Stories

Posted on May 22, 2017
Hanna stayed at the Emmanuel House for almost a year. It has now been over 3 years since she was reunified with her family. Hanna had a special place in the NOLM team’s heart. Our team had been to her hometown a couple of times for a post-reunification follow up. It was a very nice surprise for all when Hanna and her family planned a trip to Addis and came to visit everyone at the Emmanuel House. Her arrival at the Emmanuel House created an indescribable feeling in everyone’s heart. It was hope for the children who are waiting for their reunification at the Emmanuel House and encouragement to all the hard working staff at NOLM. Although we know that we are doing good work, it was a nice pat on the shoulder to see such a success in what we do. we are very proud of Hanna, who is now in grade 4 and is the happiest we’ve ever seen her.
Posted on May 22, 2017
Hanny’s odd story has finally become clear. After going to the school where she said she learns in, with the cooperation of the teachers, we located her real school. After that, finding her family was not that hard. Our team met with her aunt and found out that her mother had been gone for years. They haven’t heard from her since she left the country and Hanny and her brothers had been living with their aunt, ever since. Although their father is in the picture, he refused to raise them on his own. Hanny has behavioral problems and had runaway before, lived in an orphanage for a year and was located after a gruesome effort. This time, her aunt notified the police right after she went missing and had hanged missing person fliers all over their neighborhood. we hope this will be Hanny’s last time running away, please keep this family in your prayers.
Posted on May 7, 2017
We found out that the story Suzan told us was all a lie when we met with her mother. During her reunification with her mother, we found out that Suzan has never even met her father, let alone lived with him. Her mother explained that she had run away from home a couple of times before and that she had lived on the streets for about 6 months, the last time she runaway. This didn’t keep her mother from worrying about her daughter. She had reported her missing to the police and was very worried. The only reply she had when we walked into her home was to cry. We are glad suzan finally told the truth and is now with her loving mother.
Posted on May 7, 2017
Eskedar was always ambitious to attend school. Because her parents were separated and her mother couldn’t afford to send her to school, she came to Addis. Here, she was working as a housemaid and wanted to go to school too but she couldn’t even stay for a month with her employer. They kicked her out because she kept asking them about when she’d join school. When Eskedar arrived home with the NOLM team, good news awaited her. Her mother and father had reconciled and were once again living together.
Posted on April 13, 2017
Mebrat has been working as a housemaid for more than a year. It was her father that was collecting all the money/her salary while she was working. He was not really happy to see his daughter quit her work and go back home. After witnessing this, our team made it clear that it is illegal to send his child to work. we also tried to help him realize that his daughter had been trhough a lot while working.
Posted on April 13, 2017
It took a long time and process to locate Tigist’s parents. That is because the child was not interested to go back to her parents and kept giving us the wrong information. Her intention was to stay in Addis and to work as a housemaid but with the help of the police, we were able to locate her parents and reunify her. Our team witnessed that the life her family leads is opposite to what she said and that they are able to provide for her. Her parents were very happy to see her.
Posted on April 10, 2017
Nahom was sent to the Emmanuel house because his father got into a fight with a neighbor and was arrested. Because his father was set free on bail, Nahom has now been reunited with his beloved father. He was very happy and had missed his father a lot. The father was also very happy and thankful for NOLM taking care of his son in time of desperation.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Adanech came to Addis with her father hoping for a better life. Before, she used to live with her poor mother in Itaya. But she did not get the kind of life she had hoped for. Although her father could provide for her needs better than her mother, Adanech preferred to run away and go back to her mother. That is because she was not being treated like a child in her father’s home. The mother was very happy and thankful to get her child back. She had lost all hope in finding her beloved child and was planning to commit suicide the very day she heard the good news of her child.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Yalew was referred to NOLM because of Child exploitation. From the beginning, he was forced to leave his mother because of a tradition. Because his father killed a villager on a fight and was put in jail, his family was scared that the victim’s family will come against them for revenge and kill at least one of the sons of the attacker(Yalew’s father). This is an old tradition in the area and therefore Yalew’s mother, fearing for her son’s life sent both of her sons away, to seek refuge at a relative’s house. Yalew’s mother was happy to see him but was still scared for his life and chose to send him off to another relative’s house far away from the village.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Hikma’s reunion was one of the amazing reunions in NOLM history. Her father and the whole neighbors could not believe their eyes when they saw Hikma again. They did not know how to respond or to express their joy. They were kissing the child, NOLM team members, the ground and praising God and crying. The father was in Addis Ababa twice to look for his missing daughter. The story of how she ended up at NOLM was incorrect. Of course it was her father who brought her to Addis. But she has been working as a housemaid for the last two years. The father and everybody in the area was thankful for NOLM. The father does not lack financial ability to take care of his child.

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