Molly Melching will be at Kepler's tonight.
- Just a note to let you all know that Molly Melching will be at Kepler's
tonight at 7:30 p.m. to speak about her book,
*However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of
African Women and Girls Triumph *by Aimee Molloy (See: www.keplers.com)
Molly is the 2002 Shriver Award winner:
*Molly Melching, Executive Director, Tostan, RPCV Senegal*
*Molly Melching has dedicated her life to helping Senegalese villagers
achieve independence and self-sufficiency through her non-formal,
culture-based education programs. She is the founder and executive director
of Tostan, an American non-profit organization that promotes social
transformation through a non-formal education program including literacy,
numeracy, human rights, problem-solving, leadership, health, democracy and
management skills. Named for the Wolof word meaning �breakthrough,� Tostan
is aimed primarily at women in rural villages. Tostan�s teaching methods
employ shared cultural practice and knowledge to impart information
pertaining to hygiene, health, rights, management and leadership skills.
Through education, women gain the knowledge, experience and confidence to
speak up for their health and human rights. Tostan is widely hailed as the
impetus behind the decision of 274 Senegalese villages to abandon the
long-standing cultural tradition of female genital cutting.*
I saw her again last night at the home of the PC/CD-Senegal, when Molly
signed up (in Senegal) to become a PCV without applying here in the U.S.
She has a fascinating story and I hope you can catch her at Kepler's.
Karen Keefer, RPCV/Nigeria & Liberia
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