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Where Are We?

Child in Ecuador
Student in the Galapagos

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

People in Kenya


Girl in Rwanda


Hillside Hope

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Makiba Secondary School

Our Affiliations

Ecuador Andes
Ecuador Medical clinic

Junta de Beneficencia

Junta de Beneficencia was founded in 1888 in Ecuador, the first and largest foundation in the country. SSGD is honored to work with the Foundation helping to improve health and education in Ecuador. The foundation has four hospitals and two schools. 

Their mission is to offer non-profit, social services of the highest quality, to the neediest people in Ecuador, at every stage of life, with an emphasis on medical attention; thus contributing to the social development and quality of life improvement of Ecuadorians.


We are currently collaborating with JBG to conduct community asset mapping and identify the needs of the communities we serve.

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Galapagos students in library
Galapagos Islands Ecuador Health Clinic

Locals in the Galapagos Islands,

Stepping Stones for Global Development (SSGD) is actively engaged in a collaborative partnership with a local medical professional in the Galapagos to ensure the implementation of sustainable and impactful projects. With a focus on holistic well-being, our initiatives encompass a range of areas, including mental health, leadership development, and medical professional training. By leveraging the expertise and knowledge of our local partner, we aim to tailor our interventions to the specific needs and cultural context of the Galapagos community. Through comprehensive mental health programs, empowering leadership training, and specialized training for medical professionals, we strive to foster long-term positive change and enhance the overall quality of life for individuals in the Galapagos. Together, with our dedicated local partner, we are making significant strides towards building a healthier and more resilient community.

Kenya Founder Jennifer Kilel
Students in Kenya
Temporary School in Kenya

I Care Grace

Dr. Jennifer Kilel, a native of Western Kenya currently lives and works in central Virginia in the USA. She founded I Care Grace, an international nonprofit that strives to improve health care and education in rural Kenya. 

We are actively collaborating with the Executive Director Dr. Kilel, to explore opportunities for joint efforts in providing assistance to the community in Kenya. By aligning our resources and expertise, we aim to maximize our impact and create sustainable solutions that address the specific needs of the community.

BSVI Rwanda Students
Visual Impaired student Rwanda
Teacher and student in Rwanda

Hillside Hope

Jean Bosco Ntakirutimana founded Hillside Hope in March 2013 while he was serving for ALARM, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries. Hillside Hope focuses on community transformation, peace building and theological education.

Few of the objectives of Hillside Hope:

  • To promote education for handicapped children

  •  To assist vulnerable people including orphans, widows and street children

  • To promote a culture of peace, unity, justice and reconciliation

  • To Promote  Education and Vocational Training Skills 

  • To contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in the community

Current needs: funding for an HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy program, and funding for construction they are doing at the Blessing School for the Visually Impaired.

Tanzania Students
Students in Tanzania
Tanzania Students

Makiba Secondary School Students
Makiba, Tanzania

SSGD is working with Paul Kimaro, the Headmaster at Makiba Secondary School. The school is located near Mererani, which is known worldwide for Tanzanite precious gemstones. 

Number of students: 662

There are 166 boys, in the advanced level, that live at the school in hopes to add dormitories for girls in the future.

Ages: 14-20 years old

Meals: Only 14% of the students eat lunch at school, many go without. SSGD is hopes to find ways so all students have access to lunch. It costs $1 a day to feed a student.

Current need: build a dorm for girls, food for students and fix their water system. Read more

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