We believe every child deserves to grow up in a loving, stable family.
For millions of children around the world, this isn't their reality.
In Ethiopia, over 5 million children have been orphaned or abandoned due to the complications of poverty. It’s important to understand, that poverty is not just a lack of material resources. Where there is a breakdown in healthy relationships and a lack of support systems, vulnerable children and families struggle to succeed.
Poverty, disease, abuse, neglect these aren’t just the issues of developing countries. In order to love others well, we need to know we are loved. That love is the foundation we build on. We were not meant to go through life alone.
When we come together to serve and love the people around us, our neighbors, our communities change.
Selamta serves orphaned children but we are not an orphanage. We believe the only way forward is through an in-country, family-based, community integrated model of care. At every opportunity, we keep biological families together. When that is not possible, we recreate family for those who have lost their own.
This is Rediet and Elshaday. They were able to attend school because of support through Selamta’s Outreach Program, working with at-risk families to prevent children from becoming orphaned or abandoned.
Keeping their family together was impossible when their mother passed away. Because of Selamta’s ongoing relationship with this family, Rediet and Elsahday were immediately welcomed into the loving arms of Mama Wude of Menelik House. The girls are surrounded by loving brothers and sisters who compassionately care for them and provide the security and stability the girls need to heal and thrive.
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Photos above 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 www.thearchibaldproject.com