Sanfa was born in 2006. His grandparents do not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Sanfa 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.
Sanfa lives with his grandmother who is currently not working. His father was taken to a home for people with mental illness six months ago and his mother passed away when he was five years old. Sanfa suffers from depression over the situation with his parents. His grandmother cannot adequately provide food or meet Sanfa's other basic needs. Realizing this, Sanfa found work organizing fish to be dried in a fish shack called Banda. Children working in Bandas are constantly exposed to the smoke and stench that gathers in the shack. He also works transporting baskets loaded with fish from the wharf to the park for selling.
Sanfa has never been to school due to lack of funds to pay for school tuition, uniform, school supplies and other school fees. He would love begin school if given the opportunity. Sanfa would like to become a doctor in the future.