tostan family, we congratulate our former volunteers Kelsey Barrett & Matt Boslego who fell in love for Tostan as much as for each other. We thank them for believing in our vision #DignityforAll and encouraging even their network to use their wedding gifts as donations to support Tostan's amazing work in West Africa. We wish them a happy marriage and a prosperous future together! ... See MoreSee Less

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