Tostan Canada

Registered Name: Tostan Canada

Business Number: 840151807RR0001

Our Mission

Tostan Canada, a registered Canadian charity, exists to raise awareness and support for the work of Tostan International in Africa.

Tostan’s mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. We believe that through this mission we can ensure every person—woman, man, girl, and boy—is able to live a life of dignity.

About Tostan Canada

Tostan's Community Empowerment Program (CEP) is rooted in the belief that every human being has a fundamental right to human dignity.  The CEP empowers communities and individuals to change their lives by sharing their understanding of human rights and responsibilities, learned through non-formal education sessions, with other interconnected groups and social networks.

Thanks to Tostan’s programs, over 8.000 villages have declared an end to female genital cutting and child marriage. Tostan has impacted over 3 million lives in the areas of health, education, environment, governance and economic growth. Hundreds of new communities are asking for Tostan’s program and Tostan is scaling up its reach. Over the next few years Tostan will:

* Expand its program to hundreds of new communities in Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and Senegal 

* Transform the lives of another 1.6 million people

* End Female Genital Cutting in Senegal and expand the movement in West Africa

* Greatly reduce child marriage and reduce violence against women and girls

* Transform education for a generation of parents and children.

You can help.

Imagine an African village where a 14-year old girl stands proudly to advocate for human rights. Where she is safe from violence. Where she can go to school and become a woman before becoming a wife. Where she and her parents join a community-wide movement for health, democracy, and peace. Where together they are transforming the social and family networks that will shape her future.

Now imagine a few thousand more. Momentum is building across West Africa for a brighter future for girls and their communities. Tens of thousands of girls are now able to dream of a life free from violence and strive towards a future filled with knowledge, choice, and opportunity.

Your donation will help thousands of communities make human dignity a reality.

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What People Are Saying

"Tostan's approach succeeds because of its deep respect for the people it serves."

— Hillary Rodham Clinton

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