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Salem International is an international humanitarian and environmental organization actively working for peace throughout the world. Originally founded in 1957 to provide shelter for the homeless by [ Gottfried Müller] (1914-2009) and a circle of his friends in Stuttgart , Germany. Salem can now be found in many different countries across five continents.

Salem is a non-governmental organization (NGO) where beliefs about orphanages , children, childcare, charity, human rights , nature, and vegetarianism are based on a liberal social science-informed reading of the Bible .



Gottfried Müller founded the Brotherhood Salem in 1957 in Stuttgart, Germany , and devoted his life to people, henceforth fulfilling a world of death during World War II captivity.

He started by giving away all of his money to two disabled Jewish women. Soon with the help of some friends he established a home for homeless people and ex-convicts in Stadtsteinach (?) And quickly more of these German cities.

After several years of this work, however, it has been possible for many people to get started and have not been able to do so.

Müller developed his solution through attentive conversations with the persons for whom he cared, many of whom reported that they had grown up in orphanages. quote needed ]

Creation of children’s and youth villages

He went to the core of the issue, the cause of uprooting. Gottfried Müller said,

“We must find a better future for the ‘home’ children, to educate them to be members or even representatives of a valuable community.”

He gathered together educationalists and co-workers to a new kind of education closer to ‘families’ and created Salem children’s and youth welfare organization. Reportedly, the first Salem Children’s Village was opened in Germany in 1968. [1]

In each of the Salem institutions, the children of the family have been accommodated to give them a lasting home. Successively, the Salem children and youth villages in Stadtsteinach, Northern Bavaria ; Höchheim , in Northern Bavaria; and Kovahl, Luneburg , in Northern Germany, were built.

The model character of these villages was the reason for building further Salem institutions in the United States, Israel, Uganda , Ecuador and Russia . quote needed ]

Health and protection of nature and environment

What followed was the commitment to medical welfare work, vegetarian nutrition , holistic medicine , animal and environmental protection, organic agriculture , re-afforestation projects, and the Salem institute for the investigation of alternatives to animal experiments . Meanwhile Salem has grown to an international welfare organization offering a home for many discriminated children and juveniles. quote needed ]

Fields of work

Social work

Children’s and youth villages

The children in these villages live together in extended families, about 6 to 8 children with adults. Each family is led by a couple of parents or an experienced mother with an educational professional training. Some villages offer residential homes for elderly people, too. quote needed ]

In 1980, 200 children were living in the long-established villages in Germany. But Muller has said that “Salem is only the model”; he and other organizers have not been interested in the membership of the villages belonging to the organization, instead seeing them as models. [2]

Public health services

In many projects the social commitment goes beyond the children’s village. For example, in the Salem village in Uganda, there is a fully equipped hospital with a laboratory and an operating theater. It provides medical care to an area of ​​around 45,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, there is a training facility of health advisors and traditional midwives. The clinic in Togo , being supported by Salem, provides 42,000 people of the area. quote needed ]


The Foundations of the Ten Commandments and Jesus ‘ Sermon on the Mount of the Christian Bible . The Christian faith is in the same way part of education as knowledge of pedagogics, psychology, and sociology. Salem provides both professional and academic apprenticeships and continuing education on different campuses. For example, the apprenticeship workshop in Uganda and the school for children with behavioral disorders in Rumney, New Hampshire in New England , USA. [3]


A healthy interaction with nature is the basis of Salem’s work. Activities in these rural orphanages include animal protection and environmental education (specifically in Germany ), and reafforestation programs in Africa . quote needed ]


As an alternative Training Center for ADD Salem provides biofeedback training in the form of individual sessions and children’s summer camps. It aussi offers practice-oriented seminars about Neurofeedback / EEG biofeedback with Internationally-renowned experts and clinicians. [1] (Web site only in German)

Organic farming

Organic agriculture and gardens belong to most of the children’s villages. In Germany these are farmed in accordance with the national guidelines for organic agriculture. In tropical countries other methods Such As Permacultureand Agroforestry stand in the foreground. There are gardens which grow many herbs, fields to grow crops and whole-grains for vegetarian -based kitchens in these villages to prepare vegan and vegetarian diets for the residents.


The “Lindenhof Salem” guesthouse in Stadtsteinach / Northern Bavaria offers both naturopathic treatments and an all-organic vegetarian restaurant.

See also

  • Maryland Salem Children’s Trust


  1. Jump up^ Anthony, Mitchell, Salem Village. Vegetarian Times, 1981 (March), 44: 26-30. – March 1981Vegetarian Times(# 44) on Salem Children’s Village in Rumney, NH
  2. Jump up^ Michael Harris (April 1980). “The Salem Children’s Village: A New Concept in Foster Care”: 42 ff. Unknown parameterignored ( help ) |DUPLICATE_title=
  3. Jump up^ Anthony, Mitchell, Salem Village. Vegetarian Times, 1981 (March), 44: 26-30. – March 1981Vegetarian Times(# 44) on Salem Children’s Village in Rumney, NH

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