Tizita in LA...Difret and Opportunities to Thrive

Given the opportunity, children will thrive. Surrounded by love and support, opportunities become realities.

We are seeing extraordinary doors open this week!!!

Our beloved Tizita, age 16, in Selamta’s Gondar House since 2006, participated in an acting workshop enrichment program during a school break a few years ago. During that time, she met a young writer/director, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, making a film called Difret.

Tizita was cast in one of the lead roles which tells the story of a precedent-setting legal case in Ethiopia that draws attention to the traditional practice of abduction for marriage. The film addresses the issues of violence against women and the changing role of women and justice in Ethiopia. Angelina Jolie is the Executive Producer of the film (BTW, she is so kind and genuine…what a gift to meet her!). When you have an opportunity to see this film, YOU MUST!!!

Two more of our kiddos, Tigist and Nardos, also have appearances in this film. We couldn't be more excited for our girls!

This week, Tizita is in LA because this incredible film, Difret, is under consideration for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Seriously!!! Can you believe it?! Totally incredible!

This opportunity and extraordinary experience is made possible because Selamta encourages all of our kids to pursue their interests. We focus on whole-person care knowing that all aspects of personhood must be nourished and resourced. This is only made possible with support from generous donors and, in particular, sponsors.

Our sponsors pledge monthly or annual support of our children, mothers and households. But their support goes way beyond the financial. Real relationships develop between our family members and our sponsors. We all become one family through this connection.

Tizita has repeatedly told me this week how the support and encouragement from her entire Selamta family, including volunteers and sponsors, has made such a huge difference in her life. As our founder, Carol Stone says, “Love multiplies; it doesn’t divide.”

While we celebrate this incredible opportunity and share in the excitement of this week, we remember that there are so many more children and women in Ethiopia who will also find their place in the world and thrive when given the opportunity.

This Christmas, our wish is that we are able to serve many more women and children, just like Tizita, in the future. We believe these opportunities will become a reality…with your help!