Patrick was born in 2007. His grandmother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Patrick 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.
Patrick lives with his grandmother who is a fish trader. His parents separated years ago leaving the responsibilities of caring for Patrick to his grandmother. While his grandmother works as a fish trader, she is elderly and cannot work as much as she needs to to adequately provide for Patrick. Patrick does not receive sufficient food and his other basic needs are not being met. Realizing the limitations of his grandmother providing, Patrick found work fetching water for people on commercial basis.
Patrick was forced to stop school in Class I due to the lack of funds to pay for school tuition, uniform, school supplies and other school fees. He would love to return to school if given the opportunity. Patrick would like to become a doctor in the future.