Tostan International has been praised by the minister of Children, Gender, and Social Welfare, Fatou Kinteh. “The grassroots NGOs working in Central and Upper River Regions are greatly assisting the government in realising the country’s Development Priorities,” claims The Gambia (NDP)

In her opening remarks at a full-day meeting of key stakeholders at her ministry’s conference room, Minister Kinteh said: “Tostan understands that the challenges faced by communities and their partners are often rising, and for this purpose, the plan design for 2023-2030 will contribute to sustained community health and well-being”

Convergence is a gathering of stakeholders’ views on Tostan’s strategic stance, officials added. More than 200 villages in the country’s upper and central regions have been addressed by a grassroots NGO that began functioning in Gambia from 2006. Within the Upper River Region and the rest of Gambia as a whole, it has been hailed as one of the country’s premier non-governmental organisations (NGOs) dealing in health issues and community welfare.

The NGO’s participation in the recipient regions has led to a dramatic reduction of cultural practises including female genital mutilation (FGC), according to certain observers and pundits. Apart from these, the NGO works to promote democracy and human rights, as well as public health and education.

Gender, Children, and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary Ndey Marie Njie said: “The ministry relies heavily on Tostan. They are a great asset to the ministry as we work to build a stronger nation. All hands must be on deck in order for the country’s goals to be met.”

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