Stories

Posted on May 17, 2018
Chaltu came to Addis because her mother was unable to support her. when an opportunity to come to Addis and pursue her education while helping her host family arose, Chaltu’s family accepted it without a single question. Unfortunately, life in Addis with her relatives wasn’t a piece of cake. Chaltu was forced to do housework that was way beyond her capacity and the promise they made about her schooling was broken. When things got harder, Chaltu decided to runaway without even thinking about where she’d go to. Since then, the employers as well as her family had been looking for her tirelessly and praying for the best. When her mother saw her, it was like a new birth. never had she imagined she’d see her lovely daughter back home, safe and sound in her arms. Although their economic situation is still a big question mark, Chaltu was still happy to be back home.
Posted on May 17, 2018
Sweet Loza was a joy to have at the Emmanuel House for a short period of almost 3 months. Although her stay was short, when compared to other children with court cases, it was enjoyable and meaningful. Loza added so much color to the EH and got so much more in return. We believe, her life has changed for the better because of the word of God she heard, for the first time at the Emmanuel House. She no longer wanted to live with her father and she went to her aunt’s home and the family sewed her father for neglect. She was sent to us until her court case was settled. Because her father is a lawyer and knows the system, everyone was scared that he’d somehow find a way to take Loza back. All Loza wanted was a normal life with her aunts and nothing more. Because we’ve seen a lot of court cases, we anticipated that Loza would probably stay with us a while. That is one of the reasons why we see the court’s decision as a miracle and an answered prayer. What Loza went through, while waiting for the court to come to a decision, the anxiety, the overwhelming fear of going back to her father, the hope… can not be explained in words. But with God’s help, she is finally somewhere where she wants to be and where she belongs.
Posted on May 7, 2018
Wagaye’s reunification was overwhelming to our new team member, who took part in a reunification for the first time. Wagaye’s father didn’t recognize his daughter at first. He realized it was her when she run to him, hugged him and started crying. This was maybe because Wagaye had been away from home for almost 5years. A few minutes after this, her father started crying. All the while, looking at Wagaye as if he didn’t recognize her and she was someone else. For years, he had no idea where she was or if she was alive, for that matter. He kept calling Wagaye’s cousin, expecting the good news that they had found his daughter but it never came. Finally seeing her in person was a miracle and a wish come true. He was very thankful for NOLM’s services.
Posted on April 30, 2018
A couple of weeks into her stay at the Emmanuel House, Qelem decided to come to us with the truth. All along, she had her sister’s phone number but kept silent because she didn’t want to go back home. this isn’t her first time away from home. because of her parent’s separation, she sometimes goes to her mother’s and other times, to her father’s place without a word to anyone. This time, she was in Addis because her sister got her a job. Her sister was notified by Qelem’s employers that she went missing and was looking for her. Qelem coming to us with the truth saved us a lot of time and energy. She was reunified with her sister because she requested it and her sister was willing to take her in. both were happy and we hope Qelem’s behavior has changed for the better as a result of her stay with us.
Posted on April 30, 2018
While we were on our way to reunify a child, we happened to come across a photo of Derartu (a girl staying with us at Emmanuel House) attached to a missing person flier on the streets of Ambo. We reached out and ended up talking to her mother. This came as a big surprise because Derartu had told us that she had been living with her stepmother. We believe her reasoning for lying to us was to attain sympathy and let her stay with us for longer, while leading us to think that her stepmother was a bad person. When our team came back to Emmanuel House and talked to Derartu, we learned that she also lied to us about why she came to Addis. She told us that she didn’t have a concrete reason for running away from home. Her mother, having no idea about her daughter’s whereabouts or her safety, had fallen sick for a month after Derartu’s disappearance. When she heard from our team on the phone, it was a miracle. She had been searching everywhere for her daughter, leaving no stone unturned. She was filled with gratitude for the second chance to spend time with and show affection to her daughter, all thanks to a coincidence.
Posted on April 23, 2018
Aman came to Emmanuel House from an area in Ethiopia called Butajira after hearing stories about life in Addis from a group of peers. He was told stories of the wonderful lives people led in Addis. After Aman left Butajira, he discovered that his peers’ views of Addis differed than those of his own. He ended up staying at Emmanuel House for less than a week because he expressed his discontentment for Addis and his desire to return home. Aman requested we contact his family, which was done immediately, as he revealed his father's phone number to our team. Aman's father quickly arrived in Addis to pick up his lost son. His family was very grateful to NOLM for their services.
Posted on April 23, 2018
Ishmael, a boy who ran away from his home to come to Addis in search of a new life, left Emmanuel house to go back to his family. At first, when he came to us, he told us that his parents were dead. He took all the necessary precautions to avoid his family finding him, including changing his name, his father’s name, his area, and everything he could think of. His reasoning for his disappearance was that other kids his age had told Ishmael he could get a job in Addis. His parents had by no means been expected his disappearance, although Ishmael had told his cousin of his plans. All of the counseling, prayer, and lessons he learned with us was enough to change his mind and share the truth of his time in Addis with us. His parents were overjoyed to see their son again, even though Ishmael had feared their reaction upon finding him.
Posted on April 23, 2018
When our team arrived to Kidist’s hometown, we were greeted with extreme joy and enthusiasm. Everyone in town was aware of Kidist running away from her employer’s house in Addis, so it was a welcome home party as soon as people recognized her. In addition, our team had reunified another child in the town before, and people who took part in that reunification recognized our team. We were showered with elilta (shouts of joy) and blessings from the elderly the moment we got off the bus. It was the day to go the market, however, so Kidist's mother was not home right when Kidist returned, but the good news of her daughter's arrival traveled fast, and she got home just after Kidist and our team. This reunification was very special because it showed us how much of a reputation NOLM has had because of previous reunifications in the area. Although Kidist stayed with us at Emmanuel House for quite a while after running away, her family immediately welcomed her back home without a single question. Kidist’s return brought renewed joy to every member of the family, and we are happy to have played such a significant role in Kidist's family.
Posted on April 23, 2018
Birtukan was leading a good life with her aunt in Addis. She was attending school and was mostly content where she was. She ended up at Emmanuel House after her aunt's neighbors convinced her to run away by bribing her with the prospect of a job. She stayed at her new job for only 2 days, because her aunt immediately went to the police, and hanged missing person fliers all around the city. Birtukan's employers took her straight to the police, which is where we found her and took her in. While Birtukan had been happy living with her aunt, she is now going back home to live with her mother, who promised to work towards taking better care of her in the future. Both Birtukan's aunt and her mother were very thankful to NOLM for their services.
Posted on April 23, 2018
Just before the holiday season started, Shasho disappeared. After her disappearance, Shasho's sister, who had been living with her at the time, immediately started searching for her and even hung missing child posters in different areas. After Shasho's sister's search proved unsuccessful, she returned home to observe the holidays with family. Shasho was found by local authorities and referred to Emmanuel House for family reunification. It didn't take long to locate Shasho's family, and upon her return, her family was very happy she arrived and had been staying with us in a safe environment. Her sister was still at her mother's house and was also relieved to see her. We are glad Shasho stayed with us, and hope that she had a life changing experience at Emmanuel House.

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