Stories

Posted on June 16, 2016
It wasn't that long ago when Mihretu joined the Emmanuel House. A few days after his arrival here, he and one of his friends (they knew each other from their stay at a juvenile correctional facility) were plotting for a way to run away from the Emmanuel House. When the team asked Mihretu and the other boy why they wanted to run away, Mihretu said that he wanted to go back home quickly. Having Mihretu stay at the Emmanuel House any more posed a danger so we had to send him home without providing that much psychosocial and/or spiritual support. Sadly, his mother passed away after he left home and we had to take him to his aunt's house. His aunt then took him to his grandmother with whom he wanted him to be reunified with in the first place. His grandmother called the Emmanuel House to let us know he was safely with her and to thank us for the services rendered. His aunt said that Mihretu has a habit of running away so we pray that he sticks around this time.
Posted on June 16, 2016
Because Tsege had concerns about going back home to her father, we decided to take her to her mother instead and discuss things with her. Through the discussion, we found out that Tsege’s mother had remarried and has 4 children to take care of. Although she’s willing to take care of Tsege, she believes that her father will not let her have peace if she does. She further explains that Tsege’s father was used to earning money by sending children off for work. After talking things over with Tsege’s mother, we finally decided that it was better for Tsege to stay with her mother while her mother tries to gather elderly people (respected in the community) to talk to Tsege’s father so that he agrees on Tsege staying with her mother. We hope the best for Tsege but there is not really much we can do other than pray for her future.
Posted on June 16, 2016
Hunde was happily reunified with his loving mother and father just a few days ago. After spending about 4 months away from home, Hunde’s return home was a big surprise to all of his family members. This was mainly because they had no idea that Hunde ran away from his employer (brother's) house. Although they didn't want to send their children off for work, their lives aren't easy and they always felt like they are making the right decision by sending off their children to live with relatives in the city. This was a big lesson for the whole family and they were all thankful for the safe return of their son.
Posted on June 13, 2016
Tsegereda’s reunification was a surprise to us all. Reunifications come in many shapes and colors. Most are happy and bright but some are gloomy and disappointing. Many families welcome their children with extreme joy while some are not at all welcoming and prefer they go back to work and earn money. Tsegereda’s was a surprise to us all because it was happy and sad at the same time. Tsegereda’s mother, after welcoming her daughter back home and holding her in her arms, started requesting about what other services NOLM could provide for them. This was the sad part of the reunification, but the main point is that Tsegereda made it home safely.
Posted on June 13, 2016
Yeshi was at the Emmanuel House for only a couple of days. She came from Dangla with a relative for employment purposes. After 2 years with her relatives, they accused her of trying to burn down the house and she was at a juvenile correctional center for a short while. After she was set free and was sent to us for reunification, her family couldn’t wait to see her. They arrived at the Emmanuel House to take her back home themselves. As Yeshi’s mother is pregnant, she couldn’t travel all the way to Addis, but Yeshi went back home with her aunt and uncle whom she considers as parents. The relationship between her mother and her previous employers/relatives was not good because they accused Yeshi of something she didn’t do. Hopefully, after she safely returns, things will be resolved between them.
Posted on June 13, 2016
It has only been a couple of weeks since Habtamu and his brother Omer joined the Emmanuel House. They were previously suspected of theft and were at a juvenile correctional facility. Although they received counseling both at the correctional center and at the Emmanuel House, there was no visible change in their personality/behavior. Because Habtamu was caught while plotting to run away from the Emmanuel House with another boy, we thought it best to reunify them before they had a chance to implement their plan. When we arrived at Habtamu and Omer’s hometown (Shashemene), we were disappointed to find that no one was home. We had to take them to their aunt’s home in town and there reunify them with their cousin who promised to later take them home to their mother. Sadly, we found out that it was not their first encounter with breaking the law. They have been through the system before but no change has come in their behavior. After hearing what their family had to say, we reminded them about all they’ve learned at the Emmanuel House, prayed for them, and went on our way.
Posted on June 13, 2016
Although Adna wanted to go home as soon as she arrived at the Emmanuel House, it was necessary for her to stay over 2 months with us. Adna was sick when she left home and she was sick while she was working in Addis and that was the main reason her employers forced her out. She was diagnosed with a chronic health condition and received treatment at the Emmanuel House. Her reunification was very nice. Although her family knew that she was forced out of her employer’s house, because of how far their home is, they couldn’t come look for Adna in Addis. They were very happy because Adna’s illness was identified and she received treatment for it. She now has a new beginning and she is very excited about it.
Posted on June 13, 2016
Keeping Mekdes at the Emmanuel House for more than a month was not ideal because she didn’t want to go back home in the first place. During her stay with us, she received all of the necessary psychosocial support services we offer. Although we have our doubts about her staying back home with her mother, we had to take her back home anyway. When our team met with her mother, it was hard to put the stories we heard from Mekdes together with what we saw. Her mother was very happy to see her. Although she was ill and in bed at the time, her joy was still evident. We saw, instead, that Mekdes was the one who wasn’t happy to be back home and was giving her mother a hard time. You might recall that Mekdes asked if she could stay in Addis with a lady who wanted to hire her. We hope Mekdes will remember what we taught her at Emmanuel House and try to stay at home with her mother.

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