Stories

Posted on June 8, 2017
When she first came to us, Demme said her family live around an area called Tulubolo. After that, we had to hand her over to the police because she wasn’t cooperative. A day after our team met with the Children & Women’s affair officer of the Tulubolo police, they located Demme’s family and carried out the reunification at the station. Although this is not her first time away from home, Demme’s family had done all they could to find her. The police reported that the family was thanking God for listening to their prayers and for bringing their lost daughter home.
Posted on June 8, 2017
It turns out that Meseret was living with her aunt since she was a child. When her behavior started changing, her aunt sent her to Addis, to her other aunt so that she’d have a change of scenery. Unfortunately, Meseret disappeared on the second day of her arrival in Addis and this led to a lawsuit against her aunt in Addis. Her father pressed charges against his sister saying she had trafficked his daughter and she had been in prison all along. Meseret’s guardian (her aunt) was very happy to see her and was shivering and crying. Hopefully, her return will settle the dispute within the family.
Posted on June 8, 2017
During his reunification, we found out what Moti’s real story is. It turns out that he was living with his grandparents before running away and coming to Addis. Because his parents were in Addis during the reunification, we collected as much information from his brother and his neighbors. The whole family was worried about him ever since his grandparents notified them of his missing. His brother, who was the only family present on the reunification, was very happy to see Moti. On our team’s end, although we faced transportation challenges on our way to his home, the end result was satisfying.
Posted on May 22, 2017
Hanna stayed at the Emmanuel House for almost a year. It has now been over 3 years since she was reunified with her family. Hanna had a special place in the NOLM team’s heart. Our team had been to her hometown a couple of times for a post-reunification follow up. It was a very nice surprise for all when Hanna and her family planned a trip to Addis and came to visit everyone at the Emmanuel House. Her arrival at the Emmanuel House created an indescribable feeling in everyone’s heart. It was hope for the children who are waiting for their reunification at the Emmanuel House and encouragement to all the hard working staff at NOLM. Although we know that we are doing good work, it was a nice pat on the shoulder to see such a success in what we do. we are very proud of Hanna, who is now in grade 4 and is the happiest we’ve ever seen her.
Posted on May 22, 2017
Hanny’s odd story has finally become clear. After going to the school where she said she learns in, with the cooperation of the teachers, we located her real school. After that, finding her family was not that hard. Our team met with her aunt and found out that her mother had been gone for years. They haven’t heard from her since she left the country and Hanny and her brothers had been living with their aunt, ever since. Although their father is in the picture, he refused to raise them on his own. Hanny has behavioral problems and had runaway before, lived in an orphanage for a year and was located after a gruesome effort. This time, her aunt notified the police right after she went missing and had hanged missing person fliers all over their neighborhood. we hope this will be Hanny’s last time running away, please keep this family in your prayers.
Posted on May 7, 2017
We found out that the story Suzan told us was all a lie when we met with her mother. During her reunification with her mother, we found out that Suzan has never even met her father, let alone lived with him. Her mother explained that she had run away from home a couple of times before and that she had lived on the streets for about 6 months, the last time she runaway. This didn’t keep her mother from worrying about her daughter. She had reported her missing to the police and was very worried. The only reply she had when we walked into her home was to cry. We are glad suzan finally told the truth and is now with her loving mother.
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.

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