Stories

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.
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.

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