Sunday, October 21, 2012,

GHANA is a democratic country located on the West Coast of Africa bordered 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.


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 the 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 southern border being the Ivory Coast. Ghana was once a part of the Gold Coast Crown Colonies.

The Castle is 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, the 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, 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 Organization has been consistent in providing whatever is necessary to assist people, associations, organizations, churches, food banks, and those experiencing a 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

A tour of another world.

 Travelling on the way to villages and towns.


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


Barack Obama President posters in Africa.



Vendors selling Coconuts and various items.


Panos Goudas and an alligator.GHANA, AFRICA 

Monuments, Kwame Nkrumah.

Kids  play at school GHANA AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS

The Castle is known as Elmina Castle or St. George Castle is a World Heritage Site. GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS 

Housing construction GHANA AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS

Thumbs Up the Construction is doing well GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS

Kids performing in a band, GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS 

Sunday at the church. GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS

Museum exhibiting evidence of the Slavery years. GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS



People, trading and markets in Ghana 


chocolate: The precious commodity is largely for export. 

The cocoa farmers in this resource-rich country also usually see little of the profit.

Crossing the Lake Volta in central with ferries and water taxis can be a dangerous business.
Many farmers from remote villages across the world's largest artificial lake several times a week to sell their produce at local markets.
The journey can be tricky, especially during storms or if they are transporting livestock.

The belief that death is the gateway to eternal life is deeply rooted in the West African country, and funerals are an important social event there. Coffins symbolize the deceased’s profession - for example, shaped like fish, sewing machines, bibles, bush taxis or cocoa beans - and funerals are rarely a gloomy affair and often more like a carnival.
The splendor of the funeral and the number of mourners attending reflect the standing of the deceased’s family in the community.

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Brown Nature9 Africans will continue to suffer if they don't stand up against corrupt politicians in their various countries. 

Urban Lady Sounds like the government gets all the money but provides no infrastructure. I feel sad for the people

Ashley Hansennken Their funeral rituals look beautiful.

Christopher T. 300 euros is a lot of money to pay for a coffin when you're poor. It makes more sense just to respectfully bury the dead in a more affordable coffin or cremate then invest the rest of that capital. We continue as a group not to understand money and we remain poor and begging. In reality, you can't even place blame on not practicing group economics or investing when you don't know to do so in the first place. 17:45 it is sad to see the nicest and most expensive thing at that funeral is the coffin itself.  

Operation Smile Mission in Ho, Ghana


Before you obtain your visa, buy and pack your sun hat, Danhiki or Neru shirts, safari shorts, sunglasses, sunscreen, sundresses, and mosquito nets, etc., I suggest that to you: Prepare yourself not only mentally, but physically as well, because the most important thing that you have to internalize is that the type of food and its preparation is: a little bit, somewhat different, and most significantly, very, very different from what you are accustomed to.