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.
The next few years present a rare opportunity to build on that momentum to bring about large-scale change that can transform the region.
Our goal is to partner with 1,000 communities to reach more than 1.6 million people in West Africa and deliver generational change in three years.
This is an ambitious and unique opportunity for thousands to join the movement to change the lives of millions forever.
The Generational Change in Three Years campaign will create a foundation for community-led development and have the following impacts:
● Ending Female Genital Cutting in Senegal and growing the movement for abandonment in West Africa
● Reducing violence against Women and Girls by ending child/forced marriage and domestic violence
● Helping children stay in school and perform better through strengthened parental education practices
At the heart of this effort is Tostan’s internationally-recognized nonformal education program, the three-year Community Empowerment Program (CEP). The CEP engages participants using familiar methods of communication such as dialogue and exchange, theater, poetry, and song, while addressing topics of high interest. It begins with a year of discussion and action on democracy and human rights, problem-solving, and hygiene and health. It then moves on to numeracy, management, budgeting, and small project implementation, and literacy through SMS text messaging. At the conclusion of the CEP, each community democratically selects Community Management Committees to oversee long term projects and ensure sustainable development.
By coordinating our work in 1,000 communities at once, we will be able to not only deliver key results but do so more efficiently, by reducing administrative costs, streamlining reporting protocols, and ensuring secure cash-flow – in short enabling Tostan to focus on what we do best: empower communities to create transformational change from the inside out.
Every $13 we receive covers the cost of a participant in our program for one month.
Donate today and help create Generational Change in West Africa.
Photographs by Jo-Anne McArthur, Björn Westerdahl, Allyson Fritz © Tostan