This process reminded me a lot of the "harambee" spirit in Kenya. "Harambee" is the official motto of Kenya and appears on their coat of arms. Harambee in Swahili can loosely translate to: "working together for a common purpose."
In Kenya, if there is a death in the family, or they need to raise school fees or pay for a hospital bill, then they arrange a harambee. For the harambee they usually have a piece of paper explaining the dilemma and then they walk door to door to their neighbors, friends and family's houses asking for money. Hopefully with the help of their community and friends they can get enough money to cover whatever expenses they have.
He was startled and then quickly explained to me that the seaweed was a present for me. It was to say thank you for giving money at the funeral. ooooooooh.... whoops... hrmmmm... interesting.....
Maybe Kenya should add seaweed gifts to their harambees!!!!