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 the African continent: the minds and spirits of the people who live here."
In July of this year, the Tostan Training Center hosted a 10-day training with participants from around the globe, on Tostan'shuman rights-based approach to community-led development. One of the July participants, Mariya Taher--co-founder of the organization Sahiyo--spoke with us about her experience: what surprised her, what she learned, and what she brings back to her work.
With a firm belief in dignity for all, Tostan implements programs across West Africa to support the most vulnerable communities in their quests for well-being and community development. Our flagship program, the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), is a three-year program that provides communities with various tools—human rights knowledge, problem-solving sessions, basic literacy and numeracy practice, project management skills—that communities use to achieve optimal and lasting development.
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