As Tostan, our great organisation is celebrating its 30 years on existence, I join my colleagues in other countries on behalf of the Gambian staff, partner communities and institutions we are working with for the past 15 years.

I am very fortunate to meet and work with Tostan since 2006 in The Gambia. To date, the journey was an amazing one. Infact, one of the most engaging one for me as a development practitioner, what I saw, learnt and do in Tostan was and still second to none in term of human and sustainable development.

Tostan can today be very proud for positively contribute to live changing programme to thousands of people, families in The Gambia most of whom never had any opportunity in formal education, but are champions in their community leadership, decision making, and game changers. We strongly believe that, together we can empower, share and imagine our future for sustainable community-led development and shaping a promising future that assures well-being for women, men, boys and girls. On this great occasion that we are celebrating, we envision to continue with our partner communities, supporters and authorities to imagine Tostan’s vision for collective well-being for all across the globe. I am indeed a proud National Coordinator.


Edrisa Keita




This story has been created in the framework of Tostan’s 30th Anniversary. 30 stories will be published in 2021, celebrating the amazing Tostan’s Family. This is a way for us to honor communities and local leaders as well as our teams, partners, networks, donors and anyone who has joined us on this journey.