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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!!!!!!

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know of the commitment of the staff and volunteers at Stepping Stones International; recently had the opportunity to visit with Tinny Seitei and learn from her about the impact Stepping Stones has on the children and the community. It was heartwarming to hear her stories. Impressive that contractors who come to Botswana want to do what they can to help the community.

Kate49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones International is an amazing program that has made such a difference in the lives of so many young people. They provide support and services to a very underserved populations, teens and young adults orphaned by AIDES. Our Women's Club has donated to SSI for the last few years and we feel good that our donation is carefully used to directly benefit the participants. We have seen the growth of the program over time and look forward to continued involvement.

Timothy14

Donor

Rating: 5

This program has been well planed and implemented with intelligence and experience gained in the area it suports. I know some of the people behind this organization and can honestly say that I have never ment a more dedicated group in my life. The love and passion the staff and administration have, both fo the children in the program and for those that have graduated from the program, is evident when talking to or when receiving emails from them. The work they put in to making it the exceptional program it is give me the confidence that my donation is reaching children in need and helping these children build a better life for themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer at SSI for two years, 2011-2013. It was incredible to watch the adolescent participants grow in self confidence and leadership ability, gain skills to help them succeed academically and in life, and to build meaningful relationships with their peers and staff. SSI makes all the difference in the lives of these orphans and vulnerable teens, many of whom are HIV positive. It is a well run organization that strives to continually improve its programs. It is THE best run NGO in Botswana!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Nontombi Gungqisa. I joined Stepping Stones in August 2013 as a "Finding the Leader Within" Leadership Coordinator. This organisation unlocks a world of opportunities for youth. Everyone associated with it is presented with the opportunity to excel from the welcome, buildings, colorful rooms, positive energy and creativity, and divers cultures.

Psychosocial support is the core in this organisation for both our direct clients and their primary caregivers including grandmothers. We pride ourselves with community ownership and grooming the asserts of the next generation - the youth.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lisa Jamu, the founder and ED of Stepping Stones, is a longtime friend and colleague. She poured her heart and soul into the creation of this incredible organization, and keeps it running – impacting the lives of 1000s in Botswana and internationally – with great passion and professionalism. Her culturally appropriate model – imbued with community input, local staff, and techniques such as peer-to-peer mentoring – nurtures the growth and well-being of orphaned and vulnerable adolescents. In a relatively short period of time, Lisa - together with her staff, board and many dedicated volunteers - has designed and implemented an impressive, holistic program for the development of self-sufficient, self-assured young adults. I greatly admire her success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Alexa Grooms and I had the pleasure of serving Stepping Stones International as an intern for two months. I helped S.S.I with their social media and developing their leadership curriculum.

During my time, I worked closely with the faculty and participates especially Lisa Jamu. The passion and drive in every faculty member and the experience of every participant was positive. S.S.I does not just help its 100 participants will homework it takes a holistic approach to bettering their lives-- with goal setting, financial literacy, leadership building, and life skills. These subjects are not taught in schools and these participants without question are more secure and ready for life. S.S.I has also helped many participants go to college with their tutoring and land jobs and internships with their connections in the community.

S.S.I is a highly respected and thriving non-profit. Their ambition and drive to make their participants better in my opinion makes them an elite non-profit that deserves all positive recognition.

Celine B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to be a volunteer in the SSI program. I have learned so much about the community, as well as my own personnality.
My first initial goal when I first started was to improve the academic skills of the teenagers that attended the program. Everyone that worked there made a difference; helping them in their daily obstacles, supporting them in their actions even providing them with a meal, gave them courage to strive in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Kent Rowe and I volunteered with Stepping Stones initially to help establish a philosophy of sport and health. The idea was to use sports, physical activity and general health as a way of life, and the lessons learned from sport in other aspects of your life.
When I arrived I soon realized what I was to do on top of my initial mandate was to roll up my sleeves and help in anyway possible. This ranged from helping with the meals, to listening to the kids stories and telling stories of where I come from.

this was one of the best experiences of my life as it helped me to better understand our global community. I speak of my experiences on a regular basis to anyone who will listen, and it seems everyone I speak to is interested to know more.