Children Co-Founder and Executive Director comes from the Kara tribe.
He was the first in his tribe to receive formal education. He realized early on
the importance of education for the pastoralist community
and has promoted education in the Ethiopian government (Deputy Head of
South Omo Zone Agriculture and Pastoral area) and nonprofit organization (Omo Child, General Manager).
Ayko's believe is that African women carrying many challenges of their continents on their backs and therefore providing education to especially girls will strengthen the African society and allow women to raise as future leaders of the African continent.
In early 2020 he
teamed up with Dr. Ramon Flick to establish Omo's Morningstar Children (OMC),
to promote education for pastoralists' children in the South Omo Zone in
Ethiopia. Furthermore, education about harmful traditional practices [i.e.,
early marriages, FGM - circumcision, mingi,
wiping during bull jumping (Hamer manhood
ceremony), lip cutting, etc.] will be provided to the
In addition, selected schools in Hamer and Dassanech Woredas will be provided with school material and teaching tools to improve education quality.
His primary role, as OMC's Executive Director, is to represent the interest of Omo's Morningstar Children participants and staff members and to ensure that OMC's vision and philosophy are implemented.