Lamin was born in 2009. His mother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Lamin lives in the very poor fishing village of Tombo. Tombo is located on the western coastline of Sierra Leone 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.
Lamin lives with his mother and who sells vegetables such as potatoes and cassava leaves to try to sustain the family. Lamin's father abandoned the family when he was very young. His mother has struggled greatly to sustain the family since her husband abandoned them. Lamin's mother cannot sufficiently provide sufficient food or meet Lamin's other basic needs. On a daily basis, Lamin goes to the Pepper Wharf in search of left over fish to eat. Many times he is not successful in finding leftover fish and goes without food.
Lamin was attending school but stopped in Class II due to lack of funds to pay for tuition, uniforms, school supplies and other school fees. He would love to return to school if given the opportunity. Lamin would like to be a teacher in the future.