In Ethiopia, over 5 million children are orphaned or abandoned.

Untitled design (1).png

Extreme poverty

One-quarter of the people in Ethiopia live in poverty.

Untitled design (2).png

Broken families

When families break apart, children are often left without parents.

Untitled design (8).png

adoption not an option

Many children have special needs or are considered “unadoptable”.


We create families for children who have lost their own.


Our Forever family program is uniquely designed to give children the love and support they need.

Untitled design (9).png

Healthy family structure

We unite 8-10 children with a Selamta-trained mother in their own home, integrated into their local community.

Untitled design (6).png

children grow up together

Children grow up as a family over a 10-20 year period before launching from Selamta’s care into independence.

Untitled design (5).png

spiritual, mental & physical growth

Our professional staff serve each family with an emphasis on education, wellness, psychosocial support, and spiritual development.

Untitled design (10).png

restoring family, dignity & hope

Growing up in a stable family, surrounded by the love of Christ gives children a strong sense of belonging and hope.

DSC01240 (1).jpg

You can provide family, dignity, and hope for a child in need.

Here’s how it works:

you give generously

Make a donation or help children all year long with a monthly gift.

Whit Runyon-7 (2).jpg

we create family

Your support is what makes Forever Families possible.

DSC00344 (2).jpg

children grow and thrive

Together we can give children the love and care they deserve.

ACMoms27 (2).jpg

“The training and coaching I am getting from the staff very much helped me with the kids. I am now more understanding and patient to listen to what they say and respond positively. I praise the Lord for that. It is especially very important with the young adults.”

Menbere, Selamta Mom

Belay Asfaw.jpg

“Selamta is unique, it changes peoples’ lives, heals broken hearts and fulfills blurred dreams. Every child grows with a strong sense of belonging and togetherness.”

Belay, Selamta Youth

Photo by Sarah Jane Langham

Dawit, Sentayhu, Senait.jpg

“When I see my sister and brother, I feel satisfied. I feel that I made the right decision to bring them to Selamta even if I was young myself. To see them thriving after our difficult life circumstances makes me feel blessed. And I feel that their future is full of opportunities unlike their past.”

Sentayhu, Selamta Youth

Photo by SFP


 Photos above, unless otherwise noted, are provided by The Archibald Project (@thearchibaldproject), an orphan care advocacy organization that uses media to share inspiring stories to inspire people into action. To see more of their work, please visit

Video by The LaPointes.