GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS
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.
A TRIP OF PANOS GOUDAS IN GHANA, 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 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-colored 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: traveling 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 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.
Traveling 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.
The scenery at the waterfront GHANA, AFRICA, PANOS GOUDAS
Barack Obama President of the United States posters in Africa.
The Kakum National Park. GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS
Local Fleamarket.GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS
Vendors selling Coconuts and various items.
Fishing boats. GHANA, AFRICA PANOS GOUDAS
Panos Goudas and an alligator.GHANA, AFRICA
Monuments, Kwame Nkrumah.
Kids - at 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.