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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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