From Dallas, USA to Dakar, SENEGAL
We will flight on October 31st on flight 7475 operated by United Airlines. Check-in at 7:57 AM at DFW airport, Terminal E.
We change planes in Washinghton, DC, to South African Airways, flight # 208. We arrive in Dakar, SENEGAL, next day at 5:50 AM, local time.
Price of the round trip: U$ 1500 to U$ 1700.00 per person, all taxes included. Source: Travelocity.
Baggage Allowance at South African Airways
The maximum Baggage Weight per Piece for the Passenger are 2 pieces with 50lb each and maximum dimensions of 62 inches each (Length + Width + Height).
One of your bags will be used to carry tools and Clinic Instruments. You can fill the other bag with your personal items.
From Dakar to Ziguinchor, SENEGAL
We go by boat. The ship leaves Dakar every Tuesday or Friday. Check-in at 3:00 PM, boarding at 5:00 PM and departs at 8:00PM. It arrives next day in Ziguinchor at 10:00 AM. Part of the trip will be on the Atlantic Ocean and part on the Casamance River.
Cruise Ship Rooms:
For 8 people - U$ 80.00 per person for round trip
For 4 peolpe - U$ 122.00 per person for round trip
For 2 people - U$ 130.00 per person for round trip
Amenities: Rooms with restroom and air conditioner. Ship has Restaurant and Bar, Deck with Balcony.
The ship leaves Ziguinchor to Dakar every Thursday and Sunday. Check-in at 11:00 AM, boarding at 1:00 PM, departs at 3:00 Pm, and arrives at Dakar at 7:00 AM next day.
From Ziguinchor, SENEGAL to Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU
A van and a truck from the Bible Institute will pick us up. We will pay for the fuel only.
We will stay in Bissau until Sunday, the 6th. Monday we will travel to Ntchumbe, where the Bible Institute, Clinic and children School are located. We leave Ntchumbe, by car, back to Ziguinchor, SENEGAL on Thursday morning, the 14th, at 4:00 AM. From Ziguinchor, SENEGAL, we take the ferry back to Dakar. We will arrive in dakar on Friday, at 7:00 AM. Since our plane leaves at 6:05 AM to USA, we will spend the day and the night in Dakar, capital of SENEGAL. We must be at the Dakar airport at 3:00 AM on Saturday, the 12th. The flight to US departs at 6:05 AM and we are expected to arrive in Dallas on the same day, around 8:30 PM.
List of Material requested by the Clinic in Ntchumbe, Guinea-Bissau:
List of Tools to be donated to the Bible Institute in Ntchumbe, Guinea-Bissau:
Quote to install a 24/7 internet at the Bible Institute
Instalation and all equipments for 258MB $ 277.00
2 Batteries $ 680.00
1 Eletric Inverter 1500 watts $ 383.00
50 meters of cable for the solar panel $ 32.00
TOTAL: $ 1,372.00
Guinea-Bissau is located in the West Coast of Africa, extending along the coast from Cape Roxo until the Cagete point. It is bordered by Senegal to the North and Guinea to the East and South and with the Atlantic Ocean to its West. Besides its continental area, the country incorporates around forty islands that form the Bijagos Islands that is separated by the Geba, Pedro Alvares, Bolama and Canhabaque Channels. Guinea-Bissau’s total area is 13,948 sq miles, slightly bigger than the Maryland State.
The population of Guinea-Bissau is estimated today around 1.6 million inhabitants, distributed in the following different ethnic groups: Balanta 30%, Fula 20%, Manjaca 14%, Mandinga 13%, Papel 7%), European and mulatto less than 1%, others 16%, data from 1996. The official language is Portuguese, however other languages highly spoken in the country are Creole (Portuguese based), Casamance (Ziguinchor), similar to the one of Cacheu (Guinea-Bissau) has some influence of French. There are three main dialects of this Creole in Guinea-Bissau and Senegal: Bissau and Bolama, Bafata, Cacheu–Ziguinchor.
As for the religion, the traditional beliefs (animism and magic rituals) are predominant with 45.2% percent of the population. Islam has the preference of 39% of the population. Christian faith is 13.2% (11.6% being Catholics and the remaining 2.2% of double affiliation), while those without any religion and atheists represent 1.6% of the population. Throughout the 20th century, most Bissau-Guineans practiced some form of Animism. Recently, many more have adopted Islam. Most of Guinea-Bissau's Muslims practice Sunni Islam. These statistics can be misleading, however, as both Islamic and Christian practices may be largely influenced and enriched by syncretism with traditional African beliefs.