We deeply appreciate your support; every dollar truly makes a difference.
Since we operate solely through the dedicated work of volunteers, our overhead is kept to a
minimum. That means almost 100% of your donation goes directly to those in need.
Dekpor School Development Organisation (DSDO) is a registered charitable organisation and
donations of $25 or more will receive a Canadian tax receipt.
Charitable Registration Number: 81867 3006 RR0001
There are several areas needing your support.
Any dollar amount can be designated toward the area of your choosing.
This is our greatest priority. The vast majority of Dekpor students are undernourished and go to school without breakfast and sometimes without any lunch either. Malnutrition is the leading cause of death in children in Dekpor, and not having proper nourishment leaves children highly susceptible to illness. Extreme hunger often causes school absence and certainly affects the ability to concentrate and learn effectively.
YOU can ensure that a Dekpor child receives a nutritious breakfast and lunch that include protein.
When a child is put on our food programme, we also cover the fees so they can attend 'summer' vacation school.
To provide breakfast and lunch to a child for a year: $165/child
Educational Assistant Sponsorships
The schools in Ghana are seriously underfunded, leading to massive class sizes. At Dekpor Basic School, the junior
kindergarten teacher has a class with over 100 students that she teaches crowded into one room all by herself! The three
junior high classes have approximately 50 students in each.
No classroom has a student teacher ratio that would be considered appropriate in North America. Given the lack of supplies,
proper shelter and teaching materials, it is clearly impossible for teachers to effectively instruct such large groups of
In order to give the children a chance at a decent education, an opportunity to pass exams, and have the dream of attending
high school, more staff members are urgently needed.
DSDO hires teaching assistants to work with small groups of students and to assist the classroom teachers with marking and
record keeping. We also hire full-time librarians to staff our library during and after school hours to make books available
to all students and community members. Dekpor families do not own any books and our library provides an opportunity to read
and learn at home.
One educator touches the lives of many and can make a HUGE difference.
Cost to pay a teacher’s wages: $1200/year
Cost to pay ½ of a teacher’s wages: $600/year
Since 2010, DSDO has worked very hard to make Dekpor Basic School a safe and attractive environment for our students. We have renovated and repaired all of the existing buildings on school campus, built 5 rain harvesting systems, a library, a 60 ft extension to the library, 6 junior high school classrooms, and 4 kindergarten classrooms. Within the villages of Dekpor Yia, Dekpor Dome, and Dekpor Horme, we've been responsible for mechanizing 3 boreholes, putting in 2 reverse osmosis units, water towers, water distribution pipes, and 4 town toilet facilities.
Our work is not done. Two more kindergarten classes are required to finish off the pod. Another town toilet facility is needed in Dekpor Yia, the largest of the three villages. There is always a need for more classroom furniture and repairs are ongoing.
Donations of any amount help us acheive our goals.
Most Dekpor families are
struggling just to provide some food and shelter for their children Although the value of education is clearly recognized, it is often
financially completely out of reach. Several children are orphans
and simply have no means to go to school. (AIDS is not
prevalent in this area; it is usually malaria or typhoid that claim
A child’s dignity is important to us, and because of that, we do not
have labelled photos of available children to sponsor. DSDO
has carefully selected deserving children for a one-to-one
sponsorship. Children on our waiting list are placed in order of
Your $300 donation provides a lot for your sponsored child!
food programme (breakfast and lunch every school day)
national health insurance
emergency medical supplies
'summer' vacation school in August
a new uniform
pencils, pens, erasers, pencil crayons, and any other
exam fees (yes, even grade 1 kids write exams!)
any required hard cover notebooks, text books or workbooks
1 pr of shoes
after school classes, 1hr, 3 times/week
Upon receipt of your donation, we will send you a profile and
photo of your child. In both April and August you'll
receive updates and photos. It is our wish that anyone choosing
this option realises this is truly a one-to-one relationship and is
committed to helping their child for the future.
It is hard for us to really imagine what it is like attending Dekpor Basic School.
There are no teaching materials.
There is no stockroom full of supplies.
Many children can’t even attend school because their families can’t afford the most basic school necessities:
notebooks, pencils, erasers, pens, math sets, and backpacks. And then take it a step further—in the upper grades,
the students have to bring their own desk and chair...EVERY day. Why? Because there aren’t enough for all of the
children enrolled at the school.
There are many, many items needed by the students and teachers at Dekpor Basic School. Below are listed just a few.
You can specify HOW your donation is used!
Package of Ghanaian-written books for the library
Teaching materials such as math manipulatives, educational posters
3 school bags filled with essentials
5 pairs of running shoes
3 soccer balls or volleyballs
1 school desk with chair
Cost for any one of the above: $75
What is a tribute gift? It is a donation made in order to honor or remember someone.
You can make a tribute gift for a special occasion for any of the following, and we will prepare a
personalised eCard for you to send to the recipient: