Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than three million people, resulting in:

Women’s Empowerment

women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities


people live in communities that publicly declared an end to female genital cuting

Child Marriage

communities that have publicly declared their daughters will not marry before they are 18

The Tostan Model

Our three-year non-formal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We help communities develop their own vision for development using an approach that is:



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning



Information is shared in a non-judgmental way



Program covers five key impact areas and has sustainability at its core

Latest Blog Posts

Q&A with Tostan’s new CEO, Elena Bonometti

What is your background?  I am an Italian national. I left Italy when I was 22 to get my Master's from the Science Po graduate school in Paris. I had always been interested in the world outside of Italy and I seized any possible opportunity to meet people from...

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GRANTS – Project Officer

Organization Overview Tostan is a US 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in Senegal in 1991 in order to educate and empower Africans who have had little or no access to formal schooling. Tostan’s community-led program, the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), has...

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Child/forced marriage, female genital cutting and the lack of access to education pose dangerous risks to a girl's healthy development. Participants in our program address the deep social norms and practices that negatively affect girls, creating sustainable solutions for a brighter future.

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The Tostan family gathered this week to celebrate a monumental chapter in the life of our organization: the CEO handover from Founder Molly Melching to Elena Bonometti. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for Molly's courageous and innovative leadership over the years and look forward to what the future will bring under Elena's visionary direction! ... See MoreSee Less

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