Abdulai was born in 2008. His grandmother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Abdulai 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.
Abdulai lives with his grandmother who sells traditional Sierra Leonian herbs. His parents separated six years ago and they abandoned Abdulai at the time of the separation. His grandmother decided to take him in even though her work only brings in a very minimal income. Abudlai's grandmother does not have the means to provide sufficient food for or meet Abdulai's other basic needs. Realizing the limitations of his grandmother's ability to provide, Abdulai has found various jobs. He cleans and clears dustbins for people and gathers scrap metals to sell.
Abdulai was forced to stop school in Class III 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. Abdulai would like to become an attorney in the future.