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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.
Posted on July 16, 2018
The plan when Hermela first joined the Emmanuel House was to giver her and her mother a chance at a better relationship without any interference. We are all so happy to have witnessed the changes in Hermela’s life in regard to her relationship with her mother and generally towards her character and outlook on life, as well as her communication skills. Her stay of almost 7months at the Emmanuel House wasn’t always fun. The EH was a new set up for her and she had hard time learning the rules of the house but she finally adjusted. Considering the circumstances, she was not homeschooled like the other children in the EH but rather was allowed to go to a formal school while living at the EH. The court that sent Hermela to the EH in the first place decided it was time for her to start living with her mother and so, she was reunified. Her mother was extremely joyous for all NOLM had done for her daughter and expressed her sincere gratitude. Now, Hermela is giving life with her mother another try and we hope all the counseling & prayer pays off.
Posted on July 16, 2018
The police station department that sent Lensa to the EH for temporary stay and eventual reunification was approached by her family. Since she runaway, her family were trying to find her and somehow, the missing person fliers they hanged around the police station were noticed and they found out that their daughter was sent to us. After that, the family were asked to come with evidence that shows that Lensa is indeed their daughter and her father came through with all the necessary documentation. After that, the police department sent him to us with a letter stating that they made sure of his identity and that we should reunify her with her father. Lensa, her father and the rest of the family were all very happy. They were scared that something bad might have happened to her but were glad to learn otherwise.
Posted on July 16, 2018
It took time to get through to Bontu. When she first arrived, she was so silent that she didn’t even mix with the children. After a while, she started opening up and gave us a hint about her family’s whereabouts. With the help of the local police, we were able to find her guardian. Her uncle (on mother’s side) came to the Emmanuel House for the reunification. Her father’s brother was the one who took care of her since her parents’ death but she runaway hoping to find her mother’s brother who was also taking care of her sisters. Bontu was very happy because that was where she wanted to go in the first place. Her uncle was also happy and assured us that he was able to take care of her and her sisters without any assistance.
Posted on July 16, 2018
Because this was Andinet’s first time away from home, he was very eager to go back. Also, he doesn’t speak Amharic at all so he couldn’t play or interact with the rest of the children at the Emmanuel House. After reunifying him with his father, we found out that his mother used to live in Kenya and that she died there. His father remarried and has 9 other children. His father wasn’t surprised or as happy as we had anticipated to see Andinet. He said he wished for him to work and at least support himself. Although the reality back home is sad, that’s the safest place for him so our team had to leave him there. Despite his father’s reaction, Andinet was still very happy to see his family back home.
Posted on July 16, 2018
Amarech and Tizita were trafficked and brought to Addis together. It was fortunate that their employers in Addis took them straight to the police when they asked to go back home to their families. After a stay of 3 months at the Emmanuel House, both headed back home to their families with the NOLM team. Unfortunately, because of the unrest in the area, their families were relocated and we couldn’t carry out a proper reunification. Amarech was handed over to her uncle who works in the Kebele and we learned later (through the phone) that she was reunified with her family after a few days. Amarech was very scared and sad to go back and find her family displaced but after she met with her uncle and found out that her family were safe, she was ok. Tizita’s adoptive parents had also been displaced so we had to hand her over to the authorities in the Kebele. Later, we learned that she was reunified with her biological father and that he would help her look for her adoptive family.
Posted on July 16, 2018
Abdi’s father had been looking for his son ever since he went out to buy bread and disappeared. The family tried all in their power to find him but all their efforts ended in disappointment. Their final try was to declare him missing on the radio and see if someone who saw/heard from him would come forward. This plan worked as one of the NOLM team heard the announcement on the radio and called Abdi’s father. The reunification was carried out at the Emmanuel House where a very anxious and worried father came to meet with his son who was in tears the whole time.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Bethlehem’s fictitious story came to an end when she came to us with the truth. she’d been living with her grandmother for a long time before her mother convinced her to live with her instead. She run away from her mother’s because she had a fight with her stepfather after a cat ate a chicken he owned. Because this was not her first time away from home, her family weren’t that surprised to see her. instead, her grandmother was worried that she had done something wrong and that she’d have to pay for her mistakes. After realizing that she didn’t do anything bad, her grandmother welcomed her back home. the reunification wasn’t a great one per say but seeing a child back in a place where she belongs is worth it. Sometimes, even though we don’t get great responses from families, our teams come back to EH hoping that the seeds sawn in every child’s life will soon blossom.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Although his family is economically stable and can provide for him according to his wants and needs, Rijal doesn’t like living in the rural area. He likes everything about the city. That is why he suddenly left home and headed to Addis. He doesn’t know anyone here but all that he’s heard about Addis made him pack his bags. It was a good thing that he went to the police after he came to Addis or bad people could’ve done a lot of bad things to him. During his stay at the EH, Rijal has been part of rigorous lessons and prayer that we hope have changed his general outlook on life, education and family. With this in mind, he has been reunified with his family who welcomed him with such joy. Although he has been away from home now and then, he was never this far and never for this long. Because of this, no one thought he’d be back home safe. They were thinking that something bad had happened to him and that they’d never see him again. Because he is a great student, his family were upset that he skipped school.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Bereket was eager to find his father when he joined EH. Through his stay, through all that he learned about family and values, he changed his mind about wanting to go back to his grandparents who raised him in the first place. His grandmother kneeled down and started kissing the ground once she laid eyes on Rijal. She was screaming and shouting asking him what she did wrong and why he left her in the dark all by herself. It was a truly touching reunification process. We learned that Bereket made friends with street children and that his grandmother forbid him not to hang out with those who are a bad influence on him. this was why he runaway. The lessons he learned at the EH we hope, have changed his life for good. His older brother is also living on the streets of Jimma. It is our prayer that Bereket’s return will capture his brother’s attention and their whole family will be reunited.

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