Stories

Posted on September 8, 2016
Lemlem stayed at the Emmanuel House for about a month. During her stay here, our team provided much needed psychosocial support. She had many challenges and during her stay with us, we tried our best to help her solve problems and improve behaviors. Unfortunately, our efforts did not seem to be working. Because of this, we had to take Lemlem back to the police station so that they could arrange a referral with another suitable organization.
Posted on September 8, 2016
As it turns out, this is not Andinet’s first time away from home. His father explained to our team during the reunification that Andinet had disappeared once before and that an organization working in Hosana had returned the boy home. His family was praying for another miracle this time around. Andinet ran away from home because he broke something and was afraid his father would punish him. The family is grateful for his return and thanked God for working wonders through NOLM.
Posted on September 8, 2016
Eyerus has been part of the Community Based Services program for a couple of years. When she first came to us, she had no way of supporting herself and had a hard time addressing her basic needs. Through NOLM’s support, the hardest years have passed and she has now finished her vocational training and has started working. Because Eyerus has settled down and all is well with her life, we are saying goodbye to her and she will be leaving her place for someone who is in desperate need of our services, like she once was. We are very proud and happy with who she has become and with what she has achieved.
Posted on September 8, 2016
Idlawit has been part of the NOLM Community-Based Services program for a while. Recently, she stopped coming to the timely gatherings at the Emmanuel House. Her mother didn’t show up for the last two distributions of nutritional and sanitary materials. We went to look for them in the place they had last been residing but they are both nowhere to be found. We asked around to find out where they could have gone or if they rented another place in the area but no one knows where they went. Because Idilawit hasn’t been receiving support from us for a while, we are removing her from the list of children in the Community-Based Services program.
Posted on September 5, 2016
It took a while for Meron to disclose the truth about her story. After finding out the truth and giving her all-inclusive services at the Emmanuel House, she was reunified with her family in Jimma last week. Her mother, who was in shock to see her daughter who had been away from home for the past 4 years had no words to express what she felt. No one ever thought that Meron would come back home... not in a million years. Her reunification was like a resurrection from the dead because her family had assumed the worst. They were very thankful for NOLM’s services.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Zinash’s homecoming didn’t only bring joy to her family but to the community at large. Although they didn’t know that she was missing, when they heard that she hadn’t been with her aunt for about two months, they were all relieved that no harm came to her. Zinash’s story served as an example to the whole community about child labor and our team is very happy to have been a part of the family’s happy moment.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Mahlet and Biruk lost both of their parents and were living with their aunt before they came to the Emmanuel House. Police received complaints from people about mistreatment of the children by their aunt and sent the children to us for temporary shelter until the end of the investigation. Two days after their arrival, their older sister, who heard what happened, took interest to support her younger siblings. Accordingly, the reunification with their sister took place at the Emmanuel House.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Kiya came to Addis after she ran away from her guardians/employers in Areka. Her parents had no idea that Kiya had run away and was in Addis for a while. The family had been lying to her parents and were telling them that Kiya was still comfortably living with them. Kiya’s father was extremely happy and relieved to see her and hear that no harm came to her, even though she was away from home.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Right from the beginning, it was clear to us that the story Ashenafi told us upon his arrival to the Emmanuel House was false. After settling in, Ashenafi came out with the truth that both his parents are still alive and well. He gave us his father’s number and we talked to him over the phone. Even after hearing his son’s voice over the phone, his reaction when he saw Ashenafi was indescribable. We heard that Ashenafi’s mother had tried to do something terrible to herself because she blamed herself for her son running away and felt like she was a bad mother. The reunification was extraordinary, as expected.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Because she only spoke a little Amharic, we had a hard time gathering information regarding the whereabouts of Zenebu’s family. In the process of gathering more information, the police station that referred her to us was able to locate her family and her reunification was carried out at the station. Her parents came to take her back home and explained that they were looking for her ever since they heard about her running away from her employers. Everyone was relieved and happy that Zenebu was safe and sound during the time she was away from family and expressed their deep gratitude for NOLM’s services.

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