PROTOTYPE BUILDING WITH DOMEGAIA

This summer WEAREOMG & DOMEGAIA built 3D models of dome homes that could be erected quickly for the use of disaster relief.

Thank you Hajaar and Team Members!

Forward Movement Travel Check List

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1.    Passport must not expire 6 months before departure.  Must have one available page inside passport to stamp visa.  You may renew or purchase your passport at limited locations of Post Offices, Libraries, or Los Angeles Passport Agency.  Cost, 8-10 days $99.00, some places start at $110.00, Rush Service 5-7 business days $169.00, Priority Service 3-4 business days $239.00, and Emergency 1-2 business days $299.00.  

2.    Ghanaian Visa, $60.00, onetime entry, multiple $100.00   

3.    Go to www.Ghanaembassy.org to fill out visa application, you need duplicate applications.  

4.    Must have proof of return ticket when applying for visa.

5.    Two passport photos for the duplicate applications

6.    It is mandatory to obtain a yellow fever inoculation before entry into the country and you must show proof of shot when applying for your visa application.  

7.    It is not mandatory but highly encouraged to go to your doctor and get weekly malaria tablets for the trip!  You do not want to get malaria on trip! It can be fatal, but as long as you take your tablets you will be fine. 

8.    Some Doctors will not issue yellow fever shots or malaria tablets.  If that is the case seek out a travel clinic.  

9.    It is highly recommended to carry and use insect repellents containing either 20 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, or IR3535, or the holistic alternative of your choice. 

10.    Anti-Diarrhea medicine. Mylanta is a good over the counter choice, but also ask your doctor for a prescription anti-Diarrhea medicine. (If you avoid swallowing facet water & dairy you may or may not need this medicine).   

11.    It is suggested that you purchase an herbal supplement that you may purchase from Whole Foods or any herbal store called ReNew Life ParaGONE and Emergen-C packets excellent boost for the immune system. Recommended to start taking both a week before travel.  These supplements are used to build the immune system during travel and may or may not assist you in avoiding illness and having an exciting and healthy trip. If you decide to purchase these items please pack them inside your carryon bag.  

12.    If you are on medication please be sure to pack it inside your carryon language just in case luggage accidentally is diverted and arrives late.   

13.    $5000.00 is the limit of cash you may carry to enter the country (warning unwanted consequences may occur if you carry more than $5000.00 into Ghana) . Most everything you need will be included in the cost of your ticket, except last day of trip.  I recommend between $500.00 to $3000.00 spending cash.  It just depends on how many souvenirs you purchase, or what you feel safe with incase of an emergency, especially if you do not purchase travel insurance. It is $3.78 Ghanaian Cedes (currency) to $1.00 American dollars. 

14.    Not mandatory but highly recommended purchasing flight insurance in case of an emergency!  Never travel without it and I usually use whatever insurance the airline recommends, it can range from $50 to $100, depending what type you purchase.

15.    I also recommend a few different money punches to conceal your money and passport.  Ghana is considered one of the safest countries in Africa, however tourist are targeted by pick pockets.  It has never happen to me, but it is better to be prepared.  I carry 3.  

16.    It is highly discouraged to use credit cards in Ghana only for plane use and maybe emergencies. 

17.    Vacuum Bags to lighten your language. 

18.    This trip is a humanitarian voyage, he main focus is how could we be of service.     

19.    Make sure that you pack inside your carry-on bag a clean pair of underwear and change of clothes all electronics, travel tooth brush, small travel tooth paste, small travel deodorant and proof of your yellow fever inoculation, in case you are temporarily separated from your luggage.    

20.    No liquids or flammable items are allowed in your carry-on.

21.    Carry-on bag may not exceed 45 inches and must fit easily in the carry-on baggage check, approximately 22’X 14 X 9” No maximum weight applies.  Also, you can bring on plane with you, 1 purse, briefcase, camera bag, or laptop computer (cannot be checked).  Items that do not count as personal items, a jacket or umbrella, food or drink purchased after clearing the security checkpoint, and duty-free merchandise.  

22.    You are allowed two free maximum 70 lbs. limit checked bags.  You will be charged $200 for all luggage over 70 lbs.!  Prices subject to change before trip. 


23.    Extra Luggage locks


24.    Neck Pillows for plane and ground travel


25.    Eye shades for plane and ground travel


26.    Sanitary wipes for planes and buses (can be pretty germy, precautions against getting sick)


27.    Extra batteries for camera or other electronics


28.    Reading material for plane and long bus rides

29.    Snacks for ground travel in Ghana

30.    Bubble wrap for purchased fragile souvenirs

31.    Small hand sanitizer

32.    Unblocked phone.  You may purchase in Ghana sim cards for cheap to make your international calls. Your cell phone will work, but very expensive to use.  You may bring your personal phone to check your e-mails and such, but please advise your family do not text you on your cell phone because it is quite expensive for you to receive while out of the country.  Ghana is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Time.   

33.    Make sure you bring tip money.

34.    At least two aspirins are recommended one before flight and one half way through the flight, because flight is 17 hours long.  The aspirin is to avoid blood clots!     

 

 Forward Movement Tours of Significant

Forward Movement Tours of Significant

Flying into the city of Accra, Kotoka International Airport is where you would land.

 

  • Black Star Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial, W.E.B Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Padmore Library, and Art Centre is a great place FOR SHOPPING as well as the Accra Mall

  • Visit 14th Century Cape Castle Dungeons, built by the Dutch and occupied at various times by the French, British, German and Portuguese. The guide gives a moving narration of the Slave Trade.  Enter Dungeons where the enslaved Africans were kept before being transported to the Americas and Caribbean. 

         

  • Participate in a candle light vigil in the Cape Coast Castle Dungeons in honor of our Ancestors who were kidnapped and enslaved.  Return to One Africa Health Resort situated on the beach to take a cleansing spiritual bath in the Gulf of Guinea.

                                

  • Elmina Castle Dungeon Visit Kakum National Park, cross over the trees on a treetop canopy walkway above the undisturbed peaceful virgin rainforest, home to many of Ghana’s indigenous plant life. Visit Hans Cottage Hotel for lunch and feeding the Crocodiles

         

  • Nzulezu, the village on stilts, located an hours rowing, upriver is built on stilts and this interesting village life takes place in the center of Lake Tandane.  According to history, the village was founded in the 18th century as a place local people could go to escape slave raiders. 

 

  • The Puerto, the Spanish restaurant located off the walkway at Beyin would be a great place to visit for refreshments and a taste of Spanish town cuisine.

 

  • Akoma International School of Art and Science, built by African Americans very significant for Diasporas’

 

  • Wassa Domana Rock Shrine, located about 45 minutes from Kakum National Park, an Eco tourism project.  You will walk through the forest to the shrine.  The small sacred grove is an awe-inspiring natural rock formation known as “Bosom Kese” or great god.  It is a mammoth rock monolith supported by three upright rocks and reaches nearly three story’s high.   

 

  • Kumasi, Asante Empire and Garden City of West Africa. In route visit Assin Manso & Last Bath and the Reverential Garden, located at the river where the enslaved were given their last bath before being taken to Cape Coast and Elmina Castle Dungeons. 

  • The mortal remains of a Jamaican, Crystal, from Jamaica, West Indies, who dedicated her life to fighting racism and Samuel Carson, an African American naval officer from the U.S.A. were both buried at Assin Manso in August 1998 as a prelude to Ghana’s first Emancipation Day celebration.

  • Visit Bonwire (the Kente Village), Ahwia (the wood carving village), and see Adinkra Cloth made.  Also in Kumasi

  • The Manhyia Palace Museum possibly meet with the Asantehene (head King of all Kings, also called the King of Gold);and visit the Kumasi Arts & Cultural Center and Lake Bosomtwi.  

           

  • Kejetia Market, which is the largest open-air market in West Africa. It is located in the heart of Kumasi, seat of the Asanti Empire and Garden City of West Africa. This Market is one of the commercial hot spots of Africa. Traders from across the continent gather here to transact businesses of varying degrees and styles.

         

  • Aburi Park one of the most beautiful peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana. The Garden covers an area of 64.8 hectares (160 acres) but only 12.2 hectares (3 acres) have been developed in to a formal garden with the remaining 52.6 hectares forming the Botanical reserve. Aburi is located in the cooler mountains north of Accra (about 45 minute drive). Visiting the gardens is both an educational and aesthetic experience, with beautiful palm lined lanes and a wide variety of traditional, medicinal plants, including a silk cotton tree (Ceibapentrandra) that is the sole survivor of the original forest that once covered the Aburi hills. This species is one of the largest trees in West Africa, growing to 48m or more, with a girth up to 5-7m above the buttresses. This is one of the sacred trees of West Africa, also, an opportunity to shop.

 

  • Presidential Palace and meet the Trade & Commerce Minister

Tour the homes and businesses of repatriated prominent African Americans