Stories

Posted on February 20, 2017
It was unfortunate that 3 boys, Abera T, Abera G and Challa ended up in Addis after a trader tricked them. The man who had promised to pay them for loading and unloading sheep onto/off a truck disappeared without paying them a dime for their hard work. All 3 families were could not believe that the boys made it back home safely. It was a day of extreme joy for all involved as these boys returned home.
Posted on February 10, 2017
After spending a month at the Emmanuel House, Emebet is finally with her mother. After teaching her mother about the harms of sending youngsters off for work, Emebet was happily reunified with her mother at one of the police stations in their town. Her mother promised to always do what’s best for her child and to try and protect her with all her might.
Posted on February 8, 2017
Before arriving to the Emmanuel House through the police, Abezash was living with her sister in Addis. She run away because her sister’s husband and her sister kept mistreating her and she had had enough. When our team arrived to Abezash’s hometown, her parents and siblings who had no idea that she had run away from her sister’s house, were shocked to see her. her father explained that they were worried about her because her older sister had switched her phone off and they hadn’t contacted them in a while. Abezash’s was one of the most touching reunifications the NOLM team has been a part of, so far.
Posted on February 8, 2017
Abubeker was living with his grandparents before he came to Addis to live with his aunt. His father also lives in Addis but Abubeker couldn’t live with him because of his work schedule. After so long away from the place he considers home, Abubeker has finally been reunified with his loving grandparents. Everyone was very happy to see Abubeker. Although his father, who heard of his son’s return after running away from his aunt’s in Addis went to Gurage to bring Abubeker back to Addis, Abubeker and the rest of the family refused the offer.
Posted on February 8, 2017
Because Kemila wasn’t cooperative, we had to send her back home on her own. During her stay at the Emmanuel House, in collaboration with the police, we tried to locate her family in the area she said was her hometown but were repeatedly unsuccessful. After taking her to the bus station, our team helped her board the bus to the town she said was her hometown and returned. It has been a couple of weeks since this happened but Kemila hasn’t called to let us know of her status. We are all hoping for the best and praying for Kemila.
Posted on February 8, 2017
Tsedale was sent to the Emmanuel House for temporary stay until she testified against the people that were suspected of exploiting her labor. Having testified against her offenders, there was no reason to keep Tsedale away from her family. Her cousin came to the Emmanuel House to take her back home and after discussing child labor and other issues with our team, they left. Both Tsedale and her cousin extended their sincere gratitude for the services provided for her.
Posted on February 8, 2017
For some reason, Ashenafi didn’t tell us the truth about how he came to Addis. Upon our arrival to his hometown, we met with the only person who was available in their home. His grandfather was very happy to see him and told us the true story of how Ashenafi came to Addis with a relative. Ashenafi then told us that he runaway because his relatives were making him sell Kolo instead of covering his educational costs and getting him into a better school as promised.
Posted on January 5, 2017
After 2 months away from home, Chala has finally been reunited with his loving family. Because of the situation in the area and because Chala is old enough to go on his own, our team only took him half way to his hometown. In Bule-Hora, Chala met with the town’s police force and said goodbye to our team to continue his journey to his hometown. Chala has contacted our team since, to let us know that he safely arrived home and share with us the happiness of the whole family.
Posted on January 2, 2017
Gulelat had been at the Emmanuel House for 2 months. After he left his home and came to Addis, he had many encounters. Because of a court case he had, the police had referred him to us for temporary stay and eventual reunification. by the beginning of this week, his mother, who had been contacted by the police arrived in Addis and asked to take her son back home with her. accordingly, Gulelat was reunified with his mother at the police station. Gulelat’s mother explained to us that this was not his first time away from home. after explaining to her about the different lessons he received at the Emmanuel House and after reminding him of the consequences of leaving home, Gulelat and his mother were on their way.
Posted on January 2, 2017
Finding Samy’s mother came as a complete serendipitous accident. Our team had been to many places in hopes of finding her but was finally coming to the conclusion that Samy either didn’t know his mother’s whereabouts or that he was lying. As our team headed out to look for another boy’s family, also hoping that the trip would refresh Samy’s memory about his mother’s address, we finally found her. after his disappearance, her health had deteriorated. She was extremely joyous to find her young boy and their reunification brought tears to everyone who was around the church where we found her.

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