Stories

Posted on July 16, 2018
The police station department that sent Lensa to the EH for temporary stay and eventual reunification was approached by her family. Since she runaway, her family were trying to find her and somehow, the missing person fliers they hanged around the police station were noticed and they found out that their daughter was sent to us. After that, the family were asked to come with evidence that shows that Lensa is indeed their daughter and her father came through with all the necessary documentation. After that, the police department sent him to us with a letter stating that they made sure of his identity and that we should reunify her with her father. Lensa, her father and the rest of the family were all very happy. They were scared that something bad might have happened to her but were glad to learn otherwise.
Posted on July 16, 2018
It took time to get through to Bontu. When she first arrived, she was so silent that she didn’t even mix with the children. After a while, she started opening up and gave us a hint about her family’s whereabouts. With the help of the local police, we were able to find her guardian. Her uncle (on mother’s side) came to the Emmanuel House for the reunification. Her father’s brother was the one who took care of her since her parents’ death but she runaway hoping to find her mother’s brother who was also taking care of her sisters. Bontu was very happy because that was where she wanted to go in the first place. Her uncle was also happy and assured us that he was able to take care of her and her sisters without any assistance.
Posted on July 16, 2018
Because this was Andinet’s first time away from home, he was very eager to go back. Also, he doesn’t speak Amharic at all so he couldn’t play or interact with the rest of the children at the Emmanuel House. After reunifying him with his father, we found out that his mother used to live in Kenya and that she died there. His father remarried and has 9 other children. His father wasn’t surprised or as happy as we had anticipated to see Andinet. He said he wished for him to work and at least support himself. Although the reality back home is sad, that’s the safest place for him so our team had to leave him there. Despite his father’s reaction, Andinet was still very happy to see his family back home.
Posted on July 16, 2018
Amarech and Tizita were trafficked and brought to Addis together. It was fortunate that their employers in Addis took them straight to the police when they asked to go back home to their families. After a stay of 3 months at the Emmanuel House, both headed back home to their families with the NOLM team. Unfortunately, because of the unrest in the area, their families were relocated and we couldn’t carry out a proper reunification. Amarech was handed over to her uncle who works in the Kebele and we learned later (through the phone) that she was reunified with her family after a few days. Amarech was very scared and sad to go back and find her family displaced but after she met with her uncle and found out that her family were safe, she was ok. Tizita’s adoptive parents had also been displaced so we had to hand her over to the authorities in the Kebele. Later, we learned that she was reunified with her biological father and that he would help her look for her adoptive family.
Posted on July 16, 2018
Abdi’s father had been looking for his son ever since he went out to buy bread and disappeared. The family tried all in their power to find him but all their efforts ended in disappointment. Their final try was to declare him missing on the radio and see if someone who saw/heard from him would come forward. This plan worked as one of the NOLM team heard the announcement on the radio and called Abdi’s father. The reunification was carried out at the Emmanuel House where a very anxious and worried father came to meet with his son who was in tears the whole time.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Bethlehem’s fictitious story came to an end when she came to us with the truth. she’d been living with her grandmother for a long time before her mother convinced her to live with her instead. She run away from her mother’s because she had a fight with her stepfather after a cat ate a chicken he owned. Because this was not her first time away from home, her family weren’t that surprised to see her. instead, her grandmother was worried that she had done something wrong and that she’d have to pay for her mistakes. After realizing that she didn’t do anything bad, her grandmother welcomed her back home. the reunification wasn’t a great one per say but seeing a child back in a place where she belongs is worth it. Sometimes, even though we don’t get great responses from families, our teams come back to EH hoping that the seeds sawn in every child’s life will soon blossom.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Although his family is economically stable and can provide for him according to his wants and needs, Rijal doesn’t like living in the rural area. He likes everything about the city. That is why he suddenly left home and headed to Addis. He doesn’t know anyone here but all that he’s heard about Addis made him pack his bags. It was a good thing that he went to the police after he came to Addis or bad people could’ve done a lot of bad things to him. During his stay at the EH, Rijal has been part of rigorous lessons and prayer that we hope have changed his general outlook on life, education and family. With this in mind, he has been reunified with his family who welcomed him with such joy. Although he has been away from home now and then, he was never this far and never for this long. Because of this, no one thought he’d be back home safe. They were thinking that something bad had happened to him and that they’d never see him again. Because he is a great student, his family were upset that he skipped school.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Bereket was eager to find his father when he joined EH. Through his stay, through all that he learned about family and values, he changed his mind about wanting to go back to his grandparents who raised him in the first place. His grandmother kneeled down and started kissing the ground once she laid eyes on Rijal. She was screaming and shouting asking him what she did wrong and why he left her in the dark all by herself. It was a truly touching reunification process. We learned that Bereket made friends with street children and that his grandmother forbid him not to hang out with those who are a bad influence on him. this was why he runaway. The lessons he learned at the EH we hope, have changed his life for good. His older brother is also living on the streets of Jimma. It is our prayer that Bereket’s return will capture his brother’s attention and their whole family will be reunited.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Roza was welcomed back home with extreme joy. Her sister was the first person who saw Roza and our team. Her roaring scream of joy alerted everyone in the area that something wonderful was happening and we were soon joined by Roza’s parents, family and neighbors. Her family had been to Addis to look for her and after days of searching the city, gave up hope and went back home. Her return was an answered prayer and just in time for Ramadan. Roza came to Addis to live with her brother and his expecting wife but runaway because her sister in law was not treating her well.
Posted on June 21, 2018
Selamawit’s family had no idea of her whereabouts or if she was alive for that matter. Her return after years of radio silence is a miracle to this family. Despite their dreadful economic condition, the family was still happy to welcome Selamawit back into their lives. Selamawit’s return means that they have to share the already scarce resources they have available. Their situation is very bad that they don’t have enough for daily meals or drinks. We are hoping to somehow support this family so that they can at least address their basic needs. This way, Selamawit can stay with her family. If left unaddressed, the problems at home will likely lead her back to Addis to find work and a daily bread.

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