Stories

Posted on August 23, 2018
Zinash came to Addis because a relative literally begged her mother to give Zinash to them so that she could come here and live with them while going to school. when her mother found out that Zinash had runaway, she was devastated because she didn’t want her to come here in the first place. After the news, her brother had been to Addis a couple of times to look for her but went back home without any good news. The family had given up and were truly happy and surprised when our team showed up. Her mother was very emotional and couldn’t stop crying for a while. Zinash was also very happy to once again be in company of people who are dear to her.
Posted on August 23, 2018
We couldn’t take Lelo to her parents because of the unrest in their area. Instead, she was reunified with her sister who lives in Jimma. Lelo’s mother was against the idea of her coming to Addis in the first place so we imagine that she’ll be very happy to see her daughter back home. Although we were disappointed that we didn’t see her back with her parents, we did all that was possible at the time and were unable to go any further. Our prayers are with the family.
Posted on August 23, 2018
Derartu has been a part of the EH for almost 5 months. She has been in Addis for a total of 3years and stayed with her relatives for over 2 years. After she runaway from their house and went to the police, they had been looking for her at different areas before making their way to the police station that sent her to us. Because Derartu didn’t want to go back to living with them, when they contacted us, we told them that we would only give Derartu to her mother. Accordingly, Derartu’s mother came to the EH with her relatives and the reunification was carried out. Everyone who had the chance to spend time with Derartu admits that she is such a joy to be around. The meeting with her mother allowed us to have a discussion about Derartu’s future and that this is the age she should be in school at and not work.
Posted on August 23, 2018
Although Tigist lied to us about her mother’s whereabouts and her real name, the stories she told us about how she came to Addis and her stay here were all true. Because she kept giving us different addresses of her mother and father, we couldn’t easily find them and carry out her reunification. we were finally able to reach her father through the local police and he gave us her mother’s phone number. Tigist’s real name is Haregnesh. Her father first insisted that we reunify her with her mother but later called to ask if he could take her home. because Tigist wanted to be reunified with her mother, and she was living with her and her stepfather before coming to Addis, we thought it best that she goes back there. During her reunification at the EH, her mother explained to us that Tigist’s father had pressed charges against her and Tigist’s employer in Addis (her stepfather’s brother) after she went missing. Her mother was the most devastated after finding out that her daughter was missing. When she was separated from Tigist’s father, out of her 5 children, she only took Tigist with her to her new life. The reunification was overall a success except for the time spent looking for the family in all the wrong addresses the Tigist gave us.
Posted on August 23, 2018
Meseret came to Addis because her family’s financial condition was deteriorating and she had to work to support them. Her father was the one who brought her here and got her the job. Despite the hardship back home, she wanted to go back home and runaway from her employer’s house. We reached her family through the local police and although they gave us information about their whereabouts, they weren’t able to connect us with them. Because the area is very far from town, we had to reunify Meseret with her grandparents who live closer to town. Because Meseret had lived with her grandparents before, she was happy to be reunified with them.
Posted on August 9, 2018
Mitu’s story is very touching. She was raised by an old lady who found her in the forest. Although the lady’s economic condition wasn’t great, she still chose to share from the scarce resources she had to raise this bright young lady. When Mitu turned 15, she decided it was time for her to repay her mother’s debt by trying to support her. she came to Addis for work but because her employer kept giving her tasks that were way beyond her capacity, she runaway. The lady, hoping to escape from any question that would be raised, called Mitu’s family and told them that she runaway and stole a lot of money from her. Mitu’s mother was devastated to hear that her only daughter was lost. When she saw Mitu and our team, she cried saying that she felt she first saved her from monsters in the woods, raised her and then gave her to other monsters. She was so glad that she was safely back home. in her own words, even though she doesn’t have much to offer Mitu, she prefers to starve to death together rather than let her out to earn money. Seeing the economic state this family is in, we have proposed to support Mitu’s educational costs for the coming school year. Mitu is a brave, bright girl and we wish her all the best.
Posted on August 9, 2018
Even before coming to Addis, Zinet was living with her brother in Ilbabur. While at the Emmanuel House, she kept saying that she missed her mother but we later found out that this was a lie. Zinet had been living with her brother for a while. Her brother told our team that their mother is alive and well but that Zinet often run away from the countryside where her mother lives and so, he brought her to Ilbabur hoping she’d stick around with him and his family. She was enrolled in school, he opened a small business for her and tried a lot of other ways to get her to like her life with him but Zinet didn’t. although hearing these things made us wonder if Zinet will actually stick around, we hope that her stay at the EH somehow changed her outlook on life and all the prayers in her name will guide her path in the future.
Posted on August 9, 2018
Delelech came to Addis on her own time and without her family’s blessing. When she asked to come to Addis with a lady, her father was furious with her. he felt this was an insult to the life he was working very hard to provide for her. nonetheless, he wrote down the family’s address and told her to come back home if anything went wrong. It took Delelech some time to tell our team the exact whereabouts of her family. After hearing what her father had to say, we think Delelech might have felt guilty and didn’t want her father’s “I told you so” attitude. Her father on the other hand, after hearing news of her disappearing from her employers, sold his cattle and came to Addis to look for her. because the lady who brought her to AA was not willing to help him look for her, he spent most of his money on hotels and went back home when he finished his money. Right around the time our team showed up, the family was preparing to take action against the lady who brought Delelech to Addis because they were sure that she gave Delelech as a sacrifice to some sort of cult. They never thought they’d see their daughter again. Delelech’s return literally saved a lady’s life and destruction of unspeakable volume.
Posted on July 24, 2018
Semahegn came to Addis to look for his sisters. Other than the name of the area they live around, Semahegn had no way of contacting/finding them. He knows his mother’s phone number and it was easy to contact her and then his sisters in Addis. Because of their work situation, his sisters were not willing to take him in. they asked us to send him back home to their mother. Because Semahegn had behavioral problems, we took time and worked to correct these problems. After a stay of 5 months, we’ve witnessed a lot of changes in Semahegn and decided that it was time for him to go. Semahegn’s mother, who has no one else at home and lost her only son was so very happy to see us.
Posted on July 24, 2018
We got the full information of Mubarek’s arrival and stay in Addis after his very memorable reunification. when our team got to Mubarek’s hometown, we were welcomed as if he had disappeared from everyone’s home. we felt like Mubarek was a son of everyone who welcomed him. As each minute passed, hundreds of people gathered from all the corners of the town. All greeting Mubarek, hugging and kissing him. His father froze when he saw Mubarek and our team. His mother, who wasn’t at home when our team arrived, heard the good news of her son’s return and fainted. People who told her the news had to carry her home. Mubarek was in the heart of everyone who heard that he came to Addis and disappeared. Mubarek was in Addis to spend school break someplace new.

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