Stories

Posted on May 17, 2018
Meseret came to the Emmanuel House a month ago. She’s been living in Addis for over a year. Although she only wanted to go back home, the people she was staying with in Addis had posted missing person fliers in town and one of our team saw it. We contacted them and found out that some of the things Meseret told us were lies. She wasn’t living with them as a maid but rather as a family member and didn’t have a reason to run away. After talking to them on the phone, we talked to her again and she said she runaway not because she was punished or treated bad, but because she missed her mother and wanted to go back home. The family promised to take Meseret back home to her mother at the earliest convenience. Hearing from us and Meseret’s safe return to the family was an answered prayer to them.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Genet’s story kept changing almost every day during her stay at the EH. Somehow, with the little truth she told us about her aunt who lives in Adama, we were able to contact her family. We first reached her aunt through the phone but she didn’t want to have anything to do with her. she refused to take her back but instead gave us her mother’s number. It was a surprise to talk to her mother because Genet had told us she doesn’t know her mother. Her mother wasn’t surprised to hear that we were calling on behalf of her daughter either. She asked us to reunify Genet with her uncle in Addis and that he’d take her back home. Genet had an odd behavior and we tried, through counseling & different approaches to help her get the social skills she’d need to live peacefully with others.
Posted on May 17, 2018
On our way to reunify a child, we found Derartu’s photo attached to a missing person flier on the streets of Ambo. When we reached out, we talked to her mother which came as a big surprise because Derartu told us she lives with her stepmother. We think that this was because she wanted us to sympathize with her and maybe not send her back, thinking her stepmother was a bad person. When our team came back to the EH and talked to Derartu, we learned that she also lied to us about why she came to Addis. She didn’t have a reason, she just run away from home. her mother, having no idea about her daughter’s whereabouts or her safety, had fallen sick for a month after Derartu’s disappearance. She couldn’t eat, sleep or properly communicate with others. When she heard from our team on the phone, it was a miracle. She didn’t leave a stone unturned to find her daughter and eventually gave up but finally got the call. She was extremely thankful for this second chance to touch, hug and kiss her daughter.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Lenda came to the Emmanuel House for temporary stay and eventual reunification. because she had a court case, we were expecting her to stay a while. Despite all she’s been through at such a young age, she was such a sweet, fun & humble little girl. We all loved and cared for her so much. Sadly, her stay at the EH was short because the police station that sent her to us requested that she be moved to an organization closer to the station so that it would be easier for them to monitor. Because the officers who came to take her came to us with the right paperwork, we couldn’t deny their request. We do not know the progress of Lenda’s court case or how she is doing at the new organization but hope to find out soon. In the short time she was with us, we witnessed enormous changes in her arritude towards life in general and hope this growth keeps happening wherever she goes. Please keep praying for Lenda.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Chaltu came to Addis because her mother was unable to support her. when an opportunity to come to Addis and pursue her education while helping her host family arose, Chaltu’s family accepted it without a single question. Unfortunately, life in Addis with her relatives wasn’t a piece of cake. Chaltu was forced to do housework that was way beyond her capacity and the promise they made about her schooling was broken. When things got harder, Chaltu decided to runaway without even thinking about where she’d go to. Since then, the employers as well as her family had been looking for her tirelessly and praying for the best. When her mother saw her, it was like a new birth. never had she imagined she’d see her lovely daughter back home, safe and sound in her arms. Although their economic situation is still a big question mark, Chaltu was still happy to be back home.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Sweet Loza was a joy to have at the Emmanuel House for a short period of almost 3 months. Although her stay was short, when compared to other children with court cases, it was enjoyable and meaningful. Loza added so much color to the EH and got so much more in return. We believe, her life has changed for the better because of the word of God she heard, for the first time at the Emmanuel House. She no longer wanted to live with her father and she went to her aunt’s home and the family sewed her father for neglect. She was sent to us until her court case was settled. Because her father is a lawyer and knows the system, everyone was scared that he’d somehow find a way to take Loza back. All Loza wanted was a normal life with her aunts and nothing more. Because we’ve seen a lot of court cases, we anticipated that Loza would probably stay with us a while. That is one of the reasons why we see the court’s decision as a miracle and an answered prayer. What Loza went through, while waiting for the court to come to a decision, the anxiety, the overwhelming fear of going back to her father, the hope… can not be explained in words. But with God’s help, she is finally somewhere where she wants to be and where she belongs.
Posted on May 7, 2018
Wagaye’s reunification was overwhelming to our new team member, who took part in a reunification for the first time. Wagaye’s father didn’t recognize his daughter at first. He realized it was her when she run to him, hugged him and started crying. This was maybe because Wagaye had been away from home for almost 5years. A few minutes after this, her father started crying. All the while, looking at Wagaye as if he didn’t recognize her and she was someone else. For years, he had no idea where she was or if she was alive, for that matter. He kept calling Wagaye’s cousin, expecting the good news that they had found his daughter but it never came. Finally seeing her in person was a miracle and a wish come true. He was very thankful for NOLM’s services.
Posted on April 30, 2018
A couple of weeks into her stay at the Emmanuel House, Qelem decided to come to us with the truth. All along, she had her sister’s phone number but kept silent because she didn’t want to go back home. this isn’t her first time away from home. because of her parent’s separation, she sometimes goes to her mother’s and other times, to her father’s place without a word to anyone. This time, she was in Addis because her sister got her a job. Her sister was notified by Qelem’s employers that she went missing and was looking for her. Qelem coming to us with the truth saved us a lot of time and energy. She was reunified with her sister because she requested it and her sister was willing to take her in. both were happy and we hope Qelem’s behavior has changed for the better as a result of her stay with us.
Posted on April 30, 2018
While we were on our way to reunify a child, we happened to come across a photo of Derartu (a girl staying with us at Emmanuel House) attached to a missing person flier on the streets of Ambo. We reached out and ended up talking to her mother. This came as a big surprise because Derartu had told us that she had been living with her stepmother. We believe her reasoning for lying to us was to attain sympathy and let her stay with us for longer, while leading us to think that her stepmother was a bad person. When our team came back to Emmanuel House and talked to Derartu, we learned that she also lied to us about why she came to Addis. She told us that she didn’t have a concrete reason for running away from home. Her mother, having no idea about her daughter’s whereabouts or her safety, had fallen sick for a month after Derartu’s disappearance. When she heard from our team on the phone, it was a miracle. She had been searching everywhere for her daughter, leaving no stone unturned. She was filled with gratitude for the second chance to spend time with and show affection to her daughter, all thanks to a coincidence.
Posted on April 23, 2018
Aman came to Emmanuel House from an area in Ethiopia called Butajira after hearing stories about life in Addis from a group of peers. He was told stories of the wonderful lives people led in Addis. After Aman left Butajira, he discovered that his peers’ views of Addis differed than those of his own. He ended up staying at Emmanuel House for less than a week because he expressed his discontentment for Addis and his desire to return home. Aman requested we contact his family, which was done immediately, as he revealed his father's phone number to our team. Aman's father quickly arrived in Addis to pick up his lost son. His family was very grateful to NOLM for their services.

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