Selamta's Founder

Love multiplies, it never divides.
— Carol Stone, Selamta Founder

Selamta is the vision and legacy of our founder, Carol Stone. Carol experienced the needs and realities of a broken system while working in international adoption for many years. Growing her own family through adoption, Carol learned how horrific life in a poorly run orphanage can be for young, vulnerable children. After learning to speak English, one of Carol’s daughters shared her early childhood experience in an Ethiopian orphanage. That’s when Carol knew there had to be a better solution…and Selamta was born.

Since 2005, we have tested the power of a formula that takes children from the streets, reunites them with lost siblings, stabilizes them emotionally and creates a new family around them. Women who have been abandoned, widowed and neglected become empowered leaders in their new family and community. In the process, we have established new family homes in a constellation around a center that serves newly arriving children and the community at large.

Children simply deserve room to grow in a predictable home, supported with proper nutrition, health care, education and love.

The Selamta Family Project is proving that these objectives are not beyond our reach. Selamta is a unique and successful model growing into a platform for positive change throughout Ethiopia, Africa and beyond.


  • Jim Wasz – Board Chairman

  • Benjamin Beisswenger - Secretary

  • Aidan Barry - Treasurer

  • Fana Mersha - Board Member

  • Karen Hutcheson - Board Member