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Tostan Inc.

Thematic Focus Areas

Economic Development
Women & Girls
We empower communities to develop and achieve their vision for the future and inspire large-scale movements leading to dignity for all.
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A woman holding a sign that says 'Respect'
At its basic level, social justice is the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunities and privileges for all people, especially underserved and marginalized populations. While this is important in America, it is also a basic, crucial need for people in developing countries. In each community, the oppressed and the oppressors vary. The drive for social justice exists everywhere, but every community has its unique needs to achieve equity. Our charity partners understand the need for local change when doing social justice work on a worldwide scale. In many countries, heightened punishments and human rights violations make the stakes higher and the…

Charity Photos

  • Title: Marieme Bamba and Souleymane Traore: village chief of Soudiane, Senegal and his wife – Community Management Committee member and Social Mobilisation Agent
  • Charity: Tostan
  • Country: Senegal
  • Photo Credit: Tostan

  • Title: Fatou Coulibaly Community Management Committee member and local councilor in Soudiane, Senegal
  • Charity: Tostan
  • Country: Senegal
  • Photo Credit: Tostan

  • Title: Soudiane, Senegal
  • Charity: Tostan
  • Country: Senegal
  • Photo Credit: Tostan

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Khalidou Sy
Khalidou started his career as a Tostan Facilitator in Medina Yoro Foulah, in the Kolda region of Senegal, at the beginning phases of Tostan. He was continuously promoted over the years and after 16 years, he was chosen to be the National Coordinator for Tostan Senegal. However in 2014, he was elected Mayor of the District of Medina Yoro Foulah, in southern Senegal. Serving his community was his calling and thus he knew it was time to step down as National Coordinator and start a new chapter in his life. Yet, he never left Tostan behind. Tostan was and is the basis for his work as a locally elected official. In everything his community does, they use what they learned through the Tostan program. Through this strength-based and Human Rights-centered approach, his community works with local leaders, including Mayors and District Council members, furthering the notion that human dignity and…