Stories

Posted on June 27, 2017
Habtamu had run away from home a handful of times. Still, when he called his mother and grandparents to let them know that he was in Addis, they were very worried. The previous times, he was only away for a short time and was residing in the nearby cities. When he called them from Addis, they felt that he would never find his way back. His grandmother was the happiest of all to see him and was very grateful for NOLM’s services.
Posted on June 27, 2017
Getu’s reunification took place at the Emmanuel House. His brother, who had been looking for him since the family heard of him running away, came to the Emmanuel House to take his brother back home. his mother was the one who gave him to other people and she regretted her decision once she heard he runaway. Getu’s brother told our team that the whole family was devastated because of it and that they had tirelessly been looking for him.
Posted on June 27, 2017
Dege’s reunification was very touching. Her father, when he saw her was shaking and crying, saying that he had lost the apple of his eye. Her parents didn’t want her to come to Addis in the first place. It was out of her own will that Dege came. Her father, when he heard that she runaway, had pressed charges against the man who had brought her to Addis. They had sent her picture to Addis and they said they were posting missing person fliers in town. Dege was also very happy to be back home in loving, caring arms.
Posted on June 8, 2017
Kume first came to Addis hoping to get a job. Because she is very young and doesn’t know much about housework, it wasn’t long till her employers kicked her out. When we went for her reunification, it wasn’t a nice response from her family that greeted us. Her mother didn’t want anything to do with her because she’s scared she’ll ruin her new life if she takes in Kume. Kume’s feelings were hurt because both her parents refused to take her in but when her uncle came to her rescue, she was relieved and happy. She was living with the same uncle before she was trafficked to Addis and he was more than happy that she was back.
Posted on June 8, 2017
It was Ayelech’s father who brought her to Addis and got her a job. When we took her back home and met with her aunt, we realized that her father did that because he doesn’t have a settled life and goes here and there. Her aunt was very happy that Ayelech was back because she had heard of her running away from her employer’s in Addis and was very worried. Although her father didn’t try to find her, her aunt was calling relatives in Addis and doing her best to find any news about Ayelech. Both Ayelech and her aunt were happy to be together and expressed their extreme gratitude to NOLM’s services.
Posted on June 8, 2017
Meseret has been a part of the Emmanuel House family for a year and a half. During this time, we have all witnessed many changes in Meseret, both physically and behaviorally. The changes we’ve seen are simply indescribable. Meseret has always been a loving, kind little girl but her character has developed onto an even better personality through her stay with us. Meseret has finally finished her court case as well as her stay at the Emmanuel House. Her uncle, after talking with the police, came to the Emmanuel House and took Meseret with him. Now, she’s with her loving family.
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.

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