Asma grew up in the countryside of Ethiopia with no access to education. She has previously worked as a daily labourer, although with health issues that she faces, work is inconsistent. Her youngest daughter, Zuleyka, lost sight in one eye due to an accident when she was very little. Through sponsorship, Asma has access to medical care and educational opportunities for herself and her two daughters.
Addis, with her children, Tadiyos, Abenezer, Mekdelawit and Mikiyas
Addis, a young mom of four kids, came to Selamta with hopes for a better life. Although she is dedicated to providing for her children, her means were not enough to break the chains of poverty. Now with a safe place to live and opportunities for education and employment, this family has the capacity to grow and thrive.
Mikiyas, alongside his aunt and uncle, Birhan and Tasew
When Mikiyas lost his parents at the age of 4, he moved from rural Ethiopia to the capital city of Addis Ababa to live with aunt and uncle who are both daily labourers. Mikiyas used to walk 45 minutes each way to attend a government school. Now, Mikiyas can spend his energy on receiving a quality education and being a kid.
Michael, Habtamu, Samrawit, Selam, Kalkidan and Meba, with their mother Emebet
Emebet, the sole caregiver of her six children, provides a home full of love and support. She works daily, baking and selling Injera, a staple food in Ethiopia. However, with a large family and little means, her family almost certainly would have been broken apart years ago due to lack of resources. With Selamta alongside of them, Emebet has been able to place her priority on her children, keeping her family together and making sure they are raised with love and support.
Zelalem and Bezawit
This brother and sister were joined by Selamta Family Project in their point of crisis, and were able to stay united with their biological mother. With no social safety net available in Ethiopia, many families in crisis would be broken apart and separated for good. With increased opportunities and a supportive community, they are growing up in a safe and loving home where they belong.
Twin brothers Ismael and Amir, alongside their mother Fetiya
Fetiya works as a Selamta house aunt at Menelik House. Through employment at Selamta she is able to provide for her sons and her baby girl. Ismael and Amir have been welcomed into the Selamta Family, and love going to work with Mom to see their friends at Menelik House. Through sponsorship, they receive health and wellness support and additional developmental resources.
Dibora with her mother, Lemlem
These two have faced many obstacles and, together, have overcome them. Lemlem has many medical challenges, and is partially paralyzed. Although it is difficult for her to leave her house, she works hard to support Dibora by tutoring children from within the walls of her home. Through sponsorship, Dibora is able to continue living in a loving home with her mother and attend school so she can break the cycles of poverty and have a bright future.
Mare, alongside her daughter Kalikidan
This mother and daughter have been a part of Selamta since 2008, and we have seen Kalikidan grow up into a shining girl. Mare provides a loving home for Kalikidan, and works hard as a daily labourer washing clothes and cooking. Through the support of Selamta, this family has been able to stay together in a safe home, and Kalikidan has access to quality developmental support.
Rediet and Elshaday
Here are two beautiful young sisters that have bright futures ahead of them. Their father works as a daily labourer and their mother has fought illness for many years. Selamta's professional staff walks alongside this family, and ensures that they have all the educational and medical resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.
Sitota and Arsema, alongside their mother Mekdelawit and Grandmother Etsegenet
Mekdelawit, mother of two young girls, joined Selamta’s Outreach Program in 2015. Working to support her family and keep her daughters in school was quite a feat for this determined young mom. Through the support of Selamta, they now have a safe place to call their home and no longer have to worry if there will be food each day. We admire Mekdelawit, and are thrilled to stand by her and her family.
Meseret, with her son Brook
Brook is a very smart boy, and is always making a game of things. His mother, Meseret, works as an Auntie at our Haile Selassie house so she can provide a loving and safe home for Brook to grow up in. As a member of Selamta, Brook often visit the Community Center for extracurricular activities. and is always ready to play games with his young Selamta friends.
Meheret and her brother and sister, Haileyesus and Selam, became part of Selamta when we first opened our doors. Although they were initially brought to us as orphans, they have been reunified with their biological family. Our Outreach Program exists to support families like theirs, so kids can remain with their biological families in a loving and stable home environment.
Nardos, alongside her mother Nuneyat
Nuneyat spends her days working at a hair salon to provide for her two daughters. Through sponsorship, this family has found a safe home to live in, that is near to the Selamta Community Center. With access to our Support Staff and other resources, they no longer have to worry about tomorrow. Nuneyat can focus on raising her daughters in a safe home and encourage them as they grow into bright individuals.
Selam and Dagime, with their mother Shibre
Shibre is a loving and supportive mother to her kids, and only wants the best for them. Illness and lack of medical care in the past has made her unable to work. However, this family has been lifted from poverty through Selamta's Outreach Program. Both kids are now in high school, and have many opportunities for success in their future.
Henok, with his mother Sintayehu
Henok is a bright young boy, whose mother has worked hard for him to attend a quality school at a young age. Sintayehu works as a custodian on the weekdays and braids hair on the weekends. She was educated through grade 10, and is an extremely hard working woman. Through sponsorship, Sintayehu no longer has to worry about being able to provide the minimum necessities, and now has a healthy life with access to medical care for her and her son. We are thrilled to walk alongside them.
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