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What we do


Tostan, which means “breakthrough” in the Wolof language, is an international non-profit organisation headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, dedicated to empowering African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation. Since its foundation in 1991, more than 200,000 individuals have participated in Tostan’s innovative Community Empowerment Programme, an educational model that engages communities for three years in cross-cutting themes of democracy, human rights, problem-solving, hygiene, health, literacy, project management skills and parental education. The programme is currently offered in 22 languages in six countries in West Africa.


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