Stories

Posted on June 21, 2018
Selamawit’s family had no idea of her whereabouts or if she was alive for that matter. Her return after years of radio silence is a miracle to this family. Despite their dreadful economic condition, the family was still happy to welcome Selamawit back into their lives. Selamawit’s return means that they have to share the already scarce resources they have available. Their situation is very bad that they don’t have enough for daily meals or drinks. We are hoping to somehow support this family so that they can at least address their basic needs. This way, Selamawit can stay with her family. If left unaddressed, the problems at home will likely lead her back to Addis to find work and a daily bread.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Dasash’s wish was to go back to her aunt’s place in Addis. Because we didin’t think we’d be able to find her we first started our search in Dasash’s hometown. While talking with the police in her hometown, we also tried to find her aunt’s home in Addis but failed. A little while into her stay at the EH, we were able to reach her family back home and knowing that Dasash wants to go to her aunt’s they helped us contact her. when her aunt came to the EH to take Dasash, she explained to us that she went through a lot trying to find Dasash. Dasash went out to buy kerosene for home use and lost her way back. Although her aunt posted missing person fliers in her area, it was all in vain because Dasash was nowhere to be found. she contacted her family back home and told them what was going on. She was so happy to see her niece safe, out of harms way. Dasash kept crying and asking to go back to her aunt’s since the day she got to the EH so this was a happy reunification on everyone’s end.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Eshete is his mother’s pride and joy. Although she has 6 other children, the place she has for him in her heart is visible through her eyes. She was in extreme shock when Eshete and our team walked into her house. A day before we took Eshete back home, his mother was in Addis looking for her lost son. She explains that Eshete is her peace, blessing and pride. She further says that she went through a lot for her children and that his disappearance was a stab on her heart. she had always had hope in him and thinking that he had runaway triggered anger, disbelief and disappointment in her. Eshet’s return was a joy not only for his mother but everyone in the area. He was trafficked to Addis with 3 of his friends and people stepped in before the children were handed over to the buyers. Their trafficker was arrested and charged.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Dereje was not living with his parents before he was trafficked. He fled from home in the countryside and was living in Weliso while shining shoes. Although his father tried a couple of times to take him back home, Dereje refused. Meanwhile, Dereje and his 3 friends were trafficked to Addis. Dereje’s family were very worried because they heard rumors of Dereje coming to Addis for work. His father, sold cattle to come look for him in Addis and went back home after a week’s stay. Dereje was also very eager to go back home because he knew his family would come to visit him in Weliso and when they realized he was missing, would be very worried. He knew that his father, even when he was in Weliso tried everything to take him back home and once he realized he was missing, would blame himself for what happened. Dereje’s family had prepared themselves for the worst possible news and were happily surprised when they saw him back home.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Mamush and his 3 friends were trafficked from Weliso by a boy not much older than themselves. Before they were handed over to the buyers, people who suspected what was going on took them all to the police. Mamush and his friends were sent to the EH for temporary stay and eventual reunification. when the police station sent a letter to us stating that Mamush and his friends were no longer required to testify in court, our team started working for their reunification. Mamush’s family reacted in a way we never expected. His father was not willing to accept him back into the house. When we first contacted him through the phone, he explained to us that Mamush left home after stealing and selling 6 sheep that belonged to the family. Our team headed to their house with the local police because we anticipated their unwelcoming tone. Even when the police were present and told Mamush’s father that it was his responsibility to take his child back in, his father refused and told the police they can arrest him. this was an unpleasant experience for our social worker as well us all that were present there. Even the neighbors kept telling our team that Mamush is a bad boy and that we should invest our time and energy on someone else. Even though this is what everyone repeatedly said, our prayer is that the grace of God has changed Mamush forever and people around him will be able to see this. Although his father refused to take a picture with him or sign the appropriate papers stating that he has received his son from NOLM, he was willing for him to stay in the house. Agreeing with the local police that they will take over the follow up, our team headed on to the next reunifications.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Yeabsira’s mother, who holds a bunch of different jobs just to support her boy was ecstatic to see him and our team. She was so upset that her son left her even though he sees all the hard work she puts in to support him. people explained to us how she couldn’t eat, sleep, do anything but think of Yeabsira ever since he disappeared. Yeabsira was trafficked from his hometown with 3 other friends and the trafficker was caught and arrested after their arrival to Addis. Yeabsira and his friends got a lot of education, prayer and bible lessons during their stay at the EH and we hope that this has changed their lives forever. Yeabsira’s mother was so grateful for our services and for the hand of God that kept her son safe through his journey.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Meseret came to the Emmanuel House a month ago. She’s been living in Addis for over a year. Although she only wanted to go back home, the people she was staying with in Addis had posted missing person fliers in town and one of our team saw it. We contacted them and found out that some of the things Meseret told us were lies. She wasn’t living with them as a maid but rather as a family member and didn’t have a reason to run away. After talking to them on the phone, we talked to her again and she said she runaway not because she was punished or treated bad, but because she missed her mother and wanted to go back home. The family promised to take Meseret back home to her mother at the earliest convenience. Hearing from us and Meseret’s safe return to the family was an answered prayer to them.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Genet’s story kept changing almost every day during her stay at the EH. Somehow, with the little truth she told us about her aunt who lives in Adama, we were able to contact her family. We first reached her aunt through the phone but she didn’t want to have anything to do with her. she refused to take her back but instead gave us her mother’s number. It was a surprise to talk to her mother because Genet had told us she doesn’t know her mother. Her mother wasn’t surprised to hear that we were calling on behalf of her daughter either. She asked us to reunify Genet with her uncle in Addis and that he’d take her back home. Genet had an odd behavior and we tried, through counseling & different approaches to help her get the social skills she’d need to live peacefully with others.
Posted on May 17, 2018
On our way to reunify a child, we found Derartu’s photo attached to a missing person flier on the streets of Ambo. When we reached out, we talked to her mother which came as a big surprise because Derartu told us she lives with her stepmother. We think that this was because she wanted us to sympathize with her and maybe not send her back, thinking her stepmother was a bad person. When our team came back to the EH and talked to Derartu, we learned that she also lied to us about why she came to Addis. She didn’t have a reason, she just run away from home. her mother, having no idea about her daughter’s whereabouts or her safety, had fallen sick for a month after Derartu’s disappearance. She couldn’t eat, sleep or properly communicate with others. When she heard from our team on the phone, it was a miracle. She didn’t leave a stone unturned to find her daughter and eventually gave up but finally got the call. She was extremely thankful for this second chance to touch, hug and kiss her daughter.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Lenda came to the Emmanuel House for temporary stay and eventual reunification. because she had a court case, we were expecting her to stay a while. Despite all she’s been through at such a young age, she was such a sweet, fun & humble little girl. We all loved and cared for her so much. Sadly, her stay at the EH was short because the police station that sent her to us requested that she be moved to an organization closer to the station so that it would be easier for them to monitor. Because the officers who came to take her came to us with the right paperwork, we couldn’t deny their request. We do not know the progress of Lenda’s court case or how she is doing at the new organization but hope to find out soon. In the short time she was with us, we witnessed enormous changes in her arritude towards life in general and hope this growth keeps happening wherever she goes. Please keep praying for Lenda.

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