Stories

Posted on July 31, 2017
Tigist, after a stay of 4months with us, has now been reunified with her mother. Her mother had sent both her daughters off to Addis for work and had no idea what was going on with them. At first, she was suspicious but when she heard all that had happened in her daughter’s life she warmed up to our team. Fortunately, people were gathered around and this gave our team a chance to teach the community about sending young girls off to work.
Posted on July 31, 2017
Alima’s aunt, who doesn’t have children of her own and raised Alima as her own was very happy to see her. not only her aunt, the neighbors also were very glad to see her and joined the celebration of her return. Unlike what she told us, Alima run away from home on her own time and realized that was a mistake, as soon as she arrived in Addis. We are glad that she is back where she belongs and so is she.
Posted on July 31, 2017
Wubalem’s mother had tierleslly been looking for her daughter for the past 3 months. When finally she arrived home, all she could do was stare at her in aww. She couldn’t cry, talk, laugh… she just stood and stared at her daughter. When the surprise faded, we saw that she was overwhelmed with joy that the daughter she through she lost forever had returned home safely. It was a very touching reunification. her mother was the one who was happy about Wubalem’s journey and employment in Addis but she has learnt her lesson the hard way.
Posted on July 31, 2017
A few days into her stay at the Emmanuel House, Arsema came to us with the truth about the whereabouts of her family. It turns out that her parents live right here in Addis, in a neighborhood very close to the Emmanuel House. When we met her mother, she explained to us that this was Arsema’s 3rd time running away and that she had sued her parents for physically punishing her (an ongoing investigation). Because she hasn’t been away from home for this long, her family were very concerned. They had reported her missing to the police and had missing person banners in the city. We talked about Arsema’s behavioral problems with her mother and hoping that they have all been addressed during her stay with us, have sent her back home with her mother.
Posted on July 18, 2017
Qemeriya is in a much better mental state now. We took her to a mental health specialist clinic and she has also been taking part in prayer at church. All in all, her situation has improved. She can now control her bladder, can sleep without sleeping pills and her aggression towards other people has significantly decreased. After settling down, she was able to clearly explain to us how she came to Addis and we found her family. Luckily, her brother and father were here in Addis, looking for her and we were able to do a quick reunification. they brought her here to get a cultural medicine for her mental health problem and lost her by accident. They were very relieved that she was safe and that they found her. they were also very happy because of her improved health and extended their sincerest gratitude toward NOLM’s services. please continue praying for this young girl.
Posted on July 10, 2017
Tadelu’s whole story turned out to be a lie. The aunt she reportedly was living with turned out to be her biological mother. She run away from home, not to look for her father but instead, her grandparents. It hasn’t been 4 years since she left home and she had never been employed in Addis. Our team found this out when we took Tadelu to her hometown and reunified her with her mother. We observed that she doesn’t get along, all that well with her mother. Her mother’s reaction to her return also proved this. We pray that Tadelu’s future is much better than her past and God helps her and her mother find a way to peacefully live together besides their differences.
Posted on July 10, 2017
Kenenisa had told us that he came to Addis to explore the city and go back home. in truth, Kenenisa came to Addis as he was following his uncle who was headed to Jimma to where his mother lives. Kenenisa wanted to meet his mother and because his uncle refused to willingly take him, he chose to follow him and get there himself. Kenenisa’s father and aunt, when they saw that Kenenisa wasn’t around, asked their brother if he had seen him or if he took him to Jimma with him. somehow, his uncle chose to lie to his brother and sister. Kenenisa’s family thought he was safely home with his mother in Jimma because they were misinformed by his uncle. Kenenisa is finally home with his aunt, who was exceptionally happy to see him. because of his father’s financial problems, he had been living with his grandparents, uncles and aunts before he came to Addis.
Posted on July 10, 2017
Until her reunification, we were not sure of Martha’s story. She had told her father that she was headed to her aunt’s house in Jimma and left home out of her own will. When his sister called to let him know that Martha wasn’t with her, Martha’s father was devastated. Although he was very worried, there was little he could do. He was very happy when our team met with him in Limu for Martha’s reunification. He was very worried about his daughter and thanked God for bringing her back to him safe and sound. Martha was also very happy. She was not stable when she first joined the Emanuel House but she now seems like she is in a better emotional state. We found out that her mother also suffers from mental illness. Please continue praying for Martha and her family.
Posted on June 30, 2017
When Meseret came to us through the police, she had made it clear that she didn’t want to go back to her mother’s. this was mainly because her mother is living with her brother and doesn’t have anything to support her. she wanted to go back to her aunt who lives in Sebeta. A few days after she came to us, her mother and her 2 uncles came to the Emmanuel House to take her back home. Meseret was surprisingly sad instead of happy. We witnessed that her mother is more than able to take care of Meseret but since she doesn’t want to live with her, we agreed that they will take her to her aunt’s. Meseret had tried living with her aunt a couple of times but things didn’t go smoothly between them. We pray that this time will be different.
Posted on June 30, 2017
Almaz’s wish came true when our team located her uncle/guardian living in Addis and reunified her with him. right from the start, she wanted to go back to him and his family and the only reason she came to the Emmannuel House was because she lost her way back to her uncle’s home after going out to church. Her uncle was also very happy to see her as the whole family had been looking for her and they were all relieved to see/hear that she was safe.

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