Menbere is generous with her time and her talents, and loves to invite guests into her home. Her culinary skills are off the charts, and feeds her family well. Her demeanor is consistent, and she leads her family with love and gentleness.
Yohannes is artistic and full of life. He graduated from a videography program, and now works at a film studio. He launched into independence in 2017. He loves music and videography. He loves volunteering his time and talents at Selamta events as DJ.
Telila is energetic and social, and loves spending time with his brothers and sisters. His witty banter can go on for hours, and he loves to make others laugh. Telila enjoys playing soccer alongside his Selamta brothers.
Beemnet is a confident young woman who was described as “scrappy” when she first came to Selamta in 2006. She is fun-loving and boisterous. Bemnet likes being active, whether it is playing soccer or hiking the nearby mountain with friends. She launched into independence in 2016.
Etianat is a beautiful young woman, that is very interested in fashion. Her fun-loving nature makes her a joy to be around. She is currently a proud member of Selamta's Hygiene and Sanitation Committee. She particularly likes math, and hopes to one day be an accountant.
Hailu is an intelligent boy who works hard in school and does very well. His name means, “power” in Amharic. He has a happy, laid back nature, and a huge smile that lights up the room.
Surafel came to Selamta in 2014 with his mother, Menbere, and is thriving. He is very smart and loves to practice speaking English. His energy and outgoing personality allow him to make friendships easily, and he has become fast friends with his new brother Nati.
Nati is the youngest in Tewodros house and is energy personified. He loves playing with his Selamta buddies and they can often be seen tumbling, playing soccer, or bantering. He is also always willing to break out his dance moves, whether at a large gathering, in his livingroom, or after a soccer game.
Nati launched into independence!
Sentayhu and her younger siblings, Dawit and Senayit, were among the first children to join the Selamta Family in 2006. She has now graduated from high school, and is attending vocational school. She is a little reserved when you first meet her, but when you get to know her she opens up and is a joy to spend time with. Sentayhu enjoys going to church every week, and participating in the celebration of prominent religious holidays.
He launched into independence in early 2016, after securing a reliable job. He is respectful, compassionate and always willing to lend a hand. Before coming to Selamta his eye was damaged and therefore has had difficulty in school. His dream is to be a shop-owner and he has gained experience apprenticing at a neighbor’s shop.
Meseret, “Messi” to her friends and family, is a kindhearted and warm young woman. She came to Selamta in 2006 with her younger sister, Lidet. She is easy to make friends with and accepting to anyone. She has turned her love of sewing and fashion into a summer job. She is now graduated from high school, and attending vocational school. Messi also enjoys hair braiding and spending time with her Selamta sisters.
Lidet is a very bright girl, and is an extraordinary kind person. She loves reading and is dedicated to her studies. She enjoys math, and hopes one day to be an accountant. Lidet takes advantage of Selamta's additional resources, and has attended STEM classes and critical thinking programs. Lidet is friendly and a pleasure to spend time with.
Esubalew and his younger brother Elias were among the first kids to arrive at Selamta. He has a robust laugh, likes playing board games and soccer with friends. Esubalew enjoys watching the British premier league soccer games on TV. Ask him about is favorite team and he will light up. He tends to be playful and likes to make people laugh.
Dawit tends to be a serious young man, but when he smiles, his whole face lights up. He had a difficult life before Selamta, living at a church with Sentayhu, begging for a blind woman. When he came to Selamta in 2006, he was so relieved to be reunited with his younger sister Senayit. He started playing more and made friends with other Selamta kids. He now loves playing soccer with his friends and on the Selamta team.
Elias is a creative, quiet boy who likes drawing and painting. He loves participating in extracurricular programs at Selamta. He has attended a circus program, where he learned how to juggle, do pyramids and other stunts. He is friendly and easy to get along with, and loves making jokes with his friends. Once he opens up, his antics will brighten anyone's day.
Senayet was the youngest Selamta child for many years, but since has become a big sister to many Selamta youth. She has a blast getting to know new volunteers.She is an energetic girl who loves to play sports. She has played volleyball and lacrosse with volunteers, and loves playing on the Selamta Girls' soccer team. Senayit has many friends both at Selamta and at school. In Amharic, Senayit means, “gift or blessing.”