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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To unlock the potential of orphaned and vulnerable youth (ages 12-25+) by nurturing their mental, physical and social well-being and creating realizable opportunities for them to become self-sufficient.

Results: 7000+ youth served since 2005

Target demographics: unlock the potential of orphaned and vulnerable youth (ages 12-25+) by nurturing their mental, physical and social well-being to create opportunities for them to become self-sufficient.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000+ youth

Geographic areas served: Mochudi, Botswana

Programs: Leadership Skills, Life Skills, Community Mobilization, Men Care, Social Advocacy (HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, gender based violence)

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience is indirectly with the organization, however I personally know several employees who all exhibit an incredible dedication and commitment to making the organization better, along with the lives of everyone that it helps.

1 Mich D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fully committed team, provinding the best they can to help Botswana's youth to develop better!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to Botswana last month to help Stepping Stones International to improve some internal processes and what I found there was a group of people highly engaged, committed and happy with their work of helping the youth of Botswana.

I'm completely amazed by the capacity and innovative thinking that Stepping Stones has, and I left the country missing all this energy already! I wish I have the opportunity to come back and I'm fully committed to help the organization always and always! Thanks Stepping Stones for making this world a better place!

1 sandy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International has made a significant difference in the lives of participants especially in the reading programs. The students are now reading, comprehending, learning and passing tests which allows them to continue in further education and/or in the job market. As well, the youth are experiencing new adventures which we take for granted daily, such as realizing their self value, finding hidden talents, making new friends, and realizing care and love!!!
SSI, you are the very BEST!!! Keep up the wonderful successes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Heidi51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SSI empowers children to become successful, competent, and courageous young adults. The SSI staff provides the children opportunities for personal growth, conversations and reflections on daily and life issues, and outside resources to help increase self-esteem. I wish SSI could be implemented in so many other countries for children in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lebogang D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

SSI's leadership programme has made great strides in getting out of school youth either back into the education system or finding them work. Their leadership programme has done a lot for young Batswana, especially in the Mochudi area where they are based. They also assist tertiary institutions by providing positions for professional attachments which is a great opportunity for skills exchange, but also demonstrates their commitment to assisting and empowering young people from all walks of life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!!!!

Bwalya L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

is it your office help the other outside of your country too, like my country tanzania youth?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my experience with stepping stone was spectacular, the first time i heard about it i was surely taken aback and then came their official open which as a perfect way of make us partners to experience what they are doing for the kids of Mochudi which is so splendid. The approach they use is holistic and give the children a chance to choose and make choices. It is really important keep stepping stones as it reaches to so many students. I remember asking Lisa why she doesn't scale up he services ad she said to me give me money i will do it. So give her the funds she will do it.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

SSI helps youth become more confident in themselves and their future. They are able to see for themselves that they can continue to go to school and reach for the stars despite their personal situations.