Stories

Posted on June 28, 2018
Bethlehem’s fictitious story came to an end when she came to us with the truth. she’d been living with her grandmother for a long time before her mother convinced her to live with her instead. She run away from her mother’s because she had a fight with her stepfather after a cat ate a chicken he owned. Because this was not her first time away from home, her family weren’t that surprised to see her. instead, her grandmother was worried that she had done something wrong and that she’d have to pay for her mistakes. After realizing that she didn’t do anything bad, her grandmother welcomed her back home. the reunification wasn’t a great one per say but seeing a child back in a place where she belongs is worth it. Sometimes, even though we don’t get great responses from families, our teams come back to EH hoping that the seeds sawn in every child’s life will soon blossom.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Although his family is economically stable and can provide for him according to his wants and needs, Rijal doesn’t like living in the rural area. He likes everything about the city. That is why he suddenly left home and headed to Addis. He doesn’t know anyone here but all that he’s heard about Addis made him pack his bags. It was a good thing that he went to the police after he came to Addis or bad people could’ve done a lot of bad things to him. During his stay at the EH, Rijal has been part of rigorous lessons and prayer that we hope have changed his general outlook on life, education and family. With this in mind, he has been reunified with his family who welcomed him with such joy. Although he has been away from home now and then, he was never this far and never for this long. Because of this, no one thought he’d be back home safe. They were thinking that something bad had happened to him and that they’d never see him again. Because he is a great student, his family were upset that he skipped school.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Bereket was eager to find his father when he joined EH. Through his stay, through all that he learned about family and values, he changed his mind about wanting to go back to his grandparents who raised him in the first place. His grandmother kneeled down and started kissing the ground once she laid eyes on Rijal. She was screaming and shouting asking him what she did wrong and why he left her in the dark all by herself. It was a truly touching reunification process. We learned that Bereket made friends with street children and that his grandmother forbid him not to hang out with those who are a bad influence on him. this was why he runaway. The lessons he learned at the EH we hope, have changed his life for good. His older brother is also living on the streets of Jimma. It is our prayer that Bereket’s return will capture his brother’s attention and their whole family will be reunited.
Posted on June 28, 2018
Roza was welcomed back home with extreme joy. Her sister was the first person who saw Roza and our team. Her roaring scream of joy alerted everyone in the area that something wonderful was happening and we were soon joined by Roza’s parents, family and neighbors. Her family had been to Addis to look for her and after days of searching the city, gave up hope and went back home. Her return was an answered prayer and just in time for Ramadan. Roza came to Addis to live with her brother and his expecting wife but runaway because her sister in law was not treating her well.
Posted on June 21, 2018
Selamawit’s family had no idea of her whereabouts or if she was alive for that matter. Her return after years of radio silence is a miracle to this family. Despite their dreadful economic condition, the family was still happy to welcome Selamawit back into their lives. Selamawit’s return means that they have to share the already scarce resources they have available. Their situation is very bad that they don’t have enough for daily meals or drinks. We are hoping to somehow support this family so that they can at least address their basic needs. This way, Selamawit can stay with her family. If left unaddressed, the problems at home will likely lead her back to Addis to find work and a daily bread.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Dasash’s wish was to go back to her aunt’s place in Addis. Because we didin’t think we’d be able to find her we first started our search in Dasash’s hometown. While talking with the police in her hometown, we also tried to find her aunt’s home in Addis but failed. A little while into her stay at the EH, we were able to reach her family back home and knowing that Dasash wants to go to her aunt’s they helped us contact her. when her aunt came to the EH to take Dasash, she explained to us that she went through a lot trying to find Dasash. Dasash went out to buy kerosene for home use and lost her way back. Although her aunt posted missing person fliers in her area, it was all in vain because Dasash was nowhere to be found. she contacted her family back home and told them what was going on. She was so happy to see her niece safe, out of harms way. Dasash kept crying and asking to go back to her aunt’s since the day she got to the EH so this was a happy reunification on everyone’s end.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Eshete is his mother’s pride and joy. Although she has 6 other children, the place she has for him in her heart is visible through her eyes. She was in extreme shock when Eshete and our team walked into her house. A day before we took Eshete back home, his mother was in Addis looking for her lost son. She explains that Eshete is her peace, blessing and pride. She further says that she went through a lot for her children and that his disappearance was a stab on her heart. she had always had hope in him and thinking that he had runaway triggered anger, disbelief and disappointment in her. Eshet’s return was a joy not only for his mother but everyone in the area. He was trafficked to Addis with 3 of his friends and people stepped in before the children were handed over to the buyers. Their trafficker was arrested and charged.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Dereje was not living with his parents before he was trafficked. He fled from home in the countryside and was living in Weliso while shining shoes. Although his father tried a couple of times to take him back home, Dereje refused. Meanwhile, Dereje and his 3 friends were trafficked to Addis. Dereje’s family were very worried because they heard rumors of Dereje coming to Addis for work. His father, sold cattle to come look for him in Addis and went back home after a week’s stay. Dereje was also very eager to go back home because he knew his family would come to visit him in Weliso and when they realized he was missing, would be very worried. He knew that his father, even when he was in Weliso tried everything to take him back home and once he realized he was missing, would blame himself for what happened. Dereje’s family had prepared themselves for the worst possible news and were happily surprised when they saw him back home.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Mamush and his 3 friends were trafficked from Weliso by a boy not much older than themselves. Before they were handed over to the buyers, people who suspected what was going on took them all to the police. Mamush and his friends were sent to the EH for temporary stay and eventual reunification. when the police station sent a letter to us stating that Mamush and his friends were no longer required to testify in court, our team started working for their reunification. Mamush’s family reacted in a way we never expected. His father was not willing to accept him back into the house. When we first contacted him through the phone, he explained to us that Mamush left home after stealing and selling 6 sheep that belonged to the family. Our team headed to their house with the local police because we anticipated their unwelcoming tone. Even when the police were present and told Mamush’s father that it was his responsibility to take his child back in, his father refused and told the police they can arrest him. this was an unpleasant experience for our social worker as well us all that were present there. Even the neighbors kept telling our team that Mamush is a bad boy and that we should invest our time and energy on someone else. Even though this is what everyone repeatedly said, our prayer is that the grace of God has changed Mamush forever and people around him will be able to see this. Although his father refused to take a picture with him or sign the appropriate papers stating that he has received his son from NOLM, he was willing for him to stay in the house. Agreeing with the local police that they will take over the follow up, our team headed on to the next reunifications.
Posted on June 4, 2018
Yeabsira’s mother, who holds a bunch of different jobs just to support her boy was ecstatic to see him and our team. She was so upset that her son left her even though he sees all the hard work she puts in to support him. people explained to us how she couldn’t eat, sleep, do anything but think of Yeabsira ever since he disappeared. Yeabsira was trafficked from his hometown with 3 other friends and the trafficker was caught and arrested after their arrival to Addis. Yeabsira and his friends got a lot of education, prayer and bible lessons during their stay at the EH and we hope that this has changed their lives forever. Yeabsira’s mother was so grateful for our services and for the hand of God that kept her son safe through his journey.

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