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Selamta is a word that means, "Be at peace" in Ethiopian Amharic. The
Human Capital Foundation’s Selamta Family Project in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia provides care for orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and
empowers marginalized women by creating life-long families.
The orphan crisis in Ethiopia is devastating. There are millions of
children orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic and other adversities in
Ethiopia. The overwhelming majority of these children are separated
from their siblings and abandoned to the streets. Some are placed in
orphanages where they routinely encounter violence, predation or
abuse. Orphaned children feel alone and forgotten as they are left to
raise themselves. A different approach is needed, one centered around
family and community.
The Selamta Family Project was created out of the longing to give
orphaned children a new life within a predictable home. Children at
Selamta are supported with proper nutrition, health care, education
and love. For the past seven years, 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. In the process, we have established 11 new family homes
integrated within the Bethel neighborhood of Addis Ababa.