Selamta’s Theory of Change specifically calls for in-country, family-based, community integrated solutions to the orphan crisis because the outcomes from these solutions are game changers.


In-country

 Retaining a strong sense of culture and personal identity

Retaining a strong sense of culture and personal identity

 Reduction in traumatic disruptions and increased stability

Reduction in traumatic disruptions and increased stability

 Caring, engaged, and influential citizens, guided by local role models and mentors

Caring, engaged, and influential citizens, guided by local role models and mentors

Every child grows with a strong sense of belonging and togetherness.
— Belay, launched Forever Family child

Family-based

 Children know the permanency of a loving, stable family

Children know the permanency of a loving, stable family

 Restoration of the whole person within each family

Restoration of the whole person within each family

 Spouses and parents equipped and empowered to raise healthy families

Spouses and parents equipped and empowered to raise healthy families

At dinner, when every member of our family is around the table, that is when we discuss daily issues and laugh at one another by saying silly things. I love this quality time of the day.
— Mihiret, Forever Family child

Community-integrated

 Reduced stigma associated with vulnerable children and families

Reduced stigma associated with vulnerable children and families

 Sustainability by utilizing local resources including schools, churches and hospitals

Sustainability by utilizing local resources including schools, churches and hospitals

 Healthy members of society able to care for self and give back

Healthy members of society able to care for self and give back

Selamta provides children with holistic support so that they fully integrate with the community that they were living.
— Mekides, Forever Family child

We build our foundation of family on four cornerstones. Each of them has significant impact within the lives of the children and families we serve.


Education

 Every child with the access and support to complete primary and secondary education

Every child with the access and support to complete primary and secondary education

 Access to tertiary education through vocational schools and universities

Access to tertiary education through vocational schools and universities

 Support and encouragement through tutors, recognition, and extracurricular activities

Support and encouragement through tutors, recognition, and extracurricular activities

Selamta is building our future. The quality of education Samuel is getting is our future.
— Sentayehu, Outreach Mother

Health & wellness

 Improved nutrition and WASH practices

Improved nutrition and WASH practices

 Access to basic preventative, acute, chronic and reproductive health care

Access to basic preventative, acute, chronic and reproductive health care

 Increased ability to advocate for self concerning physical needs

Increased ability to advocate for self concerning physical needs

As soon as I joined Selamta, my life began to take a different turn. I got access to everything a child needs to develop.
— Abel, launched Outreach child

Psychosocial Support

 Reduced symptoms of PTSD, behavioral disorders, and depression

Reduced symptoms of PTSD, behavioral disorders, and depression

 Access to trauma informed care and counseling

Access to trauma informed care and counseling

 Parents equipped to understand and respond to the mental health needs of children through adolescence

Parents equipped to understand and respond to the mental health needs of children through adolescence

The whole staff at Selamta believes in me. They always tell me I can be somebody I want to be.
— Senayit, Forever Family child

Spiritual and life skills development

 Increased understanding of inherent dignity and worth

Increased understanding of inherent dignity and worth

 Healthy relationships with God, self, others and their environment

Healthy relationships with God, self, others and their environment

 Access to training for life skills, adult literacy, financial literacy and communication

Access to training for life skills, adult literacy, financial literacy and communication

Everyone in the family believes that I am honest. Keeping money and purchasing items is usually left for me.
— Mehari, Forever Family child
 
 
 
 
 

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