Dinknesh is the Ethiopian name given to the estimated 3.2 million year old skeleton discovered in Ethiopia, also known as Lucy. In Amharic, Dinknesh means “the wondrous one.” The children in Dinknesh house balance each other out nicely. Some are more energetic and others more laid back. This balance maintains a nice atmosphere in the family.
Mama Selamawit (Selam) is a steady and calm woman with a big heart. She came to Selamta in 2009 with her biological daughter, Tsion. Before coming to Selamta she made potato chips and sold them to small stores. In her free time, Selam likes cooking and doing needlework.
Robel is the oldest boy at Dinknesh House. He is a hard-working young man who started his own small business making sandals out of used car tires, and has worked other summer jobs as well. He is energetic, funny, and a good older brother to his Selamta siblings. He can often be found singing, acting in Selamta plays or at his church. In 2010 Robel and volunteer, Chris Morse, co-authored a book, “I Call Him My Brother.” Robel shares his inspiring story of his life before Selamta, surviving on the streets of Addis Ababa.
Almaz is the oldest girl in Dinknesh House and she is very patient and gentle with her younger siblings. She and her sisters, Belaynesh and Yezina, came to Selamta in 2008. She was very protective of her younger sisters before the three of them came to Selamta and once they were in their home she was relieved to be safe. She is thankful for the love of her family and opportunities for education. In Amharic, Almaz means, “diamond.”
Masrshew is Robel’s biological brother. The two were reunited at Selamta after many years of being separated. It was one of the happiest days of both their lives. Masrshew is a smart, light-hearted, artistic boy. He likes to draw and paint. You can often find him playing soccer with friends. He also attends church on a weekly basis, with his brother Robel.
Henok is a quiet young man, and a good role model for his brothers. He loves playing soccer, and has made it onto the WWO Dream Team. He enjoys learning about civics, and one day hopes to be a judge.
Belaynesh is a warm, kind young woman who loves school, gymnastics, and reading. She is a loving sister and a good friend. Belaynesh does well in school and is a calming presence to others. She is always willing to work alongside her mother and help with household chores and cooking. When visitors arrive at her house, she often prepares a traditional coffee ceremony for them.
Tsion is Mama Selam’s biological daughter. When they joined the Selamta community, she was thrilled to have so many brothers and sisters after being an only child. She is sweet, polite, caring, and calm. Tsion is a bright student and has recently attended STEM classes, that give her additional educational opportunities.
Yezena is a light hearted girl who loves school and repeatedly places at the top of her class. She is self-disciplined and eager to learn. Yezena likes participating in activities led by volunteers, as well as Selamta’s psychologist and professional staff. She is now a dedicated member of Selamta's Reading and Library Committee.
Yegermal is a bundle of energy and love. He is a very curious young boy who likes to play and learn new things. Yegermal is gives the biggest hugs and loves his family very much. In Amharic, Yegermal means, “He’s amazing!” Very true, in reference to our little guy.