Stories

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.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Ever since she came to the Emmanuel House, Haymanot had been wanting to go back home to her mother. Unfortunately, because she doesn’t know her mother’s address, we had to reunify her with her uncle in Addis. She run away from his place because he punished her for something. During the reunification, we heard from them that her father is also living in Addis and often comes to visit them. We discussed Haymanot wanting to go back to her mother with them and they promised to take her back when the rainy season is over and the road to her mother’s home is safe for travel. Judging by their living conditions, her uncle’s family will not be able to provide for her much longer and will hopefully take her back home soon.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Werqneh came to us through the police for temporary stay until an investigation he was part of came to an end. Once it did, the police located his father and reunified the two. Unfortunately, our plan to talk to his father before the reunification wasn’t successful. We wanted to address the reason that leads Werqneh to keep running away from home and that is the way his father disciplines him. We hope things change for him and will keep him in our prayers.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Mohammed’s mother was not the only one looking for him. literally the whole neighborhood had assigned themselves into small groups and had set specific areas to each group and were looking for Mohammed day and night. When our team arrived to Mohammed’s home, the whole community went out to welcome them. Because everyone was crying and shouting, we had a hard time identifying his mother at first. This reunification ignited the passion within our team. No words can describe the ambiance and feeling of this reunification. To say that everyone was happy doesn’t do justice to the story. Mohammed’s mother had been so worried about her son and the community had been worried about her safety. Everyone was thinking that she could harm herself but luckily, Mohammed is home before anything bad happened.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Despite Yaekob wanting to stay in Addis and work, the NOLM team took him back home to his mother. His mother, who hadn’t seen him for over a year was very happy and excited to see him. she explained to us that she had financial probllems and that was why she gave him to his grandmother. She was sad to learn that he left his grandmother and came to Addis with his uncle. Yaekob is her only son and she was very worried about his whereabouts after she heard that he was no longer with his uncle but in a temporary shelter somewhere in Addis. She was very happy that our team took him back to her and no matter how hard life gets, she promised to take care of Yaekob herself.
Posted on August 24, 2017
As we had suspected, Birtukan’s story was a scam. She was very hesitant to tell us the truth but after a stay of 3months at the Emmanuel House, she finally gave us a hint of the truth. Using that, we were able to locate her uncle who lives In Wolayta Sodo. Her uncle was hesitant to take her in but after a little talk with our team, he decided to cooperate. He explained that Birtukan had been away from home a couple of times because of her bad behavior and that her family were simply fed up with her. after we explained to him about her stay with us and all the education she had received, he changed his mind. Birtukan is now safely back with her family and we hope that her stay with us has truly changed her.
Posted on August 24, 2017
Messy had been at the Emmanuel House for the past 2 months. He admits that he’s not perfect but was willing to go back to his mother, apologize and continue life. Unfortunately, his mother wasn’t as happy or as open to the idea as he was. It was painful to see that he was willing to do whatever but his mother had enough. In the end, he was reunified with his mother but she wasn’t that happy about it. After seeing her reaction to her son’s return, we wanted to reunite Messy with his grandparents but her refused. We hope that this time will be different and he will stay home.
Posted on August 7, 2017
After almost a month at the Emmanuel House, Tigist told the truth about where her family lives. She gave us her mother’s number and we contacted them. They were all relieved that Tigist was safe and soon to be back home. At her reunification in the Emmanuel House, we found out that Tigist run away from home after a fight with her brother. Because her family move from place to place because of work, she hasn’t really been able to catch her breath or go to school. We think this might be the real reason that led Tigist to run away. Her family were in despair ever since she runaway but now that she is safely back, everything is back to normal.

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