Sulaiman was born in 2005. His mother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Sulaiman 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.
Sulaiman lives with his mother who sells bread for a living. He has two younger siblings. Sulaiman's father died in 2008 when Sulaiman was only four years old. He has no memories of his father. Since the death of his father, Sulaiman's mother has been selling bread in order to provide food and other basic needs for the family.
Sulaiman realized that his mother could not adequately provide for him and his siblings so he found work fetching water for people on a commercial basis. With the small earnings he makes, he helps his mother, trying to sustain the family since he is the eldest.
Sulaiman stopped school in Class IV due to lack of funds to pay for school tuition, a uniform, school supplies and other school fees. His great desire is to return to school if given the opportunity. Sulaiman would like to be a teacher in the future.