Building on an island is a logistical challenge. Think about it. First, how do you get all the stuff you need over there? Next, with no fresh water and no electricity, how do you run the machinery and tools you have just shipped across? And these are the major issues. There is a multitude of smaller problems and obstacles which we will encounter and deal with along the way.

Getting stuff to the islands:

Our current rubber duck is too small to carry things like timber, cement, piping and heavy tools so we looked at the alternatives. Prize number one, we’ve decided, is a landing craft but that is just not in the budget right now so in the interim we have commissioned a large dhow to be made and bought a couple of engines to power it. The dhow is a sturdy boat that may be slower than any modern craft but it has been tested over many many years in the country and comes out as a safe bet. Right, so we can get some stuff over there. Tick

Getting Fresh Water:

This is perhaps the most exciting development at this time. We ordered desalination units to be made specifically for our needs and they have just arrived at our camp. These unit basically take water from the sea and purify or desalinate it, making pure fresh water that tastes like it has come from a spring. As we have an abundance of sea water, this is not a bad idea. Right now our units are designed to be able to cope with the load of water needed in construction. Once the lodges are operational we will be using bigger units to supply the entire island with all its water needs.

But, they require electricity to run…

Powering up:

With prawn fishing a big thing in this part of the world we won’t be able to lay electric cables on the sea bed and so we are stuck with no mainland power supply. The initial answer was generator power. But this is very expensive with the price of diesel going up and up. So we will start with generators but are seriously looking into solar and wind power. There are some great new technologies out there. Price is a factor but we believe that what is a high initial cost could save us in the long run, monetarily and environmentally.

So, we’re all set with these. This week will see the installation of the desal equipment, the purchase and collection of the dhow. Then once we have had a ground breaking ceremony with the village elders, we are all set to build build build!