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GHANA, AFRICA

GHANA is a democratic country located on the West Coast of Africa borded by the Ivory Coast in the West, Burkina Faso, to the north, Togo to the east and The Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

The word Ghana means "Warrior King".

The attached wikipedia link gives insight into this country.

A TRIP TO GHANA, IN AFRICA By Spyros Peter Goudas

Some time ago, I wrote a book entitled, African Food Safari, which mentally takes you on a safari and illustrates a few dishes that are staples in Ghana and Nigeria such as, Fou Fou, Eba, Catfish and Spinach.

Towards the end of the book, I incorporated a small article reflecting the needs of the underprivileged and the poor.

I have never had the opportunity to travel to this region of the world; however, I have a very good understanding of the situation.

Should you have the chance to read the above-mentioned book, you would understand what the mission of Goudas Foods is for this part of the world.

As fate would have it, my son, Panos, took the initiative to join a non-profit organization with the mission to visit Ghana, Africa, and construct housing (from the foundation up) for the underprivileged.
  
A project intended to enable the Ghanaians to undertake construction of homes for themselves in the future.

While he was there, he took many photos, a selection of which have been categorized accordingly for your viewing pleasure. 

As stated on numerous occasions, a photo is worth a thousand words, therefore, I will let the photos do the talking and I have very little to say, only some explanations.

I did observe that there were no police officers to give speeding tickets, parking tickets or other traffic violation tickets.

The Republic of Ghana achieved its independence from Britain in 1957 and is located on the West Coast of Africa with its south border being the Ivory Coast. Ghana was once a part the Gold Coast Crown Colonies.

The Castle known as Elmina Castle or St. George Castle is a World Heritage Site. 

The beautiful multi-coloured cloth with geometric designs and shapes is known as the Kente Cloth. It originated as a royal and sacred cloth worn in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings.
Of course, although its use has become widespread, the Kente Cloth remains an icon of African Cultural Heritage around the world.

The photos depict scenes such as:  travelling on the way to villages and towns, kids - at play, at school, and performing in a band, vendors selling various items, scenery at the waterfront, fishing boats, Monuments, including the Castle, housing construction, the Canadian group including a group photo with Kente Cloth, Panos Goudas and an alligator, a Church photo, a water well and souvenirs.

In the lower part of the photos is the Museum exhibiting evidence of the Slavery years.  
Although the new generation has tried to forget, suppress, or maybe has not accepted that this period ever existed, these photos are clear evidence of the reality of its existence.

This trip to Ghana, Africa, has allowed Panos Goudas to visualize, experience and internalize the life and lifestyle of another part of the world.
It was a major learning experience.

The Goudas Foods Organization has been consistent in providing whatever is necessary to assist people, associations, organizations, churches, food banks, and those experiencing disaster or in absolute need.

Documented proof of this is just a click away in the Letter of Appreciation Section of our website.

Today is Sunday, October 21, 2012,

Although it is not an official working day, as usual I went to the office and since no-one was there to make me my Greek Coffee, I made one myself.

I am very happy that I have been able to categorize these photos, select the best among the hundreds taken, enhance them, and position them in such a way, along with a little write-up, so that I can take you through a tour of another world.

With sincerest regards, Spyros Peter Goudas

 Travelling on the way to villages and towns.

 

I remember as a kid in Kalamaki Athens Greece I had one bicycle rim like this.

Scenery at the waterfront

Barack Hussein Obama President of the United States posters in Africa.

The Kakum National Park.

Local Fleamarket.

Vendors selling Coconuts and various items.

Fishing boats.

Panos Goudas and an alligator. Monuments, Kwame Nkrumah.

Kids - at play, at school

The Castle known as Elmina Castle or St. George Castle is a World Heritage Site. 

Housing construction, the Canadian group.

Kids performing in a band.

Sunday at the church.

The Museum exhibiting evidence of the Slavery years.

Souvenirs.