- Donors & Sponsors
- Aurora Preparatory Academy
- Aurora Youth Soccer Club
- Barriston Law
- BDO - Barrie
- Karen Burke
- Busch Systems
- EcoSmart World
- EDU Reference Publishers Direct
- Elementary Teachers of Toronto
- Gerry FitzGerald
- Ellie Greenwood
- Highview Public School
- John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
- Kempenfelt Rotary Club
- Ledgir House
- Erica Lieppman
- Louis-Honore Frechette Public School
- Sonya MacFarland
- Minesing Central Public School
- Scott Monahan & Stephanie Wolfe
- Racketlon Federation
- Richmond Rose Public School
- Rotary Club of Aurora
- Rotary Club of Scarborough
- Lucy Romyn
- St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
- Sam Chapman Public School
- Edi & Conny Schmickl and Racketlon Austria
- Sandee Sharpe
- The Shrimp Club
- Sigma Promotions
- Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery
- Spoke O'Motion
- Standard Chartered Bank
- John & Joyce Wilson
Donors & Sponsors
Thank you for making a difference. Since the opening of our library in July of 2010, we have continued to work hard to make positive changes to improve education at Dekpor Basic School and better the living conditions for the people of Dekpor.
We couldn’t do it without you! We are a small group of highly dedicated volunteers, but we can only do our work because of the ongoing support we receive from generous people like you.
We value your trust. We are grateful for your support. We are committed to making every dollar count.
Thank you for giving.
Thank you for visiting our website, liking our Facebook page, and telling others about the work we do. Together, we are creating hopeful futures.
Complete Donor Lists
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Former Semester at Sea student, Erica Lieppman, was very touched by her experience in Dekpor. In 2014 for her birthday, she ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise money for DSDO and collected $2411! The funds were allocated to health care, student and teacher supplies, the food programme and the library. Thank you Erica, for sharing your birthday with the children of Dekpor!
Ledgir House of British Columbia made a wonderful donation of $3000 that was put towards our borehole project. Clean water for Dekpor--what a gift! We are so thankful for their support of our work!
They did it again! This time the generous $3000 was allocated to the library extension. Thanks for helping us build this great space, Ledgir House!
Another thank you to Ledgir House for their donation of $1500! It was allocated to putting in the security system at the library and computer lab on Dekpor Basic School campus. We're very grateful!
Non-toxic + Refillable = Brilliant
We are thrilled that EcoSmart Products Ltd. donated 408 dry erase markers and refill ink for us to send to Dekpor!
It is a big deal for us to receive this very generous donation. Each classroom has a 'chalkboard' (black paint that is adhered to hand made bricks--yes they are bumpy) and one white board. We are challenged in that all dry erase markers we've purchased have dried up quickly. It is costly to replace them, and so teachers have to go back to using the poor quality chalk on the less-than-adequate 'chalkboards'. We are very excited to have such excellent quality markers AND refill ink to keep our teachers going!
Highview Public School
Highview Public School rocks! From purchasing beads to make bracelets to the large donation from the 2011 grads to build our first water reservoir, individual donations from students and teachers and the gift of books for the Dekpor library, this school in Aurora, Ontario has shown compassion in a big way.
The grade 8 graduates make a huge donation that allows us to build our first water reservoir.
December 21, 2012
Highview just keeps on giving. Thanks for donating the proceeds from the holiday dance to DSDO!
Thank you to Ms Marchand and the grade 6 social studies students for selling bracelets. The profits from the $1400 worth of jewellery sold will be put toward our food programme!
Thanks to the Eco Team for spearheading the shoe drive! An astounding 121 pairs of shoes were collected! Some still even had tags on them!
In April, Ms Jean Anderson lead a lively 'Dancing for Dekpor' and between those who attended and the generosity of donations from others who couldn't even come, a whopping $335 was raised! Then The Gee Gees, under the direction of Mrs. Kim Nelson, sold popcorn and water at the May 'Arts Night' to raise funds to cover shipping costs and collected $233. In June, Highview collected 15 backpacks, 37 pairs of shoes and cleats, and a whole lot of summer clothes to be sent to Dekpor!
Mrs. Applebaum and her Grade 5 class decided to donate the proceeds ($273.95) from their highly successful Halloween Haunted House to help cover the shipping of the Ghana Gift Bags that the Greater Good Club, lead by Mrs. Nelson, decided to take on! Highview rallied together as they always do, and filled 60 drawstring bags for the students of Dekpor! The surplus items are being sent for future use, too. Amazing!
The Shrimp Club
A group of Toronto-based teachers, affectionately known as The Shrimp Club, donated a large sum of money to make the library a reality.
A few of these women are also sponsoring Dekpor students, a few have done some additional fundraising, and several have donated supplies and books for the library.
Aurora Preparatory Academy
Carol was invited to speak at an assembly for the staff, students, and parents. Aurora Preparatory Academy jumped right on board to help us make a difference! Throughout the school year, APA hosted two bake sales, held a 'Date Night for Dekpor' (where the staff babysat students and siblings while parents had a night out), and also enjoyed a French Café. The school then supplemented the fundraising total. An incredible $3000 was donated and these funds are being used to build our next rain harvesting system.
APA also donated clothing (including shorts, pants, kilts, sportswear and blazers) that was no longer of use at the school, but in excellent condition. A very special thanks to Jessica Buckley who was the original person to 'find us' and a big thank you to everyone else for such incredible support!!!
Aurora Youth Soccer Club
From the club organizers to the team managers, coaches, parents and players-- a genuine thank you for donating your new and used equipment and uniforms.
AYSC has been giving to DSDO since 2010!
We started using the uniforms to outfit our school teams, and now that we've fulfilled that requirement, the donations are often given to children who don't have any clothes to wear, to children and adults who help us with odd jobs, and also at school as incentive prizes. Hundreds of pounds of goods have been sent to Dekpor.
We are so grateful for the jerseys, shorts, socks, cleats, t-shirts, back packs, trophies, hats, soccer balls and other items that have been donated. These are treasured beyond measure by the people of Dekpor.
Just take a look at our photos...you're bound to see someone wearing a jersey from the Aurora Youth Soccer Club!
EDU Reference Publishers Direct
EDU Reference Publishers Direct, located at 109 Woodbine Downs Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, generously donated new books in May 2010 for use in our Dekpor Community Library.
Elementary Teachers of Toronto
We are grateful for the generous donation that was spent in Ghana to purchase books for our community library. (A big thank you to Lange Bowen, a 2010 teacher volunteer, for her successful application!)
ETT has done it again, and this time with an amazing $1000 donation! We have purchased teaching supplies and materials and student text books. (A warm thank you to Natalia Kostiw, a teacher volunteer who visited Dekpor in 2010, for her successful application for funding!)
Gerry FitzGerald generously donated funds to help us with our business start-up expenses in Canada. Thank you!
John & Joyce Wilson
An extremely generous donation made by John and Joyce Wilson of England, in loving memory of Larry and May Simpson, was used to repair the Junior High School (JHS) classrooms that were on the verge of collapse (2011). See Junior High School album.
Joyce and John made another donation that has made an enormous impact. For this coming school year, they have paid for the wages of one of our DSDO teacher-librarians, allowed for SIX NEW primary teachers to be hired and put 20 NEW CHILDREN onto the food programme!
Joyce made another huge donation! We are so grateful, because it was so generous, that we knew we could tackle our library extension and use other donations to help finish the job. See 2015's Library Extension album.
DSDO would not have been able to reach such great achievements so quickly, had it not been for the generosity of Joyce and her late husband, John. We are forever grateful for their compassion and support!
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
A donation was given to purchase books in Ghana to help start filling the shelves of our Dekpor Library. (Thank you LM, a 2010 teacher volunteer, for your successful application!)
Louis-Honore Frechette Public School
Generous donations made by both the school and the Parent Council. (Thank you RH, a 2010 volunteer teacher, who taught there.)
A member of the 'Shrimp Club' who has given in a big way. Thank you!
Karen Burke, of Whitby, Ontario, hosted several highly successful social evenings to raise funds for Dekpor. Thank you, Karen!
In honour of Karen, a special tribute lunch was held at Dekpor Basic on her birthday, July 16, 2014. Karen continues to support our efforts, especially by choosing DSDO as the recipient of tribute gifts.
On December 16th another grand lunch celebration was held with the meal portion funded by Karen.
For the third time, Karen has made a lunch for the entire school, all 800 students and staff, a reality! The local specialty, kenke, is served, and everyone greatly appreciates the opportunity to celebrate together.
Not only did Karen start sponsoring a student last year, but this fall she took on a Ghana Gift Bag manager role. She and her friends and family made 35 beautifully filled gift bags for our students and they also fundraised to cover the costs of hand crank flashlights and shipping of extra items we had donated. We are very grateful to Karen for letting her circle know about the great work DSDO has been accomplishing since our inception!
Scott Monahan & Stephanie Wolfe
In lieu of wedding favours for their guests, Scott and Steph made a donation to DSDO! A big thank you and congratulations to the newlyweds!
ecojot is committed to giving back one journal at a time. The "GIVE" program started in 2010 and uses a simple premise: with the sale of a jumbo journal, ecojot will donate a school workbook to a child in need.
Sonya MacFarland, a Toronto District School Board teacher, collected, purchased and brought several hundred children's books for the Dekpor Library. Her school class also purchased and sent books, and included personal dedications in them for the children of the village.
Edi & Conny Schmickl and Racketlon Austria
Edi and Conny Schmickl of Klosterneuburg, Austria have helped us tremendously!
They collected donations from themselves, family, and friends to pay for our librarians' salaries for the 2011-2012 school year.
They approached Racketlon Federation Austria and raised enough money for DSDO to make necessary repairs to the existing primary block, put a couple more children on the breakfast program and started a water hygiene project providing Class 4 with personal drinking cups.
Edi and Conny returned to Dekpor with another generous donation from family, friends and Racketlon Federation Austria. This time, the construction of 40 one-piece desks, improving the soccer field, and contributing to the future volleyball court were funded.
Together with Racketlon and donations from friends, they have made our teachers very happy! The 6 desks that were at the school have been properly repaired, 18 new desks have been purchased, and 31 chairs have been made. Up until now, most staff did not have anywhere to sit!
Dekpor residents were happy to welcome Conny and Edi for another visit! This time they raised 2400 euros (thanks to Brigitte, family, friends, and Racketlon Federation Austria). With those funds, Brigitte's 1000 euros will be going toward our next water reservoir; and with the balance, a projector and stabilizer were purchased, a library bookshelf was built, 3 tables and 4 benches for the computer lab were made, and 20 benches for the library extension were constructed by Weta Secondary School students.
In April, Conny and Edi were at an exhibition and spread the word about DSDO and raised 160 euros while they were at it!
Both Edi and Conny have visited Dekpor 5 times and have brought sports equipment, school supplies, shoes, clothing, medical supplies and an assortment of other items.
Racketlon Federation Austria
Racketlon Federation Austria took a collection from the players and spectators at the International World Cup and donated enough for us to make necessary masonry repairs to the primary block. While the mason was at the school, repairs were also made to the walls of the library where the wiring was put in. A couple more children were added to our breakfast programme and a water hygiene project supplying children with their own drinking cup was started. They also sent some sports equipment for the students to use!
Along with Conny and Edi Schmickl, Racketlon Federation made another donation that has funded the construction of 40 one-piece desks, improving the soccer field, and contributing to the future volleyball court.
They've done it again! The donation this year has repaired 6 teachers' desks, purchased 18 new desks, and allowed us to make 31 chairs. What a wonderful morale boost for our teachers! Desks and Chairs for Teachers.
Rotary Club of Aurora
The Rotary Club of Aurora is one wonderfully generous group!
On April 27, 2015, Carol was invited to be the guest speaker.
On June 16th Carol was invited back to give a little update, and this time there was a rather HUGE surprise! This amazing $4000 gift is being put towards the 60 ft extension to our library. We have fantastic plans in store!
We are so thankful for the generosity and support of the Rotary Club of Aurora!
In the news: Aurora Rotary Club helps rural village in Ghana
Rotary Club of Scarborough
April 16, 2016
The Rotary Club of Scarborough was introduced to us via Kids Against Hunger Canada-- they had fundraised and were holding a food packaging event. We were thrilled to end up receiving 30 of the 99 boxes of food that were packaged that day. (A donation of just over $1500 to DSDO!)
Each box contains 36 bags of food; each bags holds the daily nutritional needs for 6 children!
30 x 36 x 6 = 6480 meals
The families receiving the rice casseroles were beyond happy!
August 16, 2016
Carol's PowerPoint presentation showed members Dekpor and the work that we do. It was a great opportunity to let everyone know how much of an impact was made by their donation of 30 boxes of KAHC food and our deep appreciation of the time, effort, and financial support given by their club.
November 30, 2016
The club donated $500 to go toward shipping and also collected a variety of school supplies, 30 pairs of gently used shoes and 60 pairs of brand new shoes!
Add to that, a couple of members have privately donated, too! What an amazing group! We are so very thankful for all that you've done to help!
Sam Chapman Public School
Sam Chapman Public School in Markham, ON is amazing!
After listening to Carol's PowerPoint presentation, the staff and students decided to support DSDO. They purchased loads of bracelets and also held a highly successful art auction called 'Ghanart'. The money raised will be used to build a much-needed water reservoir. A special thank you to Rebecca Howes, Danielle Lilly and Greg Farrell.
The staff and students of Sam Chapman continued to help DSDO by purchasing Ghanaian-made jewellery. We are so grateful for your on-going support! A special thank you to Mme Howes, Mme Lam, and M Farrell.
Two amazing groups of students did some kid-powered fundraising to help our food programme. Young leaders in grade 5 ran a soccer club and raised $767.60! And, six grade 6 girls sold trendy elastic bracelets and made $286.50! Awesome role models!
M Farrell bid au revoir to the school, and on his behalf, $543.45 was put toward the food programme. We wish Greg the very best...he has supported our efforts since 2010!
St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
Under the direction of Mr. Adam Sanderson, the student council of St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, Ontario held a coin drive that they called "Dimes for Dekpor" and they managed to raise just over $1500!
Thank you to all of the staff, students and parents who helped make it happen. Absolutely amazing work!
Mr. Sanderson and the student council sold over $2500 worth of recycled glass bead bracelets as a fundraiser! The profits were allocated to our food programme. We are thrilled by their continued support!
Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery
After hearing Carol speak at the Kempenfelt Rotary meeting, the very talented Mike Smiley, of Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery, offered to design, create and donate the Drop in the Bucket costumes for Carol and Andrew to wear to the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
We wanted to get some attention...and that goal was certainly achieved!
Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery
119 Dunlop Street, East
August 2013 - Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
Barriston Law in Barrie, Ontario took up the Dekpor Cup Challenge and raised funds for two charities, Dekpor School Development Organisation being one of them. A special thanks to team captain, Jodi Armstrong!
We are thrilled that Barriston donated 19 gently used laptops! What an amazing difference that will make in our computer lab!
BDO - Barrie
August 2013 - Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
BDO - Barrie decided to partake in the Dekpor Cup Challenge as they raised funds for the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival 2013. An impressive $2701.50 was raised to be put towards our water projects. A huge thank you to team captain, Deanna Lancaster!
Team captain, Deanna Lancaster, lead BDO as they paddled again for DSDO. We are happy to share that $1809.10 was raised and will go toward our borehole project!
Busch Systems of Barrie, Ontario has chosen to support Dekpor School Development Organisation in a big way!
March 28, 2013
Carol did a series of slide show presentations at their office, so that everyone could learn more about us and the work we do. Since that time, fundraising activities have been happening to benefit DSDO.
Craig Busch talked two other Barrie companies into 'The Dekpor Cup Challenge' and the Busch Buccaneers dragon boat team managed to raise $5,624 to go toward our water initiatives!
October 20, 2013
Thanks to Marty Pepper, the Busch It to the Limit half marathon team raised $2,960 to support our food programme and sponsored teachers. We are thrilled to have the ongoing support of Busch Systems!
Busch Systems made a HUGE donation, enabling us to: support 3 brothers, paint the inside and outside of the JHS and Administration buildings, build 18 cabinets for the teachers, get health insurance for the remainder of the students enrolled at Dekpor Basic, set up a medical kit and have a reserve to pay for any emergencies, get whiteboards for every classroom, start curriculum kits for tech, science, math, music and phys ed. Please see the photo albums in Our Projects to see what Busch Systems has done to help Dekpor--it's nothing short of amazing!
A special thanks to boat captain, Shannon Taylor, Busch Systems raised $3,905 in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. The funds will be going towards our borehole project!
Busch Systems collected 30 lbs of gently used shoes for us!
October 19, 2014
Thanks again to team captain Marty Pepper who lead the 12 Busch It to the Limit runners in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. They raised a total of $3,264.10 which will go towards our food programme.
Thanks for the donation that is allocated as follows: $900 to supporting three brothers in need; $675 to top up the medical emergency fund; $2,000 to renew national health cards. This is a life-saving donation!
We are truly blown away by the team spirit and giving nature of the people at Busch Systems!
Busch Systems donated $1,200 to make sure that the three brothers can concentrate on school and have enough food, hygiene items and clothing. This is a sad situation where there is no adult family member to assist and we are very thankful that these boys will be properly taken care of.
Busch Systems has given funds to set up 10 children with hens and is now sponsoring three very lucky children so that they can attend school. Also in August their dragon boat team gave $2,875 to go towards our water initiatives (we purchased a spare pump and parts for our reverse osmosis unit).
The Busch It to the Limit team raised $1,967 in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. We allocate all proceeds from this event to our food programme and sponsoring our educators.
Wow, does Craig Busch ever know how to give! $15,000 for us to use to: renew health cards for the Dekpor Basic students, support the three brothers who are on their own, extend distribution pipes from the water tower to the clinic, replenish our medical emergency fund and help with the Dekpor Horme Town Toilet #1 repairs and renovation! Yahoo!
When the fees for National Health Insurance cards skyrocketed to 5 times the original cost and we were in the awful situation of not being able to cover all of the students at Dekpor Basic, Craig stepped in to save the day with a donation of $5,000. We are thrilled that all of the 800 students will receive their health cards again this year! What a gift! We happen to know that one of the children sponsored by Busch Systems was saved from malaria because she had her health card and could receive the necessary treatment! Busch Systems is saving lives! We are SO grateful!
The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival was held on August 27, 2016 and for the fourth year running, the Busch Buccaneers have chosen to support us in their fundraising efforts! They are a force to be reckoned with on the water and came home with the Moore Packaging Corporate Challenge Cup. Thanks to Busch Systems International, Sal , Elaine , Joe , and Mike for raising $1175 to go towards water projects this year!
Busch Systems is also sponsoring 6 children--what lucky students they are!
Thanks to Marty and Jenny Pepper for participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon--they raised $2500 to go toward our food programme!
A whopping $21,800 is going to make a huge difference as we replenish the emergency medical fund; purchase 6 desks, 6 chairs and 6 cabinets for our new rooms; build our last rain harvesting system; purchase reserve pumps and filters for our boreholes and reverse osmosis system; and continue work on the water distribution pipes.
John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
Thank you to Ms Duggan, a teacher volunteer who spent the summer of 2013 in Dekpor, and her Me to We students at John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute (CVI) in Guelph for selling $911 worth of jewellery. The profits were put toward our life-saving food programme.
Standard Chartered Bank
The Standard Chartered Bank in Accra accepted a proposal submitted by Linda in Ghana and they just delivered 100 desks for our older students! With the enrollment nearing the 800 mark, this furniture is desperately needed! See Step-by-Step 2014.
Kempenfelt Rotary Club
July 24, 2013
Carol was happy to be invited to attend the Kempenfelt Rotary Club meeting as their guest speaker. In September they sent us a cheque for $1500 to enable 10 students to be put on our life-saving food programme! What a wonderful gift!
February 24, 2015
Carol was asked to come back to share the many things that DSDO has accomplished in the past year and a half. Once again, the Kempenfelt Club was generous and made a donation of $1000.
Yippee! Kempenfelt Rotary decided to donate $1000 toward our water distribution pipe fund! We are running pipes from the water tower to the clinic...it's approximately a 2 kilometre stretch.
It is a great honour to gain the support of this Barrie group! Thank you!
Ellie Greenwood, world renowned ultra marathon runner, winner of the 2014 Comrades, and 2011 and 2012 North American Female Ultra Runner of the Year and 2-time winner of the World 100km Championships (2010 & 2014) is to be thanked for her big heart and ongoing support of Dekpor School Development Organisation. Not only does Ellie sponsor a child, but she also inspired her fans, friends and family to raise money for us in 2013. A whopping $3649 was raised.
Ellie IS awesome!
Lucy Romyn of East Sussex, England is making a difference! She financed the majority of our first pavilion room which was completed in June of 2014 and visited Dekpor in October 2014 to see it in use! Before Lucy made the trek, she was helped by Oliver Faragher and his parents, Richard and Lizzy, who held a successful shoe drive at Shoreham College with the assistance of Mrs. Stokes and Mr. Harrison. Lucy brought approximately 200 pairs of shoes and 3 laptops! It was wonderful that Lucy helped distribute the shoes--so many children were truly overwhelmed.
Minesing Central Public School
Minesing Central P.S. has jumped on board. In September 2014, thanks to Sophie Graszat, the Leadership Team, and Mme Naccarato, over 200 lbs of gently used running shoes were collected in just a few days!
On October 22nd, Carol was invited to speak to the school, and the students decided to fundraise by selling bracelets. A total of $1,126.80 worth of bracelets were sold and the profits were put toward our life-saving food programme!
Minesing Central students, staff and parents, THANK YOU for your support during the 2014-2015 school year!!!
'Spring Cleaning for Dekpor' brought in 138 pairs of shoes, several backpacks, eye glasses, lots of summer clothes, 9 bicycles, a trumpet and a laptop! And the loonie collection resulted in $295.05 being raised to help with the shipping costs! Thanks to the parents, students, and staff of Minesing Central, with an extra special thank you to Mme Nacarrato and the Leadership Team! What a difference these goods will make!
The Mustangs have done it again! This time they collected goods for our Ghana Gift Bag project and loaded the van! A special thank you to Mme Naccarato and the Leadership Team for their enthusiasm and continued support. A special mention to Michelle Weller who, very generously, paid for the shipping of all the Minesing bags!
Richmond Rose Public School
Richmond Rose Public School, a York Region school in Richmond Hill, has undertaken fundraising for DSDO in 2015 as their global initiative organized by their Positive Climate For Learning (PC4L) committee. This committee is comprised of staff, community members and, most important, students who have a voice in all planning and decision making. They raised an astounding $1130.33 by selling friendship bracelets at Valentine's Day! This money was put toward our life-saving food programme where very needy children receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day.
In June, we were sent another cheque, this time for $1128.68 that they raised through popcorn sales! This money is being put toward our 18 m library extension. (see the photo album for more details)
Richmond Rose, YOU ROCK!!!!! Thank you for your tremendous support!
And a special thanks to Mrs. Darlene Ramsey-Wu for being the one to introduce Richmond Rose to DSDO!
June 2016 Update
Richmond Rose Public School has done it again! This year they held a Dimes and Dollars for Dekpor challenge, raffled a camp excursion, and sold freezies! $3005.61 later, and we're thrilled to announce that their hard work is going to help us build our next rain harvesting system at the school! We are so grateful to everyone!
We are very fortunate to have bicycles donated to us, but often they are in need of repairs, new parts, and basic tune-ups. This is where Spoke O'Motion of Newmarket stepped up to help us! They took 8 bicycles that were in need of TLC and made them ready to roll!
A special shout out to Myles Cullen, Steve, and the rest of the crew!
We are so grateful!
Sigma Promotions of Aurora is one generous company! They donated TWO to-the-ceiling-full van loads of goods to us! There were onesies for babies, padfolios, notebooks, travel mugs, water bottles, baseball hats, pens, t-shirts, bags, and assorted other brand new goodies! Many items were put into Ghana Gift Bags, while others were sent separately for use at the school by teachers and students.
We are extremely grateful for their amazing donations!