Selam's Children's Village has a wonderful background story. In the early 1970's a Swedish family living in Ethiopia adopted six Ethiopian children before eventually moving back to Switzerland. One of the adopted children, when grown, returned to Ethiopia and was so moved by the effects of the famine, started a small orphanage for children who had lost their family to natural disasters.
In 1986, Selam's Children's Village broke ground for a larger orphanage which now houses and takes care of more than 350 children from the ages of 3 months to 18 years. Most of these children have graduated or will graduate from (when of the appropriate age to attend) vocational training or education centers provided at Selam's. The Village not only houses and cares for the children, but when they are old enough, gives them the skills they will need in life to earn a living and help support their families. It's such an amazing mission, don't you think?
I've been excited to visit and the sun was shining Saturday morning so we used the opportunity to drive to Selam's Children's Village. We headed straight to the flower nursery on the compound. It was much more expansive than I had thought. The rain clouds rolled in as we picked out gorgeous succulents, tiny flower buds, poppies, and more. The first indoor greenhouse was home to the potted succulents and other plants. I'm not a garden person so I can't tell one from another. I wish I could. All I know is everything was green and beautiful.
|we brought his purple flower home by Addie's request|
|one of the sweet women who led us through the nursery and helped us carry our flowers|
Addie and Bella were allowed to choose whatever they wanted to plant at home. All the sales help support the Children's Village. We got a large flat of flowers, some already potted, and it cost us less than $10.
The grounds were lush and green with a mysterious quality to them as if something magical could happen any moment. The girls were like little fairies flitting about. It was raining but it made it all the more exciting to explore.
The other wonderful treat at Selam's is the restaurant that serves lunch every day from 12-1:30 PM. It's a set 5 course meal that changes daily based on fresh ingredients. We enjoyed fried zucchini, vegetable barley soup, bread, salad, beef with potatoes and vegetables, and finally, coffee ice cream that was frothy and perfect. The food was wholesome and tasty. The dining atmosphere was extremely family friendly.