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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

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks as a volunteer teaching literacy skills to students and teachers at Stepping Stones International in Mochudi and Gabarone, Botswana. During that time I came to know Lisa Jamu , Connie Mogara, Lyan Sebeke and many others who, with passion and dedication provide orphaned and vulnerable youth the emotional, physical and mental support to necessary to become independent, successful adults. Stepping Stones International is the real deal - committed to changing the lives of those who would otherwise have been left behind. There is a huge need for the services they provide in this developing part of the world. It was truly a pleasure to have been part of the team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done a two week internship at Stepping Stones International and although I only had so little time to know everything about this NGO, I was amazed by all the things they organise for the youth. I got the chance to teach the in-school particants a dance to a Dutch song, as I am from Holland, and they absolutely loved it! What an enthusiasm in this organization! I would love to go back!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its incredible to see how much Stepping Stones International has evolved over the past 10 years. It is truly inspiring to see just how many vulnerable youth they empower in so many different communities across Botswana. What I found most impressive throughout my time volunteering with them is that SSI not only focuses its efforts on youth, but also directs its efforts to support entire communities to ensure long-lasting change. I am so proud to be volunteering with this organization, and cannot wait to see where the next 10 years will take it!

1 Kate_Scurria

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that has been a great servant in Botswana for over 10 years.

1 Isaac L.

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: 4

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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Donor

Rating: 3

Dedicated people, good organisation, doing a great job in Botswana where few organisation are active due to the middle-income status of the country. Absolutely useful.

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning for Stepping Stones International was one of the best experience I could have asked for in my field of study. The organization makes a difference in the lives of youth in Mochudi and focus on important issue through informal education. Their knowledgeable and welcoming staff do an amazing job in teaching youth life-skills and creating opportunities that help enrich their future!

1 Nadja A.

Donor

Rating: 5

SSI is improving people's life’s by guaranteeing youth in Botswana to have a better future!  !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to write a brief and my honest review for Stepping Stones International (SSI).
I served at SSI for 27 months as a US - Peace Corps Volunteer.

SSI is an NGO that is committed on to three principles: 1) Transparency, 2) Good Governance and 3) Accountability to Donors.
Following on the above three broad principles, has increased the legitimacy and credibility of SSI's financial procedures, its effectiveness of its programs and has earned tremendous respect in the communities of Botswana and within the local and international donor agencies.
Good governance and self-regulatory initiatives and commitment to their principles are the most important drivers for this NGO, in bringing behavior change not only within the direct beneficiaries of SSI but overall in the local communities.
Accountability to it beneficiaries involves all its stakeholders in processes. SSI works in consultation with local communities by drawing on local skills and knowledge.

This NGO is known for investing its resources in its local staff empowering and ensuring professionalism in project designing and its execution for bringing the best to meet its local needs; increases local capacity and skills base, and increases the commitment of the community to support the project.
SSI creates a conducive and supportive working environment for existing staff and international volunteers who bring their expertise to this NGO. SSI is committed to its principles to help to improve the effectiveness of achieving its mission.
Anis Ajani - From Dallas

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Their programmes actually work and there is no two ways about it.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones does great work in Botswana! I had the opportunity to volunteer with them earlier this year and was amazed by the energy and dedication of the entire staff.

1 Jose K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Hosanah khumalo
i have being started to come in stepping stones international.
important things that i have learned and forget in my life as i person is that when life give you 100 reasons to cry show life that you have 1000 reason to smile.....

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am vinoliah munyandi
Being in stepping stones international has taught me some life skills, like for example stress control measures and decision making skills like how to choose between two or more alternatives .I have also lean't how to make a cv, the most important thing that is required in a CV.

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.

Brigitta P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International (SSI) opens the doors to a world that many did not know even existed. It allows children, who are of lower socio-economic class and vulnerable, to succeed in school, pass exams, progress to a higher education, earn jobs, better their personal lives and self, receive counseling for various hardships they have and/or are currently enduring, form healthy relationships with others, help their families, and give back to their community. SSI believes in these kiddos' potential and worth, while also encouraging them to do their best and be their best self. This organization may only be located in one country, but it has made its impact and stamp all over the world, to include, Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International is a non-profit organization that is doing great work and making large strides to give teachers and students the skills they need to succeed and create for themselves a better future.

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.