However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

Aimee Molloy / Jun 25, 2019

However Long the Night Molly Melching s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph In However Long the Night Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedic

  • Title: However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph
  • Author: Aimee Molloy
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  • In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.This moving biography details Melching s beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.This moving biography details Melching s beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and one of humanity s strongest voices for the rights of girls and women.Inspirational and beautifully written, However Long the Night Molly Melching s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph is a passionate entreaty for all global citizens This book is published in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, dedicated to accelerating innovations from organizations like Tostan that address the world s most pressing problems Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 272 pages Published April 30th 2013 by HarperOne first published April 1st 2013 More Details ASIN B0089LOFYE Edition Language English Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about However Long the Night, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Female Genital Mutilation 67 books 10 voters Bill Gates Recommendations I 100 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 08, 2013 Vilo rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves biography If you are only going to read one book this year other than scriptural texts make it this one This is the true and fascinating story of how an American woman ended up in the middle of a sea change in opinion on female genital cutting in Senegal, spreading into other areas of Africa This is not, as some blurbs seem to indicate, the story of a Westerner who managed to persuade another culture to do what is right It is the story of a Westerner who deeply loved the people of Senegal, lived amon If you are only going to read one book this year other than scriptural texts make it this one This is the true and fascinating story of how an American woman ended up in the middle of a sea change in opinion on female genital cutting in Senegal, spreading into other areas of Africa This is not, as some blurbs seem to indicate, the story of a Westerner who managed to persuade another culture to do what is right It is the story of a Westerner who deeply loved the people of Senegal, lived among them and responded to what she saw as a need education for children As she pursued his goal, she made sure to listen carefully to what villagers wanted to learn, because she had seen so many aid groups that did not listen to or even involve the local people She made many mistakes, but was open to learning from them and had created an environment where the people had enough trust to assume it was a mistake and communicate with her so that she could correct it However, Molly Melching herself would say that it is not her story, although she was privileged to be part of it It is a testament to the power of what an understanding of one s worth and God given human rights can do for a people With that understanding, the women themselves were open to learning about possibilities for their lives and used new information they had received from a trusted source to make a change I may have given too many spoilers But read it anyway, because you will meet people you will be so grateful to know, people I personally thought the most unlikely on earth to receive my admiration This book has implications far beyond the ending of one horrific tradition flag 9 likesLike see review Apr 29, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves gender studies I did not want to read However Long the Night because its subtitle hinted at another grim book about developing countries a story I d encountered, sadly, too many times.This is why we don t judge books by their cover or subtitle However Long the Night illuminates a development aid success story It also subtly criticizes today s often failed approaches to development It describes how infectious progress is when aid programs tap into existing social networks Molly Melching found herself dr I did not want to read However Long the Night because its subtitle hinted at another grim book about developing countries a story I d encountered, sadly, too many times.This is why we don t judge books by their cover or subtitle However Long the Night illuminates a development aid success story It also subtly criticizes today s often failed approaches to development It describes how infectious progress is when aid programs tap into existing social networks Molly Melching found herself drawn into these networks when she arrived as an exchange student in Senegal in 1974 And she never left Eventually she founded Tostan, an educational network dedicated to defending human rights and, today, ending female genital cutting She did this with a complete dedication to respecting local circumstances and culture, winning the trust of many traditional tribes often hostile to western aid organizations thus her insistence on the less judgemental cutting instead of mutilation Today Tostan is the organization others in the region emulate So However Long the Night turned out to be a book I did want to read It ended up as a good news story that offers proven ways to support developing countries.Follow me on Twitter Dr_A_Taubman flag 6 likesLike see review Feb 22, 2017 Jeannette rated it it was ok review of another edition One of those books that one reads, however long it takes to get through it Yes, it was a bit overdone and tedious, too many descriptions of what Molly did and where and when and with whom And yes, the work is worthy and helped many but somehow, the White Woman Victorious is too often the theme in books about developing, changing cultures I want Black, Colored, Underclass books about how these people cope and change themselves and their cultures flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves africa, non fiction, senegal, somalia Molly Melching spent six months in Senegal on a graduate school semester abroad program That experience was life changing and resulted in her staying for the next 40 years She founded Tostan which is a human rights based program enabling women to learn health care and empowering them in their communities It doesn t come in and say you need to change It presents the information and allows the women to dialog and make the decisions as a community Part of the program speaks to the issue of Molly Melching spent six months in Senegal on a graduate school semester abroad program That experience was life changing and resulted in her staying for the next 40 years She founded Tostan which is a human rights based program enabling women to learn health care and empowering them in their communities It doesn t come in and say you need to change It presents the information and allows the women to dialog and make the decisions as a community Part of the program speaks to the issue of Female Genital Cutting a deeply entrenched tradition As a result, at the time the book was written in 2013, over 5,000 villages had made declarations to end the practice The program has spread to neighboring countries and other parts of Africa with tremendous success Found this on because of my having read rated The Blue Sweater Both are books about NGO work done in Africa from the perspective of empowering the locals and working with the infrastructure already in place Neither books goes in with a heavy handed what you re doing is all wrong, you should be doing this instead and I appreciate that This one addresses a much sensitive issue, and yes, it does explain exactly what is done in the FGC procedure But what s amazing is the results According to the book, this tradition is so deeply a part of the local culture that it is taboo to even talk about it Molly s team found a way to present the health risks believed by the locals to be the result of evil spirits and then allow the women to dialog over time Molly never pushed for the declaration that came from the village women themselves The program format has been expanded to address literacy and child development This is a well written book that shows there is good being done in the world by individuals with no sense of seeking the glory for their efforts flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 23, 2013 Christina Dudley rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves nonfiction Wow A really inspiring, moving book about a woman finding a home in Senegal and kicking off a movement that has changed thousands of communities through the communities initiative Tostan comes to villages offering educational modules for women literacy, human rights declarations, infant health, and women s health By doing so, they give women the words to address their own culture and traditions, with surprising results for longtime practices like child marriages, Female Genital Cutting, and Wow A really inspiring, moving book about a woman finding a home in Senegal and kicking off a movement that has changed thousands of communities through the communities initiative Tostan comes to villages offering educational modules for women literacy, human rights declarations, infant health, and women s health By doing so, they give women the words to address their own culture and traditions, with surprising results for longtime practices like child marriages, Female Genital Cutting, and wife beating Brava to Molly Melching for her single mindedness must have been very tough to be her daughter Zoe and lifelong dedication, and to the brave Senegalese women who spoke up in the face of opposition from women and men alike, including family members.The principles Tostan espouses apply to any cultural practices that ultimately do harm than good if one person decides to change, she faces ostracism, but if the social network together resists it, the cultural change has a chance.Nice companion read to HALF THE SKY flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2017 Alyssa Peterson rated it really liked it review of another edition Shouldn t have read this on vacation because now I m ready to go back to work Very motivating Another great story that proves how important dignity is in development work flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 06, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves biography, pop sugar 2015, nonfiction, world, own it I was quite shocked by how much I enjoyed this book I usually don t go for biography or book about Africa, but this one called to me and I read it I think it is a book everyone should read at least once in their life.The story follows the life of Molly Melching and how she brought the knowledge of human rights to numerous villages throughout rural Senegal Molly is originally from the U.S and moved to Africa in her early twenties She stayed because of how welcome and at home she felt, someth I was quite shocked by how much I enjoyed this book I usually don t go for biography or book about Africa, but this one called to me and I read it I think it is a book everyone should read at least once in their life.The story follows the life of Molly Melching and how she brought the knowledge of human rights to numerous villages throughout rural Senegal Molly is originally from the U.S and moved to Africa in her early twenties She stayed because of how welcome and at home she felt, something she had never found anywhere else After studying and working as a translator, she became obsessed with how to get education into the rural areas of Senegal where it was gravely needed to help maintain and encourage the improvement projects that were being put in place by NGOs Non Governmental Organization She had several incarnations of organizations before founding Tostan primarily setting up a local community center through the local Peace Corps then working with her then husband to establish a local education program for the village of Saam Njaay Between these two organizations, she developed a teaching model that met the needs and cultural traditions of the rural community, allowing them access to basic information such as reading, writing, and hygiene.When she finally broke out on her own and developed Tostan, she used what she had learned to develop an educational program that brought knowledge to the participants Not only did the program teach reading and writing, but they were taught in connections with core ideas set up in modules hygiene, basic health, leadership skills, and project development After gaining success, she was prompted by receipt of funding to include a module on human rights and women s health, including the dangers of FGC female genital cutting which was a widespread practice in Senegal This last module was developed and presented with great care to be non judgement and non confrontational, simply presenting information that described the rights of women as outlined by the United Nations and gave the women information on their bodies they greatly wanted to know.This module had an unexpected result As the women grew in their belief in their rights and themselves, the communities started to change as women demanded their rights THe most stunning result was the decision by different villages to discontinue FGC, which caused anger and dismay with other villages This led to the discovery of social norm connectivity and how members of a group will decide together.As an educator and a woman, I found this book highly informative Not only did I get an overview of life in Senegal, but I learned about my rights as a woman and innovative educational practices I hope to someday use in my classroom I thought it did a wonderful job of not only discussing Molly s life, but also the different things she and her assistants learned over the years and the amazing stories shared by the brave women and men in Senegal who are attempting to bring an end to FGC in the country, and to spread the knowledge across borders.I highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially women and educators It also gives you a glimpse into a life we cannot imagine in the United States and is a great way to learn about a mindset completely foreign to us It definitely ranks on my needs to be read list for someone who will take the time to appreciate what they can learn from ittps bookmouseblog.wordpress 2 flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2014 MA rated it it was amazing review of another edition I thoroughly enjoyed this uplifting, inspirational story about Molly Melching s work in Africa and the creation of Tostan, an NGO Tostan s mission is to empowering African communities by leveraging human rights based education to drive sustainable development and positive social transformation Melching s work in partnership with key African mentors and colleagues has created a better future for millions of girls and women in Africa Tostan s most famous accomplishment is the work that led to n I thoroughly enjoyed this uplifting, inspirational story about Molly Melching s work in Africa and the creation of Tostan, an NGO Tostan s mission is to empowering African communities by leveraging human rights based education to drive sustainable development and positive social transformation Melching s work in partnership with key African mentors and colleagues has created a better future for millions of girls and women in Africa Tostan s most famous accomplishment is the work that led to nearly 5,000 Senegalese village councils to declare their abandonment of the deeply entrenched, centuries old tradition of female genital cutting Melching has shown the world that patience, commitment and partnership can drive transformational change I am in awe of Melching and her African counterparts for their determination and courage Their success in Senegal has allowed Tostan to expand to other countries in Africa This is such an amazing success story flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 11, 2015 Herta Feely rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves reviewed I can t say enough good things about this book and about Molly Melching Reading this, I was inspired to do in the world In the 1980s I co founded a non profit dedicated to saving children from accidental injuries, work that was fulfilling in large part because it was making a difference in the world Now I m a writer and I often don t get that same lift However, Aimee Molloy s book pushed me to consider what else I might do Not only is this a fascinating story, but a reminder that we I can t say enough good things about this book and about Molly Melching Reading this, I was inspired to do in the world In the 1980s I co founded a non profit dedicated to saving children from accidental injuries, work that was fulfilling in large part because it was making a difference in the world Now I m a writer and I often don t get that same lift However, Aimee Molloy s book pushed me to consider what else I might do Not only is this a fascinating story, but a reminder that we all need to do our part flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 18, 2014 Shona rated it liked it review of another edition Interesting story, not very well written flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 26, 2014 Dej rated it really liked it review of another edition Inspiring An NGO that seems to make sense flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 21, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing review of another edition LOVED it Time to go out into the world and make a difference flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2016 Jennifer Conroy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Fascinating book flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 25, 2016 Suzanne Ondrus rated it it was amazing review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book was so inspirational Molly Melching s story of working in Senegal, founding the NGO Tostan, and spurring the end of FGM in Senegal is amazing I loved that this woman wears boubous and speaks Wolof Her approach was of entering into conversation with the Senegalese, versus the stiff and formal relations that dominated development work in the 1970 s In 1974 Melching came to Dakar for a study abroad and has lived in Senegal since then Melching was inspired in her work when in 1993 the This book was so inspirational Molly Melching s story of working in Senegal, founding the NGO Tostan, and spurring the end of FGM in Senegal is amazing I loved that this woman wears boubous and speaks Wolof Her approach was of entering into conversation with the Senegalese, versus the stiff and formal relations that dominated development work in the 1970 s In 1974 Melching came to Dakar for a study abroad and has lived in Senegal since then Melching was inspired in her work when in 1993 the U N adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women Noteworthy is that Senegal ratified CEDAW in 1980 and put it into effect in 1985 120 There is a discussion of the terminology of FGM, FGC and the UN s choice of FGM, pgs 175 176 Melching advocated the term FGC as FGM inferred intentional harm and was offensive to villagers Melching asked village women what their needs were they responded they wanted education and to know about their own health For example, malaria was believed to come from mangoes 93 Melching educated on the transmission of germs through an ingenious lesson whereby she put perfume in a bowl of water and had everyone dip their hand in the water She explained how one did not see anything there, but one knew something was there, just like germs In 1995 some of the Tostan women approached Melching about the need to educate on FGM Melching hesitated and felt conflicted as an outsider However, she built a module on Human Rights and women s reproductive health In 1997 a village in Thies made a public declaration against FGM By 2002, 392 villages publicly declared ending cutting 204 As of 2013, over 5000 Senegalese villages have publicly declared against FGM.When the women learned that many women in the world do not practice FGM they were surprised They were empowered to learn about their human rights and as a result became leaders Also, when they learned the scientific health consequences of FGM their opinions on FGM changed Lastly, when Imams confirmed that FGM was not written in the Koran or part of Islam, their perspectives on FGM further changed Melching realized the strong community values and work ways Thus, she saw it was necessary for community consensus in order for large change i.e ending FGM , so she encouraged the women to talk with first the men in their communities, the religious leaders, their relatives in the neighboring villages Many men did not even know what the genital cutting entailed how it was done what was cut They then learned about the health consequences The taboo around sex meant a silence on this subject Most inspiring was how Oureye Sall was herself a cutter practictioner of FGM who had cut hundreds of girls This career was lucrative and prestigious for her however, she could not continue in it after learning about the damages of FGM She became one of the biggest educators and advocates against FGM for Tostan Also Demba Diawara a respected elderly man from Keur Simbara village is another excellent enlightenment story Melching had been working with him and consulting with him However, when he heard about Tostan s work on FGM, he visited her in her office to tell her to stop She asked him to come back to her after he did three things first 1 talk with the women in his village about the cutting 2 talk with doctors about the health consequences 3 talk with imams He went and did this, changed his opinion, and then came back to tell Molly he wanted to talk to villages, educating them 158 161 In January 13, 1999 Senegal made FGM illegal Melching and Tostan staff spoke with the government before they made it illegal, urging them to hold off on legislation because they believed they were making progress from the communities rather than top down Indeed they were right because the day after the law was passed, 100 girls were cut in the Kedougou region in protest 200 Women s resistance to un supportive men is also presented In Fouta women s voices and democracy from other casts were not supported The women were frustrated by the lack of support by the men in their community The women in this region refused to support male relatives as protest in a tradition where the women usually gave money and food 209 Gerry Mackie a scholar on the ending of foot binding in China with game theory Schelling convention connected with Tostan and was excited to see public declarations against FGM he foresaw the soon eradication of FGM before he even learned about Tostan s activities Mrs Alicia Archibald Little moved to China in 1887 and got involved with ending foot binding By chance she stumbled upon a community that did not bind its women s or girl s feet She was surprised She asked the village people why they did not bind the feet and they said that they decided as community to end this suffering tradition Mrs Little understood how important collective decisions were and took this as a methodology She founded a movement of reform through education around 1895 1 She taught that women elsewhere did not bind their feet 2 taught the benefits of natural feet the health detriments of bound feet 3 forming natural foot societies that pledged not to bind and not to allow their sons to marry women with bound feet 179 183 By 1911 foot binding was basically gone 182.Tostan s approach is to approach people always in a peaceful, nonaggressive way, determined to find solutions rather than focus on the problems 201 Melching and Tostan have won numerous awards The WHO chose Tostan as a model for ending FGM in 2000 Melching was called by UNICEF to work in Somalia for ending FGM As of 2013 over 5000 Senegalese villages have publicly declared against FGM A new Tostan project addresses literacy through countering beliefs that it is bad to speak to one s baby Melching was puzzled over literacy problems For example In 2009, in eleven regions of Senegal, a study was conducted on the reading levels of children who had attended three years of formal school The results were highly disheartening only 7 percent of girls and 11 percent of boys evaluated were found capable of reading at a minimum level 246 She continued to question and dialogue with people and learned the root of the problem to be in early childhood development Talking to one s baby was considered crazy and was taboo 247 Tostan educates parents about infant brain development and how talking to one s baby spurs on brain growth and applies social norm theory 247 The Tostan model is being applied in many countries, and Tostan takes on new initiatives flag Like see review Aug 21, 2018 Raffaella rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves real stories essays biographies An excellent, touching and inspiring book, 100% recommended This is a tough, fascinating story that moves me to do something for helping others, and teaches me to do so by listening and learning from others first Molly Melching is a brave NGO founder who dedicated her life to educate and empower women in Senegal and other African countries While many other NGOs failed in their effort to stop practices like female genital cutting, wife beating, child marriage or school dropout, Molly unde An excellent, touching and inspiring book, 100% recommended This is a tough, fascinating story that moves me to do something for helping others, and teaches me to do so by listening and learning from others first Molly Melching is a brave NGO founder who dedicated her life to educate and empower women in Senegal and other African countries While many other NGOs failed in their effort to stop practices like female genital cutting, wife beating, child marriage or school dropout, Molly understood that she had to find out a different way of doing things This wonderful story teaches us that if we want to change the world, we don t have to judge others or impose our values We need to be extremely respectful, sensitive and patient We have to spend time understanding their culture, their values, as well as their way of living and thinking We have to involve the people in order to find out what they really need which is usually not what we think they need Finally, we can work together and empower people by offering them the knowledge they ask for, and let them free to come to their own decisions as a community.They will be the ones who will be willing to overcome their obstacles and transform their society For me, this is the lesson and the beauty of this book, that I recommend to everyone flag Like see review Aug 28, 2018 Chellsey Phillips rated it it was amazing review of another edition Impactful and a must read Truly leaves you not only inspired to have open eyes regarding issues effecting women around the world but also wakes you up to how engrained stigmas are in our lives Passion, determination, and strength seep from the women described in the book If you are able to handle an open portrayal of this controversial topic, this is an extremely beneficial read The topic is much broader on the scale of social impact than previously believed flag Like see review Jun 03, 2018 Becky rated it really liked it review of another edition This book is so motivating renews one s hope that a few people really can change the world for the better It s detailed and intense so I didn t sit down and read it all at once, but alternated it with lighter subjects I highly recommend it, especially if current events have you struggling to believe that people from different races and backgrounds can truly understand one another This book makes you want to get out there and change things for the better flag Like see review Aug 04, 2018 Meredith rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves delta schools I absolutely love the Tostan model and am ridiculously inspired by what the organization has achieved through community led development The book s white savior complex focus on the white American founder was a bit distracting, but the story of what the organization has accomplished should not be over shadowed by that It s Truly magnificent flag Like see review Jul 30, 2018 Kirsten Halling rated it it was amazing review of another edition However long the nightAn extremely engaging and inspirational account of one woman s selfless journey to respectfully understanding other cultures and empowering people to make changes in their own understanding of human rights and gender roles flag Like see review Dec 02, 2018 Karen Sofarin rated it it was amazing review of another edition So inspiring and well written Molly Melching is my new heroine Her vision, patience, empathy and compassion are wondrous Tostan as a way of reform and empowerment flag Like see review Jun 19, 2017 Aggelos Kp rated it it was amazing review of another edition Great story flag Like see review Aug 09, 2018 Debbie Brown rated it liked it Shelves africa, biographical, non fiction An interesting and informative book flag Like see review Oct 18, 2018 Donna Hester rated it really liked it Powerful story of what can be accomplished with perseverance, education and humility flag Like see review May 31, 2017 Pam rated it liked it review of another edition didn t finish it what she did was inspiring though flag Like see review Jul 02, 2017 Nadira Shahrul Baharin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Masterpiece for humanitarian acts flag Like see review Jun 08, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow, this book was such an inspirational read There were moments when I was in tears and others when I wanted to whoop for joy It is a book that every person, but especially women, can appreciate because it is the amazing story of Molly Melching, a fearless woman, known as one of the most powerful women in women s rights Through education and respect, she led African women to stand up for their rights and helped them celebrate their freedom.However Long the Night reads like a novel It is t Wow, this book was such an inspirational read There were moments when I was in tears and others when I wanted to whoop for joy It is a book that every person, but especially women, can appreciate because it is the amazing story of Molly Melching, a fearless woman, known as one of the most powerful women in women s rights Through education and respect, she led African women to stand up for their rights and helped them celebrate their freedom.However Long the Night reads like a novel It is the story of Molly, an American university student who went to Senegal in 1974 and decided to stay, loving the people of that land, their culture and their warmth Feeling at home in a country so unlike her own, Molly saw the needs of the people With the help of several Senegalese scholars, she opened a children s center, where she used elements of traditional African culture to reach out of school children in their native Wolof language After experiencing life in remote African villages, Molly founded Tostan, an organization that promoted learning through education based on human rights, where villagers learned to read and write, and how to take care of themselves and their families through proper health care This is where the topic of female genital cutting came up, a topic known as the tradition and never discussed, seen as a loving act to prepare a daughter for marriage.By empowering women through discussion and human rights education, Molly helped revolutionize how Africans viewed their traditions without ever judging or criticizing Her organization succeeded where many others failed What touched me the most is how she involved the religious leaders and the village chiefs, the men, to understand the dangers of female genital cutting Molly understood and saw the African wisdom beneath the uneducated She trained all her staff to respect the African way so that through dignity, perseverance and patience, the African women took a stand and made the changes that would help all their future generations to triumph.This is an important story because we can all learn from how Molly helped bring about change This selfless woman dedicated her life to achieve what may have seemed impossible I was inspired, uplifted and greatly touched by, not just her story, but that of all the African women and men who played a part in shaking their world for the better A remarkable and unforgettable book one of the best books I ve read this year Highly recommended flag Like see review May 31, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it review of another edition This was a very interesting book about an American woman who falls in love with Africa and has dedicated her life to helping Africans help themselves First, as someone who has also visited many countries in Africa and loved them dearly, I was interested in how she made her dream of living there a reality and how she overcame obstacles to do so She observed, as anyone can, how often NGO efforts fail in Africa because the local people are not directly involved and taking ownership of the well in This was a very interesting book about an American woman who falls in love with Africa and has dedicated her life to helping Africans help themselves First, as someone who has also visited many countries in Africa and loved them dearly, I was interested in how she made her dream of living there a reality and how she overcame obstacles to do so She observed, as anyone can, how often NGO efforts fail in Africa because the local people are not directly involved and taking ownership of the well intentioned but too often destined to fail foreign aid projects She develops methods where the local people decide for themselves what they want to accomplish and the projects succeed in the long term One of the topics that women end up raising and discussing is what we call female genital mutilation, or cutting and removing the clitoris and or labia of young girls In Senegal, as in many Africa countries, this was a common traditional practice but there were negative health consequences which were not being discussed and about which there was no education This book goes into detail about how, one community at a time, communities decided to abandon this practice and how the movement grew It was largely the work and decision making of the Senagalese women, and then the men of their communities, and not foreign valued being imposed, and perhaps that is why the process was so successful.Granted, there are some hard things to hear about in a book that talks so candidly about the practice but it is well done Overall the process of change was fascinating, and it is ongoing I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in other cultures, Africa, nonprofit work, and or educational methodologies flag Like see review Feb 16, 2017 Rohayati Fikra rated it really liked it review of another edition very most inspiring books flag Like see review Apr 01, 2014 Liralen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves africa, z 2014, nonfiction, take back the night, hear me roar, reviewed If I hadn t head of Tostan before, I d probably call this too good to be true The founder, Molly Melching, moved to Senegal as a young woman and eventually founded an organization that works to educate and empower women Eventually they added a teaching module on women s health and, with trepidation, included in that module information on female genital cutting It s a difficult thing to talk about, and in places FGC is an entrenched enough tradition that it s an extremely difficult thing to ge If I hadn t head of Tostan before, I d probably call this too good to be true The founder, Molly Melching, moved to Senegal as a young woman and eventually founded an organization that works to educate and empower women Eventually they added a teaching module on women s health and, with trepidation, included in that module information on female genital cutting It s a difficult thing to talk about, and in places FGC is an entrenched enough tradition that it s an extremely difficult thing to get people to stop doing so Tostan didn t they understood that communities had to come to that decision on their own The movement gradually spread, first across Senegal and then to other parts of Africa.Half the Sky mentions Tostan, and for good reason it s been successful in large part because it operates on the assumption that outsiders don t know what is most necessary, and that what is most effective is to work with the people involved to find out.The book gets only three stars from me because I found the writing rather lacking in oomph The author gets the story across, but in a relatively, hmm, simplistic way It makes for a very fast read too fast, in fact it was the only book I brought to work yesterday, and I had the first slow day in weeks which meant that I finished the book before my commute home Woe but also one that could use depth Definitely, definitely a story worth reading, though flag Like see review Aug 05, 2014 Jodi Escalante rated it it was amazing review of another edition This book starts out pretty heavy by describing a culture of female genital cutting As the book progressed, I absolutely fell in love with Molly Melching and her efforts to make empowering education accessible to millions of people at the grassroots level, helping them achieve their full potential p.243 This story is one of hope, love, perseverance and sacrifice Many inspiring people made enormous sacrifices to share their knowledge, which has put an end to FGC in nearly 4,000 villages th This book starts out pretty heavy by describing a culture of female genital cutting As the book progressed, I absolutely fell in love with Molly Melching and her efforts to make empowering education accessible to millions of people at the grassroots level, helping them achieve their full potential p.243 This story is one of hope, love, perseverance and sacrifice Many inspiring people made enormous sacrifices to share their knowledge, which has put an end to FGC in nearly 4,000 villages throughout Africa at the time the book was completed in 2013 As a side note I absolutely love the departing blessing Molly s Senegalese fatherly figure left her before his passing away at the age of 104 P 111 You are trying to accomplish great things, but nothing is going to come easy for you You will have problems along the way, many problems in life You will need to experience these problems in order to get to a better place, the place you are meant to be The blessing continues I have blessed you many, many times, and in the end, you will find your way Your work will be like electricity it has a beginning, but no end Continue to listen and learn from the people, and you will move forward together Things will become even difficult for you But always remember my words and never lose hope However long the night, the sun will rise Overall a very uplifting and inspiring book on the efforts of Molly Melching and the Tostan educational organization she created in Senegal Definitely worth the read flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Q 2432056768 MTU Michigan Technological University MTU 1 1 Nov 17, 2017 02 13PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. If you are only going to read one book this year other than scriptural texts make it this one This is the true and fascinating story of how an American woman ended up in the middle of a sea change in opinion on female genital cutting in Senegal, spreading into other areas of Africa This is not, as some blurbs seem to indicate, the story of a Westerner who managed to persuade another culture to do what is right It is the story of a Westerner who deeply loved the people of Senegal, lived amon If y [...]


    2. I did not want to read However Long the Night because its subtitle hinted at another grim book about developing countries a story I d encountered, sadly, too many times.This is why we don t judge books by their cover or subtitle However Long the Night illuminates a development aid success story It also subtly criticizes today s often failed approaches to development It describes how infectious progress is when aid programs tap into existing social networks Molly Melching found hers [...]


    3. One of those books that one reads, however long it takes to get through it Yes, it was a bit overdone and tedious, too many descriptions of what Molly did and where and when and with whom And yes, the work is worthy and helped many but somehow, the White Woman Victorious is too often the theme in books about developing, changing cultures I want Black, Colored, Underclass books about how these people cope and change themselves and their cultures.


    4. Molly Melching spent six months in Senegal on a graduate school semester abroad program That experience was life changing and resulted in her staying for the next 40 years She founded Tostan which is a human rights based program enabling women to learn health care and empowering them in their communities It doesn t come in and say you need to change It presents the information and allows the women to dialog and make the decisions as a community Part of the program speaks to the issue of Molly Me [...]


    5. Wow A really inspiring, moving book about a woman finding a home in Senegal and kicking off a movement that has changed thousands of communities through the communities initiative Tostan comes to villages offering educational modules for women literacy, human rights declarations, infant health, and women s health By doing so, they give women the words to address their own culture and traditions, with surprising results for longtime practices like child marriages, Female Genital Cutting, and Wow [...]


    6. Shouldn t have read this on vacation because now I m ready to go back to work Very motivating Another great story that proves how important dignity is in development work.


    7. I was quite shocked by how much I enjoyed this book I usually don t go for biography or book about Africa, but this one called to me and I read it I think it is a book everyone should read at least once in their life.The story follows the life of Molly Melching and how she brought the knowledge of human rights to numerous villages throughout rural Senegal Molly is originally from the U.S and moved to Africa in her early twenties She stayed because of how welcome and at home she felt, someth I wa [...]


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