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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Today, our founder and creative director, Molly Melching will be live at the World Bank's Annual Meetings in a Global Voices interview to discuss empowering people through #education. Join us in watching her interview LIVE on our facebook page at 14:30 ET or 18:30 GMT.
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À l'occasion du Grand Magal de Touba qui commémore le départ en exil de Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke, aussi appelé Serigne Touba, Tostan souhaite un très bon pélérinage à tous les fidèles.
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“Everyone has the right to be free from all forms of discrimination, and everyone has a responsibility also not to discriminate. Everyone has the right to be free from all forms of violence; but also, we have a responsibility not to be violent.”

In this must-listen conversation on the podcast The Business of Giving, our founder, Molly Melching, goes back to the early beginnings of her journey to promoting Human Rights as well as her collaboration with Professor Cheikh Anta Diop and the Wolof origins of the name “Tostan”. She also shares insightful thoughts and experiences on how community-led shifts in social norms change the prevalence of harmful practices in West Africa.
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Today marks the end of the Carter Center’s 12th Forum on Defending Human Rights. This yearly event brought together activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from 28 countries around the topic “Building Solidarity toward Equality for All.” Our program officer, Godfrey Okumu, represented Tostan in the panel for the session All Human Rights for All, and thus shared Tostan's thought and experience on reinforcing civil, economic, political and social rights as a crucial step to achieve equality.
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