Samuel was born in 2006. His grandmother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Samuel 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.
Samuel lives with his grandmother who is a woodcutter. His parents passed away when he was two years old. He has no memories of them. Samuel suffers from depression due to the loss of his parents. His grandmother decided to take him in even though her work is minimal due to a medical condition she has with her foot. Samuel's grandmother does not have the means to provide sufficient food for or meet Samuel's other basic needs. Realizing the limitations of his grandmother's ability to provide, Samuel went to find work. He fetches wood from the Tombo Forest to sell. With the income he earns he sometimes even provides food for his grandmother.
Samuel has never been to school due to the lack of funds to pay for school tuition, uniform, school supplies and other school fees. He would love to go to school if given the opportunity. Samuel would like to become a teacher in the future.