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Posted on June 27, 2016
Gadisae’s family was shaken to see their daughter back home. For all they knew, Gadisae was still living with her sister in Addis and enjoying life. When Gadisae explained to her family that she was working instead of living with her sister, it came as a shock to them. They were very happy that no harm came to her and appreciated our team for the services rendered during Gadisae’s stay at the Emmanuel House.
Posted on June 27, 2016
Ikram’s mother was very happy to see her daughter back home alive and safe. Like Ikram said, Ikram’s aunts had kidnapped her before and Ikram's mother also thinks that they might have had a hand in Ikram’s disappearing act this time around. Ikram didn’t seem as excited as we had hoped she would when we brought her home, but her mother was exhilarated. We ask you to pray for this family and especially for Ikram’s mother who has a heart condition.
Posted on June 27, 2016
Since Gojam came to the Emmanuel House four months ago, we’ve been trying to contact her family back in Bichena. After contacting the local police, they were able to contact Gojam’s aunt and connect us with her through the phone. It turns out that Gojam ran away and it was not a relative who brought her to Addis. Gojam’s aunt was very happy to hear that her niece was alright and explained to us that we could reunify her with her aunt in Addis and that she would take her back to Bichena with her. Gojam was reunified with her aunt who lives in Addis and will hopefully head back home soon.
Posted on June 27, 2016
It was Sifan’s father who brought her to a nearby city called Debrezeyit. She ran away from her employers there and came to Addis, finally finding her way to the police station and later, to the Emmanuel House. We contacted her father on the phone and agreed to meet in Weliso. Unfortunately, her father couldn’t make it on time so we had to reunify Sifan with a family friend who lives in town. Sifan was very happy to see her father’s friend…it was as if she met her father.
Posted on June 23, 2016
After spending 2 months at the Emmanuel House, Emebet is finally with her mother. After teaching her mother about the harms of sending children off for work, Emebet was happily reunified with her mother at one of the police stations in their town. Her mother promised to always do what’s best for her child and to try and protect her with all of her might.
Posted on June 23, 2016
Bereket came to Addis because her neighbor promised to get her a job here. Unfortunately, the man didn’t keep his word and he disappeared as they got off the bus. When our team took her to Wendogenet and met with her mother and grandmother, we realized that they were aware of what happened and that they were worried. They were very happy that Bereket returned home alive and well. They expressed their deepest thanks for NOLM’s services.
Posted on June 20, 2016
As anticipated, Kasech’s family came to the Emmanuel House once they found out what was happening. After two weeks at the Emmanuel House, Kasech was reunified with her cousin. The reunification took place at the Emmanuel House where her cousin came with all of the necessary paperwork to take Kasech back home. During the short time Kasech stayed with us, she received counseling and life skill lessons which we hope have equipped her for the future. Kasech was to spend a day at her cousin’s place and then go to her parents' house the next day.
Posted on June 20, 2016
Birtukan’s reunification was a double joy for her family. After finding out that her 3 brothers live on the streets of Debremarkos, our team headed there and located them as well. After talking to them for hours, only 1 of the 3 agreed to go back home to their mother. When their mother saw Birtukan and her brother, her joy was extreme. She promised to take good care of them and send them to school (all of this was in front of priests and neighbors who gathered up to witness the reunification.) As our team headed back to Addis, we found Birtukan’s 2 brothers who chose to stay on the streets and showed them pictures of the reunification. The way their mother reacted to their siblings’ return home touched their heart and they also promised to go back home and give it one more try.
Posted on June 16, 2016
When Bayush first came to the Emmanuel House, she wasn’t very interested in going back home to her family. After about 2 months of lessons at the Emmanuel House, Bayush was ready for her reunification. Unfortunately, because Bayush’s mother went to the countryside, we couldn’t meet with her during the reunification trip. A neighbor, who was willing to take Bayush in for the day, came to the rescue and Bayush’s reunification took place there. The neighbor told us that Bayush’s mother sews and does other small work to earn a living and that her siblings also work to support the family.
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.

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