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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 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

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Stepping Stones International when they were a sub-contractor to Education Development Center (EDC). I have been very impressed with their dedication to the welfare of vulnerable adolescents. I have seen how they have given hope to many young people by equipping with much-needed skills to navigate the world. There are many stories of young people who have turned out to be excellent leaders in the community because of Stepping Stones International. An excellent organization which lives up to it's vision and mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International provides much needed services to at-risk young people. This organization should be a model for other communities who want to provide a crucial bridge of skills, support and knowledge for teens as they move towards adulthood.
Partnering with organizations like the University of Utah Reading Clinic in Salt Lake City to provide research based reading instruction is just one way that SSI is providing their students with valuable skills that will affect them the rest of their lives.
Hats off to SSI!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is an incredible nonprofit that is seeking to change the lives of vulnerable youth in Botswana. The people are passionate and committed and the difference SSI makes in children's lives is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International is an excellent organization genuinely dedicated in supporting orphaned and vulnerable youth with their educational, emotional, social and physical health and well-being. While volunteering with the education program in 2011, I learned a lot from the youth, staff and volunteers and in turn they were open to new ideas and strategies. This organization collaborates well with community members of varying scales to seek out and provide the best programing and opportunities for its youth. It is a great organization with which to volunteer and I still hope to return some day!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is a wonderful organization that plays a key role in supporting youth in Botswana in a manner that engages, empowers, and educates vulnerable youth. The integration with and respect for the greater community in which it works contributes to its success. It has a clear focus as an organization, a dedicated leadership, and an understanding of how to combine the best of Botswana, the US, and the region to create meaningful programs in youth development that focus on the overall well-being and future success of vulnerable youth.

Hao G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization, incredible cause and a phenomenal team! One of the best non-profits I've worked with and wish them continued success in the future.

Lisa472

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most incredible, effective, and productive organization with which I have ever worked. Their approach to youth development is comprehensive, addressing academics, emotions, family life, and physical health. I was so inspired by the staff and their dedication to Botswana's adolescents.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is an agency that successfully balances offering supportive services for youth and advocating for change and community development on a large scale - not an easy task! As a volunteer I was blown away by how Stepping Stones was dedicated to community-driven projects and the effectiveness in achieving those projects. Thank you SSI for being an amazing 'stepping stone' for participants, volunteers and community members alike to grow and develop the skills to do amazing work and make change!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International is doing the kind of work we all wish we could do! I am proud to be associated with this fabulous organization, and I welcome all interested literacy volunteers to contact the University of Utah Reading Clinic (www.uurc.org - 801-265-3951) to find out how to get their "boots on the ground" in Botswana!!!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International has developed a holistic program to address the many complex needs of the youth in Botswana. SSI has networked with the University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC) to improve the literacy rates not only at the Center, but throughout the country. Tutors at SSI have been trained to provide targeted individual and small group reading intervention. SSI has partnered with the UURC, Ministry of Education and Skills Development, along with BIHL, to train hundreds of teachers in the UURC's whole class text and word study literacy models. Teachers have been given additional tools to make texts and therefore content accessible to their students. SSI's impact on this nation is enduring and remarkable.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with numerous international nonprofit organizations in various countries and I have been very impressed with SSI. SSI has a focused mission on an area of great need and thoughtful leadership to execute the projects. I have sent students to work with SSI and every one of them has returned having a positive experience and a strong conviction in the work SSI does. They are a great nonprofit!

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!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sophia S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International is a real on the ground, hands on solution to the problem of poor literacy, life skills and coping mechanisms of youth in Mochudi. The participants are given one on one literacy training as well as a comprehensive program centered around giving them the skills necessary to be strong individuals and community members. The programs offered include, Psycho-social support, Financial literacy, social responsibility, leadership training, life skills and literacy. The youth are also given games to play, during leisure time and attend sports on Saturdays.

The staff is accommodating and constantly evolving through sensitivity training and facilitation training. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.

Melissa232

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers at Stepping Stones inspire me. I'm so proud to be part of Stepping Stones and the good work that they do with adolescents. They make dreams come true and give young people in Mochudi a safe place to land in what is often a difficult world.

My wish would be to give the staff and management a big thanks and continued energy and resources in a dwindling resource environment. Keep up the great work ditsala - you are building stronger adults and a stronger nation. Thank you for your good work.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International is doing amazing work in Botswana. Many vulnerable children and youth are being supported through a number of initiatives. Stepping Stones International is doing vital work and assisting many children and youth in need.

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?

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a client of mine, Stepping Stones International is an organization I aimed to help better operationally. What I didn't expect was to walk into its office and centre and be touched, inspired and left feeling speechless by the work that they do and the people who run the organization. As founder, Lisa Jamu, has dedicated her life to not only the kids that go through the program but also to her staff and volunteers. As such, Stepping Stones is not just a non for profit, but a family, a family that is commited to having an impact all across Africa, which is absolutely beautiful to witness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have worked with stepping stones international and there is no dout that they mean business when they say they are willing to help the public especially the youth.I have worked with stepping stones on their educational album"@AMBITION" which i hoped to have found some information about it on the website but to no avail,Mr Desmond lunga helped throughout the recording period of this album and i have enjoyed my time at the centre and working with the kids too has been a great experience.please update something about AMBITION the exposure can help.