Stories

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.
Posted on December 18, 2017
Kidist spent a couple of days at the Emmanuel House. Because she has a serious hearing loss, we were unable to communicate well with her. when her aunt came to the EH to take her back home, she explained to us that Kidist run away from her parents’ house in Wolayta and came to Addis for employment. We were able to contact her aunt through a phone number we got from Kidist’s previous employers. Her aunt took full responsibility to provide for her, the care she needs until she is convinced to go back home to her family.
Posted on December 18, 2017
It’s been 6 months since Tsehayitu came to the Emmanuel House. Because she doesn’t speak Amharic, we were unable to gather any information from her through our team. Twice, we brought professional translators who speak Agewegna and we collected some information about her parent’s whereabouts. The first time, she gave us a completely false story and address. The second time around, she gave us some information about her address. After contacting the local police in the area, our team took her to a police station in Sekota and The Women and Children’s Affair department took her, promising to take her to her family. Because they live so far away, our team was unable to take part in the reunification. Tsehayitu’s reunification is a mystery solved. Because of the language barrier and because she didn’t have any interest to go back home or communicate with people at the Emmanuel House, her case was a complicated one. With the grace of God and the help of the police, Tsehayitu is now back home.
Posted on December 18, 2017
Yilikal’s father had put “missing child” posters all over town. Fortunately, one of NOLM’s staff saw this and that is how we found his family. Yilikal’s father was working as a guard and couldn’t take care of his son by himself. That was why he gave Yilikal to his uncle and continued working. He visited his son every other week and as far as he knew, he had nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, it was the insults and physical punishment that led Yilikal to run away from his uncle’s place in Addis. After talking to Yilikal’s father about these and other reasons, he agreed to take Yilikal to his mother who lives in Welega. This was Yilikal’s wish since the beginning and we are happy that it came true.
Posted on December 7, 2017
During Bayesh’s stay at the Emmanuel House, we have been looking for her family. We successfully located her mother and she has been reunited with her family in Gonder. Her mother explained to our social worker Tesfaye, that she sent Bayesh to Addis so that she would earn some money and support her family back home. because her parents are separated and her mother supports all her children by herself, life is a big challenge for them. Our team is working to come up with a way to support Bayesh and indirectly, her family.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Terefe’s guardian is a man who has no blood relationship with him. he started living with him when his mother kicked him out 2 years ago and they’ve been like family ever since. Terefe runaway because his guardian always warns him about cycling on the main road and he ruined a cycle tier while doing just that. His guardian was still happy to see him and welcomed him back with open arms. Terefe apologized for his mistakes and explained that he has learned his lesson. This settled things and Terefe is once again living with his guardian.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Bealem’s is a typical story in our line of work. she came to Addis with her father’s consent and was living with her aunt before running away. Her father, when he came to the Emmanuel House explained to us that he sent her to Addis, not because of financial problems but because he wished her to have many opportunities. He was sad about what happened to Bealem at her aunt’s and promised to take care of her himself and not let her out of his sight. During the reunification, Bealm’s father received a few tips on parenting styles.

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