Stories

Posted on October 5, 2017
During Emebet’s reunification at the Emmanuel House, we gathered that she run away from her relatives’ house because of the influence of a girl that used to work there. Other than this incident, her guardian says that Emebet is the sweetest child. They were both happy to see each other and our team shared with her, some comments we had about how they need to handle their relationship in the future.
Posted on October 5, 2017
We knew that there was something off about Hanna’s story. When her stepfather came to the Emmanuel House, we found out that she was living with her mother, her siblings and her stepfather. He told us that she had run away from home before but that this was the longest she stayed away. We also found out that she is a very good student. Supporting what she had been learning at the Emmanuel House, she had a final discussion with our team about the things she needs to work on, behavior wise and she was off. Her stepfather was very happy to have found Hanna.
Posted on August 31, 2017
Rehimush is back home in time for the upcoming religious holiday. Her father, who had been in Addis for 20 days looking for her was the happiest to see her. All the people in the neighborhood were looking for her and were very happy to see her. Her father was not happy with the fact that she wasn’t staying with family in Addis and was devastated to find out that she had runaway. Because of all the stories he heard about missing children, Rehimush’s father had given up hope in finding his daughter and says he was praying for God to keep her safe wherever she is. Rehimush’s return has added joy to the already joyous celebration of Arefa to her Muslim family and friends.
Posted on August 28, 2017
Habtamu’s wish to stay with his mother came true when the police reunified the two. Although she was arrested for wrongly punishing Habtamu, the court considered the fact that Habtamu’s father isn’t in the picture and let her free after a few counseling sessions. The police department that sent Habtamu to us for temporary stay requested we return him to the station and that they would carry out the reunification. we have received the report from the police that the reunification was successfully carried out and that both Habtamu and his mother are as happy as can be.
Posted on August 28, 2017
Hanna, whose real name is Silma is finally reunited with her cousin. The rest of Hanna’s family, including her brother were not willing to take her in. this was mainly because they were sure that she would again disappear on them and they would end up worrying. Hanna’s uncle was the only one willing to give her one more chance and his daughter, who lives in Addis came to the Emmanuel House to take Hanna to her uncle in Jimma. We are glad that Hanna gets this last chance and hope she uses it wisely.
Posted on August 28, 2017
Meron had a court case and the police had sent her to us for temporary stay. Although we were expecting her to stay with us until she testified in court, after her mother talked to the police, they decided she could stay with her mother and still testify. And so, Meron returned to the police station and was reunified with her mother there.
Posted on August 28, 2017
Atsede chose to lie to us and waited to see what we would come up with. Unlike what she said, she didn’t run away from her aunt because she broke a bottle off liquor but because she overheard her aunt talking on the phone, saying she was going to send her back home. through the local police and Wereda administration, we were able to locate and talk to her father on the phone. After talking to her father and getting her aunt’s (living in Addis) address, we contacted her and she came to the Emmanuel House for the reunification. Atsede’s aunt had her doubts about Atsede’s behaioral change but hoping that the lessons and her whole stay at the Emmanuel House did some good, we reunified the two.
Posted on August 28, 2017
After our team traveled about 200km to locate Israel’s family, he came out with the truth. His family are living in Addis and he only heard about Shewarobit from his conversations with his grandmother. He cooperated with us and told us his grandmother’s number. When we called his grandmother with news of Israel, she fainted and we had to talk to someone else until she settled down. We went to her home the next morning, to find out that Israel had run away from home a dozen times before but never for this long. His grandmother couldn’t stop crying when she saw him. she was upset with him but at the same time, couldn’t hide her love, her worry and relief that he was found. She explained that she was in the middle of a big fight with her son (Israel’s father) because of his disappearance. The whole family, including neighbors were very happy to see him. we hope and pray that Israel’s behavior changes for the better because we’ve seen the love his grandmother has for him and how his misbehavior is hurtful to her.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Alemitu’s mother sent her to Addis without her father’s knowledge and this led to their separation. Her mother was here in Addis and had searched for her everywhere imaginable, including public toilets. Alemitu run away from her sister’s place in Addis because her sister’s husband was advancing on her and her sister didn’t believe her when she told her. she changed her name to Alemitu so that the police or any other person wouldn’t track her sister and take her back. She had worked for another family for about a month before the police found her and sent her to the Emmanuel House. Alemitu’s return brought so much joy to her family. When she got back, her parents decided to get back together and everyone was happy. Alemitu is an only child.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Geremew run away from home because his mother was upset with him for staying out late. Using this excuse, he came to Addis and gripped his longtime dream to see the city. His mother looked for him almost everywhere. She called his brothers, came to Addis and searched for him but finally gave up. Both Geremew and his mother were very happy to be reunited. His mother explained to us that he is such a good student and that she has high hopes for him. she promised to take care of him even better and to provide all that she can for him, so that he would fulfill his destiny.

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