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October 2011

The work to realize the dream had begun.

First step was to build the boat yard (banda) which would also become home for the Musafirs building the boat.

A young man from Kipini was hired to do the work on the boat yard. Unfortunately he did not follow directions properly in all parts, resulting in the roof not being steep enough to drain the rainwater properly.

After some time of frustration, the slope of the roof was increased and the result turned out to be excellent. The boat yard now kept dry but it had taken three months to complete.

During this time, a lot of other improvements were made on the banda. Most notably a loft was built inside the boat yard, allowing the Musafirs to sleep more easily and also safely, away from the neighbouring hippos.