Dekpor Basic School



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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.

Food Programme

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

Waiting for breakfast.
Waiting for breakfast

Educational Assistant Sponsorships

Dekpor Basic school currently has 22 classrooms, and the only computer lab and the only library in the region. We've worked very hard since 2010 to repair, construct, renovate, and maintain all of the buildings on campus. DSDO has been covering the wages of the librarians since the library was built. These same dedicated individuals also oversee study hall in the evenings. In addition, we have tutors who help some of our students with special needs. We would love to provide some classroom assistants, especially in the kindergarten classrooms where the enrollment is particularly high.

Schools in Ghana are seriously underfunded, leading to massive class sizes. No classroom has a student-teacher ratio that would be considered appropriate compared to Canadian standards. Given the lack of supplies, teaching materials, and children who show up without paper and pencils, it is clearly a challenge for teachers to effectively instruct such large groups of children.

One educator touches the lives of many. We need your help.

One EA's wages: $1200/year

Any amount helps!

Kindergarten Class under tree.
Kindergarten class under tree

Water, Building, and Maintenance Fund

Since 2010, DSDO has worked very hard to make Dekpor Basic School a safe and attractive environment for our students. We renovated and extensively repaired all existing buildings on school campus. We have subsequently built 5 rain harvesting systems, a huge library, 6 junior high school classrooms, 6 kindergarten classrooms in a separate courtyard, and lobbied for the building of the 6 classroom block.

Our work extended beyond the school campus as we've mechanized 3 boreholes, put in 2 reverse osmosis units, built 3 water towers, have run water distribution pipes throughout the three villages, built 5 town toilet facilities, and put in street lights.

Maintenance and upkeep are vital. Paint is expensive; repairs add up. Classroom furniture is still required.

Donations of any amount help us achieve our goals.

Students carrying chalkboard.
Students carrying chalkboard

Child Sponsorships

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 lives.)

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 urgency.

Your $300 donation provides a lot for your sponsored child!

  • food programme (breakfast and lunch every school day)
  • national health insurance
  • emergency medical supplies
  • mosquito net
  • 'summer' vacation school in August
  • a new uniform
  • backpack
  • math set
  • ruler
  • notebooks
  • pencils, pens, erasers, pencil crayons, and any other necessary items
  • exam fees (yes, even grade 1 kids write exams!)
  • PTA fees
  • toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • any required hard cover notebooks, text books or workbooks
  • 1 pr of shoes
  • guidance, counselling
  • 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.

Need more information? Please see our Child Sponsorship FAQ PDF File .

Cost to sponsor a child: $300/year

One time cost to give your child hens: $20

Child in need of clothes.
Child in need of clothes

Tribute Gifting

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:

  • special occasions
  • in memoriam
  • birthday
  • thank you
  • wedding
  • graduation
  • retirement
  • anniversary
  • Christmas, Hanukah, Easter, etc.

It's a way of giving a gift that puts smiles on faces around the globe. See our Tribute Gifting examples.

Recognizing someone through a gift in honour is a thoughtful way to celebrate the milestones in someone's life, while making a difference to students at Dekpor Basic School in Ghana.

If you would like to donate to a specific area of need, please contact for more information.

Dekpor School Development Organisation is a registered charitable organisation.

Charitable Registration Number: 81867 3006 RR0001