Sheriff was born in 2010. His mother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Sheriff 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.
Sheriff lives with his aunt who is a mini-scale businesswoman; selling salt, pepper and other spices. A mini-scale businessperson makes about $2.00 per day. Sheriff's parents separated under very volatile circumstances seven years ago. Because of the circumstances surrounding their separation they totally abandoned Sheriff. Praise God that his aunt decided to intervene and take him in. Although his aunt has many responsibilities at home, she does her best to provide for Sheriff.
However, she still cannot provide Sheriff with adequate food or provide for his other basic needs. Sheriff therefore engages himself in fetching water for people in return for small amounts of food or for a very small amount of cash.
Sheriff was forced to stop school in Class II due to the lack of funds to pay for tuition, uniforms, school supplies and other school fees. He will be very happy to be given the opportunity to return to school.