Sinneh lives in the very poor fishing village of Tombo. Tombo is located on the western coastline 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.
Sinneh’s father lives a polygamist lifestyle and has two wives with many kids. His parents are woodcutters and have been in this trade for over 15 years, yet it is still difficult for his parents to provide for all the children.
Sinneh also works in woodcutting to earn money for food and other needs since his parents cannot adequately provide for his basic needs.
Sinneh is currently in Class VI and is preparing to take the National Primary School Examination (NPSE). This exam is required to advance past primary education. However, to take the NPSE, fees are required and his family is lacking the funds necessary for Sinneh to sit the exam. Sinneh wishes to continue his studies if given the opportunity.