Stories

Posted on September 24, 2018
Serke made her way to Addis after a fight with her parents. This is not her first time away from home. she’s runaway before but never this far. Because of this, her parents didn’t bother to look for her but were hopefully waiting for her to come back. Her father, who is blind was so hurt because of Serke’s disappearance. He said she was the one who helped him move from place to place and that it was as if he lost his sight for the second time. Her parents don’t have many children and live a comparatively better life so Serke has nothing to worry about. She was very happy to be back home and so were her family. Her mother was also sick out of worry about what happened to her daughter and they all expressed their gratitude for what NOLM had done for their daughter.
Posted on September 24, 2018
Abeba/Mahlet is the youngest of her parent’s children and was the only one living with her parents before coming to Addis. Because of this, her father was not happy with her leaving home and coming to Addis. Because the plan was for her to live with her sister, her mother didn’t oppose the idea. She’s been away from home for a total of 2years. Her family found out that Mahlet runaway from her sister’s only a week before our team headed there. Her mother immediately packed her bags and came to Addis to look for her daughter. Because of this, we weren’t able to see Mahlet and her mother reunite. When her father got a call from neighbors to tell him that his daughter was back, he was at a church taking on his usual prayer asking God to bring back home his daughter safely. Even neighbors were testifying as to how much her father was hurt because of the news about Mahlet. He always cried when he saw children her age and this was a very special day for him and everyone involved.
Posted on September 24, 2018
Opiyo came to Addis to work and support her family back home. just like her, almost all her siblings are in Addis working to send money back home. unfortunately, her father wasn’t as happy as we expected to see her. he was more focused on the economic crisis that their family is in and the fact that they need the money that Opiyo used to send back home. her mother was the one who was emotional and overwhelmed to see her daughter. Despite her father’s reaction, Opiyo was very happy to be back home too. She had been through a lot during her stay in Addis and we hope that this will prohibit her family from sending her back to Addis for work.
Posted on September 24, 2018
Tigist told us she’s been in Addis for a total of 3years but in reality, her stay was a lot shorter. It was her father who brought her to Addis and got her a job. Her employers gave him her 1month salary and her father went back home. because of the family’s extreme economic challenge, none of Tigist’s siblings are able to go to school. Tigist was at her employer’s for approximately 3 weeks and then she runaway. Her father was notified of this and her employers asked for their money back. Because of this, the family was devastated. Although they were happy that Tigist was back, they were worried about how they are going to pay back the money to Tigist’s employers.
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.

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