As I mentioned the other day I finally bought my ticket for the February trip to Guinea Bissau W Africa. I am super excited. Three of our group have now purchased tickets. We plan to stay for about 10 days. We'll be flying South Africa Airlines out of DC. The flight takes about 7 1/2 hours.
There are quite few shots required to make this trip. Immunizations can get pretty costly and most are not covered by insurance. I've had 4 shots, given in one visit (with a cost of about $365). I have 3 more to go plus I have to take malaria pills.
Our flight will land in Dakar Senegal. While we're in Dakar we'll have the opportunity to vist Goree island. Goree Island is a famous destination for people interested in the trans Atlantic slave trade (although the most important centers of slave trade were in north Senegal (Saint-Louis) and in The Gambia. From Dakar we are only a short 45 minute flight from our destination of Bissau, the capital city of Guinea Bissau.
|boys building new school|
Once we get to Guinea Bissau we will be staying at the Casa Emanuel Orphanage (destination of the Little Dresses for Africa project). I will get the chance to meet and spend time with the children. We are planning to take some school supplies as well as some sweet treats (candy) which we hear the children love. (what kids don't). Were going to spend 3 days in Guinea Bissau.
|Bush taxi bus stop|
Then on to a Balanta village called Djati: where children and community are trying to build the school. At the Balanta village they also have no well and therefore they have no clean water. The women must travel 2-3 miles to collect water.
|women in Guinea Bissau carrying water|
|Djati school under construction|
|Djati Village school now|
On another day we are devoting the day to our new friend Rashida, who lives there. We are going to visit her students at ELEC school (English Language Learning Education Centre). This is a an opportunity for the students to hear English - American style. Her students are young adults and the school is in Bissau. Not sure what she has planned for us the rest of the day.
These are our plans so far. I'll update you when I know more.