News & Stories from the Field

Celebrating the International Day for FGC Abandonment

February 6 was International FGC Abandonment Day. We are proud to support the 8000+ communities across eight countries who have publicly declared to abandon FGC. The following graphics celebrate the 358 communities who declared to abandon FGC and other harmful...

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Solar-Powered Progress: A Photo Essay

With efforts from the Empowered Community Network, 262 solar batteries were distributed with support from the Ed Nef Foundation to 150 households in Keur Simbara, Kobongoye and Soudiane. These three Senegalese communities have completed the Community Empowerment...

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“Every bright day starts with a rising sun”

There are few things more inspiring than when people come together and decide to take a stand for real and lasting change--a change they believe is necessary in order for future generations to not only live a life of dignity, but also to thrive in an increasingly...

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Building skills and confidence in Guinea-Bissau

In West African communities, oral tradition is the norm. Knowing how to read and write depends on formal schooling, which is inaccessible to many citizens.  In Guinea-Bissau, the literacy rate is around 55% (45% for women) and even lower in rural areas where Tostan...

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A Letter to the Tostan Global Family

  In the below letter from the 2015 Annual Report, Tostan's Board Chair Dr. Cheikh Mbacke describes what it was about Tostan that stood out to him, after  over a decade in the field, and why he joined Tostan's efforts to "nourish the most valuable resources we have on...

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Bridging Local Law with Regional Peace and Security Efforts

Human rights, like the law, exist to serve the people. While the law and grassroots human rights efforts are not always perfectly in sync, Tostan’s Peace and Security Project is working to bridge the two. Recently, Tostan partnered with the Senegalese Lawyers...

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Nurturing the Next Generation of Learners

Did you know that what happens during the first few years of a child's life at home can set the stage for what happens in the classroom, and beyond?  Our latest film in the Breakthrough Generation series is live--Nurturing the Next Generation of Learners--shows how...

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