In 1974, American exchange student Molly Melching arrived in Senegal for a six-month program that would become a forty-year journey of transformation. Inspired by her experiences living in a remote village, she founded Tostan, an organization dedicated to empowering communities by using democracy and human-rights-based education to promote relationships built upon dignity, equality, and respect.
Tostan's groundbreaking strategies have led to better education for the women of rural Africa, improved health care, a decrease in child/forced marriage, and declarations by thousands of African communities to abandon the practice of female genital cutting. However Long the Night is the story of how Melching, named by Newsweek and the Daily Beast as one of the "150 women who shake the world," is paving the way to a world with human dignity for all.
What an incredibly written book about women's rights and one woman's quest to change the world! What an inspiration! Must read.Published 1 month ago by Maria L. Tauber
Well written book about the laudable efforts of Molly Melching's decades long service in Africa. This is an inspiring story and taught me a lot about a people and place that I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alembic
Having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal in the early 80's, this book beautifully describes in vivid detail the culture and values of the Senegalese. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M.Taylor
What an intressting and inspiering book! I am so glad and impressed overklig what one person can do and ashive Witherspoon the right attitude to other people. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hans Sundstrom
Good insight on Senegal culture, learning styles and collective decision making.Published 6 months ago by Steve Newkirk
An inspiring story of the ability of women to change the world if given appropriate assistance. Reading this makes a person feel that no one should ever believe that what they do... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gma Chris