Amadu lives in the very poor fishing village of Tombo. Tombo is located on the western coastline and is a major hub for fish trade and transport. The town is known for its deeply religious Islamic faith. Because of the poor conditions and the bodies of water that surround Tombo, diseases such as Malaria, Typhoid and Cholera run rampant.
Amadu lives with his mother. His father died in 2011 from severe malaria. Since the death of his father, his mother has taken up woodcutting as her trade. Amadu helps his mother by going with her to the forest in search of wood.
They are a family of four and are all dependent on the woodcutting trade for survival. There are insufficient funds for food and other basic needs at home, so Amadu works, searching for scrap metal to sell.
Amadu is in Class VI but he has little hope that he will be able to continue school because of the lack of funds to pay for tuition, uniforms, school supplies and other school fees.