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Tostan and Molly Melching Receive 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
Date:3/31/2010

The Skoll Foundation has recognized the nonprofit Tostan for its innovative work in bringing about positive, scalable community-led change in thousands of African communities.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 31, 2010 -- This morning the Skoll Foundation named nonprofit Tostan as a 2010 recipient of its prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which celebrates innovative solutions driving large-scale change on critical issues around the globe.

The award recognizes the pioneering work of Tostan Executive Director Molly Melching and the 30-month Community Empowerment Program (CEP) she and Tostan have developed over the past three decades. Implemented primarily in rural regions of Africa, the CEP promotes basic education and increases community engagement in projects related to health and hygiene, child welfare, human rights and democracy, the environment, literacy, and economic development. The strategy includes implementing education programs in national languages, engaging extended social networks through a method of 'organized diffusion,' and supporting public declarations on collective action for positive social change, including the abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC) and child/forced marriage.

"Melching is a tremendous addition to the community of Skoll entrepreneurs and someone who has demonstrated those key characteristics of a successful social entrepreneur: inspiration, creativity, direct action, courage and fortitude," said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. "Like all the organizations in our portfolio, Tostan is tackling a complex social problem with a sustainable, scalable solution".

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