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January 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


January 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am
February 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
The Trusteeship trip to Tostan in Senegal, Africa is almost organized. We have enough details to share so you can do some planning and commit to the trip.

Our Trusteeship member and Meredith MacRae Award winner, Molly Melching, is the founder and president of Tostan, a human-rights organization focused on abandonment of genital cutting of women, preventing child marriage and educating all in villages throughout West Africa (

Trusteeship member Judy Miller introduced Tostan to all of us. About fifteen Trusteeship members visited Tostan in 2006. It was a memorable trip, definitely worthy of a reprise for its exotic, impactful learning experience and the fun of being together.

January 28, 2017 – February 5, 2017.
We do not have a day by day itinerary planned yet. In general, please expect:
  • The first day of the trip to relax and recover from jet lag in a beach hotel in the Somone, near Dakar. Dinner at Molly’s home to go over the trip highlights.
  • Visits to various villages around Dakar to see the Tostan programs in practice.
  • Seeing the first village program sponsored by the Judy Miller Tostan for Kids Fund.
  • Meeting staff at the Tostan training center in Thies and learning about all the Tostan programs and plans.
  • Eating Senegalese food.
  • A trip to another country, The Gambia, to visit new villages in the Tostan program.
  • Learning about Senegelese culture through local music, drumming and dancing, culture and art galleries, lectures and programs.
  • Opportunities to shop for the colorful local dress (boubous) and Toareg jewelry.
  • Many other fun, educational, memorable experiences.


Air Fare: Coach round trip between New York and Dakar is approximately $1,200. You will also have to get back and forth to Los Angeles.
Costs in Dakar: Ground transportation, hotels, most meals and any internal air flights will be approximately $3,000.
Contribution to the Judy Miller Tostan for Kids Fund: We are asking participants to contribute a minimum of $1,000 to help create another Trusteeship-funded Judy Miller Tostan for Kids program.
Total Cost of Trip: Approximately $5,200.
Reserve today! The maximum number of people that Tostan can accommodate is 20. Judy Miller’s daughters are interested in participating with the Trusteeship on this trip.
Trip reservations are open to all Trusteeship members and to Judy Miller’s daughters until July 7. Please send a $500 refundable deposit to Julie Edwards to hold your spot!
After July 8, Trusteeship members are welcome to sign up guests to join the trip, up to a total of 20 trip participants.

“A dynamic group of intelligent, notable, exciting, giving, caring, fun, and gifted women of different careers, background, education and ethnicity. They stand united as one voice for the betterment of all women everywhere throughout the world. It is such an honor to be a member of The Trusteeship.”

– Martha