Theory of change

Selamta acts on the conviction that every child deserves to grow up in a loving, stable family.

We believe it’s possible to end the global orphan crisis by implementing in-country, community integrated, holistic solutions focused on prevention and restoration of vulnerable children and families through intentional relationships with one child, one family at a time.

Selamta's approach

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four cornerstones

Family is the foundation on which we build our lives. Every strong foundation requires cornerstones that bear weight. The four cornerstones of Selamta Family Project include:









Community - a network of support

Selamta's professional staff walks with each of our families in relationship, providing long-term support and guidance through our four cornerstones. Our Community Center is an environment where our families gather, dignity is realized, and hope for a brighter future is possible. 

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Two programs - prevention and restoration

With an emphasis on prevention and restoration, Selamta’s programs prevent children from becoming orphaned or abandoned, and recreate family for those who have lost their own.

Outreach Program

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Selamta comes alongside families at risk of breaking apart. With access, opportunity, and a network of support, we are helping biological families stay together.   

Prevention is critical in ending the orphan crisis of Ethiopia. Many desperate parents are faced with giving up their children; not because they want to, but rather the task of providing seems near to impossible due to health, socioeconomic and other restrictions.

We walk alongside biological families through their crisis and into success. We partner with the whole family, working alongside parents to secure education and employment, and help them move toward self-sufficiency.


Forever Family Program

You can't tell one of our Forever Family homes from any other traditional family home in the neighborhood. Eight to 10 children come together with a Selamta mom to create a new, permanent family. Meet our families here.


Mothers are supported by our professional staff. They receive tools and resources to lead their families well. Many of our mothers were previously marginalized by society, suffering their own trauma and loss. With a new purpose and supportive resources they are thriving heads of household. 

Selamta Families share personal struggles and triumphs. The bonds of love and family carry well into the future. Family is less about location and a physical structure and more about the people we grow with in life.

Check out this 20 minute documentary The Archibald Project produced about our Forever Family Program. 

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