Stories

Posted on October 23, 2017
Tesfanesh’s reunification was full of emotions. Her mother, who had no idea that Tesfanesh had not been at her aunt’s for 2months was devastated to find this out. Her sister hadn’t mentioned a thing to her and she thought her daughter was comfortably living with her aunt. She explained to us that she gave Tesfanesh to her sister because she doesn’t have children of her own and she is always feeling bad because of that. She kept crying and rolling in mud because she blamed herself for what happened to Tesfanesh. All in all, Tesfanesh’s story was a good lesson for many people who needed it.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Alhamdu’s family were aware that he was missing. Since then, his father had been to Addis a bunch of times looking for him. even when our Social Worker arrived at their home, Alhamdu’s father was in Addis for the same purpose. Alhamdu’s mother didn’t think she’d ever see her son again and as our team walked into their home, she stood there frozen, not knowing what to do or say. Because everyone was aware of what was going on in the family, they rejoiced with Alhamdu’s mother for his safe return.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Abdulrehim had changed his whole story when he told us about himself. The story we found out during his reunification is a complete opposite of what he had told us. He purposefully run away from home just like he did, a couple of times before. His parents say that he hadn’t gone this far off before so they were looking for him in nearby towns. Regardless, they were very happy to see him back home. his mother was especially thankful and told us that his return will change the vibe of their home into a good one.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Abebe’s wish to be reunited with his family was boundless. Our team was more than happy to be welcomed by the same spirit at his parent’s house in Wolayta Sodo. Abebe’s humble personality has forced everyone at the Emmanuel House to miss him and he was an example of good character during his stay with us. Although his family are able to provide for him abundantly, they sent him to Addis thinking he would get better education unfortunately, the person who brought him here made him work a lot and broke his promise to send him to school. Everyone was glad and relieved that Abebe went back home safely.
Posted on October 23, 2017
When Ikram’s father came to the Emmanuel House for their reunification, we found out a lot of things about her story. Since her parents split, she had been living with her father. She’s been running away from home for quite a while. This time around, she disappeared after destroying the TV at home. none the less, her father was exhilarated that he found her safe. We have invested a lot of energy into educating the children at the Emmanuel House and we hope this pays off, eventually. We also talked to her father about the importance of education and that Ikram should be going to school. After discussing such issues with the two, they were happily off to celebrate their reunion with the rest of their family.
Posted on October 23, 2017
Because of language barrier, it took us a while to communicate well with Gete. After trying many ways, we were finally able to locate her mother who lives in around an area called Legedady. Gete came to Addis to work for her God mother’s daughter and run away because the lady of the house, who was pregnant, slipped and fell. (Gete had spilled some water on the floor, accidentally). Since then, the whole family had been looking for her but with no luck. Gete’s mother, raises her 7children all by herself and felt she was doing the best thing by sending Gete to Addis. Gete’s case was a wakeup call to the whole family and people living in their area. Lessons were learned, tears were shed and finally, Gete is back home.
Posted on October 5, 2017
During Emebet’s reunification at the Emmanuel House, we gathered that she run away from her relatives’ house because of the influence of a girl that used to work there. Other than this incident, her guardian says that Emebet is the sweetest child. They were both happy to see each other and our team shared with her, some comments we had about how they need to handle their relationship in the future.
Posted on October 5, 2017
We knew that there was something off about Hanna’s story. When her stepfather came to the Emmanuel House, we found out that she was living with her mother, her siblings and her stepfather. He told us that she had run away from home before but that this was the longest she stayed away. We also found out that she is a very good student. Supporting what she had been learning at the Emmanuel House, she had a final discussion with our team about the things she needs to work on, behavior wise and she was off. Her stepfather was very happy to have found Hanna.
Posted on August 31, 2017
Rehimush is back home in time for the upcoming religious holiday. Her father, who had been in Addis for 20 days looking for her was the happiest to see her. All the people in the neighborhood were looking for her and were very happy to see her. Her father was not happy with the fact that she wasn’t staying with family in Addis and was devastated to find out that she had runaway. Because of all the stories he heard about missing children, Rehimush’s father had given up hope in finding his daughter and says he was praying for God to keep her safe wherever she is. Rehimush’s return has added joy to the already joyous celebration of Arefa to her Muslim family and friends.
Posted on August 28, 2017
Habtamu’s wish to stay with his mother came true when the police reunified the two. Although she was arrested for wrongly punishing Habtamu, the court considered the fact that Habtamu’s father isn’t in the picture and let her free after a few counseling sessions. The police department that sent Habtamu to us for temporary stay requested we return him to the station and that they would carry out the reunification. we have received the report from the police that the reunification was successfully carried out and that both Habtamu and his mother are as happy as can be.

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