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Stepping Stones International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To unlock the potential of vulnerable youth ages 12-25 through holistic development, enriching families and activating sustainable opportunities 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: 6000+ youth

Geographic areas served: Botswana

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

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

AmyinBotswana

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Stepping Stones staff displays a level of passion and professionalism rarely seen in non-governmental organizations. They are fiercely dedicated to protecting vulnerable children, and their efforts at the national and international level are unparalleled in Botswana. They are at the cutting edge on many levels, and their commitment to evidence-based programs and results documentation should assure all donors that their support is well-used.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I've only volunteered with Stepping Stones International for a month, I've learned enough to be highly impressed with this organization. Their accomplishments would be admirable in the US, where I worked with NGOs for more than 25 years, but when you add in the challenges that NGOs face in Botswana (lack of access to communication, transportation, sometimes electricity/water to name a few), SSI deserves your attention as a highly-motivated and effective NGO with a dedicated staff. SSI is committed to efficiency, professionalism, and results in its mission to unlock the potential of Botswana's most vulnerable youth.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International really is a unique organisation in its field. At the heart of the organisation are the children and youth of Botswana and everything they do revolves around them. Whether it means engaging their caregivers, educating the community and advocating at a National level; the child is ALWAYS at the center.

As an Advisor who works along side the Stepping Stones International team, I can say that the quality of their programming is constantly being reviewed to ensure real, sustainable impact is achieved and emphasis on making evidence based decisions is high on their priority list.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I feel really honored to be working for Stepping Stones International. For more than five years I have been assisting in unlocking potential of youth in Botswana. Seeing a positive difference in one person is AWESOME but seeing difference in more than 7000+ youth and their caregivers is AMAZING! I find its not really work its a lifestyle and cannot believe that I am living my dream job, nay, dream lifestyle.

Please continue supporting us prospective donors and volunteers as you are part of this AMAZING team that unlocks potential. With your resource(s) you have made over 7000+ youth (and their caregivers) have a brighter future with change of mindset and lifestyle. For me its not a job and it is made possible by YOU.

Stepping Stones International, changing lives for the better.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Stepping Stones International is an NGO which enable children right to education it helps children to ask what they don't understand at school e.g providing with tutors.It helps children to know about their present future ,e.g role models dreams , what they want to be when they grow up. And help in the support of emotional pain .It then helps in relationship problems e. g breaking down of family trough different matters ( psych social support) after these all session the participation then eat and go home by transported to there different homes . At the holiday the participants are taken to different places e. g Mokolodi nature reserve and have different activities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

on top of my life i so love stepping stones international is very important to help child to
teach.Is to improved lifes of child or to teach about a lifeskill and to help us & model moves.
Is to help child to touter & to respect others & love each other, stepping stones is to make a sports ,tarlendshow & makes a art masters. stepping stones is to have a free transport & have a food & garden is too nurse in stepping stones is social weirs to help you when you have a problem good ssi.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In stepping stone they help me with many things like toiletry,hire tutors and provide me with life skills. further more I like ssi because they provide me with food and they take me from school and they return me to my home.Again they can make me happy when I am sad at pss.On holidays they can date me like going out to watch movie at cinema.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Stepping Stones International is an NGO that works and give care to the youth and orphans and provide with skills and knowledge that they have to know.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a stepping stones leadership participant and this organisation taught me a lot. i learnt entrepreneurial skill, people skill, career skill, and leadership skill.Being with stepping stones is a great opportunity because i have met with different board members of different civil society organisations with stepping stones.stepping stones gives us great opportunities and i hope many people will have the opportunity to be with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current participant in the Leadership program by Stepping Stones International I have developed entrepreneur skills,interview skills, work ethic and personal skills. i believe the entrepreneurs skills offered in the program are vital for the nowadays world since we live in a competitive word for scarce employment opportunities .

Also, the the interview skills and work ethic which are not taught at school , its an added advantage that we are taught such through the Leadership Program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Obakeng Mantswe and i had volunteered as a participant in the "Find The Leader Within" an initiation for empowering Botswana's Youth . My experience in Stepping Stones has been great and fantastic, it has enabled me to be engaged in many levels of skills like emotional intelligent, how to make an initial contact and some entrepreneurial aspects just to list a few. With all the knowledge and skills i have will encourage standing out from everybody and be somebody

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Tumelo Molokwe, i came to Stepping Stones International, Mochudi in Botswana without knowing anything about leadership programme, and right now i learned so many things which i didn't know for example leadership programme, leadership programme taught me to think of many ideas like to start my own business and to look foward for the future.

1 Isaac L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great place that actually does service within the community. If you want to do something that will get results SSI is the way to go.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is their 10th year in operation in Botswana. Nothing really speaks to how effective an organization as such wonderful longevity.

Cheers to hopefully 10 more years!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization that helps youth feel empowered about their future! Their informal education approach has help so many youth learn in a different way and enables them to move forward with confidence.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping stones has a unique mandate, meet unmet needs and does not discriminate. Although it's focus is on teenagers, they also work with teenagers who are LGBTI. Great media work, great partner. Big up!

1 Agisanyang Agi O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ssi is a fun and educational place which incites creativity, spirit of togetherness and leadership.

2 Wame Kea M.

Advisor

Rating: 4

Its an amazing organization that helps vulnerable youth in a fun and exciting why.. truly amazing to be jumping and dancing all in the name of enhancing a skill and empowering yourself

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Heard about Stepping Stones International when they initiated a research on the preparedness of government of Botswana in responding to sexual abuse of children. As a children's rights activist, that was an area that was found lacking, we all knew there was a problem but there was not yet any documentation. Subsequent to this research, we as the #IshallNotForget Movement engaged Stepping Stones International in some of our awareness activities. They were receptive, guiding, cooperative and never too busy to lend a hand.

Its through cooperation, partnerships and capacity building that civil society organisations and NGOs can grow and support each other. we have experienced this with Stepping Stones and we look forward to continue working with them.

In addition we have referred cases of abuse to them to provide either psycho-social support or process counselling and we have gotten great feedback.

Stepping Stones is truly exceptional and committed

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Donor

Rating: 4

Stepping Stones International works with innovative approaches and deals with problems that the Government finds very hard to tackle. Their target groups are the most vulnerable and hard to reach children that needs to assistance to get ahead on an equal as possible footing with the rest of the population. I am also impressed with their dedication to the work they are doing!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

It was very informative on issues of gender based violence. I was able to get equipped on how to help learners in my school who come with issues that are gendered and resemble abuse that may have occurred because of the mere fact that they are male or female.

Grace Louise P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for my time at SSI. Everything they do behind the scenes and with the kids is so inspiring. I had the pleasure of working with the kids & in the main office. SSI has made an impact on so many children's lives & I can't wait to see the progress they continue to make. Whether in Botswana, or worldwide!