Samuel 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.
Samuel lives with his mother whom is small-scale businesswoman and trades in spices needed for cooking. His father died in 2014 due to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Despite his mother's business, she cannot adequately provide food and other basic needs for Samuel and the rest of the family.
Realizing that there is not sufficient food, Samuel got himself involved in doing many odd jobs in the Pepper Wharf Community, by helping fishermen and fish traders to clear, wash and transport fish on a commercial basis. He also fetches water for people within the Looking Town Area. This has been his normal routine since the death of his father.
Samuel was going to school but stopped in Class III due to lack of funds. He would like to continue school if given the opportunity.