News & Stories from the Field

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 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

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

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

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

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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Women Leaders on the Rise in The Gambia

A cycle of empowerment and leadership is rising in West Africa - and it is led by women. Read on to learn more about the inspiring women leading with dignity in The Gambia, thanks to the confidence they gained through Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program. In 2017,...

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