STEPPING STONES INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 4.74 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 693 17TH Ave % Lisa Jamu Salt Lake Cty UT 84103 USA

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2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

It's just great to lend a hand to an organization that actually gets things done. The leadership and life skills they impart on orphaned and vulnerable kids really does make a tangible difference.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Stepping Stone International's great work is changing lives all over the country. They complete projects and the results can be seen in our communities. There is no better NGO around that you can trust to actually get things done.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take steps to further expand it's reach and capacity!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

SSI is an absolutely fantastic organisation. They really want to unlock the potential of youth and really deliver. I wish it would garner a lot of financial support from donors because they really deliver. I am absolutely honoured to be part of this life changing team. As an Education and ICT Coordinator, I see change each and every day in the lives of SSI participants. SSI keep it up and community please support SSI!!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is inspiring to see the impact Stepping Stones International is having on the youth of Botswana. Their hard work and dedication is manifested in the lives of the youth to whom they are dedicated. During the time I spent volunteering at Stepping Stones, I was trained to conduct literacy sessions with one of the participants. As we progressed through the literacy clinic, it was not only his literacy skills that improved, his self confidence, behavior and schoolwork all improved as a whole. Stepping Stones knows how to focus on their participants to create lasting changes in their lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Stepping Stones International is a real on the ground, hands on solution to the problem of poor literacy, life skills and coping mechanisms of youth in Mochudi. The participants are given one on one literacy training as well as a comprehensive program centered around giving them the skills necessary to be strong individuals and community members. The programs offered include, Psycho-social support, Financial literacy, social responsibility, leadership training, life skills and literacy. The youth are also given games to play, during leisure time and attend sports on Saturdays.

The staff is accommodating and constantly evolving through sensitivity training and facilitation training. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SSI is committed to the population that rarely gets targeted in Botswana and many other countries in Africa! This NGO feeds the kids, teaches them life skills that they would not otherwise know, educates/tutors them in areas they are struggling in academically, prepares them to achieve a passing score on their tests, allows them a safe environment to talk about daily life struggles, as well as things that have happened to them (things that we cannot even imagine), and exposes them to experiences in the community that they would not otherwise have access to. The volunteers and staff at SSI are extremely committed to the kids and are completely invested in helping them to succeed. I just hope that SSI's ideals and goals are able to spread to other contries and continents!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff and volunteers at Stepping Stones inspire me. I'm so proud to be part of Stepping Stones and the good work that they do with adolescents. They make dreams come true and give young people in Mochudi a safe place to land in what is often a difficult world.

My wish would be to give the staff and management a big thanks and continued energy and resources in a dwindling resource environment. Keep up the great work ditsala - you are building stronger adults and a stronger nation. Thank you for your good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SSi provides teenage children a safe and nurturing place where they feel a sense of belonging.
The children are provided with experiences they may not get elsewhere. Positive guidance and direction is modeled for the children by the excellent educators at SSI. Botswana is lucky to have this organization and hopefully SSI continues to expand in other countries.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Stepping Stones International is a one of a kind NGO in Botswana giving hope and life to youth ages 12-18 and beyond. These children are being fed, taught social skills, given a chance to know their worth and value. They have been robbed of a childhood and are given the chance to pick themselves up and realize that they are loved and are very valuable souls. They are receiving tutoring and are passing their tests and moving on to the next level of education. Many have progressed to employment in a field of their liking and choice. If not for this opportunity all would be out in the streets idly wandering and wondering and most likely engaging in activities of an evil nature.

Yes! Stepping Stones International is WONDERFUL AND VALUABLE!!!!!!!!!!! It is a happy place for many!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Have soliited donations and received. Feel very confident about an EXCELLENT program. Love SSI!!!!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Stepping Stones Intl. is a one of a kind program and most amazing. The staff is diverse and international from all parts of the world. The participants are given a chance to smile, laugh, and catch up with a bit of the childhood that was stolen from them. Progress has been made in academics, communication skills, income generating, financial management, entrepreneur skills, computer training, goal setting. A critical issue os sexual abuse and gender equality is being address with the youth and in the community. SSI reaches the 100 participants AND families AND community....building a healthier environment. SSI is nothing short of THE VERY BEST!!!!!!! Thanks SSI!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The smiles and laughter emanating from the participants. At first Mmost were very shy and intovert but as time moved on they became trusting, open, laughing and loving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Somehow find more funding which is badly needed for progress.

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It has been my privilege to spend time with the youth at Stepping Stones Intl. I am in awe at how these young people have opened up and are progressing in a world that seemed so far out of their reach. They now have the chance to make choices,set goals,and become contributing adults. They know what it is like to be their ages and have fun. With more donations and monies, this nonprofit can accomplish amazing feats. Please Help!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many miracles have taken place from the beginning. One is Lisa Jamu who is an amazing person and whose ideas, hopes, and dreams have made miracles happen!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the participants and the progress they make in interacting and opening up!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Flourish like no other!!!!! It would grow and be able to go to places that have asked them to come. SSI would be able to pay quality salaries for top of the line staff! WOW!! IMAGINE!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Stepping Stones International is doing amazing work in Botswana. Many vulnerable children and youth are being supported through a number of initiatives. Stepping Stones International is doing vital work and assisting many children and youth in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Impacting young people positively is not easy in today's World but somehow SSI International makes it look so easy and so much fun too for the youth in Botswana..... Great work, keep it up!!!

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