Stories

Posted on November 13, 2017
Dagim’s mother found out where her son is through the court. She had sued his father for support in raising her two daughters and when he didn’t show up in court, they explained to her that he had an accident. Before that, she had no idea about his accident or that Dagim was living with someone else. Both of them were crying when they saw each other. Dagim run to his mother’s arms when he saw her. although she’s already having a challenge providing for her two children, seeing and taking Dagim back home made her the happiest.
Posted on November 4, 2017
Meskerem’s family were exhilarated to see her. she one day went to school and didn’t come home so they were very worried. Her mother hadn’t eaten or slept for days because she was worried about her daughter. She couldn’t shout or cry when she saw Meskerem. She was shaking in silence and started talking after reality sunk in. Her older brother was away looking for her and all the people nearby participated in the search. Everyone was happy to see her and so was Meskerem.
Posted on November 4, 2017
It’s been 4 months since Degnesh took refuge at the Emmanuel House. All this time, her previous employer had kept silent about her running away and he told her family she was doing fine. Her mother had her suspicions about why the man was unable to let her talk with her family on the phone and she had strictly told him to bring her daughter back home. imagine her surprise when her daughter showed up with a stranger. The family was relieved that she was fine and expressed their sincere gratitude to NOLM’s services. it had been 3 years since Degnesh left home. her story was also an inspirational lesson to neighbors and friends who gathered to witness the reunification.
Posted on October 23, 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 October 23, 2017
Tesfanesh’s reunification was full of emotions. Her mother, who had no idea that Tesfanesh had not been at her aunt’s for 2months was devastated to find this out. Her sister hadn’t mentioned a thing to her and she thought her daughter was comfortably living with her aunt. She explained to us that she gave Tesfanesh to her sister because she doesn’t have children of her own and she is always feeling bad because of that. She kept crying and rolling in mud because she blamed herself for what happened to Tesfanesh. All in all, Tesfanesh’s story was a good lesson for many people who needed it.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Alhamdu’s family were aware that he was missing. Since then, his father had been to Addis a bunch of times looking for him. even when our Social Worker arrived at their home, Alhamdu’s father was in Addis for the same purpose. Alhamdu’s mother didn’t think she’d ever see her son again and as our team walked into their home, she stood there frozen, not knowing what to do or say. Because everyone was aware of what was going on in the family, they rejoiced with Alhamdu’s mother for his safe return.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Abdulrehim had changed his whole story when he told us about himself. The story we found out during his reunification is a complete opposite of what he had told us. He purposefully run away from home just like he did, a couple of times before. His parents say that he hadn’t gone this far off before so they were looking for him in nearby towns. Regardless, they were very happy to see him back home. his mother was especially thankful and told us that his return will change the vibe of their home into a good one.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Abebe’s wish to be reunited with his family was boundless. Our team was more than happy to be welcomed by the same spirit at his parent’s house in Wolayta Sodo. Abebe’s humble personality has forced everyone at the Emmanuel House to miss him and he was an example of good character during his stay with us. Although his family are able to provide for him abundantly, they sent him to Addis thinking he would get better education unfortunately, the person who brought him here made him work a lot and broke his promise to send him to school. Everyone was glad and relieved that Abebe went back home safely.
Posted on October 23, 2017
When Ikram’s father came to the Emmanuel House for their reunification, we found out a lot of things about her story. Since her parents split, she had been living with her father. She’s been running away from home for quite a while. This time around, she disappeared after destroying the TV at home. none the less, her father was exhilarated that he found her safe. We have invested a lot of energy into educating the children at the Emmanuel House and we hope this pays off, eventually. We also talked to her father about the importance of education and that Ikram should be going to school. After discussing such issues with the two, they were happily off to celebrate their reunion with the rest of their family.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Because of language barrier, it took us a while to communicate well with Gete. After trying many ways, we were finally able to locate her mother who lives in around an area called Legedady. Gete came to Addis to work for her God mother’s daughter and run away because the lady of the house, who was pregnant, slipped and fell. (Gete had spilled some water on the floor, accidentally). Since then, the whole family had been looking for her but with no luck. Gete’s mother, raises her 7children all by herself and felt she was doing the best thing by sending Gete to Addis. Gete’s case was a wakeup call to the whole family and people living in their area. Lessons were learned, tears were shed and finally, Gete is back home.

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