Stories

Posted on September 15, 2016
Sinkinesh was a part of the Emmanuel House for almost 3 years. Ever since her mother disappeared, leaving Sinkinesh at the Emmanuel House, we have tried all the means possible to locate her but with no success. Sinkinesh was the pride and joy of the Emmanuel House but putting her best interest first, we transferred to another organization (after intensive planning) that has a more permanent service that addresses Sinkinesh’s growing body and mind. We will miss Sinkinesh with all of our hearts.
Posted on September 15, 2016
A few days before leaving the Emmanuel House, Bereket told his true story to our team. He ran away from home because of a fight he had at school and was scared of his mother’s disappointment. When he arrived home, the whole family was in shock. His mother’s reaction was the most touching.
Posted on September 8, 2016
It’s been almost two years since Abebech came to the Emmanuel House seeking refuge. Although her court case hasn’t been settled yet, she has testified in court. Because she can follow the rest of the case from back home, Abebech has been reunified with her family. Abebech has changed both physically and mentally since joining the Emmanuel House. She has fully recovered from the scar of her past experience and has been going to school for the past year. She will be joining 3rd grade in the new school year.
Posted on September 8, 2016
Lemlem stayed at the Emmanuel House for about a month. During her stay here, our team provided much needed psychosocial support. She had many challenges and during her stay with us, we tried our best to help her solve problems and improve behaviors. Unfortunately, our efforts did not seem to be working. Because of this, we had to take Lemlem back to the police station so that they could arrange a referral with another suitable organization.
Posted on September 8, 2016
As it turns out, this is not Andinet’s first time away from home. His father explained to our team during the reunification that Andinet had disappeared once before and that an organization working in Hosana had returned the boy home. His family was praying for another miracle this time around. Andinet ran away from home because he broke something and was afraid his father would punish him. The family is grateful for his return and thanked God for working wonders through NOLM.
Posted on September 8, 2016
Eyerus has been part of the Community Based Services program for a couple of years. When she first came to us, she had no way of supporting herself and had a hard time addressing her basic needs. Through NOLM’s support, the hardest years have passed and she has now finished her vocational training and has started working. Because Eyerus has settled down and all is well with her life, we are saying goodbye to her and she will be leaving her place for someone who is in desperate need of our services, like she once was. We are very proud and happy with who she has become and with what she has achieved.
Posted on September 8, 2016
Idlawit has been part of the NOLM Community-Based Services program for a while. Recently, she stopped coming to the timely gatherings at the Emmanuel House. Her mother didn’t show up for the last two distributions of nutritional and sanitary materials. We went to look for them in the place they had last been residing but they are both nowhere to be found. We asked around to find out where they could have gone or if they rented another place in the area but no one knows where they went. Because Idilawit hasn’t been receiving support from us for a while, we are removing her from the list of children in the Community-Based Services program.
Posted on September 5, 2016
It took a while for Meron to disclose the truth about her story. After finding out the truth and giving her all-inclusive services at the Emmanuel House, she was reunified with her family in Jimma last week. Her mother, who was in shock to see her daughter who had been away from home for the past 4 years had no words to express what she felt. No one ever thought that Meron would come back home... not in a million years. Her reunification was like a resurrection from the dead because her family had assumed the worst. They were very thankful for NOLM’s services.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Zinash’s homecoming didn’t only bring joy to her family but to the community at large. Although they didn’t know that she was missing, when they heard that she hadn’t been with her aunt for about two months, they were all relieved that no harm came to her. Zinash’s story served as an example to the whole community about child labor and our team is very happy to have been a part of the family’s happy moment.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Mahlet and Biruk lost both of their parents and were living with their aunt before they came to the Emmanuel House. Police received complaints from people about mistreatment of the children by their aunt and sent the children to us for temporary shelter until the end of the investigation. Two days after their arrival, their older sister, who heard what happened, took interest to support her younger siblings. Accordingly, the reunification with their sister took place at the Emmanuel House.

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