To support Dekpor Basic School's students, teachers and community through providing a food programme; sponsoring individual students and educators; improving water, sanitation and health resources; funding building and maintenance of school structures; providing educational supplies and materials; and supporting other projects that benefit Dekpor residents.
Linda Chow Kordze is the founder of Dekpor School Development Organisation and it is her vision that has lead the growth and development of DSDO. Linda coordinates the efforts between the countries, is the liaison with Ghanaian government officials (such as the Director of Education, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Welfare), hosts the volunteer teachers, and facilitates the sponsorship programme.
Born and raised in downtown Toronto, Linda graduated from Riverdale Collegiate and the University of Toronto. She has recently retired after more than 25 years of teaching elementary school. The past nine years were spent teaching music in the Toronto District School Board, and it was during this time that Linda developed an interest in Ghanaian music.
She is the author of Kpanlogo Songs of Ghana. Linda's two daughters are very supportive of this project and have both been to Dekpor. Linda is currently living in Ghana.
Carol Sheardown joined leagues with Linda Kordze in 2009 to start the groundwork for Dekpor School Development Organisation. She brings enthusiasm, organisation, and dedication to support the efforts of the project. Carol is responsible for leading the organisation’s growth strategy, day-to-day operations in Canada, correspondence, and is instrumental in fundraising, finding donors and sponsors, marketing and raising awareness of DSDO.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, Carol worked for a large building firm in both the marketing and corporate finance departments. In 1991, she obtained her Bachelor of Education at York University and taught for the North York Board of Education. Currently she is employed by the York Region District School Board.
Carol is the proud mom of three wonderful children who have all contributed to DSDO. Active in the community, she resides in Aurora, Ontario.
Andrew Sanderson is a Chartered Accountant; a retired partner of Morley, Sanderson, Millard & Foster PC. His involvement with DSDO started in 2010 when Linda and Carol came to inquire about auditing services. His interest was immediate. Andrew was responsible for DSDO being registered as a charity, keeps the financial records, and together with Carol, is responsible for the operations in Canada.
He is currently active in management consulting positions for several small businesses. In 1974, Andrew graduated from York University, obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1980, and became a partner of MSM+F in 1982. He served four years on the Practice Inspection Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Ontario. He has extensive experience in financial planning and management of owner managed businesses.
Ghana, a country in West Africa with a population of almost 26 million, is proud of its reputation as the most peaceful country in Africa. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana was colonized by the British. Ghana achieved independence over fifty years ago, but maintains close ties with Great Britain, other European countries, and China.
The Volta Region, part of German Togoland until after the World War, is in the eastern part of the country, bordering on Togo. It is divided from the Greater Accra Region by the Volta River.
This area is primarily inhabited by people of the Ewe tribe. This tribe traces its roots from Nigeria, through Benin and Togo where many Ewe still reside. The tribe has a proud history of maintaining its cultural roots through its traditional dancing, drumming and drama.
Dekpor is a small area consisting of three interconnecting villages: Dekpor Horme, Dekpor Dome and Dekpor Yia. It is governed by councils of elders, their chiefs (torgbi) and queen mothers. The local economy is based on growing rice, maize and cassava as the principal crops, as most of the residents are subsistence farmers. The people of Dekpor and the surrounding Volta Region live well below the poverty line.