Stories

Posted on February 6, 2018
Zoma endured tremendous physical abuse while at her employers and was expected to testify in court. she was referred to us until she testified and the case was settled. After a stay of 3months at the Emmanuel House, the court reached a verdict to let the employer go with a warning. The court also ordered for Zoma to be reunified with her family through her uncle who lives in Addis. Her uncle came to the Emmanuel House to take Zoma and was very happy with what he saw. Zoma is thankful for NOLM’s services and was happy to finally be heading home.
Posted on February 6, 2018
Rida came to Addis with a bunch of his friends because he didn’t want to miss out on an experience of a lifetime. The same day they arrived, his friends left him on the streets and headed back home. he is an A student, who had never been away from home so his disappearance came as a shock to everyone. His family walked a long distance to look for him. they often came to Jimma from their hometown, just to look for Rida. Imagine their surprise when he showed up at their doorsteps. Everyone was extremely joyed to see him back home safely. It was also a pleasure for our team to have a part in such a joyous memory.
Posted on February 6, 2018
Right from the start, we knew that his story was made up. Our team tried everything to gain his trust and learn the truth about him. we got through to him with the different lessons at the Emmanuel House & Ahmed finally came to us with the truth. Ahmed’s real name is Sherif. He gave us his family’s phone number and shared with us, their exact whereabouts. We then took Ahmed to his hometown where we reunified him with his uncle. Because there was unrest in the area, we couldn’t take him to his parents in the countryside. His uncle confirmed that Ahmed had runaway from home a bunch of times before and had lived on the streets of Desse. Ahmed changed his mind because of the things he learned & the prayer at the Emmanuel House. We hope these same lessons & prayers have changed him enough to stick around home.
Posted on February 6, 2018
Dawit’s parents forbid his idea to come to Addis. When he realized they would never allow him to come, he went to school and didn’t go back home. since then, his family have been praying for the best. Dawit had been working for his trafficked without pay but finally got the chance to escape and maybe go back home. luckily, he was referred to us and after a month’s stay, he is finally back home. his family welcomed him home with emotions that are too complicated to explain. Because he is so young and has never been away from home, everyone was very worried about him.
Posted on February 6, 2018
it’s been 6years since Shambel left home and started living with his uncle. He moved after his parent’s separation. Shambel moved again a short while ago to his brother’s home in Addis. His stay at his brother’s was very short and he still hasn’t told us why he runaway. When our team went back to his hometown, we were not able to find either of his parents. People in the area told us that they’ve both been away and that no one knows their whereabouts. Luckily, we were able to find his uncle’s address. His uncle in Shino was very welcoming. He is economically stable to support Shambel and promised to treat him like his own. Although he doesn’t know the whereabouts of his brother, he was also willing to look for him and try to reunify Shambel with his parents. Until then, Shambel will be staying with his uncle and his family.
Posted on January 22, 2018
Abu has been keeping his real name from us. His name is Getamesay and it’s been 2months since he runaway from home. his mother, who was in shock when she saw him explained to our team that he runaway without the tiniest reason. Although their living conditions are not ideal, his mother tries her best to provide for him. She was so angry that despite her struggles, he chose to runaway and left her by herself for the 5th time. This repetitive behavior didn’t keep her from worrying about her only son. She was very happy to see him. We wish that Abu sticks with his mother this time around and will be praying for this family. Our hope is that the lessons and prayers at the Emmanuel House have changed how Abu feels and thinks about staying with his mother.
Posted on January 15, 2018
Abebech came to Addis with a relative who got her a job. She then runaway from her employers and found a way to the police and came to the Emmanuel House. We contacted her family through the phone number she gave us and although they were not able to come to the Emmanuel House in person, they arranged for her relative to come and take Abebech back home. during the reunification, our team had a discussion with the relatives and stressed the importance of education. Through her stay with us, we hope that Abebech has also developed the skills for a social life.
Posted on January 15, 2018
Zenebech runaway from her sister’s house in Addis because she broke a glass and was scared. Because this was her first time away from home, her family were very worried about her and were looking for her. when we finally managed to find her sister’s house, we met with her husband. Zenebech’s sister was so worried that she got sick and had to go back home for some time with her family. Although Zenebech’s interest was to go back home to her uncle and siblings in the countryside, because she doesn’t know the way back home very well, we had to leave her in care of her brother in-law. We hope to hear soon, that she is finally back home with the rest of her family.
Posted on January 11, 2018
For 5 months, our team has tried every way imaginable to communicate with Kaleab. Starting from changing his name a bunch of times, he’s been changing stories, hometowns, parent’s names and so much more. We’ve tried looking for his family in all the areas he mentioned but without any luck. Unfortunately, the best we could do for him was report back to the police station that sent him to us and get him into an orphanage. Accordingly, although it saddens our hearts, we gave Kaleab back to the police and he was placed at an orphanage.
Posted on January 11, 2018
Amsalu’s father had been to Addis a couple of times, looking for his lost daughter. He gave her to people who he was confident would take care of her and he felt he was affording her a better chance at life. Unfortunately, the woman he trusted did Amsalu wrong and Amsalu runaway. Her family had given up hope and never in a million years would they have imagined her coming back home. her return was a Christmas miracle. Although we contacted them through the phone and told them that Amsalu was safe with us and that we would bring her back, they didn’t believe it until they saw her in person, touched her, hugged her and made sure it was all real. This was a big lesson to the whole family and the neighborhood as a whole and we are glad that others were able to learn from this story.

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