Stories

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.
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.

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