Stories

Posted on November 23, 2017
Because Yeabsira was so eager to go back home, we never thought his story was fake or that he lied about his address. When we reached out to the local police, they helped us reach his uncle. We found out from his uncle that his parents are actually living in Addis and that the stories he told us were lies. When we contacted his mother and she came to the Emmanuel House for the reunification, she was so sad about what happened. The fact that her son didn’t want to go back to her and told lies just to avoid this was heartbreaking for her. Yeabsira was born right here in Addis and this was his 4th time running away from home. Because of this repetitive behavior, his mother has no hope that he will stay around this time but hoping for the best, once again, she welcomed him back home with open arms.
Posted on November 23, 2017
It’s been over a year since Fanaye was sent to the Emmanuel House through the police. She was physically abused and was waiting her turn to testify in court against her abuser/previous employer. after a very long wait and some effort, we found out that the case was closed because her abuser was nowhere to be found. The changes we witnessed in Fanaye (both physical & behavioral) during her stay with us are tremendous. Although she left her home when she was just a child, every turn is imprinted in her mind. Without any ups and downs, she led our team straight to her home where her family greeted us with extreme joy. Her mother was so happy that at one point, she was unconscious. Unless witnessed in person, it’s very hard to describe the magnitude of pleasure, tears and emotions that constituted this reunification. Reunifications like this remind us of the true value of our work.
Posted on November 23, 2017
When our social worker Tesfaye took Mito to the area she said was her hometown, there was no trace of her family. As a last resort, our team contacted the Gamo-Gofa police and were heading there when Mito asked for the bus to stop. she then led our team straight to the doorsteps of her family. There, we talked with her father whom we observed to be negligent. In the short time we spent with them, we tried to discuss parenting with the family. Although her father’s reaction wasn’t as warm as we had hoped, her mother greeted us with joy. We hope and pray that Mito stays home this time around.
Posted on November 20, 2017
Although he changed other parts of his story, Esayas told us the truth about the whereabouts of his family. When his stepmother saw him, she started crying. Esayas had been living with her for a while before coming to Addis with his mother. His father hadn’t seen him for years because he was living in a rural area and only had information that Esayas was in Addis with his mother. His stepmother was very happy that Esayas chose to come back to her because she was not happy with him leaving in the first place. She blamed his mother for taking him away from her while he was happily living with her and his half siblings.
Posted on November 20, 2017
Emebet’s case has been settled. She came to us because two different families were fighting over who she should live with. Because her father is unable to raise Emebet and her siblings, After these families discussed issues with her father, they decided it would be best for her to live with the family whom her sister lives with. Accordingly, her sister and the family came to the Emmanuel House with a letter from the police department that sent Emebet to us and took her to her new home.
Posted on November 20, 2017
When we went to Meseret’s home, we found her sister who recently came to Ethiopia after working in The Middle East for a few years. Because her father wasn’t around, we weren’t able to gather much information about how she came to Addis but we suspect that some of the stories she told us are lies. She tried to lead our team elsewhere. Regardless, the reunification was successful after a laborious day for our social worker.
Posted on November 13, 2017
Dagim’s mother found out where her son is through the court. She had sued his father for support in raising her two daughters and when he didn’t show up in court, they explained to her that he had an accident. Before that, she had no idea about his accident or that Dagim was living with someone else. Both of them were crying when they saw each other. Dagim run to his mother’s arms when he saw her. although she’s already having a challenge providing for her two children, seeing and taking Dagim back home made her the happiest.
Posted on November 4, 2017
Meskerem’s family were exhilarated to see her. she one day went to school and didn’t come home so they were very worried. Her mother hadn’t eaten or slept for days because she was worried about her daughter. She couldn’t shout or cry when she saw Meskerem. She was shaking in silence and started talking after reality sunk in. Her older brother was away looking for her and all the people nearby participated in the search. Everyone was happy to see her and so was Meskerem.
Posted on November 4, 2017
It’s been 4 months since Degnesh took refuge at the Emmanuel House. All this time, her previous employer had kept silent about her running away and he told her family she was doing fine. Her mother had her suspicions about why the man was unable to let her talk with her family on the phone and she had strictly told him to bring her daughter back home. imagine her surprise when her daughter showed up with a stranger. The family was relieved that she was fine and expressed their sincere gratitude to NOLM’s services. it had been 3 years since Degnesh left home. her story was also an inspirational lesson to neighbors and friends who gathered to witness the reunification.
Posted on October 23, 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.

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