David & Marie-Luise Röschli lived with their four children in
from 1962 to 1975 during which time they adopted six Ethiopian
children. In Feb 1975 they returned to
with the enlarged family.
In 1984 the eldest of the adopted children, W/ro
Tsehay, made a visit to
which was then affected by severe famine. Moved by the ill situation
of her native country, She returned to
and started to work to establish a small home for 28 orphans.
The foundation stone for the village was laid on January 16, 1986
and 19 boys and 13 girls moved in. At the end of the same year the
Selam family grew to 69 children between the ages of 3 to 16.
At present, more than 100 children are able to leave
the village after graduating from educational institutions and
training centers predominantly from
Technical & Vocational
few others have also graduated from
These young children are now supporting themselves and their
families. Selam is raising now more than 350 children who are
between the ages of 3 months and 18 years.
Activities. Selam Children’s Village
was established to support orphans who lost their parents due to
natural and man-made calamities. Its objectives are:
To ensure the
education, training, and overall well- being of the children of
the village and youth from the community so that they can
participate effectively in the socio-economic development;
thereby, supporting themselves.
To satisfy the basic
needs of the children by promoting access to certain basic goods
& services such as food, water, shelter, sanitation, and etc.
To ensure access
to goods and services by generating income in Selam
compounds through enhancement of farm and non-farm programs.
To promote employment
opportunities through enhancement of labor intensive venture