English Summer Camp
This summer, our youth enjoyed 5 weeks of immersion in English through our English Summer Camp. Andrea Barahona, grad student at the University of Florida and She's the First campus chapter president, served as our Summer Camp Director developing curriculum and overseeing the fun.
This year's theme was The Arts. Through active learning, our youth developed new vocabulary and performed three plays during the final week of camp. Our volunteers had the chance to share their skills and build relationships with our families. Consider joining us in 2017!
First University Graduates!
Please join us in congratulating Belay and Mekides on their tremendous accomplishments! Belay earned his degree in Business Marketing. Mekides earned her degree in Psychology.
The Future is so Bright.
It's been amazing to celebrate the success of Belay and Mekides but that's only the beginning. We have 5 Selamta Forever Family Youth and 3 Outreach Youth who will continue their university education this fall. We are thrilled to announce that 7 Selamta youth will join their brothers and sisters in higher education in October. What was a dream when Selamta was born is becoming a reality, changing futures and effecting generations to come.
Epic Road Trip - Selamta Summer Tour
We logged over 7000 miles across the US this summer to meet with donors, introduce Selamta to new communities and make connections on college campuses. It was wonderful to see the outpouring of love for our families! The energy and enthusiasm from the Ethiopian/American community and young people fueled every mile of the 6 week journey!
New Additions in Outreach
This year, Selamta is growing through our Outreach Program. We know that supporting and empowering at-risk families prevents more children from becoming orphaned and abandoned. Through education and employment opportunities families can move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Please welcome Iman, age 8, Imran, age 3, and their parents Sadia and Abdureuf to our Selamta Family!
Launch to Independence
Abel has been a part of Selamta Family Project since 2008 and launched into financial independence this year. When Abel was young, he transitioned from our Children's Center back to his biological family through the reunification of our Outreach Program. With the generous support of Heart & Home sponsorship, Abel received a quality education and was encouraged to become a thriving young adult. Today, Abel works for Ethiopian Airlines and looks forward to a Bright Future with his mother and grandmother before starting a family of his own.
Before I joined Selamta, I had been living in a very dangerous village. It was not safe at all. Many children would not have access to education. But, as soon as I joined Selamta, my life began to take a different turn; I got access to everything a child needs to develop. It made me a better person.
Selamta Family 5K
Registration is open for our Selamta Family 5K the first weekend of October. You can participate at one of local events or wherever you are. This year we're in over 5 physical locations:
- Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
- San Francisco, CA
- Boston, MA
- Washington, DC
- Lake Placid, FL
- Anywhere you are!
Equipping and Empowering
We have an incredible team of women from Quilts Beyond Borders in Ethiopia teaching our moms how to sew on our Selamta US machines for two weeks. Our Moms are naturals and taking to the projects very quickly. Six of our ladies are going through a train-the-trainer session so they can pass on their new skills to other Moms, Aunties, kids and Outreach Families who might be interested to learn. Sewing, combined with our soap making skills training that will continue next month, could become income generating activities in the future. In November, a team from Links International will work with our families and staff to teach finance and small business planning.
Get to Know our Kids and Families!
Become a Heart & Home Sponsor to build relationships, encourage our youth and support the transformational work of Selamta Family Project.