Stories

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.
Posted on July 24, 2018
Rihana is such a sweet girl who touched everyone’s heart in her very short stay at the Emmanuel House. Her parents sent her to Addis for school break so that she’d spend some time at her uncle’s. unfortunately, after a few days there, she missed her family so much that she just went out and tried to find her own way back home. because her uncle had placed missing person fliers all around the city, one of the NOLM team members spotted it and contacted her family. Rihanna’s father came to the Emmanuel House to take his daughter back home and expressed his deepest gratitude to NOLM for sheltering his daughter. Rihana was first scared that her father might get into a serious fight with her uncle in Addis once he found out she was missing. She’s happy that no one was hurt and she is safely back together with her family.
Posted on July 24, 2018
The Emmanuel House hadn’t witnessed this kind of a reunification in quite a while. Because Meheret, Eldana & Ashenfi are such sweet kids, everyone at the Emmanuel House was in tears when they left. They came to us because their mother couldn’t pay house rent and her landlord sued her. she’s been in jail for a few months because she couldn’t pay the debt of 5months rent. NOLM and a couple of other stakeholders (department of Children & women’s affair) paid this debt in order to get her released. Because she doesn’t have work and cannot support her 3 children, NOLM will continue paying for their house rent as well as their educational costs. The three, especially Ashenafi had some behavioral problems when they first came to us but through the lessons and prayer at the Emmanuel House, they’ve shown considerable change. We pray that they continue to grow.
Posted on July 24, 2018
Mulu’s employer/relative went to the police station and after bringing Mulu’s mother from Gimbicho, the police sent them to us. Mulu was living with her relative for the past 4 years and although she was first happy, things started changing. Before running away, she even stopped going to school because the work load was too much. Both her mother and relative were happy to see her alive. They thought of the worst things that could have happened to her and were almost sure that they wouldn’t find her alive.
Posted on July 24, 2018
We were very disappointed to find out the true story of Zerihun. His real name is Yishak and this is his 10th time running away. The story he told us about coming to Addis with his brother is a complete lye. He came to Addis to give life with his uncle a try. His family sent him here because he gave them a hard time running away for no apparent reason. Hoping he’d stick around with his uncle, and maybe even go to school, his father thought he was affording him the best option by sending him to the city. Unfortunately, Yishak’s running away has turned into a habit and coming to Addis didn’t stop him from doing so. His uncle didn’t tell anyone that Yishak was missing and his family were very surprised to see him. although finding out that his stay at the Emmanuel House didn’t make him change his mind and tell us the truth was hard, our team’s only option was to leave him with his family even though we suspected his behavior hasn’t changed much. Our only resort now is to pray for change in his behavior/life.
Posted on July 16, 2018
Kiya didn’t get to go to her grandmother as she had wished. Because of the unrest in the area, we couldn’t take her to her family’s door step. Instead, she was reunified with her relatives who promised to take her to her grandmother as soon as things settled. We asked Kiya if she wanted to come back to Addis with the team and go back once things were ok but she said she was ok with staying with her relatives for the time being. We hope to hear from her soon with the good news of her going back to her grandmother’s.

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