Abu 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.
Abu lives with his grandfather. His father died when Abu was a very young child. After the death of his father, Abu's mother abandoned him to his grandfather. She does not care for Abu at all.
Abu's grandfather cannot adequately provide food for him. In addition, Abu is doing the majority of the household chores. His grandfather will flog him even though he gets the majority of the household work done. At times he will ask Abu to leave the house. Abu therefore sleeps in unfinished buildings.
Our local Director of Ministry in Tombo, Fewry Egerton, first found Abu sleeping under an unfinished building late at night. Abu would go without food for days. He helps commercial businesses collect water everyday to try to provide himself with a meal.
Abu has never had the opportunity to attend school. He wants to go to school and will start in Class II if given the opportunity. Interestingly, despite Abu's many challenges, his desire for the future is to be a president!