Stories

Posted on April 23, 2018
Kumeshi originally came to Addis with her aunt to get a job, but unbeknownst to her, her aunt had other plans in mind. Her father told us that her aunt, who came from abroad, actually wanted to vacation in Addis, and thought it would do Kumeshi some good to bring her along. Because she had to go elsewhere, she left Kumeshi with the people with whom they were staying. When her aunt came back on the 3rd day, Kumeshi had runaway because of a fight she had had with another girl in the house. Her aunt was too ashamed to see Kumeshi’s father, and after trying to find her without success, she went back abroad. Since then, Kumeshi’s father has taken several trips Addis to look for his daughter. When our team contacted him on the phone, he didn't believe us. He had lost all hope of seeing his daughter alive again. He didn't truly trust our words until the minute we took Kumeshi back home and he held her in his arms. He had even talked to her many of times while she was at Emmanuel House, but that wasn’t enough. Her return had restored the joy and peace of her family.
Posted on April 5, 2018
Soon after Dehninet’s arrival at Emmanuel House, it was obvious that she had a number of behavioral problems. Locating her family was actually the easy part in this situation, for we felt we had to help Dehninet instead of just sending her home straight away. While it was a struggle for us, we continued working for the betterment of her behaviour, in order for her to have the social skills needed to function on a daily basis. Once we at NOLM were able to all agree that her behavioral problems were addressed, we immediately contacted her family through the local police in their area. Unfortunately, her mother was unable to come to the station on the day of the meeting, but our team made sure Dehninet had a relative to stay with until her mother's return.
Posted on April 5, 2018
Bilal stayed with us at Emmanuel House for a month. While with us, he had very good behavior, a humble personality and was a very good example to the other children. At the age of 2, his parents separated and he had been living with his guardian. Bilal's guardian was a compassionate woman who saw that his father was having a hard time raising Bilal by himself, and asked to take Bilal and raise him as her own. Not only that, she would even take care of his father when he would come and ask for a helping hand. She was married and had 4 kids of her own to take care of when she took in Bilal, but welcomed him into her home as if she had no others. When he was older, Bilal asked for the permission of his guardian to go and look for his mother. He found that she had a new family and that her husband wanted nothing to do with him. As he was trying to find his way back home, he lost his way and the local authorities found him, and brought Bilal to us. Despite the economic challenges they were facing, his family that had taken him in were still overjoyed to see Bilal. In the future, we hope to provide Bilal assistance in his schooling considering everything that his guardian has done for him.
Posted on March 26, 2018
Dasash’s family were aware that she was missing from her employer’s house in Addis. They never supported her idea to come to Addis and work and were very sad and angry to hear that it didn’t work out for her. since this was her first time away from home, they were all very worried about her but had no hope except for praying and wishing for the best. At first, Dasash was crying almost every day, asking our team to take her back home because she missed her family. Unfortunately, because of the current situation in the country and due to the closing of the roads leading to her hometown, we were unable to make her wish come true. A few days into her stay at the Emmanuel House, she calmed down, made friends with everyone here and realized that we couldn’t take her home right away for reasons that were beyond our control. Dasash was a sweet girl, even though it’s for a short time, lit the EH with her contagious smile. She will be missed.
Posted on March 26, 2018
Right from the start, Mitiku made it clear to us that he wanted to go back to his aunt’s if she would have him. his mother has passed away and his father, although alive isn’t in a position to take care of him. the only family he knows and the only place he’s called home were his aunt and her house. Unfortunately, his aunt wasn’t too happy with taking back Mitiku into her home. The sub-city’s Women & Children’s Affair Office had to intervene because she first refused to take him in. Mitiku’s stay at the Emmanuel House has thought him a lot. He has learned a skill or two and has improved his behavior noticeably. We hope his change will soften his aunt’s heart and his stay with the family will be pleasant.
Posted on March 26, 2018
Weditu was sent to us by the Gulele sub-city police department for reunification. although we tried to find her family, both in person and through the local police, our efforts failed. We (NOLM team & Weditu) finally decided it was in her best interest to join a vocational training and eventually support herself. Accordingly, she took an 8-month training, graduated and has been working for the past year. We’ve witnessed a lot of change in Weditu’s life over the past 3 years. Knowing that we’ve equipped her with all we can, it was time for Weditu to start a new chapter of her life. She moved out of the Emmanuel House and has started living on her own. NOLM has provided all the necessary things in terms of material and mental readiness. Weditu has promised to make us all proud. We know we will see her someplace big one day. We ask that you please keep praying for Weditu.
Posted on March 19, 2018
Kalkidan has lost both her parents. She was living with her legal guardian (a relative) until another woman on her mother’s side took her and brought her to Addis. Here, she was living with a lady who physically abused(tortured) her and she was taken to the police through her school teachers. Her court case was finished and her abuser was sent to prison. As per the court’s decision to reunify Kalkidan with her guardian, the reunification took place at the Emmanuel House. Kalkidan was a burn victim and through her stay at the Emmanuel House, she has received all the necessary health care and her wound has completely healed. We hope she’s learned a lot from all of us here at the Emmanuel House and pray for the best for her.
Posted on March 19, 2018
Although she was separated from her parents when she was just 4 years old, Bethlehem showed much interest in being reunified with her parents. She grew up with her grandparents and has no idea where her parents live so we had to take her to her grandparents. There, we found out that this was her 3rd time running away and that she’s expressed her wish to live with her parents to her grandparents as well. Accordingly, her grandparents agreed to reunify her with her parents who live in Awassa after they realized she was very serious about wanting to go there. Her return brought much joy to the family. She runaway from home to try to find her parents in Awassa but she ended up in Addis. Her grandparents, although sad that she’ll soon leave them for good, were very happy that she was safe and away from harm’s way.
Posted on March 19, 2018
Adanech was one of the much loved and appreciated members of the Emmanuel House. She’s been with us for about 10 months and she’s added so much color to the EH. Although she had a court case, things didn’t go as planned and we had to take her back to her aunt who lived in Deneba suddenly. We are all happy because that is exactly where she wanted to go. There is still a little complication with her aunt who lives in Addis. We found out that she wants to take over her family’s money and that is why she wanted Adanech to live in an orphanage in Addis. We have discussed this with the local police and believe that we’ve solved the problem permanently. Please continue praying for the growth of Adanech, both physically and spiritually.
Posted on March 19, 2018
We weren’t able to reunify Gelani with her parents. When our team traveled to Ego for her reunification, we found her aunt and were able to learn more about Gelani’s story. Her father lives in an area called Awash with the rest of his children and her mother lives in Ego. Although we wanted to take Gelani to her mother, because she is in an unstable state of mind, we chose to reunify her with her aunt instead. Her aunt was the one who raised her before Gelani came to Addis and her father, whom we talked to on the phone also approved of the reunification. all of us here at the Emmanuel House are going to miss Gelani and hope for the best for her.

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