The #MomentOfLift
for women and girls

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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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3 days ago


“The communities of Sare Ngai and Kandekunda were in conflict for several years. The conflict is part of the problem of roaming livestock. In effect, one day the cows of a herder from Sare Ngai village broke into the fields in Kandekunda village, causing a lot of damage. This herder suffered the fury of affected farmers. In solidarity, other herders from Sare Ngai organized to fight back. A clash was barely avoided. But since this day, the day villages cut off all contact. Many mediations were attempted both by the administration and volunteers; but in vain. Finally, the peace committee from Passamace Mandinka, comprised mainly of women, intervened to put an end to this conflict.”

- village chief for Passamace Mandinka, in The Gambia, reflecting on the benefits of women’s participation in peacebuilding
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4 days ago


The first 3 years of a child’s life are critical to their long-term development. In order to ensure that children reach their full potential, in a region which holds 6 of the world’s top 10 countries with the highest birth rates, Tostan's Reinforcement of Parental Practices (RPP) module strengthens the positive early childhood development practices of parents and community members, in an effort to promote an environment that fosters their children's development.#DignityforAll ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago


Seynabou Ndiaye is the Secretary for the Community Management Committee of Keur Mbaye Seyni, a community that completed the Community Empowerment Program more than ten years ago. Over the years, the community has taken great steps to achieving their long-term vision of well-being, such as bringing water taps to every home in the village, and solar energy. When she reflects on her journey and that of her community, her greatest pride remains being elected as Municipal Councillor to represent her village and its vision at the district level.
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7 days ago


Ce samedi 14 septembre, Tostan a fièrement pris part à la marche et la cérémonie de la convergence nationale pour la paix en Casamance co-organisées avec Partners Global, la Plateforme des femmes pour la Paix en Casamance et PWA-S.
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2 weeks ago


“I thanked Tostan because this two days training on Community Development Grants Management (IGA) held in our community. Now Tostan trained me on how to prioritise our development needs and advocate for their implementation from relevant departments and stakeholders such as clean and safe drinking water, health post, a tricycle to carry our sick and pregnant women to the health facility amongst other.

The most important issues here we learnt from Tostan is that, with all these priorities, we will we do as a community towards the attainment of these key issues by our own. This leads us to do activities at our own level through community sensitization and contributions. We now know how to better manage our funds. We have been receiving lot of financial support from partners before, but due to inadequate training and capacity in management, they were not sustained. Now, with Tostan trainings and capacity building of CMCs including myself and team, we can now revolve two Dalasis to ten Dalasis"

-CMC coordinator of Manakoto Keta/Foday (Wuli West, The Gambia) Ms. Nyatou Bah

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