At a Glance
We work in Dekpor, Ghana where all residents live below the poverty level and face a daily struggle to survive.
Our Areas of Focus:
- Health care
- Sponsorships (children and educators)
One of our directors lives in Dekpor—we are able to work with the residents of Dekpor to best service their needs. Our overhead is minimal (our only expenses are maintaining our domain status, annual financial statements, and foreign exchange costs), so your donation goes exactly where you allocate it! We are volunteers who work hard to make the most of every dollar donated.
Dekpor School Development Organisation is a registered Canadian charity and recognized NGO in Ghana. (Since 2011)
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Read the Samaritan Magazine article Two Toronto School Teachers Take On A Village.
We're making a difference!
I am always keen to support DSDO for the super grass roots work that they do. I know that any money donated to DSDO truly goes towards the amazing work that they do in Ghana and is not spent on administration and advertising, quite literally every penny is well spent. As someone who has donated, it is very rewarding to see the great work DSDO is doing and the difference this is making to the community and children in Dekpor.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
There are so many wonderful and worthy charities out there...how do you pick just one? When I learned that 100% of my donation goes to Dekpor, my desire to support DSDO became instantaneous. I am unaware of any other charity like them. When pictures are posted of the Dekpor children’s smiling faces, it simply makes my day. God Bless them all...I wish I could do more.
For a very long time we have been searching for the right charitable organization in Africa. We wanted to be involved with an organization that was transparent, non-denominational, and that was truly making a difference in a community. When we were introduced to Dekpor School Development Organisation, we were immediately struck by the simplicity of what they do and the impact that it has. Every dollar raised goes directly to those who need it. But more than that, these people ASK the community that they serve, what they need. They PARTNER with the community that they serve. And they make true IMPACTFUL CHANGE. Our family has been honoured and privileged to support this wonderful charity, and to be able to see the meaningful and positive changes that have been made in Dekpor.
Joanne McPhail & Jim Graszat
I have absolutely no reservations about sponsoring a student or making a donation to DSDO. I’ve visited Dekpor Basic School 3 times in the last 4 years, including two 6-week stints as a volunteer teacher. In that short time, I've seen firsthand how donated dollars translate directly into bettering the lives of these students. I've witnessed the growth of school facilities (eg. library, computer lab and additional classrooms) and I'm continually impressed with the students' enthusiasm and academic progress. Sadly, still too many children come and leave school hungry.
I wholeheartedly encourage others to sponsor a child or make a donation to DSDO.
It is so rewarding to donate to a smaller charity as even a small amount has such an impact. I was able to see for myself how effectively the money is used and what wonderful changes the whole community benefits from as a result.
When you see the smile on a child's face when he receives a pair of second hand trainers, the first shoes he's ever had, you see what this charity is all about.
East Sussex, England
DSDO has offered us the opportunity to sponsor a child in a true one-to-one relationship that we haven’t seen anywhere else. We view it as a long term relationship that will grow and evolve with the child (and our own children) to adulthood. The change that this small team is able to make for every dollar raised is truly astounding. This is the ultimate grassroots organization!
John and Shauna R.
I had been looking for a way to help in Africa where my employees could know the direct impact of every dollar used. I was introduced to DSDO and it was exactly what we were looking for-- a flow through of funds directly to the people and projects that needed it, and virtually no overhead expense. The passion is infectious and one can't help but be inspired to support this great cause and be appreciative that there are people like this doing the hard work, while all we need to do to support them is give financially. Thank you and keep up the good work, DSDO!
Busch Systems, Barrie, Ontario
I've been to Dekpor. I met with the teachers and students and was inspired by the enthusiasm of both. This is real world in your face positive work to change the destiny of these kids. Teach a child, change their future! I have been fortunate to sponsor a young man from Dekpor. I have seen how going to school has changed this young man and the opportunities that will be available to him on his completion of high school. It is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Dekpor Basic School is providing hope for hundreds of children. Your money goes to the kids; I wholeheartedly recommend Dekpor School Development Organisation.
When we first visited Dekpor Basic School in 2011, it was a very poor looking area, but Linda and Abraham, who we had met only a few days before, were radiating energy and excitement for this school project. We decided to follow their vision and started to support their work. It was easy to convince our friends in Austria to make donations once we told them all that was going on at Dekpor Basic School and they saw our photos. Even a club like Racketlon Federation Austria has been raising money for DSDO!
Since then, we are proud that our Austrian ‘supporting group’ has sponsored six children! Every year we try to have a meeting with them in Dekpor.
Each time we visit, we enjoy seeing the development of the school and the rest of the community, and it is confirmed that our financial contributions are used in a proper way. It’s so much fun to give the children the items we collect (such as sportswear, shoes, clothing, school supplies, games, and many other things) each time we visit Dekpor.
What can possibly give you a better feeling than a smiling child?
Conny and Edi Schmickl
I am so thrilled to have been able to provide bicycles to 2 beautiful women in Dekpor! Never before have I been able to actually see my donation put to good use. DSDO shares the stories of how our contributions have benefited individuals and the village. My son and I are over the moon seeing Doris and Betha, sporting beautiful smiles, on our former bikes!!! A new and wonderfully fulfilling experience!
Rita Goverde and Erik Lemaire
|February 21, 2017||Linda and Abraham welcome Conny and Edi Schmickl for their annual visit, and this time they brought their friends Ulrike and Andreas!|
|February 15, 2017||All of the blocks have been laid for our latest water reservoir!|
|February 13, 2017||More bicycles and clothing were distributed today.|
|February 10, 2017||The next 50 women received a farming tool and we are so grateful to the 17 donors who made this possible! We've now been able to help 102 women!|
|February 7, 2017||Digging at the reservoir site continues.|
|February 2, 2017||Thanks to Kim Nelson honouring Grace, Claire, Patricia and Evelyn, the staff and students enjoyed a school luncheon.|
|January 28, 2017||Farming Tools were distributed to the first 42 of 102 women.|
|January 25, 2017||Thanks to the Rotary District 7010 Conference for pairing up with Kids Against Hunger Canada -- we received 24 boxes of food! 144 students received 6 bags each! See our Feeding Hungry Students Album.|
|January 25, 2017||The construction of our 5th and final rain harvesting system has begun thanks to Busch Systems of Barrie!|
|January 22, 2017||Bikes from Ontario are making a big difference in Dekpor. Eleven more just arrived!|
|January 10, 2017||Study hall is a huge success!|
|January 7, 2017||The grand opening of the Dekpor Dome water tower and stand pipes!|
|January 4, 2017||Thanks to Busch Systems, we now have teacher furniture for our new block of classrooms! 6 new desks, 6 chairs, and 6 cabinets!|
|December 31, 2016||Check out all of our 2016 Accomplishments!|
|December 21, 2016||Students in Dekpor are on vacation from school, and so have helped put in some time doing community service--things like digging, cleaning out gutters, weeding, etc.|
|December 17, 2016||Carol and Phil Sawula take the second load of Ghana Gift Bags to James the shipper. That's the last 416 GGBs and many extra teaching and student supplies that will be on their way shortly! Thanks to managers: Rita Forte and friends (100), Heather Lanning and Windfields Junior High School (60), Moraine Hills P.S. (40), Karen Burke and friends (35), Meher Panthaky and friends (60), Denise Bilodeau and friends (15), Louise Dyer and friends (9), Lydia Ridd and friends (19), Carol (12), Gillian Anderson (10), Debbie Halinaty (5), Tanya Spasic and Church Street P.S. (20), Mapleview Heights P.S. lead by Linda Motta (31). We are so grateful to the hundreds of people who have made this initiative such a success! (Ghana Gift Bag album coming soon.)|
|December 3, 2016||The first load of 370 Ghana Gift Bags are delivered to the shipper by Carol and Phil Sawula! A huge thanks to managers: Darlene Cann (120), Minesing Central P.S. lead by Danielle Naccarato (100), Highview Public School lead by Kim Nelson (60), Donna Jamieson (21), Susan Anderson (18), Valerie Anderson Bartlett (9), Lydia Ridd and friends (10), Tine Muir and friends (26), Wendy Emerson (4), Rita Goverde, Kate Lemaire, and Tracey Pamenter Martin for their participation in this great initiative!|
|November 28, 2016||The polytank is hoisted up to the top of the Dome water tower! See Water Distribution Pipes Phase 2 album.|
|November 21, 2016||After weeks of the cement curing, the forms were taken off the Dome water tower...it's built! The people of Dekpor are so excited!|
|November 20, 2016||We are very grateful to EcoSmart for donating 408 nontoxic, refillable dry erase markers and refill ink!|
|November 18, 2016||In anticipation of future funds, we have put in foundations for 4 of 6 kindergarten/nursery school classrooms. Students will be moving sand over the next couple of weeks for the support/floors.|
|November 11, 2016||A huge thank you to Sigma Promotions! Twice now, they have donated a van FULL to the ceiling of wonderful new items for our Ghana Gift Bags -- padfolios; notebooks; baseball caps; t-shirts; travel mugs; pens; water bottles; and the list goes on. We are so grateful for their generosity!|
|November 11, 2016||AYSC does it again! More backpacks, soccer clothes including brand new track suits and shorts! Bill and Sandy, we thank you for always thinking of us and sharing our wish to help others!|
|November 3, 2016||Thanks to Susan and Tony Anderson, we were able to do some much needed upgrading to the government-built block of classrooms. Design blocks and security bars were installed in the windows and all of the rooms were painted inside and out!|
|November 2, 2016||Thanks to Dr. Najwa Shasha of Smiles Dental Aurora for the donation of 576 toothbrushes! They will be used in the Ghana Gift Bags!|
|November 1, 2016||So many people have helped us by donating new baseball caps for our Ghana Gift Bags! The list is extensive...the following are those who gave 10 or more: Peter and Gisela Guissi (57); Jim Sheardown (31); Bren and Grace Marsh (22); and Sharon Quyn (10). See our Facebook page for all donors.|
|October 31, 2016||Linda was able to return to Ghana with several laptops, thanks to the following people: Tracey and Trevor Martin (3), Tine and Dave Muir (2), David Nguyen (1), Justin Sharpe and Dori Tarjan (2), Susan Heagy (1), and Kirsten Wright (1).|
|October 29, 2016||Another 2 loads go to our shipper! This time it’s 5 bicycles, 1 bag of soccer balls, eyeglasses and shoes, and 24 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food. Thanks again to Mike Selva for picking it up in Rosseau and delivering to North York!|
|October 28, 2016||We are so grateful that the Rotary District 7010 Conference chose us as the recipients of 24 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food! Thanks also to Mike Selva for providing transportation.|
|October 20, 2016||A huge thanks to Spoke O'Motion for getting 8 bicycles fixed up and ready for use in Dekpor! Myles Cullen, Steve, and the rest of the crew, you rock!|
|October 16, 2016||The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is our one big fundraiser. We raised $15,160 online and $2,945 offline for a grand total of $18,105. The funds are used for 2 things:|
|October 15, 2016||Carol and Andrew took a trip to the shipper with 11 bikes, a shipping bag of soccer balls and eye glasses, and a container of medical supplies. Seven barrels were brought back to Aurora to be used for shipping Ghana Gift Bags.|
|October 2016||We've had several companies help with our collection of drawstring bags for our Ghana Gift Bag project. We'd like to thank the following:|
|September & October 2016||We've had an amazing number of bicycle donations! Thanks to: |
|September 30, 2016||WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Today the commissioning was held for our 6 completed classrooms. The headmaster, teachers, and students are absolutely thrilled! Susan and Tony Anderson, you have given a gift like no other!|
|September 22 & 23, 2016||More National Health Insurance renewals have been done! Thanks to Busch Systems for saving lives!|
|September 16, 2016||Thanks to Janice and John Lennie, we've given a boost to our Hen project! This is eggsciting!|
|September 3, 2016||The students' toilets at the school have had the pits all cleaned out, just in time for the new school year.|
|August 31, 2016||Thanks to Ledgir House Ltd., we installed security systems in our library and computer lab. We want to keep our valuables safe!|
|August 27, 2016||The Busch Buccaneers paddled for us at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and raised $1175 this year! As always, the funds raised go toward our water-related initiatives!|
|August 26, 2016||Thanks to Richmond Rose Public School, Aurora Preparatory Academy, and Brigitte Baumgartner, we have a rain harvesting system utilizing the library roof!|
|August 22, 2016||Carol was off to the baler and shipper with Ann and Ben Barber. This time 5 bags of soccer balls, 2 bags of shoes, 2 bales of clothing and a wheel chair were sent on their way!|
|August 21, 2016||We are so proud of Janet and Mawuenyo who graduated from their three-year seamstress apprenticeship!|
|August 18, 2016||Our 6 outreach teachers from Toronto bid farewell to Dekpor. Their impact was huge! Our thanks to Tom and Linda, Alvarine, Alan, Ziya, and Craig!|
|August 17, 2016||A sad day for Dekpor. There was a robbery at our computer lab. 5 laptops were stolen, 18 taken and dropped in the woods with several of those being broken beyond repair. We know our followers will help us rally to replace the laptops!|
|August 16, 2016||Carol was welcomed as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Scarborough today. The president, Gerard Baribeau even donated a bike!|
|August 11, 2016||We are beyond excited to announce that two generous donors are financing the Water Distribution Pipes, Phase 2. Pipes will run from our boreholes in Yia throughout Dekpor Yia, Dekpor Dome and Dekpor Horme! A dream come true!|
|August 10, 2016||Our outreach volunteers held a workshop for parents and a remarkable 125 people show up! It was a highly successful evening!|
|August 7, 2016||Pavilions 2 & 3 are complete! A big thanks to our shy donor!|
|August 4, 2016||We are overwhelmed by our single largest donation ever, thanks to Susan and Tony! Three new classrooms will be built from scratch, the three pavilions will be completed to classroom level, design block windows will be installed in the whole primary block of classrooms as well as repainting all of the classrooms inside and out, and the students' toilets will have the chamber pits emptied and the cubicles repainted also. WOW! Stay tuned for the albums.|
|August 2, 2016||A workshop was held for all the students with bicycles. Thanks to Tom Edwards, one of our outreach volunteers, and Kwamegah!|
|August 1, 2016||Our Toronto outreach volunteers have jumped right in and started teaching today! Thank you to Alvarine, Alan, Craig, Linda, Tom, and Ziya who will spend their next three weeks volunteering at Dekpor Basic School!|