Stories

Posted on December 7, 2017
During Bayesh’s stay at the Emmanuel House, we have been looking for her family. We successfully located her mother and she has been reunited with her family in Gonder. Her mother explained to our social worker Tesfaye, that she sent Bayesh to Addis so that she would earn some money and support her family back home. because her parents are separated and her mother supports all her children by herself, life is a big challenge for them. Our team is working to come up with a way to support Bayesh and indirectly, her family.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Terefe’s guardian is a man who has no blood relationship with him. he started living with him when his mother kicked him out 2 years ago and they’ve been like family ever since. Terefe runaway because his guardian always warns him about cycling on the main road and he ruined a cycle tier while doing just that. His guardian was still happy to see him and welcomed him back with open arms. Terefe apologized for his mistakes and explained that he has learned his lesson. This settled things and Terefe is once again living with his guardian.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Bealem’s is a typical story in our line of work. she came to Addis with her father’s consent and was living with her aunt before running away. Her father, when he came to the Emmanuel House explained to us that he sent her to Addis, not because of financial problems but because he wished her to have many opportunities. He was sad about what happened to Bealem at her aunt’s and promised to take care of her himself and not let her out of his sight. During the reunification, Bealm’s father received a few tips on parenting styles.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Alem’s story is as clear as it gets. She came to Addis for work and after 15 days at the new house, she got homesick. When no one was around, she decided to runaway and find a way back home. when her father came to the Emmanuel House, he was a little upset because he didn’t understand why she wanted to runway. After we discussed how common it is for kids to feel homesick and runaway, he calmed down. When he came to his senses, he explained how thankful he is for NOLM’s services and for keeping his daughter safe.
Posted on November 23, 2017
Because Yeabsira was so eager to go back home, we never thought his story was fake or that he lied about his address. When we reached out to the local police, they helped us reach his uncle. We found out from his uncle that his parents are actually living in Addis and that the stories he told us were lies. When we contacted his mother and she came to the Emmanuel House for the reunification, she was so sad about what happened. The fact that her son didn’t want to go back to her and told lies just to avoid this was heartbreaking for her. Yeabsira was born right here in Addis and this was his 4th time running away from home. Because of this repetitive behavior, his mother has no hope that he will stay around this time but hoping for the best, once again, she welcomed him back home with open arms.
Posted on November 23, 2017
It’s been over a year since Fanaye was sent to the Emmanuel House through the police. She was physically abused and was waiting her turn to testify in court against her abuser/previous employer. after a very long wait and some effort, we found out that the case was closed because her abuser was nowhere to be found. The changes we witnessed in Fanaye (both physical & behavioral) during her stay with us are tremendous. Although she left her home when she was just a child, every turn is imprinted in her mind. Without any ups and downs, she led our team straight to her home where her family greeted us with extreme joy. Her mother was so happy that at one point, she was unconscious. Unless witnessed in person, it’s very hard to describe the magnitude of pleasure, tears and emotions that constituted this reunification. Reunifications like this remind us of the true value of our work.
Posted on November 23, 2017
When our social worker Tesfaye took Mito to the area she said was her hometown, there was no trace of her family. As a last resort, our team contacted the Gamo-Gofa police and were heading there when Mito asked for the bus to stop. she then led our team straight to the doorsteps of her family. There, we talked with her father whom we observed to be negligent. In the short time we spent with them, we tried to discuss parenting with the family. Although her father’s reaction wasn’t as warm as we had hoped, her mother greeted us with joy. We hope and pray that Mito stays home this time around.
Posted on November 20, 2017
Although he changed other parts of his story, Esayas told us the truth about the whereabouts of his family. When his stepmother saw him, she started crying. Esayas had been living with her for a while before coming to Addis with his mother. His father hadn’t seen him for years because he was living in a rural area and only had information that Esayas was in Addis with his mother. His stepmother was very happy that Esayas chose to come back to her because she was not happy with him leaving in the first place. She blamed his mother for taking him away from her while he was happily living with her and his half siblings.
Posted on November 20, 2017
Emebet’s case has been settled. She came to us because two different families were fighting over who she should live with. Because her father is unable to raise Emebet and her siblings, After these families discussed issues with her father, they decided it would be best for her to live with the family whom her sister lives with. Accordingly, her sister and the family came to the Emmanuel House with a letter from the police department that sent Emebet to us and took her to her new home.
Posted on November 20, 2017
When we went to Meseret’s home, we found her sister who recently came to Ethiopia after working in The Middle East for a few years. Because her father wasn’t around, we weren’t able to gather much information about how she came to Addis but we suspect that some of the stories she told us are lies. She tried to lead our team elsewhere. Regardless, the reunification was successful after a laborious day for our social worker.

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