I am a volunteer at Stepping Stones. Lisa Jamu is an excellent manager and creative fundraiser. The children flourish there and are learning things such as income generation, drama, and study skills that they could not learn anywhere else. Their self esteem and communication skills are improving by the day. These kids are overlooked otherwise- Stepping Stones is vital for their personal success.
I have been working with Stepping Stones Intl for a year now, developing and running our Income Generation Programme, and am continually impressed by the kids. They are all in such incredibly vulnerable situations, ones we can hardly imagine, and yet at SSI they flourish; growing as individuals, supporting each other, building their confidence and becoming responsible young adults. The staff at SSI are incredibly dedicated, doing so much more than simply providing services at the centre - for example, supporting the schools and families to better support the youth, opening doors to careers for the older youth and providing support even after they have left, and helping the academically strong children to apply for scholarships.
Stepping Stones International (SSI) is unique, being supported not only by the Community, but the Chief. It is a place of learning, safety and development for children that has made a lasting difference to the most vulnerable. SSI is working at the forefront of children's issues in Botswana that will extend the reach of its work to a national level.
Stepping Stones is one of the best organizations I know of! I have visited Stepping Stones once, and fell in love. The work they do with teenagers is inspiring. Teens often get left out in the cold, but its nice to see that someone is finally giving them a chance to succeed in life.
Stepping Stones International targets the youth who are most of the times forgotten. SSI helps the kids with their home and domestic life, personal challenges, emotional grievances, school academics, life goals and expectations and to better themselves as a whole. With the help of donors, SSI could go beyond their potential and soar to amazing heights. SSI needs funding to be able to hire credible and qualified staff, pay the current staff adequately, create and develop curriculum that is appropriate, and provide the best for the youth that it serves daily. This organization is an inspiration to me and I hope to see it blossom further! Given the resources SSI has now, the organization and its staff is doing the best to make a difference in the youth community.
Stepping Stones International has quality lasting impact on youth who are vulnerable and need guidance in their lives. They need to increase their staff size to help more kids.