Alie was born in 2005. His mother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Alie 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.
Alie lives with his mother. His mother has a serious ear problem and is unable to work at this time. Alie's father left Alie and his mother and remarried. He no longer provides any care for Alie. Realizing that his mother could not provide his basic needs for survival, Alie found several jobs. One of Alie's jobs is fetching water for people in the Tombo community. Alie also has a job filling and transporting baskets of fish from the Pepper Wharf to the park or market on a commercial basis.
Alie has taken the National Primary School Examination (NPSE), needed for advancement into the next level of schooling, but lacks funds to continue his schooling. He desires to return to school if given the opportunity.