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Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than three million people, resulting in:
women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities
people live in communities that publicly declared an end to female genital cutting
communities that have publicly declared their daughters will not marry before they are 18
people, mostly women, have improved their reading skills thanks to our innovative training on mobile phones
villages have established their own community funds that help people save, invest, and grow
people have learned about democracy and how to make decision-making equitable

The Tostan Model

Our three-year nonformal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We help communities develop their own vision for development using an approach that is:

Human Rights-Based

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning

Respectful & Inclusive

Information is shared in a non-judgmental way

Holistic & Sustainable

Program covers five key impact areas and has sustainability at its core

Where We Work

We partner with communities in six countries in Africa.

What’s New


Communities in Senegal Embrace Positive Parental Practices

We left the bustling city of Kolda on a warm Saturday afternoon, the road disappearing behind us as we headed toward the remote village of Sare Sounkkarou: one of the 110 communities participating in Tostan’s Reinforcement of Parental Practices (RPP) program this year. After being greeted warmly by women, men and a host of grinning children, we were ushered over to a shady patch under a big tree, where we could discuss how the program is going.

Women of West Africa: Finding the Courage to Lead

In the 2014 local elections in a conservative region of eastern Senegal, 63 Tostan program participants were elected as Rural Councilors for that region.

41 of them were women.

This film tells the story of one such woman--Fatoumata--and how with the full support of her husband, she is committed to becoming the next Mayor of her town.

Press Release: HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark witnesses ceremony to abandon female genital cutting

Contact details:

Oliver Chantler: Orchid Project |+44 (0) 7447 608761 |

Today (15th November 2015), over fifty communities in the Kaolack region of Senegal have come together to declare an end to the centuries-old practice of female genital cutting.


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