Milk, dairy and other bio products delivery: Passion Nature

(This is in French but you can google translate if it helps you to understand.)

Some of the best fresh milk we’ve had has been from Passion Nature.  We get it delivered to the door, once a week, and the family loves it.  If you want to try, or enjoy some of the bio fruits, veggies, dairy products and meats, please see below.

(This is in French but you can google translate if it helps you to understand.)

Née d’une initiative personnelle en 2002, la ferme BIO “PASSION NATURE”, après
quelques années d’installation, a progressivement développé une gamme de fruits,
légumes, salades et herbes aromatiques dans une voie alternative de production
privilégiant qualité et santé : la production BIOLOGIQUE.
Ce mode de production naturelle, sans usage de produits chimiques (ni engrais,
ni pesticides) rend parfois les récoltes aléatoires mais la diversification des
cultures a permis la viabilité du projet.
Le volet ELEVAGE de la ferme s’est progressivement développé selon le même principe
extensif et qualitatif.

Vous trouverez ci-jointe la liste remise à jour des produits proposés en livraison à
domicile pour le mois de Mai.
Certains produits sont soumis à la disponibilité du moment, fonction des récoltes
et du volume des commandes.
Pour une organisation optimale, l’idéal serait de recevoir les commandes de la semaine
durant le WE qui précède mais nous tachons cependant de traiter au mieux les commandes
plus tardives.

CONSIGNES EN VERRE :
Notre gamme de produits laitiers a évolué vers des emballages 100% recyclés : yaourts, fromages
blancs, crème fraiche et plus récemment lait sont désormais en récipients verre.
Cela nous impose d’avoir une clientèle fixe, sous forme d’abonnement hebdomadaire : nous passons
chez vous pour vous livrer votre livraison suivante et procéder à l’échange des consignes : vous nous
restituez les pots verres vides de la semaine précédente. La consigne n’est donc payée qu’à la première
livraison.
Ces pots sont ensuite désinfectés et soigneusement lavés jusqu’à leur prochaine utilisation.

PRODUITS LAITIERS FERMIERS :
Concernant nos produits laitiers, ils sont fabriqués dans notre mini-laiterie à base de lait frais
uniquement.
La fraicheur du lait (traite du matin) et l’absence de poudre de protéines ajoutées sont les deux
différences majeures qui nous distinguent des yaourts DOLIMA qui nous copient depuis 2 ans environ.
Retenons que DOLIMA reste une façade de ‘bonne conscience’ de la grosse multinationale DANONE
dont les moyens sont quasi-illimités. Ils sont très loin de l’image idyllique diffusée dans les
publicités de la Laiterie du berger.
Par ailleurs, le lait que nous utilisons provient des vaches de notre ferme et d’une ferme voisine
qui nous approvisionne. On est donc sur un produit de proximité, qui limite également le coût CARBONE
lié à son élaboration (C’est une différence supplémentaire avec les produits DOLIMA provenant de
300 km au nord de Dakar alors que nous ne sommes qu’à 30 km).
Enfin, le lait est systématiquement pasteurisé par une technique douce de pasteurisation permettant
de préserver les qualités organoleptiques du lait.

La ferme PASSION NATURE vous incite donc à goûter sa gamme unique et naturelle de produits laitiers,
issue d’une expérience de 15 ans dans le domaine.

LIVRAISON A DOMICILE :
La livraison à domicile de nos produits est gratuite (au delà de 6500fcfa/10€) et hebdomadaire,
la date est fixée selon votre secteur de livraison et selon la date d’envoi de votre commande.
Nous souhaitons recevoir vos commandes entre Vendredi et Dimanche afin de planifier les récoltes
de la semaine et les tournées de livraison.
A titre INDICATIF, les jours de livraison selon les secteurs sont les suivants :
Lundi : (livraison des grosses commandes de lait frais)
Mardi : Hann-Maristes, Hann-plage, Plateau, Fann Hok
Mercredi : Fann-résidence, Corniche, Point E, Mermoz, Fenêtre Mermoz, VDN, Nord-foire et Ouest-Foire
Jeudi : Ouakam, Mamelles, Almadies, Ngor, Yoff
Vendredi : Possibilités de livraisons complémentaires.
Samedi : Saly (chaque 15 jours)

La disponibilité des produits évoluera au fil des saisons et la liste mensuelle pourra vous être
envoyée à votre demande.

APPROVISIONNEMENT EQUITABLE : une filière de type coopératif qui profite à tous !

Notre ferme s’inscrit dans un schéma d’approvisionnement équitable avec les autres producteurs
agricoles qui nous entourent de manière à pouvoir étoffer notre gamme de produits proposés
en livraison à domicile et pour que vous puissiez composer votre panier au mieux.
Les produits BIO, fermiers sont clairement indiqués sur la liste, les autres produits ORDINAIRES
ont été soigneusement sélectionnés pour vous.
Nous nous sommes également rapprochés de producteurs régionaux de miels de qualité
(dont la maturation et le conditionnement des produits se font dans nos locaux),
ainsi que de pêcheurs traditionnels de la Petite Côte (dont les produits sont nettoyés
et préparés soigneusement avant d’être congelés pour la vente).
A travers ces nouvelles collaborations, nous souhaitons promouvoir les produits de qualité
issus des terroirs du Sénégal et vous en faire profiter…à domicile.

 

List of products (currently available, May 2017):

Liste Produits PASSION NATURE – Commande Mai 2017  :  77 569 88 59
Nom   –  Prénom –  Date de livraison Adresse + numéro de contact domicile
Produits laitiers à base de lait frais consigne contenance prix qté Total
Lait frais entier pasteurisé (1200) 1 L 1600
Lait frais 1/2 écrémé pasteurisé (1200) 1 L 1600
Fromage blanc fermier 25% (mg) (500) 400 g. 2500
Fromage blanc fermier 0% (mg) (500) 400 g. 2500
Crème fraiche épaisse (500) 375 ml 2800
Beurre fermier artisanal (selon disponibilité) 180 g env. 3000
Yaourts étuvés méthode artisanale :
Yaourt nature (500) 125 mL 500
Grand yaourt nature (500) 375 ml 1200
Yaourt vanille (500) 125 mL 500
Grand yaourt vanille (500) 375 ml 1500
Yaourts à boire YAB :
YAB nature (1200) 0,5 L 1500
YAB vanille (1200) 0,5 L 1500
YAB mûres BIO (1200) 0,5 L 1500
Salades et herbes aromatiques BIO unité prix qté Total
Mesclun BIO barq. 2000
Pourpier BIO barq. 2000
Roquette BIO barq. 2000
Epinards BIO (jeunes pousses) barq. 2000
Feuilles de laitue verte (en barq.) barq. 1200
Basilic BIO botte 500
Celeri branche BIO botte 700
Coriandre BIO botte 500
Estragon BIO (peu disponible) botte 800
Fenouil BIO en branches botte 700
Oignons verts botte 500
Menthe spéciale BIO botte 500
Persil BIO (plat) botte 300
Légumes et fruits prix/kg qté Total
Aubergine kg 700
Carottes moyennes kg 900
Chou pommé kg 600
Citrons (hors saison) kg 1500
Concombres kg 1500
Courgettes selon disponibilité kg 2000
Fraises BIO (1er choix) barq. 2000
Fruits de la passion (peu disponible) kg 2000
Mangue rouge BIO / maturité naturelle (1er choix) kg 800
Mûres BIO (1er choix) barq. 2500
Navets blancs kg 600
Oignons rouges ou jaunes mini 2 kg 600
Oranges Maroc kg 1200
Pamplemousses kg 1200
Patates douces chair blanche kg 700
Poireaux BIO kg 2000
Poivrons verts kg 1000
Pommes de terre nouvelles mini 2 kg 800
Radis rouge BIO (en botte) botte 500
Tomates ordinaires fraiches (culture raisonnée) kg 1200
Tomates cerises BIO (selon disponibilité) bq 250g. 1200
Tomates cerises ordinaires (selon disponibilité) bq 250g 900
Basse-cour unité prix qté Total
Œufs frais fermiers-élevage traditionnel sur paille (30:2500f) 12 œufs 1000
Canard d’élevage fermier (2,5 à 3 kg environ) dispo debut avril au kg 5000/kg
Poulet fermier d’élevage extensif / longue durée (1 à 1,2 kg) 3000/pièce
Poulet (emballé, surgelé) (1.5 kg approx.) 1,5 kg 3500/pièce
Confitures artisanales aux fruits BIO de la ferme
(allégées en sucres (30%) et fraichement réalisées) grand pot 400g qté Total
Confiture de Fraises BIO 500 f + 2500
Confiture de Mangues BIO 500 f + 2000
Confiture de Mûres BIO 500 f + 3000
Miels d’exception 100% naturels (consigne) petit pot 120g qté Total
Miel d’Eucalyptus origine Sénégal (120 g.) 500 f + 1000
Miel de forêt origine Sénégal (120 g.) 500 f + 1000
Miel de savane origine Sénégal (120 g.) 500 f + 1000
Miel naturel de forêt origine Guinée (120g.) 500 f + 1000
Produits de la pêche artisanale de la petite côte
(pêche du jour, traitée et congelée le jour même) pièce qté Total
Daurades (pièces 250 à 300 g. environ) 800 à 900
Filets de lotte (pièce de 500 à 750 g) 2000 à 3000
Filets de capitaine (pièce de 500 g) 2500
TOTAL 1
+ TOTAL CONSIGNES PAYEES
– TOTAL CONSIGNES PAYEES RENDUES
TOTAL FACTURE
Frais de livraison (si total 1 inférieur à 6500f / 10 € ) 1000
La consigne vous est restituée lorsque vous rendez les pots.

 

CLO’s Book list

CLO’s Book List

ENGLISH

NON-FICTION BOOKS

Senegal

The Political Economy of Senegal Under Structural Adjustment – Christopher L. Delgado, Sidi Jammeh              

Masquerades of Modernity: Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal – Ferdinand de Jong

The Kingdom of Waalo: Senegal Before the Conquest – Boubacar Barry

Memoirs of the Maelstrom: A Senegalese Oral History of the First World War – Joe H. Lunn

However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph – Aimee Molloy

Faith and Development in Senegal — Lauren Herzog, Wilma Z. Mui

Africa

King Leopold’s Ghost  – Adam Hochschild (Congo)

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishmael Beah (Sierra Leone)

Unity and Struggle: Speeches and Writings of Amílcar Cabral – Basil Davidson (Guinea-Bissau)

Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil –  Nicholas Shaxson

The Shadow of the Sun – Ryszard Kapuscinski

West Africa: An Introduction to Its History, Civilization and Contemporary Situation – Eugene L. Mendonsa

The Heritage of Islam: Women, Religion, and Politics in West Africa – Lucy Creevey, Barbara Callaway

Building Peace in West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau – International Peace Academy Occasional Paper Series

MEMOIRS

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)

There Was a Country – Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)

The House at Sugar Beach – Helene Cooper (Liberia)

French Lessons in Africa: Travels with my briefcase through French Africa – Peter Biddlecombe

Travels in the Interior of Africa – Mungo Park

FICTION AND POETRY

Ghana Must Go  –  Taiye Selasi (Ghana)

Allah is Not Obliged – Ahmadou Kourouma (Liberia)

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

God’s Bits of Wood – Ousmane Sembène (Senegal)

Tribal Scars and Other Stories – Ousmane Sembène (Senegal)

Xala – Ousmane Sembène (Senegal)

So Long a Letter – Mariama Bâ (Senegal)

Three Strong Women – Marie Ndiaye (Senegal)

The Beggars’ Strike – Aminata Sow Fall (Senegal)

Tales of Amadou Koumba – Birago Diop (Senegal)

DOCUMENTARY FILM

Incorruptible (2015) (Senegal)

Sembene! (2015) (Senegal)

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2008) (Senegal)

Touba (2013) (Senegal)

Big Men (2013) (Ghana)

A Challenge to Women.  2015. English version: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/senegalese_women_a_challenge_to_strife   French version:  http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/senegalese_women_a_challenge_to_strife_french

Bizarre Foods – Senegal

 

FICTION FILM

Mandabi (1968) (Senegal)

Xala (1975) (Senegal)

Guelwaar (1992) (Senegal)

*The Pirogue (2012) (Senegal)

*The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999) (Senegal)

Borom Sarret (1963) (Senegal)

Xalima la Plume (2004) (Senegal)

President Dia (2012) (Senegal)

Touki Bouki (1973) (Senegal)

Tey (2012) (Senegal)

*A Thousand Suns (2013) (Senegal)

FRENCH

NON-FICTION BOOKS

L’économie du Sénégal. Les 5 défis d’un demi-siècle de croissance atone – Moustapha Kasse

Available from http://www.harmattansenegal.com.

Droit des Organisations Internationales Africaines – Saidou Nourou Tall

Available from http://www.harmattansenegal.com

Au Pays des Peuls de Haute-Casamance. L’intégration régionale en question – Sylvie Fanchette

            Available from http://www.karthala.com

Bricoler Pour Survivre – Abdou Salam Fall (Senegal)

Available from http://www.karthala.com

Chasseurs Mandingues. Violence, pouvoir et religion en Afrique de l’Ouest – Agnieszka Kedzierska-Manzon

Available from http://www.karthala.com

La Ville Ouest-Africaine. Modèles de Planification de L’espace Urbain – Jérome Chenal

FICTION AND POETRY

Aux Confins Du Silence – Abdoukhadre Diallo (Senegal)

Available from http://www.harmattansenegal.com

50 Ans De Cultures Noires Au Sénégal – Myriam Odile Blin, Moustapha Tamba

Available from http://www.harmattansenegal.com

Les Bouts de Bois de Dieu – Ousmane  Sembène (Senegal)

L’Aventure Ambidue – Cheikh Hamidou Kane (Senegal)

La Greve des Battu – Aminata Sow Fall (Senegal)

L’Appel des Arenes – Aminata Sow Fall (Senegal)

*Une Si Longue Lettre – Mariama Bâ (Senegal)

Oeuvre Poetique – Leopold Sedar Senghor (Senegal)

24 Impasse Salonique – Amadou Alain Ndiaye (Senegal)

Available from http://www.harmattansenegal.com.

Contes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest – Gérard Meyer

Available from http://www.karthala.com

Contes Wolof du Baol – Jean Copans, Philippe Couty (Senegal)

Available from http://www.karthala.com

L’arbre s’est penché – Mariama Ndoye (Senegal)

Nouvelles du Sénégal – Nafissatou Dia Diouf, Ken Bugul, Aminata Sow Fall

Le Ventre de l’Atlantique – Fatou Diome (Senegal)

Les Bouts de bois de Deiu – Ousmane Sembène (Senegal)

DOCUMENTARY FILM

Les Larmes de L’émigration (2010) (Senegal)

Les Grands Barrages en Afrique de l’Ouest: Construire le Dialogue (2011)

La Femme Porte l’Afrique (2008) (Burkina Faso)

FICTION FILM

Et la Neige N’etait Plus (1965) (Senegal)

La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (1999) (Senegal)

*Mille Soleils (2013) Senegal

*La Pirogue (2012) (Senegal)

*Available in both French and English.

http://lithub.com/25-new-books-by-african-writers-you-should-read/

 

 

Packing List: Dakar 2017

Congratulations on your assignment to Dakar, Senegal!

Please use the following checklist as a guideline for your packing and shopping preparations as you embark on your adventure. Dakar has grown in size and diversity over the past several years and provides most everything you may need. New hotels, shops, and restaurants are opening every day – your choices in Dakar for goods and services are on the rise!

Please feel from to contact the CLO Office in Dakar should you have any questions whatsoever – We are looking forward to meeting you!

Consumables:

Dakar is now a consumables post. The employee is responsible for purchasing and paying for the consumables.  The U.S. Government is responsible for shipping them to your Post.  To activate your benefit, each individual should contact his/her travel technician (or equivalent for non-State agencies). The consumables allowance should be authorized in their TMFOUR/home Agency travel authorization.  Work with the Shipping section at your current Post or with State Transportation (TransportationQuery@State.gov) or home Agency transportation section in the U.S. for arrangements to pick-up and ship consumables to Post.  The weight limitation for a consumables shipment is separate from the weight limitation authorized for UAB and HHE.  For a two-year tour, each employee is allowed to take 2,500 net pounds of consumables. For a three-year tour, each employee is allowed 3,750 net pounds of consumables.

The consumables shipment must occur during a specific time limit. An employee can initiate the consumables shipment prior to departure for post or after arriving at post as long as the shipment is scheduled during the corresponding time limit. You may also split your consumables into two separate shipments, as long as the second shipment is placed within the time limit.  For a two-year tour, the employee must initiate the shipment during the first year after arriving; for a three-year tour, the employee must initiate the shipment during the first two years after arriving.

For more advice on making a consumables shipment, please visit this intranet link: http://fsi.state.gov/Document.aspx?DocumentId=6846

Air Freight:

Pack an adequate supply of non-breakable cooking utensils, small kitchen appliances, tableware, basic linens, pillows, hangers, an iron (220v, if possible), and a battery-operated or wind-up clock.  Families with children should bring toys and books. Be sure to pack everything that you will need for the first 2 to 3 months.

Clothing – Women:

Lightweight, durable cotton clothing is best for the hot season, from June through November.  Bring cotton or linen dresses, skirts, short – sleeved or sleeveless blouses, T-shirts, lightweight slacks, jeans, shorts (for home, pool, sports), lots of underwear (100% cotton recommended), bathing suits, hats, visors, sportswear, comfortable low-heeled shoes, slip-ons, sandals, and athletic shoes.

For the cool season (and air-conditioned offices), you’ll need scarves,  long-sleeved blouses and dresses, lightweight sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets, and a small selection of heavy clothing for travel to the U.S. or Europe in winter. Pantyhose are rarely worn here and are not available locally, so bring a supply if you can’t do without them! The cool season is the only time you’ll be comfortable in synthetic fabrics or lightweight wools. Bring a formal or cocktail dress for the Marine Ball, held in early November.  You can also choose to have one made locally; there are some amazing fabrics to be found here!

Clothing – Men:

Lightweight, durable, cotton clothing is best for the hot season (June – November). If you normally wear suits or sports jackets to work, look for lightweight materials. For casual wear, bring slacks, jeans, shorts, short – sleeved shirts and T-shirts, lots of 100% cotton underwear, lightweight sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets, sportswear (including hats), bathing suits, sandals, tennis shoes, softball shoes (if you have them, bring them; we have an active softball league), and a small selection of heavy clothing for winter travel to the U.S. or Europe.

Clothing – Children:

Again, lightweight, durable, cotton clothing for the hot season.  School-aged children will need sports clothes for gym days, and bathing suits.  It is very difficult to find sport accessories (e.g. goggles and shoes) in Dakar.  During the winter, longer pants and/or sleeves and a light jacket are useful, especially in the mornings and evenings.  Kids’ swimwear also tends to wear out very quickly, so it’s good to have a couple in rotation, and then have the next size up on-hand, too, just in case.  Swimming season can go year-round for the more hardy kids (embassy pool is now heated, so even the more faint of heart can brave a swim in the cooler months), and finding swim wear online during what would traditionally be considered ‘winter months’ can be challenging.

 What to bring?

It is very easy to find everything you need (or a very good substitute) for your pantry in Dakar. Some notable exceptions: Sour Cream is replaced by crème fraiche, local peanut butter is very different than what you might be used to in the U.S., and cereal is very expensive. We highly recommend setting up an account at an online grocer, such as NetGrocer or Amazon and shipping the things you love instead of worrying about expiration dates during packout.  Just note that aerosols cannot be shipped through DPO (and likely not in your shipments, either) due to shipping regulations.  Shelf-stable items are always good to have on hand but there is a large selection in Dakar and online. Fresh fruits, vegetables and canned goods are found all year long and are very good.

Bringing a selection of toys and gifts to have on-hand for the numerous birthday parties you (and your children) will be invited to is a good idea.  Toys and wrapping supplies are available locally, but they are very expensive.  A Gift closet is a sanity saver and no child will care that you bought the lego kit you are gifting them months earlier.

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS:

Most items are available locally, though brands and quality may be unfamiliar. It is best to bring as many bulk paper items as possible in your shipments. Bring kitchen appliances and utensils you normally use. The Embassy only supplies about 3 transformers per household, though you can request one or two more; if they have them on-hand they will bring them. Bring enough of your own to operate your 110v appliances.  You can buy 220-volt appliances often cheaper in the States than here.

Per the recently updated 6 FAH-5 H-513.2-2  Standard and Supplemental FAP Items, Washington will no longer allow posts to issue certain items now deemed to be the personal responsibility of the occupant.  This means employees are now responsible for bringing or purchasing their own vacuum cleaners and garden and yard equipment (hose, sprinkler, trimmers, etc.).

Once You Arrive In Dakar:

Due to the amount of time it takes to receive your shipment, you will want to consider mailing a few boxes of dry and any other special items which will make your first days more comfortable prior to your departure.  Ask your social sponsor if you can mail it to them and if they could get it to your home.  It really helps for making the transition. Definitely bring or mail any items you will need for kids, especially if they will be celebrating a birthday soon after arriving at post.  Consider sending pet food and supplies ahead, too, as this will ease their transition to their new home.  Your shipment can take up to two months to arrive and you will want to be prepared.

Save Money! In general, nearly everything can be found in Dakar but usually at a price.  Therefore, if you’re below your weight allowance on your shipments, you’ll save money by sending anything that you use in large quantities or any specialty foods and liquid cleaners you like and use often (remember: food, liquid or glass items are not allowed through the pouch; many items can be sent via DPO, but not everything) . Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised by the fact that certain items and services are quite inexpensive when compared to prices in the United States. For example, labor, framing, tailors and jewelry amongst others. Shop around – you may be surprised by what you find here in Dakar!!

On top of your regular list, may we suggest:

Plastic containers (various sizes) with tight fitting lids to control pest

Kitchen trash can (you can get bags here)

An oven thermometer

Not essential but nice to have:

an ice cream maker/breadmaker

drawer organizers

shelf paper for cupboards

Paper towels (very different quality here but ships easily)

Toilet paper (same as above)

Paper plates with US themes

Steel wool pads

Dust mops and sponge mops (with lots of extra sponges)

2 or 3 heavy – duty brooms

Buckets

Laundry basket

Wastebaskets for bedrooms and bathrooms

Drain opener

Plastic countertop dish dryer (no dishwashing machine)

Extra cookie sheets and serving platters

Pressure or slow cooker (comes in handy for those tough meats)

Aluminum foil

Ziplock bags

oven bags

plastic wrap

wax paper

large plastic containers to keep bugs out of your food in cabinets

Laundry detergent – the local stuff is VERY expensive

Fabric softener – sheets and liquid

All your bath needs:

Shampoo

Soap (Excellent French soap is available here)

Hair items

Razors

Perfume

Deodorant

Lotion/ cold cream

Dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrush

Feminine Hygiene Products – very expensive here and limited

Make up, nail polish, nail polish remover (Note: you cannot ship nail polish or remover through the mail, and most packing companies will not pack it)

If you wear contact lenses, ship a supply of rinsing/storing solution as it is not available here and is difficult to ship in the pouch

Laundry washing bag for delicate clothes

Shower curtains and hooks – for the number of bathrooms plus extras (note: a lot of the bathrooms have extremely tall rods for shower curtains; you might need a special size)

Clothes hangers

towels, washcloths, bath mats, tub mats, beach towels

bed linens (queen and twin sheets)

lightweight blankets

bedspreads

bed pillows

cedar blocks for storing winter clothes

Small sewing kit

Sanitizing wipes

Pet Supplies:

Pet food and supplies can be ordered from on-line grocery sites, or you may consider including some in your consumables.  Just remember that most houses have ant and/or mouse issues at one time or another so food storage may become an issue.  It works well to set up a regular supply/shipment through pet websites’ subscription services.

flea and tick shampoos

Heart Guard Heartworm medication and Frontline -helps to prevent the dogs from getting Mango worms (shots are available from the local vets)

toys

liquid pet stain remover

Medical items: Be mindful of expiration dates.  You can generally restock through online sites.  You can find French alternatives for many of these.

Cold medicine

Flu meds

Headache meds

Fever meds

Diarrhea meds

Pepto Bismol

Toothache meds

Rubbing alcohol

Peroxide

Vitamins

Bug bite meds

Allergy meds

Sun block – you will use this daily

Mosquito spray, cream – daily use

Put together a small med kit for the car and for the house

Thermometers

Bandaids and compression wrap bandages in a few widths

Antibiotic ointment and other medicated creams

Q-tips

Any kids’ medicine

Office Items:

Envelopes – letter, legal, brown for mailing photos and videos home

Stamps – not available, get some larger denominations $5, $1, as well as your regular postage (note: you can use USPS.com for postage for packages and buying more stamps)

Stationery

Notepapers

birthday and other candles

gift wrap and ribbon

school supplies (get list ahead of time on school website; only French schools require students to bring supplies)

pencil sharpener

scissors

magic markers

glue, construction paper

Cards – any you’ll want to mail home for special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, etc.

Tape (packing and scotch)

Special printer paper and labels

Printer ink cartridges

Camera – video and regular.

Digital photo paper

Smartstick or other portable data storage device

Batteries for digital items (like watch batteries)

Personal Entertainment:

DVD/Blu-Ray – A must – not much on regular TV and it is expensive. But bring a multi-system so you can watch PAL and SECAM dvds, too

musical instruments (we do have a piano tuner in Dakar); Music books and musical instrument accessories (strings)

music books, paperback books, magazines (keep subscriptions current)

extra fuses for appliances that use them

voltage regulators for sensitive electronic equipment (dual voltage models for 90 – 150v and 210 – 270v are best)

radio and/or short wave radio (It is possible to pick up the BBC World Service as well as a wide range of stations if you have a short-wave radio

Plug adapters

note: The RTS (RadioDiffusion Television du Senegal is the national radio and TV network. Radio broadcasts take place in Wolof, Diola and Pulaar but French is the official and the most-used language. Satellite TV is available in English from DSTV South Africa. Also, there is French Canal Horizon and TV5.

Other things:

Holiday decorations – Fake Christmas tree is recommended

Wrapping paper

Small hostess gifts – boxed cards, candles, smelly stuff

Board games, cards (for adults!)

All your sports equipment for softball, running, fishing, swimming, croquet, badminton, horseback riding, basketball, frisbee, bicycling, scuba diving, golf, basketball, yoga, pool and beach, scuba, tennis

Sewing equipment: The markets are full of beautiful material

extra bobbins

sewing machine needles

machine oil and a spare belt for your sewing machine

variety of thread, trims, buttons, seam binding, elastic, zippers, etc. Sewing notions are available but expensive

Cooler – small and large.  Especially helpful if it has wheels!

BBQ Grill – if you have a gas grill, you can use it here. You’ll have to have an adapter made for the tanks here, but that is easy.

Battery-operated alarm clocks

Swiffer sweeper and replacement sheets (your housekeeper will likely not use these, but good for quick clean-ups when on the weekends and vacations days)

Area rugs

Couch covers – some of the fabrics on the issued furniture may not be to your liking and may not match each other. They can also be ordered online once you arrive or made locally.

Candles – very expensive here

Flashlights

Electric drill, power tools, any hardware (tools, nails, hooks)

Concrete nails if you are the sort that likes to hang their own pictures and wall-hangings.

CHILDREN:

Kids’ party supplies and decorations, goody bag items

A small inflatable pool for the yard

Baby food – runs about $1.50 a small jar

baby thermometer

diaper cream

prepared baby food (also available locally, but expensive)

plastic bottles, nipples, bottle sterilizers

formula (if you want to use American brand; French brands are available and inexpensive)

toilet seat or potty

highchair

playpen

car seat

sturdy stroller

mosquito nets for crib and playpen. (Mosquito nets can be ordered locally from Ameublement Gandour, 59, Avenue General Pompidou, telephone number 822-1438)

waterproof pads

a crib and crib linens

pajamas for air‑conditioned bedrooms or cool nights

training pants

diaper wipes

If you plan to use disposable diapers, be aware that they are very expensive locally

any special washing aids

Bring 5 – 6 dozen cloth diapers if you plan to use them

While some baby clothes and supplies are available locally (at high prices) it is best to pack adequate supplies of everything that you will need!  Often families restock through end-of-season sales from on-line retailers, too.

crayons, non – toxic paints, other arts and crafts supplies

Clothing needs:

sneakers, play shoes, sandals, cotton socks, flip flops, pool shoes, slippers

lots of underwear

shorts, jeans, T‑shirts

lightweight sweaters or jackets, windbreaker

sweatshirts

some dressier clothes

at least 2‑3 bathing suits

hats

pajamas suitable for air-conditioned bedrooms or cool nights,

small selection of heavy clothing for colder-weather travel to the U.S. or Europe.

Halloween costumes (remember that Halloween here occurs during the hottest month, so costumes should be as light as possible)

games, toys and other amusements

books (reading and coloring)

inexpensive gifts to give friends at Christmas and birthdays (at least 10 or 15 for small children)

a lunchbox, water bottles and non-breakable thermos

Consider bringing:

a tricycle or bike

sleeping bag

beach toys and sports equipment

musical instrument and music books

air mattress

toys, float, swim rings for the pool

big play equipment like swing sets, slides, playhouses, sandboxes or inflatable swimming pools – the things you can’t mail order.  Wait until you have your housing assignment, though, before purchasing large items for your yard, as there might be limited yard space.

FOR THE CAR and YARD:

Lawn umbrella or garden sunshade

Mosquito coils and citronella candles

Folding sports/lawn chairs

Gardening tools – the Embassy does not provide yard tools. You can find some tools locally, but they are expensive and not of good quality.  Bring small garden tools and seeds. You will want to consider growing some of your own veggies/fruits due to drought and we don’t always have things available at the market

Fertilizers

Insecticides

seed starting trays

Look into bringing a supply of autoparts, such as oil and air filters, belts, shocks – they are very expensive and could save you bundle

Sunshade for car

Good jumper cables for car

Any camping gear (tents, lanterns, etc)

Remember:   You can buy most items here, but the costs are often much higher due to import costs.

Happy packing!!

FAQ’s for Dakar 2017

Frequently Asked Questions DAKAR 2017

Things to bring in HHE

All of the post reports suggest shipping liquids, liquids, and more liquids.  What high volume liquids do you recommend we put in our sea shipment (cooking oils, bleach, etc.)?

Bleach is available here, do not ship! What you need in quantities in your HHE is your favorite shampoos (probably not available here), ketchup (Heinz is available but more expensive; local ketchup is more like tomato sauce), yellow mustard, pickle relish, pancake or maple syrup, peanut butter, etc.  If you are attached to a brand, bring it, especially if it is in a glass jar or bottle. Oil is 4,000 cfa $3 a liter (equivalent to a quart) at minimum for Senegalese brand. Olive oil is about 5,300 cfa ($9.50) a liter. Check the shelf date before you ship too much.  You can typically find nonstick sprays (American foods store); especially good to know as your packers will likely not pack your aerosols.  You can find most things here in the supermarkets or from online grocers; the problem you run into with online grocers is the liquid/packaging issue with pouch and having to factor in the shipping time.  DPO has more flexibility for what can be shipped, but you still have the shipping time.  Locally available cleaning supplies are acceptable, but if you have a brand you love, bring some with you.

Per the recently updated 6 FAH-5 H-513.2-2  Standard and Supplemental FAP Items, Washington will no longer allow posts to issue certain items now deemed to be the personal responsibility of the occupant.  This means employees are now responsible for bringing or purchasing their own vacuum cleaners and garden and yard equipment (hose, sprinkler, trimmers,etc.).

 

Dakar is now a consumables post. The employee is responsible for purchasing and paying for the consumables.  The U.S. Government is responsible for shipping them to your Post.  To activate your benefit, each individual should contact his/her travel technician (or equivalent for non-State agencies). The consumables allowance should be authorized in their TMFOUR/home Agency travel authorization.  For more information, please see the TM3 cable.

What would you recommend we pre-ship to ourselves (toilet paper, paper towels, linens, pet food, etc)?

It is becoming easier and easier to find American brands in Dakar.  The supply is not consistent, but with patience, it can be found.  That said, if there is an item/brand that you cannot live without, bring it.  Most items you can find a similar version but it may be more expensive.  It’s a good idea to pre-ship pet foods and (especially) litter and/or litter box.  Your kitty will thank you for it.  You can get pet supplies locally but they will not be the sort your pet (nor their tummy) is familiar with.

Shipping

What restrictions are on DPO mail?

Please consider restrictions to USPS mail.  No alcohol, items used to make or brew alcohol, firearms, explosives, pork products or other dangerous items may be shipped. If you have specific questions on what may be shipped to Dakar’s DPO, contact CLO, the Mailroom, or visit the following website:

https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm

Can you ship tobacco products into the country?

Via the DPO, yes. Check http://pouch.a.state.gov  for pouch regulations.

Automobiles

What kind of car should I bring to post?

High clearance is a good suggestion, but not a requirement.  If you wish to visit outside Dakar on a regular basis, a 4×4 might be a good investment.  In Dakar, majority of the roads are paved, but many where we have residences are not, so having a vehicle with higher clearance is a good thing.

Can I ship my vehicle to Dakar which is older than 5 years and can I sell the car at the end of the tour?

The government of Senegal does not permit importation of POVs which are more than eight years old. However, a diplomat may import a car over eight years old provided the vehicle is shipped to the next post, back to the US when current tour is completed, or sold to another diplomat.  The process for selling a vehicle at post must be initiated six months prior to departure (see below for more details).  Vehicles with original tinted windows are allowed.

Mission personnel are permitted up to two duty-free vehicles (depending upon the number of drivers), which can either be purchased at or shipped to post. ‘Vehicles’ includes cars and motorcycles.  Anything above two of the above, the Government of Senegal will assess full customs and duties charges.  However, mission personnel must pay the shipping costs and related customs clearance fees for the second vehicle.  The Government of Senegal considers a motorcycle or a boat engine as a mode of transportation.  These are required to be registered and are counted the same as a POV.

In Dakar, it is possible to purchase both new and used vehicles. Used vehicles are often available from mission personnel and those in the extended expatriate community as they leave the country. The prices of these vehicles are often somewhat higher than similar vehicles sold in the U.S.

Mission personnel must register their vehicles with the Senegalese Government and pay a one-time fee of $20.00 for the license plate. Diplomatic personnel with two cars will receive green diplomatic plates for both cars. A local driver’s license is not required when you have a valid U.S. driver’s license. Local automobile liability insurance is required in Senegal. GSO motor pool helps you get a local insurance upon arrival (you usually arrive before your POV),  it costs between $160-$200.Theft, fire, and collision insurance policies are also available from several companies but are very expensive locally. Many employees obtain comprehensive coverage from U.S. companies that offer such service.

Parts and service can be difficult to obtain for American-made vehicles, and repair service capabilities for some electronic ignition equipped vehicles may be limited. Parts are also not always available for foreign-made cars such as Honda, Toyota, and Mazda sold with U.S. specifications. Mission personnel often include car parts, such as spark plugs, points, rotors, condensers, electronic-ignition control units, fan belts, wiper blades, and oil and air filters, in their HHE shipments since these parts are not always readily available on the local market. Tires are available but are very expensive locally.  You can get tires through DPO.

Selling your POV:

Employees should plan accordingly if their vehicle surpass eight (08) years of age at the end of their tour. Employees must either re-export their vehicle (into permanent storage or to their next post), or sell their vehicle to another diplomat who enjoys customs exemption status. Transferring titles takes several months and should be initiated as soon as an employee knows that he/she will leave the POV at post.

In order to sell a POV, all employees must complete the following steps:

Six months prior to departure from post, complete the “Application to Sell Property and Convert Proceeds” and submit it to the Management Office.  This form is available on the Mission’s Intranet site.

After receiving approval from the Management Office, contact GSO/Motorpool at least 3 months prior to departure from post.

GSO/Motorpool will then contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and formally request permission to sell your POV.  Once the sale is approved, GSO/Motorpool will receive an official letter from the MFA.

If the buyer has duty-free status (e.g., a diplomat), GSO/Motorpool will finalize the paperwork once the seller notifies GSO/Motorpool that the POV was sold.  Please note that if the POV is more than 5 years old, the vehicle may only be sold to a buyer who has duty-free status.

If the buyer does not have duty-free status (and the car is less than 5 years old), the seller must ensure that duties are paid and customs formalities are completed.  The buyer must give the seller and GSO/Motorpool a letter confirming that the applicable customs duties were paid in full.  GSO/Motorpool will then help complete the final paperwork.

How much does an oil change cost?  It was advised we bring motor oil filters and wiper, should motor oil be included?

It is cheaper to bring motor oil whether or not you will change it yourself. The garages are not that expensive so having an oil change is very reasonable. Other spare parts for your car can be ordered online or brought with you to post.

Do I have to take my catalytic converter out of my car before I arrive on post?

No, you can find unleaded gasoline in Dakar. (called ‘super’)

Internet/ Cable/Telephone

Do you have cell phones and if so, what do you use and who do you buy your coverage through? Approximate monthly cost? And internet is there a local company you get internet through? Is it fast and reliable? Monthly cost?

Officers have an official phone/Blackberry with Tigo. EFMs can buy an Orange (Sonatel) SIM card for 5,000 cfa (about $10) to get a number and then cards of 1,000 to 10,000 CFA ($2-$20) to use for minutes (both for phone and data usage).  It’s a good idea to wait for one of frequent promotions to buy these, you will get 50-100% more time.  There are other providers as well, but Orange tends to have the best coverage and most consistent service.

We cannot use Expresso as it is a Sudanese company (embargo).

You need a tri-band phone to use the same in Senegal and in the US. You can buy unlocked  iPhones here that are not linked to a provider.  Alternatively, bring an unlocked phone from the US, and it will work well (and cost a LOT less).

Is High Speed internet available?

Yes.  Faster connection + home phone = about $150 a month; every residence has landline phone.  For long distance calls most families use Skype, Vonage or Magic Jack services.

What are the basic costs for AFN?  Are there restrictions for placing the dish on the buildings?

iDEA, the Employee Association, rents AFN boxes for $200 for the duration of your tour. There is a refundable $100 deposit, returned when the decoder is returned. It is up to the renter to set up the satellite connection. Dish and installation cost around $300, but the dish is yours to keep or sell to the next person living in your house.  If you will be living in a house, check to see if the current tenant has a dish already installed which you can buy from them. If you are in an apartment, you can share the cost of the dish with your neighbors and split the signal. There may already be a dish on your roof.  Check with GSO Housing to confirm.

In addition, there are local Cable providers to choose from with English and French speaking channels.  It cost $50+ a month.  There’s also Sling Box –see their website regarding information at:  http://www.slingbox.com/

Clubs, Pools and Beaches

There are many great options for enjoying the beaches and pools in Dakar. Prices range from 5,000 CFA+ ($6- $20 per person) depending if it is a private hotel beach/pool or part of a restaurant.

Additionally, the embassy has a pool available for those who are members of iDEA.

Shopping

What kind of stores are available in Dakar?

There is a mall, Sea Plaza, which has L’Occitane, Mango, United Colors of Benetton, Aldo Shoes and more stores. There are a number of specialty stores like Orca that has house wares, furniture and toys.  It is limited and some items can be expensive but you can also have quite a few things made custom and of course, there’s online shopping.

 

More and more, you can find most items you would be looking for in Dakar.  The only question is how much you want to pay for it, as everything is imported, and therefore has the imported price tag.  That said, there is a growing selection of clothing, toy, decorations, gift and luxury shops in Dakar.  If you need something urgently, you can probably find options.  If you can wait, it might be best to buy it online and wait for it to arrive.