However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy

However Long the Night

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 human...

Details However Long the Night

TitleHowever Long the Night
Release DateApr 30th, 2013
GenreNonfiction, Cultural, Africa, Biography, Feminism, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews However Long the Night

  • Vilo
    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 ...
  • Andrew
    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...
  • Jeannette
    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 more Black, Colored, Underclass books about how these people cope and change themselves and their cu...
  • Sue
    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...
  • Christina Dudley
    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...
  • Alyssa Peterson
    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.
  • Katie
    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...
  • MA
    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’...
  • Herta Feely
    I can't say enough good things about this book and about Molly Melching. Reading this, I was inspired to do more 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...
  • Shona
    Interesting story, not very well written.
  • Dej
    Inspiring. An NGO that seems to make sense.
  • Caitlin
    LOVED it! Time to go out into the world and make a difference!
  • Jennifer Conroy
    Fascinating book!
  • Suzanne Ondrus
    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. ...
  • Raffaella
    An excellent, touching and inspiring book, 100% recommended!!This is a tough, fascinating story that moves me to do something more 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 bea...
  • Chellsey Phillips
    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 pre...
  • Becky
    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 fo...
  • Meredith
    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.
  • Kirsten Halling
    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.
  • Karen Sofarin
    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.
  • Aggelos Kp
    Great story!
  • Debbie Brown
    An interesting and informative book.
  • Donna Hester
    Powerful story of what can be accomplished with perseverance, education and humility.
  • Pam
    didn't finish it. what she did was inspiring though!
  • Nadira Shahrul Baharin
    Masterpiece for humanitarian acts
  • Laura
    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....
  • Heather
    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 dir...
  • Rohayati Fikra
    very most inspiring books..
  • Liralen
    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 trad...
  • Jodi Escalante
    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...