Stories

Posted on January 11, 2018
Amsalu’s father had been to Addis a couple of times, looking for his lost daughter. He gave her to people who he was confident would take care of her and he felt he was affording her a better chance at life. Unfortunately, the woman he trusted did Amsalu wrong and Amsalu runaway. Her family had given up hope and never in a million years would they have imagined her coming back home. her return was a Christmas miracle. Although we contacted them through the phone and told them that Amsalu was safe with us and that we would bring her back, they didn’t believe it until they saw her in person, touched her, hugged her and made sure it was all real. This was a big lesson to the whole family and the neighborhood as a whole and we are glad that others were able to learn from this story.
Posted on December 28, 2017
It took Yohannes 2 months to come to us with the truth. He runaway from home because he could no longer bear with his stepmother’s behavior. He gave us his brother’s phone number and we reached out to the family. While taking another young boy back home to his family, our team took Yohannes to his brother’s home in Merana. From him, we learned that all their siblings are living out of home because none of them were able to live with their stepmother. Although Yohannes’ brother is still a student and doesn’t have much to support him, he was still very happy. This was Yohannes’ first time away from home.
Posted on December 28, 2017
after contacting the local police, we were able to contact Abreham’s mother. He purposefully changed his name so that no one would be able to find his family but when the police heard our description of him, there was no doubt in their minds that it was Omer we were talking about. His mother had been in contact with the police a couple of times before because he was starting to get out of her control. This time, he ran away because he stole money from neighbors and they threatened him. his mother, who is already a daily laborer had to work extra hard to pay the people their money. When we talked to her on phone, it was as if she wanted nothing to do with Abreham. When our team headed to Weraylu and met with her, it was a different story. Although she was very upset and has no hope that her son will ever change, she still accepted him back into her life with a warm hug.
Posted on December 18, 2017
Kidist spent a couple of days at the Emmanuel House. Because she has a serious hearing loss, we were unable to communicate well with her. when her aunt came to the EH to take her back home, she explained to us that Kidist run away from her parents’ house in Wolayta and came to Addis for employment. We were able to contact her aunt through a phone number we got from Kidist’s previous employers. Her aunt took full responsibility to provide for her, the care she needs until she is convinced to go back home to her family.
Posted on December 18, 2017
It’s been 6 months since Tsehayitu came to the Emmanuel House. Because she doesn’t speak Amharic, we were unable to gather any information from her through our team. Twice, we brought professional translators who speak Agewegna and we collected some information about her parent’s whereabouts. The first time, she gave us a completely false story and address. The second time around, she gave us some information about her address. After contacting the local police in the area, our team took her to a police station in Sekota and The Women and Children’s Affair department took her, promising to take her to her family. Because they live so far away, our team was unable to take part in the reunification. Tsehayitu’s reunification is a mystery solved. Because of the language barrier and because she didn’t have any interest to go back home or communicate with people at the Emmanuel House, her case was a complicated one. With the grace of God and the help of the police, Tsehayitu is now back home.
Posted on December 18, 2017
Yilikal’s father had put “missing child” posters all over town. Fortunately, one of NOLM’s staff saw this and that is how we found his family. Yilikal’s father was working as a guard and couldn’t take care of his son by himself. That was why he gave Yilikal to his uncle and continued working. He visited his son every other week and as far as he knew, he had nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, it was the insults and physical punishment that led Yilikal to run away from his uncle’s place in Addis. After talking to Yilikal’s father about these and other reasons, he agreed to take Yilikal to his mother who lives in Welega. This was Yilikal’s wish since the beginning and we are happy that it came true.
Posted on December 7, 2017
During Bayesh’s stay at the Emmanuel House, we have been looking for her family. We successfully located her mother and she has been reunited with her family in Gonder. Her mother explained to our social worker Tesfaye, that she sent Bayesh to Addis so that she would earn some money and support her family back home. because her parents are separated and her mother supports all her children by herself, life is a big challenge for them. Our team is working to come up with a way to support Bayesh and indirectly, her family.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Terefe’s guardian is a man who has no blood relationship with him. he started living with him when his mother kicked him out 2 years ago and they’ve been like family ever since. Terefe runaway because his guardian always warns him about cycling on the main road and he ruined a cycle tier while doing just that. His guardian was still happy to see him and welcomed him back with open arms. Terefe apologized for his mistakes and explained that he has learned his lesson. This settled things and Terefe is once again living with his guardian.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Bealem’s is a typical story in our line of work. she came to Addis with her father’s consent and was living with her aunt before running away. Her father, when he came to the Emmanuel House explained to us that he sent her to Addis, not because of financial problems but because he wished her to have many opportunities. He was sad about what happened to Bealem at her aunt’s and promised to take care of her himself and not let her out of his sight. During the reunification, Bealm’s father received a few tips on parenting styles.
Posted on December 7, 2017
Alem’s story is as clear as it gets. She came to Addis for work and after 15 days at the new house, she got homesick. When no one was around, she decided to runaway and find a way back home. when her father came to the Emmanuel House, he was a little upset because he didn’t understand why she wanted to runway. After we discussed how common it is for kids to feel homesick and runaway, he calmed down. When he came to his senses, he explained how thankful he is for NOLM’s services and for keeping his daughter safe.

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