Stories

Posted on May 7, 2017
Eskedar was always ambitious to attend school. Because her parents were separated and her mother couldn’t afford to send her to school, she came to Addis. Here, she was working as a housemaid and wanted to go to school too but she couldn’t even stay for a month with her employer. They kicked her out because she kept asking them about when she’d join school. When Eskedar arrived home with the NOLM team, good news awaited her. Her mother and father had reconciled and were once again living together.
Posted on April 13, 2017
Mebrat has been working as a housemaid for more than a year. It was her father that was collecting all the money/her salary while she was working. He was not really happy to see his daughter quit her work and go back home. After witnessing this, our team made it clear that it is illegal to send his child to work. we also tried to help him realize that his daughter had been trhough a lot while working.
Posted on April 13, 2017
It took a long time and process to locate Tigist’s parents. That is because the child was not interested to go back to her parents and kept giving us the wrong information. Her intention was to stay in Addis and to work as a housemaid but with the help of the police, we were able to locate her parents and reunify her. Our team witnessed that the life her family leads is opposite to what she said and that they are able to provide for her. Her parents were very happy to see her.
Posted on April 10, 2017
Nahom was sent to the Emmanuel house because his father got into a fight with a neighbor and was arrested. Because his father was set free on bail, Nahom has now been reunited with his beloved father. He was very happy and had missed his father a lot. The father was also very happy and thankful for NOLM taking care of his son in time of desperation.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Adanech came to Addis with her father hoping for a better life. Before, she used to live with her poor mother in Itaya. But she did not get the kind of life she had hoped for. Although her father could provide for her needs better than her mother, Adanech preferred to run away and go back to her mother. That is because she was not being treated like a child in her father’s home. The mother was very happy and thankful to get her child back. She had lost all hope in finding her beloved child and was planning to commit suicide the very day she heard the good news of her child.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Yalew was referred to NOLM because of Child exploitation. From the beginning, he was forced to leave his mother because of a tradition. Because his father killed a villager on a fight and was put in jail, his family was scared that the victim’s family will come against them for revenge and kill at least one of the sons of the attacker(Yalew’s father). This is an old tradition in the area and therefore Yalew’s mother, fearing for her son’s life sent both of her sons away, to seek refuge at a relative’s house. Yalew’s mother was happy to see him but was still scared for his life and chose to send him off to another relative’s house far away from the village.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Hikma’s reunion was one of the amazing reunions in NOLM history. Her father and the whole neighbors could not believe their eyes when they saw Hikma again. They did not know how to respond or to express their joy. They were kissing the child, NOLM team members, the ground and praising God and crying. The father was in Addis Ababa twice to look for his missing daughter. The story of how she ended up at NOLM was incorrect. Of course it was her father who brought her to Addis. But she has been working as a housemaid for the last two years. The father and everybody in the area was thankful for NOLM. The father does not lack financial ability to take care of his child.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Worknesh was telling a made up story of her arrival to Addis all along. It is not her first time running away. This time, she came to visit her brother and wanted to get a job as a housemaid but couldn’t find anyone interested to employ her. Because her parents are split up, she was reunified with her grandmother, who was the only person happy to see her comeback. Others are tired of her repeated action of running away. We hope the lessons she has got at NOLM will help her to stick to her grand mom this time.
Posted on April 7, 2017
It was a made up story that Atinaf was telling us this whole time about how she ended up in Addis. The truth is, she run away from her parents hoping to find a neighbor’s daughter living in Addis. Atinaf did visit this woman with her mother some months ago and wanted to live there with her. But her parents did not allow it. Atinaf was not happy with the reunion but her mother and neighbors were very happy and thankful to NOLM. At least she learnt a lesson and hopefully will not try to run away in the future.
Posted on March 15, 2017
Yonas is from Addis Ababa. He reported to the police that he was lost but we learnt from his mother that he deliberately runaway. His parents are divorced and he was living with his mother. His mother was furious with him and expressed her frustration towards his bad behavior. She admitted that she had beaten him, the day that he runaway and promised to express her anger in other ways after a discussion with our team. Both his mother and father were looking for him.

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