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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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

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.

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.

1

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.

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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!

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 0

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.