|May 31, 2017||Thanks to those who have collected goods and paid for the shipping: Ziya Shah and the students of Birch Cliff Public School, Donna Tinker and the crew at Khalili Sambri and Associates, Susan Heagy, and Amy and Kellie Schoettmer!! See Shipping 2017 for photos.|
|May 31, 2017||Thanks to Moraine Hills Public School for sponsoring the special luncheon at Dekpor Basic School today! The students and teachers were so excited!|
|May 30, 2017||Thanks to Omar's Shoes of Aurora for donating 14 pairs of brand new, high-end quality shoes, and... 2 bags of gently used shoes from their customers too!|
|May 29, 2017||The polytank was hoisted to the top of the Horme Water Tower! Soon there will be clean water in Dekpor Horme too! See Water Distribution 2017.|
|May 27, 2017||Ten more women received farming tools and they are delighted! Irene Sheardown's tribute gift has made a difference!|
|May 26, 2017||Windfields Junior High School in Toronto sold $830 worth of bracelets! We are very grateful for their enthusiastic support.|
|May 17, 2017||Linda Motta and the leadership group at Mapleview Heights Public School in Barrie sold an incredible $2314.25 worth of Ghanaian jewellery! Unbelievable!|
|May 16, 2017||Thanks to Ziya Shah (Summer 2016 outreach volunteer) and the students of Birch Cliff Public School in Toronto for gathering soccer cleats, running shoes, clothing, non-fiction books, and school supplies, and selling $789 worth Ghanaian goods! The proceeds of their sales will pay for shipping their items, and then some!|
|May 15, 2017||A big thank you to Rita Goverde and the Me to We group at W.J. Watson Public School for selling $515 worth of bracelets! Well done!|
|May 13, 2017||In Milton, 87 people participated in a Kids Against Hunger food packaging event (Milton) -- we received 33 boxes of food (7128 meals)!!! We are very grateful to: the 7 churches under the umbrella of Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together (MACCWT), the Rotary Club of Milton, and the Halton Multicultural Council, and of course, Kids Against Hunger Canada! A very warm and special thank you to Kinh Quach who spearheaded this entire day of awesomeness!|
|May 10, 2017||Sloane Avenue Public School held a Kids Against Hunger food packing day (Sloane P.S.) and sent 33 boxes/ 7128 meals our way! These are the youngest students to have ever done this = wow! (Grade 4 and 5) Truly a wonderful accomplishment! We are so excited when kids help kids! A very special thank you to Mr. Douglas Penfold, and the staff, students, and parents of Sloane Avenue Public School.|
|May 8, 2017||Thanks to Melissa Sharvit for collecting and donating more than 200 pairs of glasses! Wow!|
|May 6, 2017||Thanks to 2016 outreach teacher volunteer Craig Moore for donating a stereo and speakers for use with our projector!|
|April 30, 2017||We had a lot of great donations this month! Thank you to the following people for sewing machines: |
|April 29, 2017||Wow, what a night! Thanks to Sherry Bagnato, Natalia Kostiw, Ziya Shah, Craig Moore, Alan Lawrence, Linda Edwards, and Tom Edwards for hosting a fundraiser geared toward helping our secondary school students further their education next year! They raised over $4800! A shout out to Larry Graves and Orkestra Gotigo for their wonderful gift of talent! Thank you to everyone who made the night a success.|
|April 27, 2017||Dance for Dekpor, lead by Jean Anderson of Highview Public School, raised a total of $473. Carol's colleagues have quite the moves!|
|April 10, 2017||We are so excited that the water tower at Horme is complete! Now we have to wait one month while the cement cures. We're getting closer!|
|April 8, 2017||The third borehole has been mechanized! What an undertaking!|
|April 6, 2017||Our town volleyball team has taken it upon themselves to pay for and build a second court! We are so proud of their initiative! Dekpor is gaining quite a wonderful reputation for volleyball!|
|April 4, 2017||Thanks to Tiffany Beuker, 6 women had their National Health Insurance cards paid for! The gift of health!|
|April 3, 2017||Aurora Football Club 64 (formerly AYSC) donated four big garbage bags full of soccer balls and two bags of water bottles! Our students will be so happy!|
|April 2017||Over the last couple of weeks, a couple of school campus projects have been underway. Many buildings had paint touch-ups done. We also built raised surrounds around each of our five water reservoirs to help prevent erosion.|
|March 29, 2017||Thanks to a generous donation from Kermin and Marzi Byramjee, the entire Dekpor Basic School community enjoyed a luncheon! See the smiles!|
|March 27, 2017||The last 2 (of 6) kindergarten foundations are complete!|
|March 23, 2017||A big shout out to both Tom and Linda Edwards, two of our wonderful outreach volunteers who spent the past summer in Dekpor. Tom donated several much-needed hand tools for use at our school. Rooms 206 and 205 of Maurice Cody Junior Public School, lead by Linda, purchased $1000.55 worth of jewelry!!! And Linda and Tom also purchased many perfect additions for our library!|
|March 22, 2017||The nurses from the local clinic came to do dental care sessions with the students. Considering they all just received toothbrushes in their Ghana Gift Bags, it is imperative to remind everyone of proper tooth care.|
|March 22, 2017||The foundation has been started at the Horme water tower site. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors!|
|March 18, 2017||A fire at the teacher's college dormitory in Akatse destroyed everything owned by a Dekpor teacher candidate. In less than 24 hours our amazing followers raised $550 to get her back on her feet! Thank you John, Kim, Chris, Nancy, Sandee, and Victoria.|
|March 18, 2017||Thanks to our Austrian friends, we have 13 new flower beds in front of the rest of our buildings on school campus now!|
|March 17, 2017||We've had a business start up financed by Andrew Sanderson! Work is underway to have a new provisions kiosk in Dekpor.|
|March 15, 2017||As of today, the last of the Ghana Gift Bags were distributed! We are so grateful to all people in Ontario who helped make this such a thrilling experience for our Dekpor students.|
|March 12, 2017||We now have 4 security lights installed on school campus!|
|March 10, 2017||The first of the Ghana Gift Bags were distributed to the older students from P6 right up to JHS 3.|
|March 7, 2017||The second shipment of Ghana Gift Bags was picked up!|
|March 4, 2017||We are working at the school to build flower beds around all of the buildings. Two purposes: helps with erosion and it will look nice! Thanks to our friends from Austria for funding this!|
|March 3, 2017||Excitement galore...Abraham and Linda were able to pick up the first shipment of Ghana Gift Bags! We can't wait to see the kids' reactions!|
|March 2, 2017||Linda and Abraham bid farewell to Conny, Edi, Andreas, and Ulrike. A big thank you to our Austrian connection for all the wonderful gifts received, including the cheque for 2000 euros!|
|March 1, 2017||The pump enclosure at the Dome water tower site is completed!|
|February 28, 2017||Our fifth rain harvesting system at the school is ready for rain! A wonderful thank you to Busch Systems for making it possible!|
|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 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!|
|July 16, 2016||A meeting was held in Dekpor Dome with a speaker from the district health department. He provided further education about the need to use toilets, to wash hands, and to drink clean water.|
|July 14, 2016||It's a celebration! Thanks to Karen Burke, the students and staff of Dekpor Basic enjoyed a wonderful luncheon!|
|July 13, 2016||Dekpor Horme's communal labour dug at the reservoir site today. The deeper down they go, the more difficult it is. They are coming back to finish the job.|
|July 12, 2016||Students moved the second day's worth of dirt from the reservoir site.|
|July 12, 2016||Over the past week, hundreds of students have been driven to Agorve to get their NHIS (National Health Insurance) cards renewed. It is quite the organizational challenge, but the results are well worth it! We are so extremely grateful to Busch Systems for financing this life-saver.|
|July 12, 2016||The roof is on classrooms 2 & 3 is done!|
|July 12, 2016||We've decided to do the foundations for future pavilion classrooms 4, 5, & 6 while the dirt from the reservoir is available and there are extra blocks cut. It just makes sense. Fingers crossed that we'll get funding to complete them soon!|
|July 11, 2016||Dekpor Dome did their digging at the reservoir today. Now the hole is 11 feet deep.|
|July 9, 2016||The town volleyball team has earned some money by helping with some of our jobs. They decided to use their money to build a retaining wall to help stop erosion at the volleyball court.|
|July 7, 2016||Communal labour provided by Dekpor Yia today for digging out the reservoir hole. They made it down about 7 feet! Wow!|
|July 7, 2016||Carol met Tom and Linda Edwards with 5 packed suitcases for our outreach volunteers to take with them in a couple of weeks. They in turn gave her 64 pairs of shoes and cleats, and many pairs of glasses that they had collected, mainly from Linda's school. Linda also sold $742 worth of bracelets at her school!|
|July 6, 2016||Has it been mentioned that we have teacher outreach volunteers going over this month? Well, Craig, Alan, Alvarine, Tom, Linda, and Ziya are leaving in a couple of weeks to volunteer at Dekpor Basic School. They are each taking a suitcase of things we've collected, including the tools purchased by Carol, and donated by Jim Tyler and Jim Sheardown!|
|July 5, 2016||Another trip to the baler and the shipper! Thanks to Geoff for helping Carol get all that slugging around done! The clothes donated by Aurora Preparatory Academy and Amanda and more from AYSC are on their way. Also en route are the bike trailer from Lynn and a bunch of soccer balls from AYSC!!! ETA is the first week of September.|
|July 1, 2016||Unbelievable progress being made at the pavilion site in the last couple of days!|
|July 1, 2016||Picked up 94 AYSC soccer balls that Ben and Geoff have deflated for us. Fun way to collect volunteer hours! Thanks guys!|
|June 30, 2016||Abraham and Linda transported 32 students to Games Day. Three of our teams competed and, wowee, two of them took first place! We brought home the trophy for boys' handball and for the under 15 boys' football (soccer) team! And yes, since DSDO supplied the trophies, the winners actually get to KEEP the trophy at their school on display for the whole year!|
|June 30, 2016||Thanks to Sandee for helping to transport bicycles to our shipper. Seven bicycles, one from LuAnn and six from Minesing Central P.S., will be on their way to Ghana next week.|
|June 30, 2016||Thanks to Aurora Preparatory Academy for the donation of clothing!|
|June 29, 2016||A tremendous thank you to Jim Tyler who used his expertise to donate a very well equipped bicycle repair and maintenance kit! What a gift! Check our bicycles album to see how they're making a difference.|
|June 29, 2016||A busy trip to Barrie to stop in at Busch Systems, Bikeland and visit Jim Sheardown. Thanks to Jim for picking up bikes from Minesing Central P.S. and taking them to Bikeland and financing repairs and tune-ups. Thanks to Morgan of Bikeland for pitching in with some of the cost. Thanks to David Kangas for loading the van! We really appreciate this!|
|June 28, 2016||Thank you to Dagmara for collecting water bottles for us!|
|June 28, 2016||Abraham and Linda picked up some benches from Weta Secondary School. See the album for the story!|
|June 27, 2016||The rain harvesting system that has been financed by Richmond Rose P.S., Aurora Preparatory Academy, and Brigitte Baumgartner of Austria is now underway. The site is being cleared and blocks are being made.|
|June 27, 2016||Clean water from our boreholes and reverse osmosis unit is now available at the health clinic! A huge thank you to Busch Systems and to the Rotary Club of Kempenfelt for making this dream of ours a reality!|
|June 26, 2016||The assemblyman and his committee joins Linda and Abraham and their crew of helpers to distribute the LuminAID lights and the Kids Against Hunger Canada food packages!|
|June 25, 2016||Took advantage of some awesome sales. Got more than $700 worth of tools for only $215!|
|June 25, 2016||Thanks to Amanda and her daughters for collecting 8 backpacks and 2 bags full of soccer uniforms!|
|June 23, 2016||Second day of communal labour. Cutting more blocks for our two new pavilion rooms!|
|June 17, 2016||Thanks to Lynn for donating a Chariot! Can't wait to share photos of how it is going to be used!|
|June 17, 2016||Two van loads of size 5 soccer balls donated by the Aurora Youth Soccer Club, and a thank you to Ben and Geoff for deflating them all!|
|June 16, 2016||The books donated by Tim Congram are welcome additions to our library!|
|June 15, 2016||Six bicycles from Ontario are being distributed to students in Dekpor. Oh, such excitement it is causing! We are so thankful to Rita Goverde, Erik Lemaire, Leona Culbertson, Louise Dyer, Rita Forte and Helen Rupolo for donating them!|
|June 14, 2016||It was a fun day at Dekpor Basic School as Aurora Youth Soccer Club grey 50th t-shirts were distributed to all the students from junior kindergarten right up to and including grade 4!!!|
|June 12, 2016||The Kids Against Hunger food is sampled for the first time in Dekpor.|
|June 11, 2016||Linda is back in Dekpor and distributing lots of shipped items is about to begin!|
|June 6, 2016||We just got amazing news that two anonymous donors are going to fund the rest of the water pipe distribution throughout all of Dekpor! This is an incredibly large donation and we are thrilled beyond belief!|
|June 2, 2016||Highview Public School's Drive for Dekpor brought in loads of goods! 36 pairs of shoes and soccer cleats, 15 backpacks, and lots of soccer uniforms and summer clothes! Thanks to Mrs. Nelson and The Gee Gees!|
|May 30, 2016||AYSC is still collecting backpacks and we've reached 73!|
|May 14, 2016||Another trip to the shipper, and a special thanks to Ann Barber for driving one of the van loads! This time there are 2 bales of clothes (mainly from Aurora Youth Soccer Club and Minesing Central P.S.), soccer balls and backpacks from AYSC, and a bike from Lu Ann!|
|May 12, 2016||Two days in a row! Another 13 backpacks from Aurora Youth Soccer Club and about 200 more balls!|
|May 11, 2016||Just received a totally unexpected, very large cheque in the mail. We are going to be able to build TWO pavilion CLASSROOMS! Wahoo and a happy dance!|
|May 11, 2016||Aurora Youth Soccer Club sent 10 more backpacks and 65 size 4, gently used soccer balls our way!|
|May 9, 2016||Thank you to LuAnn Kolenda who donated two bikes, a new backpack and the funds to cover shipping them!|
|May 8, 2016||King George Junior Public School's Camera Kids did some fundraising by selling their awesome photos and they raised $230!!! Wahoo!|
|May 6, 2016||Thanks to our individual child sponsors and Busch Systems, our first 53 students went to Dzodze today and got their NHIS (health) cards renewed for this year. Way to go, Abraham, for coordinating and acquiring cards for so many children in one day!|
|May 6, 2016||Another van loaded with goods for Ghana left Carol's house and was taken to our shipper. In this load are: books from Tim Congram; 3 bikes, shoes, and backpacks from Minesing Central P.S.; and backpacks, hats and soccer balls from AYSC. This load should arrive in Ghana early July. A special thanks to Irene Sheardown and David Kangas for the hours put in helping sort and pack.|
|May 6, 2016||Minesing Central Public School's 'Spring Cleaning for Dekpor' yielded lots of wonderful donations! 138 pairs of shoes, eye glasses, several backpacks, plenty of summer clothes, 9 bicycles, a trumpet and a laptop were collected for the students at Dekpor Basic School.|
|May 5, 2016||Highview Public School enjoys their Arts Night and sells popcorn and water to raise funds for shipping the goods they are collecting in June. These wonderful students, lead by Mrs. Nelson, managed to raise $233 in one night!|
|May 4, 2016||Thanks to Tim Congram for the donation of excellent non-fiction books for our library!|
|May 3, 2016||A van load of used soccer balls (there are just over 70 size 3 balls) from AYSC was given to Carol! And a big thank you to Meg and her mom for deflating them all!|
|April 27, 2016||Thanks to Jean Anderson for running an energy-filled 'Dance for Dekpor' at Highview Public School. These amazing ladies, plus several who were unable to attend, raised $335 tonight!!!|
|April 26, 2016||Dr. Conny Schmickl and Edi Schmickl set up an information table at an exhibition in Austria to spread the word about DSDO and they raised 160 euros while they were at it! Thank you!|
|April 22, 2016||The polytank stand at the clinic is curing...and pretty soon phase one of the distribution pipes will be complete!|
|April 20, 2016||AYSC backpacks are starting to roll in...11 so far! Thank you to the Aurora Youth Soccer Club players, coaches and staff who are helping make this happen!|
|April 18, 2016||Four bicycles (thanks to
Louise, Leona, Rita and Helen) and all of the food are leaving Toronto today!|
Bike en route to Dekpor
|April 16, 2016||The
Scarborough Rotary Club and Joseph Brant Public School financed a
food packaging day through
Kids Against Hunger. We received 30 boxes of food (or 6480 children's meals)!|
Food for Dekpor - 6480 children's meals!
|April 9, 2016||We now have 50 elementary students being sponsored!|
|April 6, 2016||Thanks to a donation by
Kim, in honour of her Aunt Ev, 15 needy adults had their National Health Insurance card covered! What a gift!|
Adults with health insurance cards
|March 28, 2016||Communal labour worked on the trenches for the first step of our water distribution!|
|March 27, 2016||Welcome to
Amy, a Semester at Sea student, who is visiting with Linda and Abraham for a few days. She volunteered at Dekpor Basic in the P5 class on Tuesday and Wednesday to get an idea of what it is like to be a student in rural Ghana.|
|March 21, 2016||An exciting announcement...we are starting to lay
distribution pipes from our water tower! What an amazing difference this will be!|
Distribution pipes starting
|March 21, 2016||Commissioning for both
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 and for
Dekpor Horme Town Toilet. Annnnnnd, they are open for business!
|March 14, 2016||
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2 is almost complete!!!|
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2
|March 13, 2016||With the donation that our Austrian friends,
Conny and Edi Schmickl, brought us, we used part to make another book shelf for the library!|
Bookshelf for library
|March 12, 2016||Our high school painters are working on the
Dekpor Horme Town Toilet today. The project is almost done!|
Dekpor Horme is almost done!
|March 11, 2016||What a day!
Linda and Abraham distributed clothing, and shoes (from
AYSC, Carol and friends, and
Conny Schmickl). Every single student at Dekpor Basic received something, as did the teachers! Such excitement!
our blog and 2016
Step by Step.|
Back in Ontario, AYSC donated hats and jerseys, shorts and socks that will be happily received in Dekpor!
Students wearing donated clothes
|March 6, 2016||Independence Day...and to celebrate, there is a marching competition held amongst the schools in the Weta region.
This year it was held at Dekpor Basic School. |
Marching on Independence Day
|February 29, 2016||Welcome to
Edi Schmickl and Dr. Conny Schmickl who are visiting Dekpor again! They brought suitcases full of shoes, clothing, sports items and school supplies... and a donation from family, friends and
Racketlon Federation Association that will be used to build more furniture.|
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2400 euros!
|February 28, 2016||Thanks to
Ken Glance who volunteered at Dekpor Basic for the past 6 weeks. The students especially enjoyed the sports day he ran!
|February 24, 2016||Carol took another van load of clothing to be baled and shipped. Everything is leaving our shipper on Saturday and heading to Ghana!|
|February 22, 2016||Carol took a van load of two bicycles and 7 bins with trophies, soccer clothes, and teacher resources to our shipper.|
|February 10, 2016||A day of giving! Thanks to
Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating trophies that they could no longer use. Thanks to
Rita Goverde and Erik Lemaire for donating bicycles... two students will be able to go to high school because of you! Thanks to
Omars Shoes for donating 7 pairs of shoes!
|February 8, 2016||Thanks to
Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating 5 boxes of new t-shirts and 3 bags of jerseys!|
5 boxes and 3 bags of goods from AYSC
|February 5, 2016||We got word that we've been accepted as one of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon's charities for the fourth year in a row.|
|January 11, 2016||Thank you to Ken Glance for taking more luggage and volunteering at Dekpor Basic for 6 weeks. This is Ken's 4th visit!|
|January 14, 2016||We've had our business ladies make batik shelf covers for
use in the library. See
Step by Step 2016
for more photos.
|January 13, 2016||A library shelving unit for the teachers' resources was completed thanks to a donation from
Dianne and Ken. See
Step by Step 2016
for more photos.
Library shelving unit for teachers' resources
|January 6, 2016||Thank you to Natalia, (one of our original 8 volunteers who spent the summer of 2010 in Dekpor), for selling bracelets. She sold $260 worth of jewelry to her friends and colleagues over the holidays!|
|December 28, 2015||The roof has been lifted off Dekpor Horme's toilet facility so that things can be extensively repaired.|
|December 27, 2015||The construction of Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 is motoring!|
|December 25, 2015||We are thrilled with the reception of our 'catalogue'! A lot of wonderful gifts were given and received!|
|December 22, 2015||Happy news! Two more children being sponsored. That is 47 elementary students now!|
|December 19, 2015||Thank you to
Louise for selling $185 worth of bracelets...and her ABC (Aurora Book Club)
friends raised $200 to be put toward purchasing books written by African authors for our library.|
New books for the library
|December 16, 2015||What a celebration day at Dekpor Basic! We had an entire school lunch, thanks to Karen Burke. To top it off, Madi and Becky's birthday donations and a memorial gift that Kim Nelson made in memory of her dad, allowed us to give a pencil or pen and notebook to every student in the school! Becky and Madi also donated 5 high quality soccer balls to the school! Donations from Dagmara and Ezra, Laura and Andrea, and Heather allowed us to give the teachers some much needed supplies too!|
|December 12, 2015||Second day of communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2.|
|December 9, 2015||Mason and labourers have started cutting blocks for Dekpor Yia Toilet #2!|
|December 8, 2015||Pouring of libations, prayers, sod cutting and communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2. They cleared the site and dug down 4 feet today!|
|December 7, 2015||Dekpor Yia's Town Toilet #1 Facility has opened for business!|
|December 6, 2015||The reclaiming of the Horme toilet started today.|
|December 3, 2015||Congratulations to 6 year old
Pippa who sold $145 worth of bracelets tonight!
|December 2, 2015||Two more elementary students are being sponsored! That's a total of 45 elementary, 7 high school, 3 apprentices and two transitioning from high school.|
|December 2, 2015||Wahoo!! Thanks to Aurora Rotary, we have funding for our third town toilet facility! Absolutely amazing!|
|November 27, 2015||
Carol was invited to speak at Aurora Preparatory Academy -- what a wonderful group of students!|
|November 22, 2015||Thank you to both the Schuetze and Muir families for donating bikes for us to send to Dekpor.|
|November 21, 2015||A big thank you to
Becky in B.C. for spending her day selling bracelets and letting others know about DSDO. She sold almost
$300 worth of jewellery!
Becky Sells Bracelets
|November 21, 2015||Dekpor Dome's town toilet facility has opened for business!!!|
|November 13, 2015||
Becky and Madi Schuetze celebrated their
13th birthday in a big way. In lieu of gifts, they asked their friends from
Mount Albert Public School and Highview P.S. to make a donation, with half going to their graduation fund and half coming to DSDO.
Get a load of this... DSDO received $862.50!!! They have allocated their funds very wisely! What an amazing example of
Becky and Madi Schuetze
|October 18, 2015||Our third year participating at the
Marathon and 11 of us raised $15,872!
Linda, Carol & Andrew at ScotiaBank Marathon
|October 3, 2015||At the moment, we have 42 elementary students, 7 high school students, 3 apprentices, and two who are just finishing high school exams, all being sponsored by wonderful people from all over the world!|
|October 2, 2015||Today was graduation day for the three girls being trained at NEWIG. They will be coming back to Dekpor and preparing to set up a soap-making business!|
|September 25, 2015||The comissioning of the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet, Dekpor Yia Town Toiliet and library extension! Lots of cheers and much excitement!|
|September 20, 2015||The MP stopped by to see what DSDO has on the go!
Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP visits Dekpor
|September 17, 2015||Reusing wood from the construction sites to build new benches for the library.
|September 15, 2015||Hundreds gathered at the school-- students from the school, and adults from Yia, Dome and Horme, to take part in a learning session with DEHO's staff. What sort of info was covered?
Our goal? Improved health!
DEHO's Learning Session
|September 10, 2015||The election of the water and sanitation (WATSAN) committee happened today!
|September 8, 2015||Dekpor Basic students have started their new year!|
|September 7, 2015||Students were busy at the school cleaning up getting ready for the new year to begin.|
|September 4, 2015||Vacation school is over. It was great for the students to get to use the laptops!|
|September 2015||Three huge projects on the go, and Linda and Abraham are managing to keep everything running smoothly! There is the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet facility, the Dekpor Yia Toilet facility that we are now also overseeing and funding, aaaannnnd the extension on the library!|
|August 22, 2015||Busch Systems and friends competed at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival--and did they ever rock the waters! They came second overall in the Platinum Division, won the Genesis II Barrie Championships Trophy, and the Moore Packaging Corporate Challenge Cup. They raised $2875 for DSDO to use on our water initiatives!
|August 16, 2015||We are thrilled that our student sponsors are choosing to set up their sponsored child(ren) with two hens and start-up feed! For only $20, we are able to purchase two hens and a substantial amount of food! Hen Project Album.|
|August 13, 2015||Carol was invited to speak at the Barrie Rotary Club meeting. This is the club that sent her for an adventure of a life time, so it was wonderful to be able to say 'thanks' so many years later.|
|August 3, 2015||'Summer' Vacation School starts today for our fully sponsored and food programme students. It is 5 weeks of math- and literacy-focused learning.|
|August 2015||Linda and Abraham have their hands full! Three big projects all at once!|
|July 29, 2015||Things are hopping at the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet site!|
|July 25, 2015||Sod breaking at the library extension with Queen Mother!|
|July 24, 2015||
Dekpor Dome Town Toilet has the bricks built up to ground level. Ben is motoring!
Dekpor Dome Town Toilet Under Construction
|July 22, 2015||Three more elementary students being sponsored. We're at 40 now!|
|July 21, 2015||A great step forward for equality for women. See our blog for more details!
Women's Dome Meeting, history is made!
|July 20, 2015||The contractor started his work on the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet!|
|July 19, 2015||A generous sponsor has financed a Dekpor entrepreneur who is setting up a barber shop.|
|Mid-July, 2015||The volleyball court was resurfaced.|
|July 16, 2015||Our women's town volleyball team, which is comprised of senior Dekpor Basic School students,
won 4 of 5 games in their first competition with another town!
Our women's team wins!
|July 10, 2015||More than 240 of our grade 5 to junior high school 3 students gathered in the courtyard this morning to listen to Madam Philipine a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer. It was AWESOME!!! She expressed the need to study, to discover one’s own inner drive, the value of technical, vocational and apprenticeship training, and making realistic plans for the future. This is precisely what our Dekpor students need to know. Many are resigned to thinking that the most they will ever be able to do is farm...and then there are others with very unrealistic hopes. We want our kids to do their best, finish to the end of JHS3 at Dekpor Basic, and then make wise choices that will allow them to start breaking the cycle of poverty. We are so thankful to Madam Philipine for her visit. She has given valuable information for the students to consider!
Step by Step 2015 Album
Madam Philipine, a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer
|July 9, 2015||Day 2 of communal labour at Dekpor Dome Town Toilet...and communal labour happening at the Yia town toilet also!|
|July 1, 2015||We have 3 JHS grads who are attending training with NEWIG for three months to learn how to make soap. We are looking forward to purchasing the soap we need for our town toilets locally. What could be better than training girls and setting them up for success?! Soap-making Training Album|
|June 19, 2015||We are starting a massive project! The Dekpor Dome Town Toilet site is ready for action! A big THANK YOU to 2 amazing donors who have made HUGE donations!|
|June 15, 2015||Whoa! Thanks to the Rotary Club of Aurora for their generous
$4000 donation and giving Carol the
floor twice in a matter of weeks!
Rotary Club of Aurora presents Carol with $4000 donation!
|June 10, 2015||We are having three JHS3 graduates trained by NEWIG so they can learn how to make soap (as well as learn a variety of other worthwhile disciplines). Thanks to the Facebook people who watched and volunteered to cover the fees!|
|June 8, 2015||Thank you to Omars Shoes in Aurora for donating a box of shoes!!! Raz is continuing to collect
gently used running shoes for us.
|May 28, 2015||We launched our
hen project. Thanks to
Lynn and friends for financing Phase 1! Fifteen different
students are giving this a whirl. We are hoping that providing a sustainable source of protein makes a great impact!
Step by Step 2015 Album
|May 26, 2015||The bricks are being cut for the Dome town toilet! (photo album coming)|
|May 15, 2015||We just keep having more and more people decide they want to change the life of a child. There are now 37 elementary children being sponsored, 6 high school students, and 3 apprentices!|
|May 13, 2015||A big thank you to Kempenfelt Rotary for their donation of
$1000! Carol has been invited to speak at
their club two times, and this is the second time they have
made a wonderful donation!
Carol with Mike Smiley, Kempenfelt Rotary
|May 8, 2015||Thank you to the leadership team and Mme Nacarrato for selling bracelets at Minesing Central Public School… $376 was sold the week leading up to Mother's Day. Add that to what they sold earlier this school year, and their grand total was $1126!|
|May 7, 2015||Thank you to David Kangas and the student council of
Dr. G.W. Williams in Aurora for selling $312 worth of bracelets.
David at Dr. G.W. Williams School
|April 2015||UNREAL!!! Two huge anonymous donations have been made that will allow us to build town toilets, complete with a rain harvesting system and hand-washing stations in Dekpor Dome!!! We are SO excited to be able to attack the sanitation situation!|
|April 27th||Thank you to the Rotary Club of Aurora for inviting Carol to speak!|
|April 20th||We now have 35 elementary students being sponsored!|
|March 18, 2015||Thanks to Busch Systems for their generous funding, we've held our second of three National Health Insurance renewal days.|
|March 15, 2015||Thanks to Ken Glance who headed back to Dekpor AGAIN. This time he had more than 100 pounds of running shoes from
Highvew Public School (in Aurora) with him!
|March 2, 2015||Yay! Another elementary student has been sponsored by one of the Kempenfelt Rotarians who listened to Carol's talk on Wednesday! Now we're at 33 Dekpor Basic School children being fully sponsored! This is such a HUGE thing that allows a child hope for their future ...what a gift!|
|February 26, 2015||A new girl has been sponsored! We're at 32 elementary, 6 high school, and 3 apprentice students!|
|February 25, 2015||Thank you to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for inviting Carol to come back to speak! It was a pleasure to get to share all of the wonderful achievements we've accomplished in the past year.|
|February 23 & 24, 2015||Ketu North held a sports day and Dekpor Basic came back the winners of 5 of the 6 competitions! Fantastic!|
|February 23, 2015||AWESOME! Today 20 new children were put on the food programme! We are now feeding 105 students!|
|February 18, 2015||Thanks to Richmond Rose Public School in Richmond Hill. At Valentine's Day they made and sold friendship bracelets and raised a whopping $1130.33 to be put toward our food programme! Such awesome news!|
|February 15, 2015||Linda headed back to Ghana with 50 lbs of soccer goods. Thanks to AYSC for your ongoing support!|
|February 2015||Thanks to Minesing Central's Leadership Team and Mme Nacarrato and Collier Street Dental for selling $960 worth of jewellery.|
|January 2015||Former Semester at Sea student, Erica Lieppman, was very touched by her experience in Dekpor. This year for her birthday she ran an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for DSDO and collected
$2411! Thank you Erica, for sharing your birthday with the children of Dekpor!
Erica in Dekpor
|December 2014||Looking to get a Christmas gift for someone who is seemingly impossible to buy for??? A tribute gift is just the thing! You can choose the wording for the eCard. See our Donation page for details.|
|November 2014||It's official... we've got clean water! (Borehole album coming soon!)|
|October 30, 2014||Lucy Romyn arrives for a whirlwind visit in Dekpor and brings lots of
shoes and 3 laptops (thanks to Shoreham College for your help). Linda and Ab took her to view the
pavilion classroom she funded.
|October 25, 2014||Linda started doling out the 226 pairs of shoes.
The parents are so pleased; the kids are so excited! See the
Shoes photo album.
New shoes; new jersey; new book!
|October 23, 2014||Linda returns to Ghana with 10 pieces of luggage stuffed with shoes, laptops, pillowcase dresses, belts, and some soccer clothes!|
|October 22, 2014||Carol was invited to speak at Minesing Central Public School. The leadership team
is going to sell bracelets.
Minesing Central Public School
|October 20, 2014||Highview Public School's shoe drive was a huge success!
121 pairs of very gently used, and some brand new, shoes were donated. They
will be heading to Dekpor in February.
|October 19, 2014||Our second time participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon...and it was a great day!
$11,367 raised for our food programme. See the photo album for more details.
DSDO Directors at Marathon
|October 11, 2014||A couple of years ago, Linda submitted a proposal to the
Standard Chartered Bank in Accra, and they just came
through with a wonderful donation of 100 desks for our older students. With our enrollment just under 800, this furniture is much
|September 22, 2014||Barriston Services Limited
donated 19 laptops!! What an incredible difference that will
make in our computer lab!
|September 15, 2014||The new school year has begun at Dekpor Basic.|
|September 12, 2014||Thanks to Sophie, the Leadership Team, and Mme Naccarato of
Minesing Central P.S., a crazy pile of running shoes was collected in just a few days!
|September 12, 2014||Thanks to Busch Systems for collecting 30 lbs of shoes!
|August 31, 2014||Thanks to Mackenzie Clark and the campers at
Big Canoe Camp in Bracebridge, 33 macramé belts were
made for our students and will be heading to Dekpor in October.
|August 28, 2014||Wow! We've had 6 new students sponsored this month! We now have 30 elementary, 6 high school and 3 apprentice students under our wing! If you are interested, read our Child Sponsorship FAQ .|
|August 23, 2014||Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, year 2! Busch Systems and BDO Barrie have done it again. This time they raised a whopping $5714.10!|
|August 22, 2014||The commissioning for the borehole happened today! Yippee...what an accomplishment! (photo album coming soon)|
|August 20, 2014||Ledgir House of British Columbia made an amazing donation that is being used to help with our borehole project! Wow!!!|
|August 19, 2014||Thank you to the Newmarket Running Room for inviting Carol to come and talk. May your
October 19th run be fueled by gratitude!
|August 13, 2014||DSDO has donated funds to help open the local clinic. We have paid for 3 desks, 6 chairs, shelving units and 2 benches. (photo album coming soon)|
|July 28, 2014||'Summer' Vacation School has started and will continue for the next 5 weeks. It's a great chance for our fully sponsored and food programme kids to get some extra math and language work done when the student-teacher ratio is much lower. We have hired 6 of our DSDO teachers to deliver the classes. Photos here.|
|July 24, 2014||The water tower is getting taller!|
|July 16, 2014||Tribute gifting is a wonderful thing! Because of
Karen Burke's special birthday
on July 16th, several of her friends donated towards both the food programme and teachers' wages. We took some of that food money and held
an end of year celebration lunch that we called 'We Love Karen'. See the photos.
|July 11, 2014||Concrete for the second level of the tower was poured.|
|July 11, 2014||Third day of National Health Insurance card registration at the school. Thank you to Busch Systems for making this happen!|
|July 4, 2014||Thanks to Ken Glance for volunteering at the school again this year. Today was his last day.|
|July 3, 2014||Concrete for the water tower was poured! (photo album coming soon)|
|July 1, 2014||Thanks to a generous donation from Linda and Abraham, our new computer lab is up and functional!|
|June 30, 2014||Our friend, Greg Farrell, former principal of Louis-Honore Frechette Public School and more recently of Sam Chapman P.S., bid au revoir and on his behalf a wonderful donation was made to our food programme. We wish Greg all the best at his new job!|
|June 27, 2014||The foundation for the water tower was dug.|
|June 24, 2014||After 3 unsuccessful drilling attempts, we have come up with a viable plan. We will be using two old existing boreholes and installing a reverse osmosis unit.
|June 20, 2014||This was the last day of exams for our JHS3 (equivalent to grade 9 in Canada) students. For many, this was their last day of school -- ever.|
|June 19, 2014||The Pavilion Classroom, built with funds generously donated by Lucy Romyn and Timothy Romyn, is complete!|
|June 7, 2014||Carol and Andrew sold bracelets at the spring AYSC festival. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to find out more about DSDO!|
|May 25, 2014||We are beyond excited to announce that the geological investigations for drilling a borehole have started!|
|May 16, 2014||The Aurora Youth Soccer Club continues to support our work. Check out the article in the latest copy of Blades of Grass, 4th edition.|
|May 14, 2014||Another big thank you to Ken Glance for lugging an extra suitcase of goods for us. Ken is going to spend 6 weeks volunteering at the school again!|
|May 9, 2014||
Ms Duggan and her Me to We group at
John F. Ross CVI in Guelph did an great job of selling jewellery at their school and at the Guelph Farmers' Market! Their sales reached $911!
|May 9, 2014||A big shout out to
Mr. Adam Sanderson and the students of St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
in Markham for selling $2584 worth of bracelets! This is the second time this wonderful school has done fundraising for DSDO!
|May 9, 2014||Thank you to
Ms Marchand and the grade 6 social studies students at Highview Public School in Aurora for selling $1200 worth of bracelets and to Mrs. Durno and her grade 2/3 class for buying $152 worth of beads to make special gifts for their moms! Highview has been a great supporter of our work, right from the get-go! We thank you!
Kids at Table
|May 5, 2014||We are excited that three schools are going to sell bracelets to help raise funds. A big thank you to John F. Ross CVI in Guelph, St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, and Highview Public School in Aurora!|
|April 21, 2014||Thanks to a very generous donation from Lucy and Timothy, friends from UK, we have started building a pavilion room! (Album coming soon)|
|April 4, 2014||We hosted a special celebration at the school today as we supplied 'Lunch on Us' for all of the students. Big smiles. Read more about it in our blog post Lunch on us or see the Step by Step - 2014 album.|
|March 24, 2014||We now have 2 whiteboards in every classroom because of Busch Systems! Thanks to our very own DSDO teacher, Mr Hologbe, for installing them!|
|March 18-19, 2014||National Health Insurance registration days at the school. More than 500 kids registered so far! Our emergency medical fund has made a difference already. Huge thanks to Busch Systems for this life-saving donation!|
|March 17, 2014||Our third water reservoir is functional and ready for the rains to fill it. Thank you to the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival participants: Busch Systems, BDO, and Barriston Law for funding this essential project!|
|March 13, 2014||'Outdoor' classrooms are completed. Even though they weren't quite finished, they've been in use since early February, because we are literally bursting at the seams.|
|March 11, 2014||We've got a blog! Check it out at http://dekporschool.blogspot.ca.|
|March 7, 2014||Edi and Conny Schmickl return to Ghana! They brought supplies for the school, soccer clothes and a generous cheque from family, friends and Racketlon Austria for 2300 EUR!! We are purchasing/repairing furniture for the teachers. Our staff is so happy… most have not had a desk or even their own chair in their classroom!|
|March 3-4, 2014||Cool accomplishment! Dekpor Basic teams competed in an interschool competition with approximately 20 other schools, and our kids brought home 3 of the first place trophies! See Carol's blog for more photos and details.|
|February 15, 2014||Yikes! The administration building needed some major emergency repairs. See the Administration Building Emergency Repairs album and Carol's blog for details.|
|February 5, 2014||Curriculum kits for each subject area have been started, thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers are very excited to have some materials!|
|February 2014||Landscaping is still a work in progress. Students continue to add plants; now we're just looking forward to seeing all the planting the students did grow! Full details and photos can be found in our Landscaping album.|
|February 2014||Our showcase volleyball court is done! This was a joint venture… read more in the Volleyball Court album.|
|January 27, 2014||HAPPY DANCE!!! In an incredibly generous series of donations, Busch Systems has taken every item off a wish list and is going to financially back us so we can make them all happen! This includes: supporting 3 brothers who desperately need assistance; painting the inside and outside of both the JHS block and administration buildings; 18 locking cabinets; whiteboards for each classroom; basic curriculum kits for design and tech, science, math, phys ed and music; AND allowing us to put the balance of the students enrolled at Dekpor Basic on National Health Insurance!!! With the clinic now open, and only a 15 minute walk from the school, this will give our kids access to health care--for most of them, for the first time ever! Add to this miracle, we now have an emergency medical fund and we'll be able to purchase a first aid kit for the school and have some basic supplies and medicines on hand. Photo albums coming. We are so extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness!|
|January 20, 2014||3 more hand washing stations have been built to service the Admin Building, the Library, and the Staff KVIPs.|
|January 18, 2014||Wooden cabinets have been made for every class... thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers, up until now, have had nowhere to put things in their classroom.|
|January 2014||We are giving our school yard a facelift! Landscaping is being done, and we're tying it into the curriculum. Each class is responsible for the area outside their room, and a section around the volleyball court. The older classes have some extra areas such as the library and administration building. Not only will this help with the general appearance, but it will also make a difference to the challenge of erosion and drainage when the torrential rains fall. Photo album coming soon!|
|January 2014||Thanks to Edi and Conny Schmickl
and Racketlon of Austria, DSDO, Dekpor Basic students and
staff, and the town residents, we have pooled funds and
effort to build a fantastic new volleyball court!
Photo album coming soon!
|December 2013||Thanks to Busch Systems, we were able to
paint the inside and outside of both the JHS building and
the Administration building!
JHS & Administration Building Painting album.
One busy month! We are excited to announce two big water projects that are being funded by the proceeds of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival that Busch Systems, BDO and Barriston Law raised on our behalf. We have set up the filtered water stations so they are ready for implementation in January AND we put gutters on another building so we can harvest more rain water and started our 3rd water reservoir (photo album coming soon!). Both of these projects are extremely important. A supply of clean water is essential...and we're making great steps to improve the situation at Dekpor Basic School.
|December 25, 2013|
We had several people generously give gifts in honour of some special people. So we went shopping for shoes, notebooks, Ghanaian-written books, soccer balls and teachers' supplies! See our donation page for details!
|November 18, 2013||Snappy sales! Sam Chapman P.S.
students do it again! This time, six super grade 6 girls
sold trendy elastic bracelets and made $286.50! We think
Six Super Grade 6 Girls!
|November 18, 2013||Three more elementary students are being sponsored--yahoo! That takes our 2013 school year to 21 elementary, 5 high school, and 3 apprenticeship sponsorships. We just keep helping more kids, thanks to generous people like you!|
|October 20, 2013||DSDO had 18 people
raising funds and participating in the Scotiabank Toronto
Waterfront Marathon. We raised a whoppin' $15,671 that will
go towards our food programme and paying for the wages of
the 9 DSDO-hired teachers for this school year. Thank you to
our runners and to all 191 people who sponsored us!
Victory for Carl!
Carol & Andrew en route
|October 15, 2013||A huge thank you to Mike Smiley, the
Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery in Barrie, who designed, made and donated the
fantastic 'Drop in the Bucket' costumes for Carol and Andrew
to wear to the Scotiabank 5k.
|October 14, 2013||Wonderful visit from 32 Semester at Sea
students who came with much enthusiasm and gifts for our
students. They taught lessons, played games, sang songs,
danced and had a genuinely touching adventure that has given
them a first hand experience of global citizenship. See
our Facebook page for more pictures.
Semester at Sea, October 2013
|October 10, 2013||Amazing young leaders in grade 5 at
Sam Chapman P.S. in Markham ran a soccer
club with help from their teacher, and raised
$767.60! A huge thank you -- you are truly an
Five Great Grade 5s!
|October 8, 2013||Incentive prizes such as soccer uniforms, school supplies and children's clothing were given to the headmaster to distribute to deserving students. A thank you to Aurora Youth Soccer Club for their continued support.|
|October 8, 2013||Approximately 400 new books have been added to our library. (A special thanks to Tim Congram.)|
|September 2013||A special shout out to Jess Weber who
worked hard at collecting pennies and raised $60 for us!
|Our head master, Mr. Kuatsikor, has retired, and we are now joined by Mr. Nelson Ahordo. (photo coming)|
|August 24, 2013||The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival was a
BDO Barrie, and
Firm had a friendly rivalry competing for The Dekpor Cup!
$9325.50 was raised to go toward our water initiatives.
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
|August 2013||A big thank you to the Barrie Kempenfelt
Rotary Club for donating $1500 toward our food programme for
this coming school year.
Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary Club
|August 2013||We are building 4 outdoor thatched-roof classrooms, so that the students and teachers can have some space that is sheltered from the rain and sun. (photo album coming soon)|
|August 12, 2013||A huge thanks to Brenna and Jordan for lugging 6 extra suitcases to Dekpor for us!|
|July 30, 2013||We have runners already raising money for the Scotiabank marathon. At this point, Andrew is out in front, followed by the Busch it to the Limit team.|
|July 29, 2013||Our 'summer' vacation classes started today. All fully sponsored students and children on the food programme go to school, Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 11:30 for four weeks and take advantage of the lower teacher to student ratio.|
|July 24, 2013||Thank you to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for inviting Carol to be their guest speaker.|
|July 4, 2013||Ahoy matey! The Busch Buccaneers are paddling in the Dragon Boat Festival in Barrie on August 24th,
with their fundraising efforts being sent our way!
|July 3, 2013||Thanks to 3 Ontario teachers, Lanie,
Kelly and Andjelka, who are spending their summer in Dekpor to volunteer at the school.
Lanie, Kelly and Andjelka volunteer in July 2013
|July 1, 2013||We have 3 girls starting a seamstress apprenticeship. It's a 3 year programme, and they will graduate with the
training necessary to start up their own businesses.
|June 13, 2013||Aurora High School
students, Kaitlin, Kelly and
Heather, organised a very
successful Ultimate Frisbee tournament and raised $163!
Kaitlin, Kelly and Heather's Ultimate Event
|June 9, 2013||Thanks to Steven and
Sam, for setting up an information booth and
raising $75 with a coin jar.
And a further thank you to Steven, whose band donated an
Sam and Steven
|June 6, 2013||Ellie
Greenwood's fundraising campaign raised a
whopping $3649! She's an amazing ultrarunner with
a big heart!
|June 2, 2013||Thanks to Amy of Aurora High School, who held a charity car wash and
Amy's Car Wash
|May 30, 2013||We launched our 'Clean Hands' project at the school. Washing hands SAVES lives. Photo album coming soon!
First in Line!
|May 13, 2013||Sam just graduated from high school and now he is working at Dekpor Basic as one of our teachers.
He's doing a great job!
|May 6, 2013||Fundraising with a fun zip -- Jean Anderson donated her talent to lead the
Highview Public School staff through a
series of zesty Zumba workouts. Muchas gracias!
|April 28, 2013||Thank you to Ken Glance who is on his way to volunteer at the school for several weeks. He is taking extra luggage so more of the goods we have collected here can be put into use! We appreciate that his dentist, Dr. Martin Frankel of Downtown Dental Associates, kindly donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for our students.|
|April 22, 2013||Giving back. 5 of our sponsored high school students have come home to Dekpor and are spending their 3 week vacation teaching at our school! They wanted to show their appreciation for the opportunity they've been given by their sponsors, by giving back to the younger kids at Dekpor Basic. Full circle. Love it!|
|April 22, 2013||Wow! A company, that prefers to remain anonymous, donated 1000 aquabottles for our clean drinking water project that we hope to implement in the fall. Thanks for your generosity!|
|April 15, 2013||Cool news--we've had 3 more elementary students sponsored! That brings our total up to 18 elementary and 6 high school students. Literally changes the life of a child!|
|March 25, 2013||The teachers' VIP toilets have just been repaired. Like the students' toilets, there is a plan in place to ensure proper use and maintenance.|
|March 22, 2013||Wow! The senior students now have 60 wonderful bright blue desks! Check out the Furniture Photo Album.|
|March 2013||During their third
visit to Dekpor, Dr. Conny Schmickl and her father
presented DSDO with a cheque--the result of a joint
fundraising effort between family, friends, and
Federation of Austria.
|March 2013||Much needed primary furniture is built, painted and there are a lot of happy little students! 40 benches and 40 tables are making a big difference!|
|February 23, 2013||UltraRunning magazine's 2012 North American female ultra runner of the year,
Ellie Greenwood, has decided to dedicate two of her upcoming runs to fundraising for DSDO. Run, Ellie, run!
|February 13, 2013||Thanks to British Airways for waiving the fees on a few pieces of Linda's luggage.|
|February 11, 2013||A warm thank you to Kathy Verbeek and Yolanda Mol Amelink who brought together groups of women who live in Aurora to learn about DSDO. Thanks everyone for listening and supporting our cause!|
|January 2013||The Sam Chapman water reservoir is finished. This is the second water reservoir to be funded by an Ontario elementary school! What a gift!|
|January 2013||The school's KVIP toilets just had a facelift. Check out the KVIP Album.|
|January 2, 2013||Conor and Reece, two Aurora High School students, held a benefit hockey game and raised $204! Thanks to all of the guys who participated.
Aurora High School Benefit Hockey Game
|December 2012||Gutters were installed on the new building so precious rain water can be collected in the Sam Chapman water reservoir.
Gutter Installation for Reservoir Water Collection
|December 21, 2012||Highview Public School of Aurora, Ontario gave the money collected at their holiday dance to DSDO! A special thanks to the house captains, Mr. Congram and Mrs. Croker. Highview, we truly appreciate your continued support!|
|December 18, 2012||A big thanks to 4imprint for donating 280 sports bottles. This will help tremendously with the clean drinking water project that we will be implementing in the new year!|
|December 15, 2012||The hole for the Sam Chapman P.S. water reservoir has been dug! After 4 full days of teams of the village men working together, it is now ready for the mason to start laying the bricks. Photos coming soon.|
|December 14, 2012||Another huge thank you to Sam Chapman Public School in Markham for purchasing jewellery. We are so grateful to the staff, students and parents for their continued support of our work.|
|December 10, 2012||Unbelievable! Under the leadership of
Adam Sanderson and the student council,
St Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, Ontario held a 'Dimes for Dekpor' challenge and raised over
St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
|December 7, 2012||A BIG thank you to Barb Porter for her help fundraising by selling bracelets and setting up a coin collection jar at Northminster United Church. We really appreciate your support!|
|December 3, 2012||The construction of the Sam Chapman Public School Water Reservoir has started! The men were able to dig down 5 feet already. Stay tuned as the digging continues.|
|November 2012||Yes, the coin drive is STILL on! Start a group effort with your book club, school, church, family...you name it! Tax receipts are issued for amounts over $25. EVERY PENNY COUNTS!|
|November 9, 2012||WE WON, WE WON!!! DSDO was chosen as the October 2012 winner of the Caring Community Giveaway. Thanks to J & S Services of Newmarket, Ontario for their generous donation of $500!|
|October 20, 2012||Thanks to Brenna and Jordan Wiedrick who made a donation to DSDO in lieu of favours for their wedding guests!
Brenna & Jordan Wiedrick
|October 12, 2012||Wow! Another thanks to Facebook friends-- seven people who stepped up to help C. He is one of our student painters, who has spent years working on a farm putting in long hours, trying to make enough money so he could have a chance at a high school education. NOW he can go! Thank you!|
|October 3, 2012||"M" scored a perfect score of 1 in English at the end of last year, the only student in the entire Ketu North Region--a HUGE accomplishment for any child! But sadly, her family could not afford to pay the fees for her to start high school this year. Now, thanks to a team of donors on Facebook, "M" is going to be able to continue her academic career and follow her dreams! Thank you to everyone who stepped up to help!|
|September 15, 2012||
THANKS Aurora Youth Soccer Club! We were set up today at two locations in Aurora, Ontario at the John Traganitis All Star Tournament to raise awareness. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Aurora Youth Soccer Club Information Booth
|September 2012||UNREAL! Not only do we have two DSDO-hired librarians, but Joyce and John Wilson of England have made it possible for us to hire 6 new teachers for this school year!|
|August 28, 2012||INCREDIBLE! Due to some very generous donations, including funds from Joyce and John Wilson, we are able to put 30 NEW children onto the food programme!|
|August 27, 2012||The penny drive is slowly but surely getting underway. So far we’ve had three donations—enough to pay 2/3 of a year for a child to be put onto the food programme. Remember, EVERY PENNY COUNTS!|
|August 1, 2012||There are 30 lucky students attending vacation school. With a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students, kids will have an opportunity to get some individual attention and make real progress!|
|July 3, 2012||
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT! Janet Tetteh, one of our adult literacy students, has made us
extremely proud by winning the Adult Area Literacy Competition! Despite a very long walk, being physically
disabled and needing a stick for support, she is determined to get to each class that our DSDO adult literacy teachers,
Mr. Hologbe and Mr. Tay, provide. Janet is an extremely hard-working mom of two who works as a seamstress, a trader, and a farmer! Next step?
Janet, representing Ketu North District, will compete at the Regional Competition in the city of Ho. Stay tuned for an update.
Mr. Tay, Janet Tetteh and Mr. Hologbe
|July 2012||A warm thank you to the enthusiastic, dedicated Ontario teacher who volunteered at Dekpor Basic School for 3 weeks this summer. She spent time in a grade 4 class working with the students and teacher and also offered tutoring to students in the evenings.|
|June 18, 2012||EVERY PENNY COUNTS - And in Dekpor, just 28 of them will feed a child breakfast. There are a lot of starving kids. The challenge has been set, dare all of your friends to a penny show down. We want to see who can collect the most. What do you win? Bragging rights to feeding the most kids and your photo on our Facebook page and website!|
|June 14, 2012||Thank you to Ms Gordner and Sarah, Amanda, Luke, Jacob, Rebecca and Dawn of Dr. G.W. Williams for fundraising.|
|June 6, 2012||
Sam Chapman Public School holds an art
auction, 'Ghanart', with proceeds for DSDO. Thank you
Rebecca Howes, Danielle Lilly,
and Greg Farrell and the staff, students
and parents for your tremendous support! The money raised
will go towards building a much-needed water reservoir!
Rebecca Howes and Danielle Lily
|May 30, 2012||A big thank you to Karen Bliss and Jordan Adler of Samaritan, an online magazine, for featuring DSDO! http://samaritanmag.com/1198/two-toronto-school-teachers-take-village|
|May 27, 2012||We have launched our FaceBook page. Please 'like' us! www.facebook.com/DekporSchool|
|May 12, 2012||Mrs. Stinson and Danielle Kangas and friends sell bracelets at Dr. G.W. Williams in Aurora to raise funds. Well done!|
|May 9, 2012||A grade 8 student of W.C. Little Elementary in Barrie, Ontario, does the slideshow presentation to her class and they buy bracelets to raise funds! Amazing work, D!|
|May 8, 2012||The staff and students of Sam Chapman Public School in Markham, Ontario listen to the slideshow presentation and buy bracelets to raise funds. A special thank you to Rebecca Howes, one of our original teacher volunteers who spent her summer in Dekpor in 2010 for inviting Carol to speak and for selling LOTS of bracelets!|
|May 7, 2012||Highview Public School grade 7 & 8 students listen to the presentation and buy bracelets. Thank you Highview staff and students for your continued support.|
|May 3, 2012||The new water reservoir is ready! It is 14 feet wide, 14 feet deep, and in just one rainy season will be filled with the water from the Primary Block. Thank you 2011 Grade 8 Highview grads--your donation is providing clean drinking water for the Dekpor students! Extra will be sold as a fundraiser. The community is very excited as rainy season is starting now!|
|April 27, 2012||The Primary Block renovations are completed: new floors, new stairs, sanding, new paint, and new gutters! A special thank you to Philip, Samuel, Godwin and Cephus who learned how to paint and have done a fabulous job! Thank you Edi Schmickl, Conny Schmickl and Racketlon Federation Austria for financing this project.|
|April 18, 2012||Primary Block is looking good. Masons repaired the floors and stairs. Students learned to do the sanding and four senior students have taken on the painting!|
|April 10, 2012||Carol does presentations at Dr. G. W. Williams S.S. in Aurora. Thanks to Mrs. Stinson and the students who are helping raise funds! A special thank you to Carly!|
|April 2012||We are thrilled to announce that we now have 16 students being fully sponsored, and an additional 9 children in our breakfast programme!|
|March 27, 2012||The construction of a new water reservoir has begun. Thank you 2011 grade 8 Highview grads!|
|March 22, 2012||
Racketlon of Austria donates sports equipment and makes a
financial donation that will be used to repair the primary
block! Thanks to Edi and Conny Schmickl for their
|March 20, 2012||ecojot notebooks are distributed to happy students!|
|March 14, 2012||
Water hygiene pilot project underway. Conny and Edi Schmickl
donate funds to buy plastic cups for each student in Class 4.
Conny and Edi Schmickl, Austria
|February 27, 2012||Funds raised through selling bracelets are used to buy materials and pay for the labour to finish the library ceiling, complete the electrical work, and to install lights and fans!|
|February 2012||Thanks to friends who have donated much-needed laptops. Technology is a required part of the curriculum, yet the students have never before SEEN a computer! Many more are required!|
|January 2012||Received 530 workbooks from Mark Gavin of ecojot!|
|December 2011||After much lobbying by Linda and Abraham, the government is building a 6-classroom block! Construction is underway.|
Fantastic news! DSDO has been
designated as a charitable organization!!!
Charitable Registration Number: 81867 3006 RR0001
|June 3, 2011||The official grand commissioning of the newly repaired JHS Block and Administration Building.|
|June 2011||Great news from Aurora, Ontario! Highview Public School grade 8 graduates, Class of 2011, made a wonderful donation to DSDO for the building of a water reservoir that will provide Dekpor School students with clean drinking water.|
|May 2011||Highview Public School’s grade 2 – 4 students purchase beads to support our cause.|
|April 2011||Repairs to the intermediate classrooms are completed in record time! Thanks again to John and Joyce Wilson for their fantastic donation. See Junior High School album.|
|March 2011||DSDO is officially incorporated in Ontario. Charity status in progress.|
|Linda and Abraham Kordze make a donation in memory of their fathers to repair the Administration Building, and the results are wonderful!|
|February 2011||Semester at Sea student volunteers visit Dekpor.|
|United Airline pilots are helping us get much needed items to Ghana!|
|January 2011|| Extremely generous donation made by John and
Joyce Wilson of England, in loving memory of Larry and May Simpson. The funds will be used to repair the JHS (intermediate)
classrooms that are on the verge of collapse. See
Junior High School album.|
John & Joyce Wilson, England
|January 2011||We have a new logo, designed by Danielle Kangas.|
|DSDO’s breakfast programme is in place, providing a nutritious start to the day.|
|December 2010||Students from grades 5, 8 and multiple exceptionalities classes at Highview P.S. in Aurora take part in a presentation to learn about DSDO and purchase beads to make bracelets. All funds raised go directly to Dekpor.|
|Andrew Sanderson joins our Board of Directors and brings a wealth of knowledge.|
|November 2010||One complete team set of soccer uniforms arrives from Aurora, ON. The students go wild with excitement! The first time for the children to EVER have shoes on their feet!|
|October 2010||Karen Burke of Whitby, ON, hosts several highly successful gatherings to raise funds.|
|DSDO teacher-librarians start the adult literacy classes. Dignitaries and school board officials visit and are impressed.|
|August 2010||Huge donation of soccer uniforms received!|
|July 2010||Library opening a success! Highlights in national press. Lots of VIPS.|
|July 2010||Eight volunteers arrived from Toronto!|
|June 2010||Library has a roof, books and book pockets!|
|May 2010||Fantastic donation made by Edu Reference! Lots of wonderful books to add to the library.|
|May 2010||Library building almost finished! Check out the photos!|
|May 2010||Fundraising event a success! Have a look at the photos!|
|May 2010||Library building going up quickly! Already a foot high!|
|April 2010||Reviewing needs to achieve charity status.|
|April 2010||Good news! Groundbreaking on the library site has happened! Concrete arriving soon.|