Stories

Posted on June 8, 2017
Sisaynew, Dejene and Getahun are three cousins who came to Addis hoping to explore a little. Because our trip was on a market day, we were able to find their uncle in the market and although their home is very far away and with no means of transport, our team was lucky to find their uncle and reunify them with him. we found out that both Dejene and Getahun had run away from home before but that this was Sisaynew’s first time away from home. his mother was the one who was most worried. Dejene and Getahun’s parents, although not as worried, we are sure, will be as happy to see their lost sons return. Their uncle told us that their return will be the cause of a huge celebration in their hometown.
Posted on June 8, 2017
Wede told us her true story after 2months stay at the Emmanuel House. It turns out that she is from right here in Addis and run away from home because of the physical punishments her mother put her through. We confirmed this when we took Wede to her mother and talked to them both. This is Wede’s 7th time running away from home and her mother said she had never stayed away this long. We saw that her mother was over joyed because of her daughter’s return and we chose to warn her about the consequences of physical abuse which might even extend to legal measures. Both mother and daughter were happy and grateful to meet once again.
Posted on June 8, 2017
Dereje’s mother, who had been blaming herself for him running away, was the happiest of all to see her son. She explained to us that her son had been asking them to move back to Addis but they couldn’t because their house was demolished. And when he runaway, she blamed herself thinking that she hadn’t done her best to give her son what he wanted. The fact that Dereje realized he had made a mistake in running away added to his mother’s joy.
Posted on June 8, 2017
Although Tsehay’s family is more than able to provide for her every need, Tsehay came to Addis out of her own will. Luckily, she escaped an abusive employer and ended up at the Emmanuel House. When our team reached her hometown, everyone was very pleased to see her. They had heard about her running away and although they weren’t looking for her, they were praying for the best. It was a very emotional reunification and everyone was thankful for God’s intervention through NOLM and for the safe return of the child.
Posted on June 8, 2017
When she first came to us, Demme said her family live around an area called Tulubolo. After that, we had to hand her over to the police because she wasn’t cooperative. A day after our team met with the Children & Women’s affair officer of the Tulubolo police, they located Demme’s family and carried out the reunification at the station. Although this is not her first time away from home, Demme’s family had done all they could to find her. The police reported that the family was thanking God for listening to their prayers and for bringing their lost daughter home.
Posted on June 8, 2017
It turns out that Meseret was living with her aunt since she was a child. When her behavior started changing, her aunt sent her to Addis, to her other aunt so that she’d have a change of scenery. Unfortunately, Meseret disappeared on the second day of her arrival in Addis and this led to a lawsuit against her aunt in Addis. Her father pressed charges against his sister saying she had trafficked his daughter and she had been in prison all along. Meseret’s guardian (her aunt) was very happy to see her and was shivering and crying. Hopefully, her return will settle the dispute within the family.
Posted on June 8, 2017
During his reunification, we found out what Moti’s real story is. It turns out that he was living with his grandparents before running away and coming to Addis. Because his parents were in Addis during the reunification, we collected as much information from his brother and his neighbors. The whole family was worried about him ever since his grandparents notified them of his missing. His brother, who was the only family present on the reunification, was very happy to see Moti. On our team’s end, although we faced transportation challenges on our way to his home, the end result was satisfying.
Posted on May 22, 2017
Hanna stayed at the Emmanuel House for almost a year. It has now been over 3 years since she was reunified with her family. Hanna had a special place in the NOLM team’s heart. Our team had been to her hometown a couple of times for a post-reunification follow up. It was a very nice surprise for all when Hanna and her family planned a trip to Addis and came to visit everyone at the Emmanuel House. Her arrival at the Emmanuel House created an indescribable feeling in everyone’s heart. It was hope for the children who are waiting for their reunification at the Emmanuel House and encouragement to all the hard working staff at NOLM. Although we know that we are doing good work, it was a nice pat on the shoulder to see such a success in what we do. we are very proud of Hanna, who is now in grade 4 and is the happiest we’ve ever seen her.
Posted on May 22, 2017
Hanny’s odd story has finally become clear. After going to the school where she said she learns in, with the cooperation of the teachers, we located her real school. After that, finding her family was not that hard. Our team met with her aunt and found out that her mother had been gone for years. They haven’t heard from her since she left the country and Hanny and her brothers had been living with their aunt, ever since. Although their father is in the picture, he refused to raise them on his own. Hanny has behavioral problems and had runaway before, lived in an orphanage for a year and was located after a gruesome effort. This time, her aunt notified the police right after she went missing and had hanged missing person fliers all over their neighborhood. we hope this will be Hanny’s last time running away, please keep this family in your prayers.
Posted on May 7, 2017
We found out that the story Suzan told us was all a lie when we met with her mother. During her reunification with her mother, we found out that Suzan has never even met her father, let alone lived with him. Her mother explained that she had run away from home a couple of times before and that she had lived on the streets for about 6 months, the last time she runaway. This didn’t keep her mother from worrying about her daughter. She had reported her missing to the police and was very worried. The only reply she had when we walked into her home was to cry. We are glad suzan finally told the truth and is now with her loving mother.

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