Our History

Salam Children’s Village was established by Ms. Tsehay Roschli, who is a visionary and mother of many, It was founded 37 years ago in 1985. Mrs. Tsehay was living in Switzerland. At that time, there was severe famine and drought in Ethiopia, especially in the northern part.  As a result, many Ethiopians died. A large number of children have lost their parents.

Mrs Tsehay, who saw this sad news on a TV channel in Switzerland, thought that she must do something because her spirit was disturbed, she brought clothes and money she collected from her friends and relatives and distributed them to the victims. 


However, she was concerned about the magnitude of the problem; She was especially worried about the future of children who have lost their parents; She returned to Switzerland and consulted her family, Mr. David Roschli and Mrs. Meria Roschli, as well as her siblings. Her families was very willing to support this good deed and garnetee her that they will be by her side in everything she does to achieve her vision. Mrs. Tsehay and her family wasted no time and started the fundraising work.

In 1985, Mrs. Tsehay returned to Ethiopia with some money she raised with her family and friends. She went back to the previous office and asked how the government would assist her if she took and cared for 20 children. The officials promised her a plot of land, tax-free privileges to import materials, and any assistance they could provide. She received an official letter stating the government’s support, which she sent back to Switzerland. Her family and friends continued to raise money for her.


After some days of bureaucratic contacts with government officials, Mrs. Tsehay received a land at the outskirts of Addis Ababa, in a neighborhood called Kotebe. She didn’t want to waste any time. In three months, the house was ready enough to shelter the children. She went to Bati in Wello, where she witnessed the misery months ago. Many children were waiting. She planned for only 20, but she picked 28 children who lost their parents due to the drought and started the journey of Selam Children’s Village.












In 1987, the village was inaugurated in the presence of high government officials who appreciated this good start and gave wide support.













In 1987 as the number of his children grew, Selam Primary School 1 was embellished . The school provided education to children under SCV and the surrounding community.

Selam Children’s Village expanded its activities to include development through a strategic focus on education and numerous other projects. In addition to the school, in 1988 with the fund secured from Embassy of Switzerland, the village had established Selam Clinic, where the needy children and community members received the required health services as per their needs.

When the number of the children is increasing and it is believed that it is important to establish an institution to lead the future life of the growing children, a movement was started to establish a training institution. Impressed with the work being done, the government gave another place to the organization and in 1989, Selam Technical and Vocational College was established.

The following year, in 1990, Selam Primary Schools (Grade 7 & 8) established and stared providing education service. In 1994, Selam High School inaugurated.

Salam started to produce milk, eggs, vegetables, etc. in the compound to meet the needs of the children so as not to depend only on foreign support. SCV continued to expand the humanitarian work with the income generated through selling of the leftovers and feeding the children from the agricultural work This helped to establish in 2003 the second children village at Kotebe near Hana Maria church.


In the year 2014,  Selam Children’s Village established a Daycare Center was started providing services for poor mothers by keeping their children at the center as they are not able to work in various labor jobs to earn their daily allowance due to the fact that they are not able to take care of their children, it is putting them in a worse situation.