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May 3, 2013

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May 3, 2013

My name is Nontombi Gungqisa. I joined Stepping Stones in August 2013 as a "Finding the Leader Within" Leadership Coordinator. This organisation unlocks a world of opportunities for youth. Everyone associated with it is presented with the opportunity to excel from the welcome, buildings, colorful rooms, positive energy and creativity, and divers cultures.

Psychosocial support is the core in this organisation for both our direct clients and their primary caregivers including grandmothers. We pride ourselves with community ownership and grooming the asserts of the next generation - the youth.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 2, 2013

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May 2, 2013

Lisa Jamu, the founder and ED of Stepping Stones, is a longtime friend and colleague. She poured her heart and soul into the creation of this incredible organization, and keeps it running – impacting the lives of 1000s in Botswana and internationally – with great passion and professionalism. Her culturally appropriate model – imbued with community input, local staff, and techniques such as peer-to-peer mentoring – nurtures the growth and well-being of orphaned and vulnerable adolescents. In a relatively short period of time, Lisa - together with her staff, board and many dedicated volunteers - has designed and implemented an impressive, holistic program for the development of self-sufficient, self-assured young adults. I greatly admire her success.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

I have been working with Stepping Stones Intl for a year now, developing and running our Income Generation Programme, and am continually impressed by the kids. They are all in such incredibly vulnerable situations, ones we can hardly imagine, and yet at SSI they flourish; growing as individuals, supporting each other, building their confidence and becoming responsible young adults. The staff at SSI are incredibly dedicated, doing so much more than simply providing services at the centre - for example, supporting the schools and families to better support the youth, opening doors to careers for the older youth and providing support even after they have left, and helping the academically strong children to apply for scholarships.

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

Seeing the young people over the last 12 months develop and grow in confidence, maturity, knowledge, ambition, responsibility and emotional strength.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, energetic, tireless, determined to make a difference

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

Stepping Stones International (SSI) is unique, being supported not only by the Community, but the Chief. It is a place of learning, safety and development for children that has made a lasting difference to the most vulnerable. SSI is working at the forefront of children's issues in Botswana that will extend the reach of its work to a national level.

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

being able to use it as a referral point for children with need, as well as assisting with the development of National Guidelines for Child Counseling

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

The energy and care of the staff and leadership of SSI

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

become national across the country, meeting the needs of the most vulnerable

Ways to make it better...

They had long term donor support that allowed for specialised professional staff

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm proud to be associated with SSI

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

Stepping Stones International targets the youth who are most of the times forgotten. SSI helps the kids with their home and domestic life, personal challenges, emotional grievances, school academics, life goals and expectations and to better themselves as a whole. With the help of donors, SSI could go beyond their potential and soar to amazing heights. SSI needs funding to be able to hire credible and qualified staff, pay the current staff adequately, create and develop curriculum that is appropriate, and provide the best for the youth that it serves daily. This organization is an inspiration to me and I hope to see it blossom further! Given the resources SSI has now, the organization and its staff is doing the best to make a difference in the youth community.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Eager and enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of the youth at their center. They seemed frustrated by the lack of resources and funding, but were grateful for what they had and how far they have come.

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

Hire credible and qualified staff-Pay the staff adequately-Broaden and expand the experiences and activities that the kids do-Go out in the community more doing and engaging in various projects -Develop the site -Create and develop appropriate curriculum

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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