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"The origins of Tostan date back to 1974, when an American student named Molly Melching came to Senegal as an exchange student from the University of Illinois. After completing her studies, Molly stayed to work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dakar, creating the first radio program for children in national languages. Her work soon took her to rural villages, where she found that many development efforts were not addressing the true needs and realities of the communities." [1]

Tostan is featured in a full chapter of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Tostan received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation in 2010. [2]


Accessed October 2011: [3]



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  1. History, Tostan, accessed October 29, 2011.
  2. Awards, Tostan, accessed October 29, 2011.
  3. Board, Tostan, accessed October 29, 2011.