Abandoning Harmful Practices

Empowering Communities

Achieving Generational Change in 3 Years

Imagine an African village where a 14-year-old girl stands proudly to advocate for human rights.

Where she is safe from violence. Where she can go to school and become a woman before becoming a wife. Where she and her parents join a community-wide movement for health, democracy and peace. Where together they are transforming the social and family networks that will shape her future.

Now imagine thousands more.


Tostan is Delivering Generational Change

In recent years Tostan has seen historic momentum building across West Africa, most notably in the abandonment of harmful practices, the empowerment of girls and women, and the promotion of human rights. Tostan has positively affected over three million women, children and men in more than 7,000 villages in Western Africa. The next few years present a rare opportunity to build on that momentum to bring about large-scale change that can transform the region. Tostan is partnering with another 1,000 communities to reach more than 1.6 million people in West Africa to deliver Generational Change. This is an ambitious and unique opportunity for thousands to join the movement to change the lives of millions forever.

Tostan is an African-based international charity promoting human rights, community empowerment and social progress.

Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program helps African communities bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on human rights.

 Tostan Canada, a registered Canadian charity, supports Tostan’s work in Africa by raising awareness and resources.

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book-tnHowever Long the Night tells the story of Tostan Founder Molly Melching and the community led social change in Africa. To find out more about the book, click here.


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Tostan Canada

“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

Click here to know more about our Community Empowerment Program www.tostan.org/programs/community-empowerment-program/
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