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April 2012

During this time, two other important sections of the boat took shape: the bow and the stern.

Following the local traditions, other sadaka (sacrifice) were made to celebrate this progress.

The typical work day starts early in the morning to take advantage of the cool temperature with a breakfast of chai and pastries - a way to start the day with a good mood. The composition of the team varies from day to day depending on the program. On an average day there are about 8 workers. One of the workers is a lady from Kipini who has been hired to cook lunch, eaten sitting on the floor from a big pot. Thanks to the friendship between one of the fundi and a fisherman, lunch is often made of fish.

After this brief pause the work resumes at a good pace, although many visits sometimes slow down the progress.

In a short time the construction of the Musafir has become the main attraction of the village and this was a distraction for the workers. In addition to reducing the work, the comings and goings of people intrigued authorities who were increasingly trying to scrounge a few shillings, citing most unlikely reasons to keep on drinking. Fortunately Musafir has managed not to contribute to any form of corruption.

Time has helped the community to accept the presence of the project and foreigners. The relations with the fundi have had some ups and downs due to their attempt to change the terms of the agreements but with the authorities and the local community things have started to work better the more time goes by.

The Musafirs spent their nights around the campfire finding new ways to proceed, building on past experiences. They were beginning to feel at home.