As an employee of the Ministry of Basic Education in Mochudi, I have had a very cordial working relationship with SSI, both at personal and professional levels. The staff is friendly, courteous and highly knowledgeable, and they are doing a great job in supporting the education and general welfare of young vulnerable people. I would rate SSI 10/10 anytime.
Stepping Stones International is filled with a team who literally dedicate their lives to supporting the youth of Botswana. I think one of their biggest strengths is their direct contact with the community, because they ARE the community. Everyone knows them, respects their work, and knows they are doing great things for Botswana.
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.
Stepping Stones International is an NGO that is passionate about what they do: protecting and empowering vulnerable youth and combating injustice such as child (sexual) abuse and gender-based violence. They go the extra mile to create impact.
Their approach includes all levels of society: the youth themselves, their families, their communities, service providers, traditional leaders and lastly governments and politicians for advocacy.
Stepping Stones uses evidence-based approaches, but always tries to find innovative and creative ways to reach their goals. They are a reliable organisation and deliver what is promised. That makes this organisation a leader in the field.
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!
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!
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.
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!
A wonderful organization that has been a great servant in Botswana for over 10 years.
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.
Fully committed team, provinding the best they can to help Botswana's youth to develop better!
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!
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!
SSI is improving people's life’s by guaranteeing youth in Botswana to have a better future! !!
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
Their programmes actually work and there is no two ways about it.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!!