Oh, the places we'll go!

By Marisa Stam, Executive Director

Today is your day.
You're off to great places.
You're off and away! - Dr. Seuss

We've reached the season of graduations, celebrations and exciting events. And Selamta is no exception! 

Today, we're excited to share our new website with you! Take some time to explore it, get to know our families and take advantage of new ways you can get involved. 


Family is the foundation of everything we do at Selamta. To emphasize that point, we've developed our Heart & Home Sponsorship Program. A house is just walls but a home is where healing, hope and love fill the voids. As a Heart & Home Sponsor, you become a part of our global family connecting with our program, a child or a Forever Family in a meaningful way. 

I am happy to be able to support my child, Tigist, in the Selamta Family Project. Developing a long-term connection with her and seeing her grow has been an amazing experience. 
— Letha Mills - Heart & Home sponsor and former Selamta board member


What began as a dream 10 years ago has become a reality. Selamta is privileged to be raising up Ethiopia's leaders of tomorrow. We are thrilled to celebrate our soon-to-be college graduates:

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. - Dr. Seuss

Belay and Mekides will graduate from Hope University and Gondar University, respectively, in July. Please join us in congratulating them on their enormous achievements!


Class of 2016

These students, brothers and sisters have achieved something extraordinary and they are world changers ready for bright futures. In 2000, only 4% of adults in Ethiopia 20 years and older completed secondary school. (Source: EDHS 2000) Today, we are thrilled to announce that 11 Selamta students will flip their tassel and walk across the stage at the end of the school year.

You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. - Dr. Seuss

SAT Time

For the first time, Selamta youth will take the SAT exam for the opportunity to study abroad. Seven Selamta students participated in SAT prep courses with Selamta Ambassadors  over several months. Bilal Abdurahman and Selam Ashenafi will be the first two students to sit for the test on Saturday, June 4. Please join us in wishing them all the best as they take this big step. 

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! 
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.) 

Selamta Summer Tour

June 28 - August 3, 2016

Selamta is hitting the road for 6 weeks to introduce our families to your friends and family. Attend one of our local events stretching across the Midwest to DC and New England. Or if you live in those regions, consider hosting a stop for us in your community.

Complete tour list coming soon!

English Summer Camp

Ready to pack your bags and hang out with some of the coolest kids on the planet? Yes! Join us in Ethiopia this summer to facilitate Selatma's English Summer Camp. We're hosting a 5-week interactive experience for our youth where they will practice verbal and written English skills beyond the classroom. This year's theme is The Arts. You can expect brilliant performances and a lot of laughs. Visit our Take a Trip page for more information. 

You're off to Great Places! 
Today is your day! 
Your mountain is waiting. 
So...get on your way!