Ali 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.
Ali's father is currently jobless. His mother is selling bread and sweet milk. From the small profit she makes, she is responsible for meeting all the needs of the household. Ali has never been to school and currently helps his mother with her small-scale business.
As Ali gets older, he will likely look for work outside of the home to try and sustain himself. Ali's mother cannot adequately provide for the entire family. Ali's great desire is to go to school. If given the opportunity, he would enroll in Class II. Ali would like to be a doctor one day.