News & Stories from the Field

Grassroots Systems Change Wisdom to Prevent COVID-19

Sub-Saharan Africa is in the early days of the regional spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, with currently just over 3,900 confirmed cases.  The World Economic Forum, and others have warned that COVID-19 could intensify in regions that lack the infrastructure to plan...

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An Update from Tostan About COVID-19

We continue to monitor the health risks and responses to the COVID 19 virus here in West Africa. Our shared work is more important now than ever, as we see direct correlations between community management, collaboration with government, and long-term health of...

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Community comes together to support young Hawa’s education

Community comes together to support young Hawa’s education

Hawa is a 14-year-old girl from Sare Mamudou, one of the 30 communities undergoing Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP) in the Gambia. She is an exemplary student who ranked first of her 6th grade class in early 2019. Hawa’s father passed away when she was in...

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Tostan awarded 4-star rating by Charity Navigator in 2019

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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Ndeye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own

Ndeye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own

Create your own Circle of Change Invite your friends and family into a conversation around Walk On My Own using our party and discussion kit. It includes: An invitation from Tostan’s Founder and Creative Director, Molly Melching Context about Walk on My Own and Tostan...

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Religious Leaders at the Forefront of Social Transformation

Religious Leaders at the Forefront of Social Transformation

Since 1991, Tostan has engaged local religious leaders in supporting communities’ efforts to end violence against girls and women and create a new vision for wellbeing. These partnerships are one of many strategies in a deep and growing movement leading to positive...

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Peace and Security project in The Gambia: Mamadou’s Story

Peace and Security project in The Gambia: Mamadou’s Story

Since May 2018, Tostan has been implementing the Peace and Security Project in 40 communities in the border zone covering The Gambia, southern Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. These 40 communities have previously taken part in the Community Empowerment Program. This project...

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New Leaders of the Breakthrough Generation

New Leaders of the Breakthrough Generation

Discover the impact of Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program on a new generation of young women and girls: Women who speak up and build their future with confidence; A new generation of leaders coming into their own.  

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Tostan Sweden represented at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights

Tostan Sweden represented at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights

At this year’s edition of the Swedish Forum for Human Rights - the largest forum for human rights in Scandinavia - eight volunteers from Tostan Sweden pitched in to represent Tostan. One of the volunteers, Jonatan Arblom Sundblad, here reports on the successes of the...

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