Stories

Posted on October 6, 2016
Zerihun was away from home for almost 5 months. He was living with his father and left home because of an argument he had with him. because his parents are very poor, they couldn’t look for him but thought about what might have happened to him, ever second. After being in a Juvenile detention center for the past months, all Zerihun wanted to do was go back home. his father, who had been thinking the worst of things was in shock when he saw Zerihun back home. the whole family was very happy and grateful.
Posted on October 6, 2016
Ever since his parents split up, Abi had been living with his father. His mother wanted to see him very much but his father took him away and she couldn’t find him. When our team arrived at her doorsteps and she laid eyes on her son, she was ecstatic. She never thought that she’d see him this soon. The fact that Abi asked to go back to his mother made her the more emotional. She praised God for listening to her prayers and bringing her boy back to her safely.
Posted on September 15, 2016
Birhane came to Addis with her relatives. She ran away from their house because of conflict within the home. During her reunification, her father explained to our team that he wasn’t very happy about her coming to Addis in the first place. They had no idea that Birhane had run away from the house until they received a call from our team. The reunification was filled with tears and happiness.
Posted on September 15, 2016
Mestawet’s mother had no idea that her ex-husband brought Mestawet to Addis to get her a job. She had been to Addis a total of 3 times to look for her daughter. Mestawet’s mother was very happy but Mestawet didn't seem as excited. She wanted to go back to her father, but considering that he was the one who placed her in a vulnerable situation, our team decided that placing her with her mother was in Mestawet's best interest.
Posted on September 15, 2016
Fasika ran away from her employer’s house after stealing some money. When her aunt came to the Emmanuel House to take her back home, she explained to us that she was the one taking care of her before she got a job. We learned that Fasika’s mother lives abroad and doesn’t help take care of her. Because Fasika kept disagreeeing with her cousins, she ran away from her aunt's place and went to another aunt who got her a job. Her two aunts were planning to sue Fasika’s employers for her disappearance and were very happy to see that she was safe.
Posted on September 15, 2016
Etenesh came to Addis with her uncle and was staying at a relative’s house before she ran away. She ran away because of a disagreement she had with a younger girl at her relative’s house. Her relative, who went to the police station that referred Etenesh to NOLM, promised to take her back home to her family. Accordingly, Etenesh was reunified with her relative and was very happy about it.
Posted on September 15, 2016
Tigist came to Addis to work and support herself. She had been working for a few months but was in a juvenile correctional facility after her employer took her to court. As she requested to be reunified with her aunt who lives in Sululta, our team saw to it that she got back home safely. Her family, aware of her being in a correctional facility, were very happy to see her back home and expressed their gratitude for our services.
Posted on September 15, 2016
Henok came to the Emmanuel House about 3 years ago after a court decision. During his stay with us, he received medical services that he was desperately in need of as well as counseling and spiritual services to heal his traumatic experiences. He was attending a regular school and had good friends here at the Emmanuel House. Because his mother was not in a place where she could care for him, it was a must to transfer Henok to a permanent home where his medical and other needs would be better addressed. During a recent visit to his new home, our team witnessed that he is comfortable and happy. We will miss Henok. He was a long-term member of our Emmanuel House family.
Posted on September 15, 2016
Ever since Yidersal left home, his sister had been crying all day and night asking her parents to bring her brother back home. Unfortunately, because Yidersal went out to see a relative and guest in the city and he never came back, his parents had no idea where to look for him. When our team arrived at their house, the joy of the family and neighbors was exceptional. Yidersal’s sister and mother were the happiest of all.
Posted on September 15, 2016
The story that Mestawet told about being kidnapped and brought to Addis turned out to be completely false. In truth, Mestawet was living with a relative before she one day decided to run away. When her mother came to the Emmanuel House to take her back home, she explained to us that Mestawet had disappeared a couple of times before. Hoping that the counseling and other services she received at the Emmanuel House will change her future behavior, we said farewell to Mestawet and her mother and said our goodbyes.

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