Stories

Posted on August 24, 2017
Ever since she came to the Emmanuel House, Haymanot had been wanting to go back home to her mother. Unfortunately, because she doesn’t know her mother’s address, we had to reunify her with her uncle in Addis. She run away from his place because he punished her for something. During the reunification, we heard from them that her father is also living in Addis and often comes to visit them. We discussed Haymanot wanting to go back to her mother with them and they promised to take her back when the rainy season is over and the road to her mother’s home is safe for travel. Judging by their living conditions, her uncle’s family will not be able to provide for her much longer and will hopefully take her back home soon.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Werqneh came to us through the police for temporary stay until an investigation he was part of came to an end. Once it did, the police located his father and reunified the two. Unfortunately, our plan to talk to his father before the reunification wasn’t successful. We wanted to address the reason that leads Werqneh to keep running away from home and that is the way his father disciplines him. We hope things change for him and will keep him in our prayers.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Mohammed’s mother was not the only one looking for him. literally the whole neighborhood had assigned themselves into small groups and had set specific areas to each group and were looking for Mohammed day and night. When our team arrived to Mohammed’s home, the whole community went out to welcome them. Because everyone was crying and shouting, we had a hard time identifying his mother at first. This reunification ignited the passion within our team. No words can describe the ambiance and feeling of this reunification. To say that everyone was happy doesn’t do justice to the story. Mohammed’s mother had been so worried about her son and the community had been worried about her safety. Everyone was thinking that she could harm herself but luckily, Mohammed is home before anything bad happened.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Despite Yaekob wanting to stay in Addis and work, the NOLM team took him back home to his mother. His mother, who hadn’t seen him for over a year was very happy and excited to see him. she explained to us that she had financial probllems and that was why she gave him to his grandmother. She was sad to learn that he left his grandmother and came to Addis with his uncle. Yaekob is her only son and she was very worried about his whereabouts after she heard that he was no longer with his uncle but in a temporary shelter somewhere in Addis. She was very happy that our team took him back to her and no matter how hard life gets, she promised to take care of Yaekob herself.
Posted on August 24, 2017
As we had suspected, Birtukan’s story was a scam. She was very hesitant to tell us the truth but after a stay of 3months at the Emmanuel House, she finally gave us a hint of the truth. Using that, we were able to locate her uncle who lives In Wolayta Sodo. Her uncle was hesitant to take her in but after a little talk with our team, he decided to cooperate. He explained that Birtukan had been away from home a couple of times because of her bad behavior and that her family were simply fed up with her. after we explained to him about her stay with us and all the education she had received, he changed his mind. Birtukan is now safely back with her family and we hope that her stay with us has truly changed her.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Messy had been at the Emmanuel House for the past 2 months. He admits that he’s not perfect but was willing to go back to his mother, apologize and continue life. Unfortunately, his mother wasn’t as happy or as open to the idea as he was. It was painful to see that he was willing to do whatever but his mother had enough. In the end, he was reunified with his mother but she wasn’t that happy about it. After seeing her reaction to her son’s return, we wanted to reunite Messy with his grandparents but her refused. We hope that this time will be different and he will stay home.
Posted on August 7, 2017
After almost a month at the Emmanuel House, Tigist told the truth about where her family lives. She gave us her mother’s number and we contacted them. They were all relieved that Tigist was safe and soon to be back home. At her reunification in the Emmanuel House, we found out that Tigist run away from home after a fight with her brother. Because her family move from place to place because of work, she hasn’t really been able to catch her breath or go to school. We think this might be the real reason that led Tigist to run away. Her family were in despair ever since she runaway but now that she is safely back, everything is back to normal.
Posted on July 31, 2017
Tigist, after a stay of 4months with us, has now been reunified with her mother. Her mother had sent both her daughters off to Addis for work and had no idea what was going on with them. At first, she was suspicious but when she heard all that had happened in her daughter’s life she warmed up to our team. Fortunately, people were gathered around and this gave our team a chance to teach the community about sending young girls off to work.
Posted on July 31, 2017
Alima’s aunt, who doesn’t have children of her own and raised Alima as her own was very happy to see her. not only her aunt, the neighbors also were very glad to see her and joined the celebration of her return. Unlike what she told us, Alima run away from home on her own time and realized that was a mistake, as soon as she arrived in Addis. We are glad that she is back where she belongs and so is she.
Posted on July 31, 2017
Wubalem’s mother had tierleslly been looking for her daughter for the past 3 months. When finally she arrived home, all she could do was stare at her in aww. She couldn’t cry, talk, laugh… she just stood and stared at her daughter. When the surprise faded, we saw that she was overwhelmed with joy that the daughter she through she lost forever had returned home safely. It was a very touching reunification. her mother was the one who was happy about Wubalem’s journey and employment in Addis but she has learnt her lesson the hard way.

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