TRIP OF PANOS GOUDAS IN GHANA AFRICA 2012
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 view 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 for Panos Goudas.
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.
The subject is an orphanage house in Ghana Africa
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.
Vendors selling Coconuts and various items.
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.
Dear Readers, Customers and Friends:
I am sure that you have realized that this article dedicated to the life and achievements of my father. Even I am part of his complex history.
However, I have the honour and privilege of writing this short column and I will use this opportunity to the best of my ability.
JUST ANOTHER BROKEN LEG BOOK
This story aired several times on different radio programs, in churches and different media;
it is also a subject of discussion among hosts and guests on various radio programs.
Apparently this story has been an inspiration to many who have met similar fate and it has given them the will and the hope to stay strong.
This video made in 1986 shows George Hall who was initially sent by the government to shut down the Goudas plant in May, 1979. During that time Spyros Peter Goudas has suffered a compound fracture of his leg.
George Hall speaks of his relationship with Spyros Peter Goudas.
You may also veiw George Hall participating in the Entrepeneur of the Year Award celebration in 1993, when Spyros Peter Goudas had the honour of being named Entrepeneur of the Year.
Fortunately, as a child I was immersed into Greek Language School.
Στο Άβρα τηλεοπτικό Κανάλι, ο κύριος Αβράμης έκανε ενα πρόγραμα σχετικά με τα Ελληνοκαναδεζάκια και τα Ελληνικά σχολεία στον Καναδά.
Στο βίντεο αυτό θα δείτε συνέντευξη του Πάνου (Παναγιώτη) Γούδα, γιος του κυρίου Σπύρου Γούδα, οταν ήταν 7 χρονών. Αυτη η ταινεία ειναι το πρώτο μέρος απο τα δυο.
In Abra television Channel, gentleman Abramis made programa with regard to Ellinokanadezakia and the Greek schools in Canada.
In this video you will see interview of Panos of (Panagiotis) Goudas, son of Spyros Goudas, when it was 7 years. This video is the first part from the two.
About the photo
Additionally, my dad communicated with me in Greek.
I traveled to Greece on more than one occasion, therefore I consider myself to be fluent in this language.
My father in the book:
One day I was standing in front
of the palace, admiring the precision timing in the changing
of the guards. At that time, I was accompanied by Panos, my son
and my nephew Andonis.
At one point, someone tapped me gently on my shoulders from behind. Upon turning around, I recognized that the man in question was, Mike Sinanis, an old friend from
Kalamaki, my hometown.
Catching up on old times, I was advised by my friend that he had immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa.
He further advised that he had married a woman from Cyprus and she was gifted with the ability to create bougatsa. Light bulbs began to flash in my head.
BOUGATSA & BAKLAVA BOOK
"What is bougasta? What makes it different from other pastries?
Before I provide you with the recipe, first you must read this story.
When I was a kid I always had the desire and the appetite to go to these peddlers in downtown Athens to purchase one of these pastries.
Over the years, I believe I have tried over 1450 different bougastas!
But once I came to Canada, since there were not many Greek pastry shops around, I had almost forgotten the word bougasta until 15 years later when I went back to Greece..."
Needless to say, while there I felt a part of the culture and history of this wonderful country and its ancient civilization.
I was raised by my parents, and I am very grateful and thankful for this.
My Mom always said that I was a well-behaved child and youth.
I did not really have much choice since Mom is quite the disciplinarian.
After all, she is originally from Barbados, raised in England and then to Canada.
IN the photo you see Panos Goudas offer a glass of water to Pat, his mother
I was practically raised on his lap and he always spoke to me in Greek when we were alone.
Those were beautiful moments, just me and my dad.
Most kids went home after school, but I went to my dad’s office and factory.
I remember as a child, although he was always working and considered by many to be a work-a-holic, he always made it a point to find the time to watch television with me … Sesame Street, G.I. Joe or even to play PacMan.
So far, in my relatively short lifetime, I have witnessed and experienced many situations with him.
In my thinking, we both overcame these obstacles although within the book my father gets all the credit, but I believe that I have inherited a very big part of his success.
It is an honour (privilege) for me to carry this name and I hope in the years to come to fulfill the obligations and responsibilities and build on the foundation he has lain down.
When I was younger, although I was always with him, I never realized the tremendous effort, pain, aggravation and frustration he endured.
But as I grow older, and play an important role in our organization, I realize and can clearly see that the sacrifices he made and the tremendous determination he invested into realizing his dream.
Therefore, I hope to carry on in his footsteps, maybe make a few footprints of my own.
Nevertheless, I sincerely hope to live a life with the same honour and class that my father has.
Please read my father's book title Africa food safari special the last page of the book.