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December 2012

The fundi (builders) were back from a celebration happening in the neighboring island of Lamu. The boat built by our fundi won the regatta that takes place during the celebration! New material for the construction was found, though sadly during the transportation one of the fundi got injured in the shoulder and had to take a few days in Malindi to get it properly healed.

During some days there was only one fundi working, though for the value of two. The Musafir call him the beast: the working hours are from 6am to 6pm, sunrise to sunset. The speed of the construction was very good with all the Musafirs giving a helping hand with some new tools that had arrived with some new comers. An average of two ribs (mataruma) a day was attached to the hull.

The fundi and the Musafir worked harmoniously together: one of the fundi shaped the ribs with the chainsaw roughly and after that everyone helped to lift it to its position. After that measures are taken, lines are drawn and the rib is taken back out so that the fundi can shape it more closely using a local tool called chokka (big chisel). After the rib has been shaped more closely, it is lifted back up to its correct position, where it is bolted to the planks.

During this time a lot of connections were made to realize the playground for the children. It was important to find a way to do this in a way that would not be interpreted badly by the local people.

The Musafir had a good connection with a local primary school teacher who told them it was a great idea. After meeting the head teacher of the school, he agreed in helping to make the playground possible by connecting the Musafir with the local authority and calling a meeting between the Musafir family, the elders of the village and government authorities.

The school agreed to donate part of their yard for the playground and after the discussion, the Musafir made it clear to the elders that this will be a gift for the children and no other motivation was behind it. Some raised the possibility of fencing the playground but the Musafir wanted an open space for every kid without opening hours. At the end of the meeting, the playground was happily agreed to by the local community. The Musafirs were excited to have the chance to give.