You will immediately feel the warmth and love of this family when entering Abay House. Abay is Selamta’s 11th forever family. They came together in 2010, thereby completing Selamta’s first constellation of homes. The family members chose the name “Abay” after the name Ethiopians gave to the Blue Nile, which originates in Ethiopia. Mama Alemnesh has a quiet, gentle, loving presence. Auntie Birhani offers a nice balance with her endless energy and joyous laughter. Birhani was one of the first caregivers to join the Selamta Family in 2006 when the first Children’s Center opened. She “got” the mission of Selamta right away and showered the kids with love while also filling their bellies with wholesome food (she started out as Selamta’s cook).