Menelik House is named after Emperor Menelik II. He is most famous for defeating the Italian army at the Battle of Adwa in 1896, thus driving the Italians out of Ethiopia and maintaining Ethiopia’s independence.

Menelik was known as the “little kid house” for several years because it was the home with the most youngsters. The kids have grown up quite a bit since they became a family at Menelik house in 2007, but there is still a youthful, buoyant air to the home.