And so the build continued. We employed some local women to bring water from the river for the concrete mix and the fundis began erecting the support posts. It seemed a little haphazard at times but we thought it best to leave them organise the build their own way – the main squeeze says he has been building in these parts for around 30 years, so I’m sure he knows what he is doing.

It was clear that by the end of the first full day , we had overlooked something very important: the guys were hungry. Very hungry. The following day Vitalis’s wife Robina offered to make mandazis and chai for breakfast and ugali and greens with a little meat for lunch. Smiles all round, and the pace of work sped up.

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