where Graff cuts and polishes
many of its best stones

Percentage of the population less than 25 years old


The number of orphans in a population of only 2 million people, which means many adolescents fall into the role of caregiver to younger siblings or live with extended family


The estimated life expectancy at birth


Unemployment rates are the highest among 15-19 year olds


The number of students reading at the appropriate grade level: a poor education system results in young people having few employment prospects and limited opportunity of further education, which, in turn, breeds low self-esteem.


Percentage of the population living below the poverty line

Poor healthcare

Young people are often left with an inadequate level of healthcare and may receive no protection from abuse

Lack confidence

Hindered in these ways, these young people lack the self-confidence to express their opinions or emotions, and struggle with psychological stress

The Graff Leadership Centre is located in Mochudi, 40km from the capital city, Gaborone. It offers the following services to the local community:

Supporting 70 orphaned or vulnerable youngsters between 16 and 26 each year via the Finding the Leader Within programme

Educating on topics such as leadership, civic participation, business and computer skills, financial literacy, English literacy, career interview techniques and interpersonal skills

One-on-one & group counselling sessions covering emotional, health and mental issues

Workshop activities covering themes such as agriculture business practices, democracy, substance abuse support and bead making for income generation

Creating job and internship opportunities where local companies provide trial periods and then offer permanent roles

Reaching out to more than 3,000 youth with career guidance and motivational talks at schools

Expanding the Finding the Leader Within programme to the Baylor Center of Excellence in Gaborone to serve an additional 35 youth

80% return to school or enter stable employment within three years of completing the programme

Profits from new companies setup by leadership graduates in events, arts and catering industries provide loans to other entrepreneurial projects in the community

Poetry recitals, art workshops and drama performances have been put on for visiting royalty

Past participants have gone on to university as well as into careers in fashion, landscaping and hospitality

Help us help more people in Botswana

FACET’s partner charity

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones International develops the potentials of orphaned and vulnerable youth by nurturing their mental, physical and social well being, providing the opportunity for them to become self sufficient.

The programmes run by the charity combine life skills with leadership training, psychosocial support and community mobilisation.

Find out more about Stepping Stones International

Real People. Real Changes.


Finding the Leader Within


Finding the Leader Within


Finding the Leader Within


Finding the Leader Within


Finding the Leader Within

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