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An overview of SELAM

SELAM is represented at four sites in four cities across Ethiopia: in Addis AbabaHawassaDire Dawa and Wukro

Addis Abeba

Addis Ababa: SELAM I and II

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  • 160 children live in family homes

  • 145 young people are in the SIL programme

(as of 2020)

305 children in care
  • 1 kindergarten with 2 levels

  • 2 primary schools for grades 1 to 8 

  • 1 secondary school for grades 9 to 10 

  • 1 preparatory school for final school exams for grades 11 to 12

  • Evening classes for adults

3'461 children in the schools

(Regular (R), short course (S) and evening class (E))

  • Metalwork (R, S, A)

  • Woodwork (R, S)

  • Vehicle Mechanics / Vehicle Electrics (R, S, E)

  • Electr. Engineering / Electronics / Construction (R, S, E)

  •  IT and Business Administration (R)

  • Catering (R, S, A)

  • Sewing (R, S)

  • Agriculture (S)

(correct as of 2020)

1'236 apprentices in 8 areas
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  • Day-care centre for 129 children

  • Hygiene Project for 265 girls

  • Lunch Project for 280 children

  • Economic programme for 30 women

  • Handicraft studio for 26 women

  • SELAM clinic consultations (including for local population)

  • School-fee waiver for 787 children and young people

  • School supplies donated to 157 children

  • Individual support for 29 children

  •  (correct as of 2020)

1'703 locals supported
  • Animals: Cows, calves, cattle, oxen, chickens, bees

  • Areas: Dairy cattle, vegetable cultivation, grain, feed cultivation

  • Products: Milk, eggs, honey, meat, vegetables (lettuces, chard, carrots, beetroot, courgettes, broccoli, cabbages, beans), flowers, ornamental plants

  • The sale of our agricultural products is a fundamental part of the self-financing model

(correct as of 2020)

7ha of agricultural land
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  • 1 restaurant with international dishes (approx. 100 seats)

  • 1 restaurant with national dishes (injera) (approx. 30 seats)

(as of 2020)

2 restaurants
  • 631 employees work at the Addis site (SELAM Childrens Village & production company TRIAE)

  • SCV: 48% females & 52% males

  • TRIAE: 8.5% women & 91.5% men

631 employees
  • SELAM Children's Village: 248 men, 233 women

  • TRIAE: 137 men, 13 women

(as of 2020)

  • Profitable areas: agriculture, production, training, school/education funds, apprenticeship agreements

  • These areas contribute to a self-financing of 1/3 from the SELAM Addis Ababa site.

  • Profitable areas: Agriculture, production, training, school/training fees, training partnerships

  • These areas help the SELAM Addis Ababa site self-finance 1/3 of its operating costs.

(as of 2020)

1/3 self-financed

Hawassa: Selam Awassa Business Group

children's homes
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(Regular (R), short course (S))

  • Metalwork (R, S)

  • Catering (R, S)

(as of 2020)

200 apprentices in 2 areas
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  • 1 restaurant with international dishes (approx. 50 seats incl. terrace)

1 restaurant
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  • There are 69 people employed at the Hawassa site

(correct as of 2020)

69 employees
  • The Selam Awassa Business Group is a company (public limited company = PLC) with a ban on dividends, as its aims are charitable.

  • Profitable areas: Production, training contributions, partner contributions

Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa: Shalom Engineering Dire Dawa


(Regular (R),  

  • Metal construction (R)

(as of 2020)

4 apprentices in 1 area
  • At the Dire Dawa site, there are 20 people employed in vocational training, production and administration.

(as of 2020)​

20 employees
  • Shalom Engineering Dire Dawa (SEDD) is a company (public limited company = PLC) with a ban on dividends, as its aims are charitable.

  • The company is still being established and is currently only generating profit through its production activities.


Wukro: SELAM Elshadai Wukro

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  • 160 orphans and half-orphans live in the Elshadai children's village

(correct as of 2021)

160 children in care
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  • Over 650 children attend the school

  • The school services range from kindergarten to year 8.

  • The school is self-funded

(as of 2021)​

650 children in schools
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  • At the Wukro site, there are 91 people employed in childcare, schooling, agriculture, accounting and project work.

(as of 2021)​

91 employees
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  • Agriculture plays a key role in making the site self-sustaining.

  • Various types of vegetable, grain, flower and cattle feed are cultivated, and cattle kept.

  • Honey and milk products (butter, milk) are also produced here.

(as of 2021)

11ha of agricultural land
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  • SELAM Elshadai Wukro is currently 50% self-financed.

  • Focus: Helping people to help themselves

50% self-financed

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