Alpha was born in 2011. His mother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Alpha 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.
Alpha lives with his mother who is a fish trader. His father passed away three years ago due to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Tombo was one community that was greatly affected by Ebola. Alpha's mother had four children when her husband passed away and she cannot adequately provide food and other basic needs for Alpha. Realizing this, Alpha found work either fetching water or selling would for people. In return for his work he gets a small amount of food or cash.
Alpha 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.
Alpha would like to become a teacher in the future.