Here is a little more information about the work we do, how we got our start, and our team in Jinka, Ethiopia...
Founder Lale Labuko, age 30, is the heart behind OMO CHILD. Lale was born into the Kara tribe in Ethiopia’s OMO Valley and was one of the first of his tribe to receive a formal education. This exposure to the bigger world led Lale to realize the devastation of Mingi and the critical importance of ending this outdated tribal practice.
In fact, Lale later learned he had two older sisters, both deemed Mingi, who were killed before he ever knew them. Outlawing – and stopping – Mingi has become Lale’s life mission. Through OMO Child, he is working hard to make sure his generation of tribal members brings an end to Mingi forever.
Learning of his own sisters falling victim to mingi, Lale was determined at a young age to end the practice in his tribe. He has successfully ended the practice after years of delicate persistence in his tribe, furthermore rescuing 50 children along the way and adopting them as his own.
Gido is the wife of Lale Labuko and mother to their 3 biological children. Gido was an integral part in starting Omo Child, as she was adament about rescuing the children and caring for them in their own home.
Ayko is the behind-scenes-manager taking care of all of the logistics of running and maintaining a children's home. His passion for the well-being of the children shows in his dedication to running a safe and warm environment for all the children and staff