Augustine's mother passed away when he was three years old. He lived with his father who is a plumber, however, plumbing is not a profitable trade in Waterloo, so his father finds it difficult to make ends meet.
Augustine dropped out of school in the final term of the academic year because his father could not afford to pay his tuition. He stopped attending school in Class 2. Because Augustine's late mother was so kind where she worked, the staff decided to contribute money to keep Augustine in school. He passed the two modified terms out of three, so he was allowed to move to the next class.
Still, his father struggled to provide daily provisions for Augustine, so after school everyday Augustine helped neighbors in their household chores for a plate of rice or any available food.
Augustine desires to stay in school. His father has now relocated him with a woman in the neighborhood. He is enrolled at Saint Raphael Primary School but is inconsistent because of the lack of funds to pay for school supplies and tuition fees.