Thank you for making a difference. Since the opening of our library in July of 2010, we have continued to work hard to make
positive changes to improve education at Dekpor Basic School and better the living conditions for the people of Dekpor.
We couldn’t do it without you! We are a small group of highly dedicated volunteers, but we can only do our work because of the ongoing support we receive from generous people like you.
We value your trust. We are grateful for your support. We are committed to making every dollar count.
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There is no possible way to come up with the words to adequately express our extreme gratitude! Philip Schaeffer came back to Dekpor for a 3 week visit and has donated and prepared 9 more Raspberry Pi set ups. There are raspis, keyboards, monitors, cords, connectors, micro SD cards, multi sockets, adaptors — the whole shebang!
Now our computer lab at Dekpor Basic School has a total of 41! One is hooked up to a projector, and the others are student work stations. A very special thank you to those who funded this incredible addition: Philip, Teresa, friends, and the Klosterneuburg School community. Philip, you have changed the entire computer lab — we are excited by the possibilities and forever grateful for the hours you have given to help the people of Dekpor!
We are blown away by the $4526.60 donation from Kadapi Entwicklungs Projekt via Ute Glawischinig! A huge thanks to all involved. We were asked to put the funds toward our food programme, which will happily help a lot of children. Thank you so much for this incredible donation Kadapi Entwicklungs Projekt!
Last December, Ms Ulli Schark and the 3C class at BG/BRG Klosterneuburg did some wonderful fundraising to help sponsor one of our Dekpor children! The Austrian students held a bake sale on Parents' Day. Evidently all of the homemade cookies, cakes, and muffins were a HUGE hit! How do we know? They raised an incredible $780 CAD in one day! Wow!
We are blown away by the 4a Class of BG/BRG Klosterneuburg for making an incredible €2500 donation! These brilliant students won the top prize in a national MINT competition in Austria for a physics project that their wonderful teacher, Markus Gruber, did with them last year! Instead of going on a class trip, the students remarkably chose to donate to help the students of Dekpor instead! The money has been directed to the Combat COVID fund to purchase soap, bleach, set up tippy tap hand-washing stations, and to purchase materials to make facemasks. We are so touched by the generosity of Class 4a!
The 5th grade team at BG/BRG Klosterneuburg is incredible! They have set up a lovely Ghana display table on three occasions, and have sold products to the parents. They raised $1100 CAD, which is AMAZING!!!
A very special shout out to the three wonderful educators who made this possible: Eva Strotzka, Pia Fuchs, and Lori Renna Linton.
And a thank you to the fifth grade students who looked after manning the tables: Valentin Binder 5A, Konstantin Reiter 5A, Tim Zalcmann 5A, Fabian Schrattenholzer 5D, Adrian Huber 5D, Laurenz Gschweidl 5E, Benedikt Ecker 5E, Fabian Schweitzer (TGM).
We are very grateful for your hard work and commitment to helping the children of Dekpor!
When Edi Schmickl visits Ghana, he always brings good news from Austria! The Rotary Club of Klosterneuburg donated 1000 euros and the staff and students of BG/BRG Klosterneuburg raised 2000 euros! We're so excited about how we've been able to use these donations.
The funds have been used to:
provide uniforms for 60 students (we purchased the fabric and hired our seamstresses in training!)
purchase teacher notebooks
help maintain our food programme
purchase an electric drill and bits
buy SD cards to power the new Raspberry Pi units
buy dry erase markers
install an AV system in the library hall
install a secure, barred replacement window in the headmaster's office
repair desks, doors, shutters at school
BG/BRG Klosterneuburg has continued the incredible face lift of our computer lab by sending even more Raspberry Pi computers and all of the peripherals needed! We have hoped for some expert assistance for years, and we are absolutely thrilled that the wish is being fulfilled! A special shout out to Philip, Max, Eva, and Lori for their leadership at their school and their efforts to help make a difference!
Philip Schaeffer of Austria just spent a week in Dekpor and he is giving our computer lab a face lift! Philip personally purchased and brought 10 brand new Raspberry Pis with him, and then was able to find all the peripherals necessary for set ups in Ghana by using funds from BG/BRG Klosterneuburg!
And then, in anticipation of the next visit when more Raspberry Pis will be delivered, Philip got another 12 of everything (monitors, keyboards, etc.) — again funded by BG/BRG Klosterneuburg.
What a difference this will make!
Philip, a teacher, also took the time to help some of our ICT secondary students (who just happened to be home in Dekpor) get excited for their futures by involving them and teaching them how to choose good items and how to set up!
Philip, we are extremely grateful for all you have done to improve our computer lab!
Linda and Abraham were thrilled to welcome teachers, Eva Strotzka and Philip Schaeffer, along with student, Tobias Rauch, to Dekpor. They had a quick visit to Ghana that included sight-seeing, village tours, and time spent at Dekpor Basic School. Donations of clothing, shoes, sunglasses, school supplies, learning materials, and ICT equipment were gratefully accepted. While Eva was busy training students how to use several new materials for the classrooms, Philip was busy setting up both headmasters and the computer lab with a total of 9 Raspberry Pi 3s, (each with mouse, keyboard, monitor, cables) and other ICT equipment. Jonas, a student from the school in Austria, sent a prosthetic arm for John, a man who lives in Dzodze! Incredible! We thank BG/BRG Klosterneuburg for their generosity, and to both Eva and Philip for their personal donations.
BG/BRG Klosterneuburg Gymnasium in Austria first heard about us through our friend, Edi Schmickl, and they started fundraising at the beginning of the 2017 - 18 school year to help our food programme. Keen to learn as much as they could about Ghana, they immersed themselves in every way possible.
Eva and Matt, two very dedicated educators, spearheaded all of the activity at Klosterneuburg Gymnasium and started a group called The Future Makers. Their intent is to continue to assist our projects in Dekpor.
In June, Abraham and Linda spent almost the full month in Austria, with much of their time doing workshops and learning sessions with the Klosterneuburg students. Linda and Abraham were impressed right from the get go as they were greeted with the Ghanaian national anthem, and then throughout the rest of their stay by the genuine interest in learning even more about traditional culture and crafts. Take a look at the album to see some of the cool things they did together!
Through a variety of methods, the students managed to raise 4000 Euros over the past school year! A portion was directed to our bike repair kitty, and the majority is to help maintain our food programme. The Austrian students also collected cell phones, prescription glasses, and sunglasses for our Dekpor students.
We are so grateful for your support! A huge thank you to the staff, students, and parents of BG/BRG Klosterneuburg!
This year Edi and Conny brought their friends Ulrike and Andreas for a visit! They presented us with a cheque for 2000 euros — money that was collected from friends and acquaintances, and also brought some goods for the students. Our school soccer team received jerseys and shorts, while the junior kindergarten class (approximately 90 students) received either a pair of shoes, an article of clothing, or a toy. They also brought an assortment of items for the school.
The donation was used to:
repair the volleyball court
do crack repairs on buildings
put in 13 flower beds in front of classrooms
purchase 4 library tables
help with the costs of installing 4 security lights on school campus
Dekpor residents were happy to welcome Conny and Edi for another visit! This time they raised 2400 euros (thanks to Brigitte, family, friends, and Racketlon Federation Austria). With those funds, Brigitte's 1000 euros will be going toward our next water reservoir; and with the balance, a projector and stabilizer were purchased, a library bookshelf was built, 3 tables and 4 benches for the computer lab were made, and 20 benches for the library extension were constructed by Weta Secondary School students.
In April, Conny and Edi were at an exhibition and spread the word about DSDO and raised 160 euros while they were at it!
Both Edi and Conny have visited Dekpor 5 times and have brought sports equipment, school supplies, shoes, clothing, medical supplies and an assortment of other items.
Together with Racketlon and donations from friends, Conny & Edi have made our teachers very happy! The 6 desks that were at the school have been properly repaired, 18 new desks have been purchased, and 31 chairs have been made. Up until now, most staff did not have anywhere to sit!
Edi and Conny returned to Dekpor with another generous donation from family, friends and Racketlon Federation Austria. This time, the construction of 40 one-piece desks, improving the soccer field, and contributing to the future volleyball court were funded.
Edi and Conny Schmickl of Klosterneuburg, Austria have helped us tremendously!
They collected donations from themselves, family, and friends to pay for our librarians' salaries for the 2011-2012 school year.
Racketlon Federation Austria took a collection from the players and spectators at the International World Cup and donated enough for us to make necessary masonry repairs to the primary block. While the mason was at the school, repairs were also made to the walls of the library where the wiring was put in. A couple more children were added to our breakfast programme and a water hygiene project supplying children with their own drinking cup was started. They also sent some sports equipment for the students to use!
Children's Forest/Ridley Orchard School
They've done it again! Just take a look at all that was collected! Yippee! There were also donations totalling $205. In addition, Setter, a local company, decided to hold a Santa's Workshop in conjunction with Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard and we were presented with a cheque for $680 at the event. We're very grateful to every single person who has made all of this happen!
Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School decided to make DSDO part of their holiday giving tradition. We provided a list of items specifically chosen to complement the needs of our four kindergarten classrooms that will open in the new year. What an incredible outpouring of support! We are blown away by the sheer number of items purchased! And not shown: $100 in gift cards, and $100 in cash to help cover the shipping. Wow!
Anna DiPede, Rita Forte, Josie Moniz
This is a story of loss and love. This shows the ripple effect of one act of kindness, and how others can be inspired.
By all accounts, she was an example of strength and dignity. She was gracious, kind, and had a special love for helping children. She was the first person to jump on board when her friend, Rita Forte, had taken on producing Ghana Gift Bags in the fall of 2016. Anna Perrina-DiPede, a loving mom of four, a caring wife, and loyal friend, lost her fight with cancer in July 2017.
In October 2017, Rita sponsored Carol in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon as a tribute to Anna. She pledged $660 to honour each of Anna's children--choosing that amount because it would cover the costs to feed four children in Dekpor for an entire year. Rita used social media to put out the message to her circle of friends. Josie Moniz read it. She, too, donated.
Josie Moniz and Anna, friends for 36 years, ran a business called Avenue Home Decor together. Josie decided that she wanted to do make an even bigger impact in the memory of Anna. Two evenings in November, Josie hosted home parties selling women's accessories and gift baskets. The proceeds totaled $2650! Incredible! Josie chose to allocate the money to our food programme.
Clearly Anna made an impact on those she met, as so many chose to attend Josie's home parties to support the cause in Anna's name.
Thank you to each and every one of you who made this possible. Thanks to Rita Forte for initially sharing our DSDO name with her circle of people. Thank you to Josie Moniz for hosting home parties and donating all of the proceeds to DSDO.
What an incredible gift!
Anna, you're still making a difference.
Emajjin Children's Foundation
Founded by Jyoti and Anil Sanwalka, and surrounded by a team of enthusiastic directors, Emajjin Children's Foundation hosts a gala every fall to raise funds for a registered Canadian charity that helps disadvantaged or disabled children.
The Pink Tie Affair was their sixth gala, and what a successful night November 3rd was! With entertainment, both silent and live auctions, and plenty of raffle prizes, the evening was a resounding success! An incredible $40,000 was donated to Dekpor School Development Organisation!
The funds will be used for child-centred initiatives, so stay tuned to Our Projects page to see just how many wonderful things we are able to do!
A heartfelt thank you to: Jyoti, Anil, Aruna, Dan, Gary, Peter, Melissa, Divya, Ruby, Ruth, and Kevin for their time, energy, and commitment to helping others.
What a wonderful team of philanthropists!
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
December 2020 Update
We are grateful to the Humanity Fund committee for allowing us to change the allocation of funds. Just after we received the wonderful $6000 donation, the headmasters at Dekpor Basic were informed that the required texts for elementary schools would be changing. We were patient, waiting for the release of the new list of books, but the announcement was delayed, and subsequently a pandemic has thrown a wrench into everything. This funding, instead, will be directed to our food programme so students can benefit immediately.
Thank you to ETFO for making this possible!
Wow! The Humanity Fund has granted us $6000 to purchase textbooks for Dekpor Basic School!
We are absolutely delighted that the ETFO Humanity Fund Board of Directors voted to support our application for $10,575! What an amazing gift!
Every year, three times a year, each student enrolled at Dekpor Basic School has to pay exam fees--to buy the paper and pay for the photocopying of their own exams. Only the exact number of exams paid for are printed. If there is nonpayment, a student is 'sacked' three weeks before the exam period and not allowed to return until after. What's that mean? In the span of a school year, students miss three whole months of school because the family is unable to pay for the exam fees. It's heartbreaking.
For 2018, the ETFO Humanity Fund has ensured that we can pay for the exam fees, for three terms, for every student enrolled at Dekpor Basic! The ripple effect of this donation is huge and we are incredibly grateful!
Keilor Views Primary School
For a third year in a row, the Junior School Council, along with Ms Sara Fasano and Ms Isabella Tomaseli, ran their Kids Feeding Kids initiative and somehow managed to raise even more this time! There will be 13 Dekpor students supported by their efforts, because they collected $2425 AUD ($2158 CAD)! We are very grateful for our friends from Australia!
Well, they've done it for the second time! Keilor Views Primary School held their 2018 rendition of Kids Feeding Kids and this time they raised an awesome $2294 AUD ($2077 CAD)!!! What a wonderful gift it is for a Dekpor student to know that they will receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day! Not only do they get meals, but when a child is put on our food programme, they also will have any emergency medical treatment covered, and we pay their 'summer' school fees!
The Junior School Council, Sara Fasano, and Lucy Berrill came up with a clever initiative called Kids Feeding Kids and they managed to raise an incredible $1938 AUD to be used for our food programme! What a thrill to have our first Australian supporters jump on board! What a wonderful fundraising effort for a school to raise that much money in a week!
This is particularly meaningful and heartwarming since Sara Fasano was a former grade 2 student in Carol's class during her second year teaching. Sara, herself, is now a grade 2 teacher. Talk about a great feeling when your student is still making you proud, 20+ years later!
Keilor Views Primary School, you should be very chuffed! We are extremely grateful for your compassion and effort.
Former Semester at Sea student, Erica Lieppman, was very touched by her experience in Dekpor. In 2014 for her birthday, she ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise money for DSDO and collected $2411! The funds were allocated to health care, student and teacher supplies, the food programme and the library. Thank you Erica, for sharing your birthday with the children of Dekpor!
We are sporting smiles due to the $1000 that Ledgir House just allocated to Dental Care. We have an opportunity to bring dentists to Dekpor for the first time ever!
Album coming in May when the dentists come!
$1500 given to us and we were able to designate as needed! First thing we purchased was a replacement pump for use on school campus. DSDO has built 5 water reservoirs at Dekpor Basic School, and trying to pull up the needed water every day by hand is far too time-consuming. Next in line was a very special luncheon for all of the students and staff. And then the balance of this wonderful donation was allocated to help us ship goods from Ontario to Ghana. Ledgir House, we thank you for your continued support and generosity!
Thanks to the $1500 donation received this year, we were able to do all the electrical repairs required in the library and computer lab! We also replaced several lights, fans, and purchased two new stabilizers. We are so grateful that we were able to look after these problems right away!
Another thank you to Ledgir House for their donation of $1500! It was allocated to putting in the security system at the library and computer lab on Dekpor Basic School campus. We're very grateful!
They did it again! This time the generous $3000 was allocated to the library extension. Thanks for helping us build this great space, Ledgir House!
Ledgir House of British Columbia made a wonderful donation of $3000 that was put towards our borehole project. Clean water for Dekpor--what a gift! We are so thankful for their support of our work!
Non-toxic + Refillable = Brilliant
We are thrilled that EcoSmart Products Ltd. donated 408 dry erase markers and refill ink for us to send to Dekpor!
It is a big deal for us to receive this very generous donation. Each classroom has a 'chalkboard' (black paint that is adhered to hand made bricks--yes they are bumpy) and one white board. We are challenged in that all dry erase markers we've purchased have dried up quickly. It is costly to replace them, and so teachers have to go back to using the poor quality chalk on the less-than-adequate 'chalkboards'. We are very excited to have such excellent quality markers AND refill ink to keep our teachers going!
Highview Public School
Highview Public School rocks! From purchasing beads to make bracelets to the large donation from the 2011 grads to build our first water reservoir, individual donations from students and teachers and the gift of books for the Dekpor library, this school in Aurora, Ontario has shown compassion in a big way.
In May, Highview held another shoe drive for us. Three stuffed shipping bags were filled with the donations! Thanks to Mrs. Amanda DeFrancesco for her help. Check the Highview Shoe album, they arrived in Dekpor in August 2019.
Thanks to the Greater Good Club, Mrs. Yarmus, and Mrs. Scott for encouraging everyone to bring in shoes. Seven huge bags of running shoes and soccer cleats were collected!
Jean Anderson leads another Dance for Dekpor with Highview staff and friends, and Carla Walker made her debut as an aerobic dance instructor. These awesome ladies raised $473 one night after school!
Mrs. Applebaum and her Grade 5 class decided to donate the proceeds ($273.95) from their highly successful Halloween Haunted House to help cover the shipping of the Ghana Gift Bags that the Greater Good Club, lead by Mrs. Nelson, decided to take on! Highview rallied together as they always do, and filled 60 drawstring bags for the students of Dekpor! The surplus items are being sent for future use, too. Amazing!
In April, Ms Jean Anderson lead a lively 'Dancing for Dekpor' and between those who attended and the generosity of donations from others who couldn't even come, a whopping
$335 was raised! Then The Gee Gees, under the direction of Mrs. Kim Nelson, sold popcorn and water at the May 'Arts Night' to raise funds to cover shipping costs and collected $233. In June, Highview collected 15 backpacks, 37 pairs of shoes and cleats, and a whole lot of summer clothes to be sent to Dekpor!
Thanks to the Eco Team for spearheading the shoe drive! An astounding 121 pairs of shoes were collected! Some still even had tags on them!
Thank you to Ms Marchand and the grade 6 social studies students for selling bracelets. The profits from the $1400 worth of jewellery sold will be put toward our food programme!
Jean Anderson lead the Highview staff to do some fundraising by putting on a couple of dance sessions. Proceeds were split between two charities and DSDO was happy to receive $150!
December 21, 2012
Highview just keeps on giving. Thanks for donating the proceeds from the holiday dance to DSDO! $260.05 raised by the students!
The grade 8 graduates make a huge donation that allows us to build our first water reservoir.
The Shrimp Club
A group of Toronto-based teachers, affectionately known as
The Shrimp Club, donated a large sum of money to make the library a reality.
A few of these women are also sponsoring Dekpor students, a few have done some additional fundraising, and several have donated supplies and books for the library.
Aurora Preparatory Academy
Aurora Prep just finished their 3rd Annual DSDO Backpack and Shoe drive and they pulled in more donations than ever before! There were 42 backpacks, and to be honest, there were too many shoes to count! Carol drove straight to the shipper and prepped it all in the parking lot so that it could be on its way as quickly as possible. And, to make things even more impressive, APA donated $350 to cover the cost of shipping! We are so grateful to the incredible students, staff, and parents who made this happen!
They've done it again! This time, APA students collected 59 backpacks, 100 pairs of running shoes, and 16 pairs of cleats! What fantastic spirit! All of the items were prepped and then dropped off to the shipper on October 3rd. See the Shoe album in 2018 for more photos!
Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic response to Carol's visit and slideshow presentation! APA's shoe drive was a resounding success--3 HUGE bags of new and gently used running shoes and soccer cleats on their way to Ghana on November 4th!
Carol was invited to speak at an assembly for the staff, students, and parents. Aurora Preparatory Academy jumped right on board to help us make a difference! Throughout the school year, APA hosted two bake sales, held a 'Date Night for Dekpor' (where the staff babysat students and siblings while parents had a night out), and also enjoyed a French Café. The school then supplemented the undraising total. An incredible $3000 was donated and these funds are being used to build our next rain harvesting system.
APA also donated clothing (including shorts, pants, kilts, sportswear and blazers) that was no longer of use at the school, but in excellent condition. A very special thanks to Jessica Buckley who was the original person to 'find us' and a big thank you to everyone else for such incredible support!!!
Aurora Youth Soccer Club
From the club organizers to the team managers, coaches, parents and players-- a genuine thank you for donating your new and used equipment and uniforms.
AYSC has been giving to DSDO since 2010!
We started using the uniforms to outfit our school teams, and now that we've fulfilled that requirement, the donations are often given to children who don't have any clothes to wear, to children and adults who help us with odd jobs, and also at school as incentive prizes. Hundreds of pounds of goods have been sent to Dekpor.
We are so grateful for the jerseys, shorts, socks, cleats, t-shirts, back packs, trophies, hats, soccer balls and other items that have been donated. These are treasured beyond measure by the people of Dekpor.
Just take a look at our photos… you're bound to see someone wearing a jersey from the Aurora Youth Soccer Club!
EDU Reference Publishers Direct
EDU Reference Publishers Direct, located at 109 Woodbine Downs Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, generously donated new books in May 2010 for use in our Dekpor Community Library.
Elementary Teachers of Toronto
ETT has done it again, and this time with an amazing $1000 donation! We have purchased teaching supplies and materials and student text books. (A warm thank you to Natalia Kostiw, a teacher volunteer who visited Dekpor in 2010, for her successful application for funding!)
We are grateful for the generous donation that was spent in Ghana to purchase books for our community library. (A big thank you to Lange Bowen, a 2010 teacher volunteer, for her successful application!)
Gerry FitzGerald generously donated funds to help us with our business start-up expenses in Canada. Thank you!
John & Joyce Wilson
Using the $5133 donation from Joyce this year was one that brings much anticipation and hope. We chose to invest in the math strand of the curriculum by purchasing thousands of dollars of learning materials. The sourcing was done in Ontario, and all of the amazing items were sent in the summer. Three outreach volunteers took some things in their suitcases, and the rest was shipped! The balance of the funds is being used for professional development in the form of workshops for the Dekpor Basic teachers. Joyce, we are so grateful for your continued support!
Joyce made another huge donation! We are so grateful, because it was so generous, that we knew we could tackle our library extension and use other donations to help finish the job. See 2015's Library Extension album.
DSDO would not have been able to reach such great achievements so quickly, had it not been for the generosity of Joyce and her late husband, John. We are forever grateful for their compassion and support!
Joyce and John made another donation that has made an enormous impact. For this coming school year, they have paid for the wages of one of our DSDO teacher-librarians, allowed for SIX NEW primary teachers to be hired and put 20 NEW CHILDREN onto the food programme!
An extremely generous donation made by John and Joyce Wilson of England, in loving memory of Larry and May Simpson, was used to repair the Junior High School (JHS) classrooms that were on the verge of collapse (2011). See Junior High School album.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
A donation was given to purchase books in Ghana to help start filling the shelves of our Dekpor Library. (Thank you LM, a 2010 teacher volunteer, for your successful application!)
Louis-Honore Frechette Public School
Generous donations made by both the school and the Parent Council. (Thank you RH, a 2010 volunteer teacher, who taught there.)
A member of the 'Shrimp Club' who has given in a big way. Thank you!
Karen Burke, of Whitby, Ontario, hosted several highly successful social evenings to raise funds for Dekpor. Thank you, Karen!
Karen continues to support our work throughout the year by sending a little extra for her sponsored child, and making tribute gifts and allocating them in special ways. This summer she donated loads of teaching materials and goods for us to use in Dekpor. And, she has done it again--for the fourth time, Karen has sponsored a whole-school luncheon!
Not only did Karen start sponsoring a student last year, but this fall she took on a Ghana Gift Bag manager role. She and her friends and family made 35 beautifully filled gift bags for our students and they also fundraised to cover the costs of hand crank flashlights and shipping of extra items we had donated. We are very grateful to Karen for letting her circle know about the great work DSDO has been accomplishing since our inception!
For the third time, Karen has made a lunch for the entire school, all 800 students and staff, a reality! The local specialty, kenke, is served, and everyone greatly appreciates the opportunity to celebrate together.
In honour of Karen, a special tribute lunch was held at Dekpor Basic on her birthday, July 16, 2014. Karen continues to support our efforts, especially by choosing DSDO as the recipient of tribute gifts.
Scott Monahan & Stephanie Wolfe
In lieu of wedding favours for their guests, Scott and Steph made a donation to DSDO! A big thank you and congratulations to the newlyweds!
Moraine Hills Public School
They've done it again! The Hawks just finished their 2nd Annual Backpack and Shoe Drive and ended up with an incredible 12 huge bags full of immaculately sorted and prepped goods for us! We are so grateful to the staff, students, and parents who made this drive such a success! In December, check the 2019 Shoe Album for photos!
They've done it again! This time, the Hawks ran a very successful shoe drive. There were 8 big bags of gently used running shoes and soccer cleats that were collected. What a gift for kids in Dekpor who have nothing at all! See the Shoe album in 2018!
May 31, 2017
Due to the incredible fundraising that took place in the fall, Moraine Hills raised enough surplus money to sponsor a very special luncheon at Dekpor Basic School. The children and staff were extremely grateful for the opportunity to enjoy a special meal together.
Moraine Hills Public School, in Richmond Hill, really blew the top off the goal! With a special thank you to Deborah Snow for introducing DSDO to the amazing Equity Team of Moraine Hills P.S., we also want to recognize the staff, students, and parents. They loaded 40 fantastic Ghana Gift Bags to the brim and had some extra goods for us to send for our Dekpor teachers, also! Not only did they fundraise to pay for the shipping of the GGBs and the extra boxes, but they also paid to sponsor a whole-school luncheon at Dekpor Basic School!
ecojot is committed to giving back one journal at a
time. The "GIVE" program started in 2010 and uses a simple premise: with the sale of a jumbo
journal, ecojot will donate a school workbook to a child in need.
Sonya McFarlane, a Toronto District School Board teacher, collected, purchased and brought several
hundred children's books for the Dekpor Library. Her school class also purchased and sent books, and
included personal dedications in them for the children of the village.
Mapleview Heights Public School
Mapleview Heights P.S. helped again--this time by selling an astounding $2314,25 worth of Ghanaian jewellery! We are extremely grateful to the entire Mapleview Heights community!
Mapleview Heights Public School in Barrie jumped on board to help with our Ghana Gift Bag project, thanks to teacher and head of the Global Leadership Team, Mrs. Linda Motta! 31 beautifully packed gift bags were filled to the brim and fundraising was done to pay for the shipping. Mrs. Motta was also responsible for having a large number of drawstring bags donated. A special shout out to the members of the team: Alexis, Caitlyn, Ellie, Jenny, Jessie, Keliah, Kymani, Lizzie, Madison, Michael, Samantha, Shondra, and Tanes. Thanks to the students, parents, and staff for their wonderful support!
Rotary Club of Aurora
The Rotary Club of Aurora is one wonderfully generous group!
On April 27, 2015, Carol was invited to be the guest speaker.
On June 16th Carol was invited back to give a little update, and this time there was a rather HUGE surprise! This amazing
$4000 gift is being put towards the 60 ft extension to our library. We have fantastic plans in store!
We are so thankful for the generosity and support of the Rotary Club of Aurora!
On April 23rd, Carol was invited back to share DSDO's more recent accomplishments, and the Club surprised her with an on-the-spot donation of $5000! We've used this to put in 10 street lights at three of our town toilet facilities. Being able to see one's way to the toilets when it is dark 12 hours of the day prevents accidents with uneven pathways, snakes, and scorpions. Health, safety, and dignity. What a difference this makes!
Rotary Club of Scarborough
November 30, 2016
The club donated $500 to go toward shipping and also collected a variety of school supplies, 30 pairs of gently used shoes and 60 pairs of brand new shoes!
Add to that, a couple of members have privately donated, too! What an amazing group! We are so very thankful for all that you've done to help!
August 16, 2016
Carol's PowerPoint presentation showed members Dekpor and the work that we do. It was a great opportunity to let everyone know how much of an impact was made by their donation of 30 boxes of KAHC food and our deep appreciation of the time, effort, and financial support given by their club.
April 16, 2016
The Rotary Club of Scarborough was introduced to us via Kids Against Hunger Canada-- they had fundraised and were holding a food packaging event. We were thrilled to end up receiving 30 of the 99 boxes of food that were packaged that day. (A donation of just over $1500 to DSDO!)
Each box contains 36 bags of food; each bags holds the daily nutritional needs for 6 children!
Sam Chapman Public School is a new French immersion York Region school in Markham and it is filled with wonderful, enthusiastic people who have given a lot of time and effort to help Dekpor School Development Organisation.
Let's start at the beginning. Rebecca Howes was one of the charter teachers as Sam Chapman opened its doors for business. Rebecca just also happens to be one of eight adventurous GTA teachers who volunteered in the summer of 2010 in Dekpor! Yep, that was before there was electricity! Rebecca modelled best practices, assisted in her host classroom, and helped set up DSDO's community library!
Deeply touched by her adventures in Dekpor, Rebecca returned to Ontario determined to help. She brought DSDO to her principal, Greg Farrell, and he also loved what we do.
So what exactly has this great school done?
M Farrell bid au revoir to the school, and on his behalf, $543.45 was put toward the food programme. We wish Greg the very best...he has supported our efforts since 2010!
We are very thankful for the absolutely outstanding efforts made by the students, staff, and parents of Sam Chapman Public School in Markham. Truly they have shown the people of Dekpor that they really care! We are blown away by their generosity and are grateful for all they've done for us!
The enthusiasm was passed to young entrepreneurs who wanted to take on a leadership role! In the fall of 2013, two amazing groups of students did some kid-powered fundraising to help our food programme. Young leaders in grade 5 ran a soccer club and raised $767.60! And, a group of grade 6 girls sold trendy elastic bracelets and made $286.50!
Also, three teachers, Mme Howes (notice how Rebecca is a constant?), Mme Robinson and Mme Argento, took part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half and 5k in October. They all did the 5 k and Mme Howes even had baby Aubre with her!!! Between Rebecca, Erin and Silvana, they raised over $2800!!!
The staff and students of Sam Chapman sold $1414 worth of Ghanaian-made jewellery!!! This went toward maintaining our food programme. A special thank you to Mme Howes, Mme Lam, and M Farrell.
After listening to Carol's PowerPoint presentations, the staff and students decided to support DSDO. They purchased loads of bracelets (over $2100 worth) and also held a highly successful art auction called 'Ghanart' which raised over $2400! (A special thanks to Mme Howes, Mme Lilly, and M Farrell.) The money raised by the bracelet selling went to the food programme, and proceeds from Ghanart were used to build a much-needed water reservoir!
St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
Under the direction of Mr. Adam Sanderson, the student council of St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, Ontario held a coin drive that they called "Dimes for Dekpor" and they managed to raise just over $1500!
Thank you to all of the staff, students and parents who helped make it happen. Absolutely amazing work!
Mr. Sanderson and the student council sold over $2500 worth of recycled glass bead bracelets as a fundraiser! The profits were allocated to our food programme. We are thrilled by their continued support!
Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery
After hearing Carol speak at the Kempenfelt Rotary of Barrie meeting, the very talented Mike Smiley, of Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery, offered to design, create and donate the Drop in the Bucket costumes for Carol and Andrew to wear to the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
We wanted to get some attention… and that goal was certainly achieved!
Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery
119 Dunlop Street, East
We are thrilled that Barriston donated 19 gently used laptops! What an amazing difference that will make in our computer lab!
August 2013 - Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
Barriston Law in Barrie, Ontario took up the Dekpor Cup Challenge and raised funds for two charities,
Dekpor School Development Organisation being one of them. A special thanks to team captain, Jodi Armstrong!
BDO - Barrie
Team captain, Deanna Lancaster, lead BDO as they paddled again for DSDO. We are happy to share that
$1809.10 was raised and will go toward our borehole project!
August 2013 - Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
BDO - Barrie decided to partake in the Dekpor Cup Challenge as they raised funds for the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival 2013.
An impressive $2701.50 was raised to be put towards our water projects. A huge thank you to team captain, Deanna Lancaster!
Busch Systems of Barrie, Ontario has chosen to support Dekpor School Development Organisation in a big way!
Wowsers! This year, the Busch Family Trust has made an incredible $25,000 donation!
We are thrilled!
5 older students will be able to do their final job attachments out of town (expenses include: food, room and board, transportation, and a host of other costs)
The same 5 students will have all of their exam fees covered, both written and practicals
2 sets of Basics Kits will be provided for the 6 students who have been sponsored by Busch Systems
The emergency medical fund will be replenished = Whew!
Now that the exterior shells for all the Dekpor Shops are completed, the interiors need to be done. For some businesses, certain tools and equipment are a must. The bulk of the donation will be used to help our young entrepreneurs set up their shops!
Please see the shops albums because Dekpor Central Shops hold so much potential and we are both proud and excited by the possibilities!
Six students are sponsored again this school year!
A January donation of $17,500 will be used to make a difference! Of this, $500 will go toward the purchase of two industrial-sized fuel-efficient stoves for the cooking pavilion at Dekpor Basic School. The rest will finance: much needed street lights at Dekpor Central Shops, help cover our proactive approach to keeping COVID 19 at bay, and the majority will go toward the interior furniture, materials, equipment and supplies needed for some of our new shops!
What a gift!
We are thrilled about the $10,000 donated to cover water system equipment and supplies! This boost allows us to continue to sell water at a discounted price! Increased water sales have made an important health impact-- local nurses are verifying decreased incidents of abdominal ailments at the CHPS clinic!
Again, Busch Systems makes a huge donation to the tune of $20,420 so that we can continue to help where help is most needed! Of that, $3500 is for the emergency medical fund, $4020 for brand new desks, and the balance has been used to purchase equipment, supplies, and reserve parts so that we can keep clean water flowing throughout Dekpor Yia, Dekpor Dome, and Dekpor Horme.
In the summer, Busch Systems renewed its sponsorships of SIX students!
The Busch It to the Limit team -- Marty, Joe, and Alicia – raised $2795 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! Funds raised at the STWM are used to maintain our food programme and also to pay the wages for our Dekpor educators.
Six lucky students are being supported for another school year!
We thank Joe and Elaine for their contributions due to their participation in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
$2000 donated so we could replace our spare pump. Thank goodness for having back-up parts and equipment! It allows us to keep the water flowing!
A whopping $21,800 is going to make a huge difference as we replenish the emergency medical fund; purchase 6 desks, 6 chairs and 6 cabinets for our new rooms; build our last rain harvesting system; purchase reserve pumps and filters for our boreholes and reverse osmosis system; and continue work on the water distribution pipes.
Thanks to Marty and Jenny Pepper for participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon--they raised $2500 to go toward our food programme!
The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival was held on August 27, 2016 and for the fourth year running, the Busch Buccaneers have chosen to support us in their fundraising efforts! They are a force to be reckoned with on the water and came home with the Moore Packaging Corporate Challenge Cup. Thanks to Busch Systems International, Sal, Elaine, Joe, and Mike for raising $1175 to go towards water projects this year!
Busch Systems is also sponsoring 6 children--what lucky students they are!
When the fees for National Health Insurance cards skyrocketed to 5 times the original cost and we were in the awful situation of not being able to cover all of the students at Dekpor Basic, Craig stepped in to save the day with a donation of $5,000. We are thrilled that all of the 800 students will receive their health cards again this year! What a gift! We happen to know that one of the children sponsored by Busch Systems was saved from malaria because she had her health card and could receive the necessary treatment! Busch Systems is saving lives! We are SO grateful!
Wow, does Craig Busch ever know how to give! $15,000 for us to use to: renew health cards for the Dekpor Basic students, support the three brothers who are on their own, extend distribution pipes from the water tower to the clinic, replenish our medical emergency fund and help with the Dekpor Horme Town Toilet #1 repairs and renovation! Yahoo!
The Busch It to the Limit team raised $1,967 in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. We allocate all proceeds from this event to our food programme and sponsoring our educators.
Busch Systems has given funds to set up 10 children with hens and is now sponsoring three very lucky children so that they can attend school. Also in August their dragon boat team gave $2,875 to go towards our water initiatives (we purchased a spare pump and parts for our reverse osmosis unit).
Busch Systems donated $1,200 to make sure that the three brothers can concentrate on school and have enough food, hygiene items and clothing. This is a sad situation where there is no adult family member to assist and we are very thankful that these boys will be properly taken care of.
Thanks for the donation that is allocated as follows:
$900 to supporting three brothers in need
$675 to top up the medical emergency fund
$2,000 to renew national health cards. This is a life-saving donation!
We are truly blown away by the team spirit and giving nature of the people at Busch Systems!
October 19, 2014
Thanks again to team captain Marty Pepper who lead the 12 Busch It to the Limit runners in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. They raised a total of $3,264.10 which will go towards our food programme.
Busch Systems collected 30 lbs of gently used shoes for us!
A special thanks to boat captain, Shannon Taylor, Busch Systems raised $3,905 in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. The funds will be going towards our borehole project!
Busch Systems made a donation of $11,932, enabling us to: support 3 brothers, paint the inside and outside of the
JHS and Administration buildings, build 18 cabinets for the teachers, get health insurance for the remainder of the students enrolled at Dekpor Basic, set up a medical kit and have a reserve to pay for any emergencies, get whiteboards for every classroom, start curriculum kits for tech, science, math, music and phys ed. Please see the photo albums in Our Projects to see what Busch Systems has done to help Dekpor--it's nothing short of amazing!
October 20, 2013
Thanks to Marty Pepper, the Busch It to the Limit half marathon team raised $2,960 to support our food programme and sponsored teachers. We are thrilled to have the ongoing support of Busch Systems!
Craig Busch talked two other Barrie companies into 'The Dekpor Cup Challenge' and the Busch Buccaneers dragon boat team managed to raise $5,624 to go toward our water initiatives!
March 28, 2013
Carol did a series of slide show presentations at their office, so that everyone could learn more about us and the work we do. Since that time, fundraising activities have been happening to benefit DSDO.
John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
Thank you to Ms Duggan, a teacher volunteer who spent the summer of 2013 in Dekpor, and her Me to We students at John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute (CVI) in Guelph for selling $911 worth of jewellery. The profits were put toward our life-saving food programme.
Standard Chartered Bank
The Standard Chartered Bank in Accra accepted a proposal submitted by Linda in Ghana and they just delivered 100 desks for our older students! With the enrollment nearing the 800 mark, this furniture is desperately needed! See Step-by-Step 2014.
Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie
This wonderful Rotary Club — one that truly makes a difference — is in receipt of our deepest gratitude. SIX students are being given the gift of an education this year, because frankly, without the food programme, they would not be able to attend school. Their donation of $990 allows us to provide two healthy meals each school day, provide any necessary medical attention, and to cover vacation school fees for next August for all six students. Thank you for your continued support!
Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie is an incredibly generous group! They have donated $1000 to support SIX students on our food programme for this school year. Six children will be receiving a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day, get any required medical attention, and also have their vacation 'summer' school fees covered. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
This amazing club has helped us again! A donation of $1650 will feed 10 of our students for a year, give them medical attention, and pay for their vacation 'summer' school fees! We are so grateful to the ongoing support of this wonderful Rotary Club!
It is a great honour to gain the support of this Barrie group! Thank you!
Yippee! Kempenfelt Rotary of Barrie decided to donate $1000 toward our water distribution pipe fund! We are running pipes from the water tower to the clinic...it's approximately a 2 kilometre stretch.
February 24, 2015
Carol was asked to come back to share the many things that DSDO has accomplished in the past year and a half. Once again, the Kempenfelt Club of Barrie was generous and made a donation of $1000.
July 24, 2013
Carol was happy to be invited to attend the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie meeting as their guest speaker. In September they sent us a cheque for $1500 to enable 10 students to be put on our life-saving food programme! What a wonderful gift!
Ellie Greenwood, world renowned ultra marathon runner, winner of the 2014 Comrades, and 2011 and 2012 North American Female Ultra Runner of the Year and 2-time winner of the World 100km Championships (2010 & 2014) is to be thanked for her big heart and ongoing support of Dekpor School Development Organisation. Not only does Ellie sponsor a child, but she also inspired her fans, friends and family to raise money for us in 2013. A whopping $3649 was raised.
Ellie IS awesome!
Lucy Romyn of East Sussex, England is making a difference! She financed the majority of our first
pavilion room which
was completed in June of 2014 and visited Dekpor in October 2014 to see it in use! Before Lucy
made the trek, she was helped by Oliver Faragher and his parents, Richard and Lizzy, who held a successful shoe drive at
Shoreham College with the assistance of Mrs. Stokes and Mr. Harrison. Lucy brought approximately
200 pairs of shoes and
3 laptops! It was wonderful that Lucy helped distribute the shoes--so many children were truly overwhelmed.
Minesing Central Public School
Yehaw, Mustangs, your spirit is something else! The 5th annual Shoe and Backpack drive for Dekpor was a big success! Thanks to the students, parents, and staff who made this possible, and as always, an extra big high five to Mme Naccarato and the Social Action Team!
Oh, the Mustangs really put their hearts and 'soles' into it this time by collecting running shoes, soccer cleats, and gently used backpacks. They outdid themselves this year! Carol's van was full to the roof, and the passenger seat was filled, also! Thanks again to Mme Naccarato and a special mention to Ms Pino who challenged her admin friends to join in on the fun.
The Mustangs kicked up their heels for 'Shoes for Dekpor'! Nine very large bags of soccer cleats and running shoes were collected!
The Mustangs have done it again! This time they collected goods for our Ghana Gift Bag project and loaded the van! A special thank you to Mme Naccarato and the Leadership Team for their enthusiasm and continued support. A special mention to Michelle Weller who, very generously, paid for the shipping of all the Minesing bags!
'Spring Cleaning for Dekpor' brought in 138 pairs of shoes, several backpacks, eye glasses, lots of summer clothes, 9 bicycles, a trumpet and a laptop! And the loonie collection resulted in $295.05 being raised to help with the shipping costs! Thanks to the parents, students, and staff of Minesing Central, with an extra special thank you to Mme Nacarrato and the Leadership Team! What a difference these goods will make!
Minesing Central P.S. has jumped on board. In September 2014, thanks to Sophie Graszat, the Leadership Team, and Mme Naccarato, over 200 lbs of gently used running shoes were collected in just a few days!
On October 22nd, Carol was invited to speak to the school, and the students decided to fundraise by selling bracelets. A total of $1,126.80 worth of bracelets were sold and the profits were put toward our life-saving food programme!
Minesing Central students, staff and parents, THANK YOU for your support during the 2014-2015 school year!!!
Richmond Rose Public School
Richmond Rose Public School, a York Region school in Richmond Hill, has undertaken fundraising for DSDO in 2015 as their global initiative organized by their Positive Climate For Learning (PC4L) committee. This committee is comprised of staff, community members and, most important, students who have a voice in all planning and decision making. They raised an astounding $1130.33 by selling friendship bracelets at Valentine's Day! This money was put toward our life-saving food programme where very needy children receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day.
In June, we were sent another cheque, this time for $1128.68 that they raised through popcorn sales! This money is being put toward our 18 m library extension. (see the
photo album for more details)
Richmond Rose, YOU ROCK!!!!! Thank you for your tremendous support!
And a special thanks to Mrs. Darlene Ramsey-Wu for being the one to introduce Richmond Rose to DSDO!
June 2016 Update
Richmond Rose Public School has done it again! This year they held a Dimes and Dollars for Dekpor challenge, raffled a camp excursion, and sold freezies! $3005.61 later, and we're thrilled to announce that their hard work is going to help us build our next
rain harvesting system at the school! We are so grateful to everyone!
We are very fortunate to have bicycles donated to us, but often they are in need of repairs, new parts, and basic tune-ups. This is where
of Newmarket stepped up to help us! They took 8 bicycles that were in need of TLC and made them ready to roll!
A special shout out to Myles Cullen, Steve, and the rest of the crew!
We are so grateful!
Wowsers, they are doing it again! A big thanks to a wonderful community-minded company for keeping us in their radar and sharing items throughout the year. We're received an awesome assortment of new clothing (including hats, t-shirts, golf shirts, jerseys, jackets, shirts, hoodies, pjs), highlighters, pens, water bottles, paper goods, puzzles, clip boards, bags, and other assorted items that are delighting the people of Dekpor! And, as an added bonus, we were given many items that were used for the Emajjin Children's Foundation Pink Tie Affair to help raise funds! To see the items in Ghana, check our shipping albums. We are incredibly grateful to the Sigma team!
Unreal! Sigma Promotions just keeps on givin'! An incredible amount of brand new goods were donated again this year… and it took two loads in the van with all the seats down. T-shirts, jackets, golf shirts, polos, baseball hats, hoodies, pens, notebooks, travel mugs, school bags, and an assortment of other fun items. We KNOW that there will be a lot of smiles in Dekpor because of this most generous donation!
Sigma Promotions of Aurora is one generous company! They donated TWO to-the-ceiling-full van loads of goods to us! There were onesies for babies, padfolios, notebooks, travel mugs, water bottles, baseball hats, pens, t-shirts, bags, and assorted other brand new goodies! Many items were put into Ghana Gift Bags, while others were sent separately for use at the school by teachers and students.
We are extremely grateful for their amazing donations!
Windfields Middle School
Windfields Middle School is full of students who are determined to make a difference both locally and globally! We are grateful to principal, Ms Heather Lanning, for introducing her staff and students to Dekpor School Development Organisation.
For the third year in a row, Windfields Middle School held an incredibly successful backpack and shoe drive, which included a bonus 3 suitcases! Wow! Carol's van was filled! The Mustangs always have such a giving spirit and plenty of enthusiasm, and we are grateful for their continued support. Check the Shoe Drive 2019 album late December to see the goods in Dekpor with their new owners. A very special thank you to Mrs. Harvey-Raymond and the team of students who helped do a fantastic job sorting and prepping!
By golly, another sweet (and sour) initiative took place! The Windfields Takes Action group got creative and sold sour keys to raise $270 to go toward our much-needed toothbrush fund! Wow, what a school year full of compassion, creativity, and generosity from the wonderful students, staff, and parents of Windfields Middle School!
The dynamic Young Women on the Move group gave the proceeds of their cookie sales to us! They raised a sweet $787.25! Their hard work is going to help us in two ways: $300 will finish covering the funds required for the two sponsored high school students, and $487 is allocated to Dental Care.
A pizza lunch was held and the loaded slice of proceeds, a whopping $904.83, was directed our way! Windfields has been co-sponsoring two high school students, and so this amount will be used to go toward the funds required for the 2019 - 2020 school year!
Windfields Takes Action has done it again! This time they sold $1000.55 worth of Ghanaian-made bracelets to the staff and students!
Carol was invited to come to do three talks -- one to each grade level. What a pleasure--great questions, undivided attention, and promises of further help! What a lovely surprise to be presented with a cheque for $920! Part of the donation will be used to cover the shipping of the shoes collect last month, and the balance is allocated to a variety of our health-related initiatives.
Yet another wildly successful shoe drive was held by the Mustangs! This time there were 14 big garbage bags filled with shoes! A special thank you to the Windfields Takes Action group, Mrs. Harvey-Raymond, and Mrs. Woods for their leadership. The shoes are expected to arrive in Ghana in December. Be watching the Shoe album for photos!
They heard our plea for help and jumped to it yet again! This time the Mustangs have raised $800 to go into our bicycle repair fund! We are so grateful that we can fix the bikes we have in Dekpor and keep them up and rollin'!
Pizza sales, candy cane sales, and other assorted fundraising allowed Windfields to send us a cheque for $1800!!! A portion of this was used to help pay for shipping the shoes they collected in the fall, and the rest is going to help cover the expenses of the two high school students they will support again for the 2018-2019 school year! Talk about being proactive!
The Windfields Middle School shoe drive was a success--6 huge shipping bags of running shoes and soccer cleats! They also collected tech items. Thanks for the 2 laptops, 2 Samsung minis, and 3 iPads! Carol was very happy to have the opportunity to present her slideshow for the Grade 8 students on November 1st. A huge thanks to the Mustangs for their continued support!
Thanks to fundraising initiatives held throughout the year, Windfields gave us an additional $1754.37! This was used to help Esegbe and Wonder pay the expenses for their first year of high school!
The Mustangs jumped on board to sell Ghanaian recycled glass bead bracelets and sold $656 worth!
The Windfields CARES group, under the leadership of Ms Stamoulis and Ms Seow, decided to participate in our Ghana Gift Bag initiative and they far exceeded their goal! Students wrote to companies such as Hilroy and Johnson & Johnson and were greeted with fantastic support. Lee Valley Tools was contacted and they offered a deep discount on their hand crank flashlights --a much-needed item in Dekpor. Fundraising was most successful! In the end, 60 absolutely stuffed-to-the max Ghana Gift Bags were filled, each with a flashlight! The students had done such an extraordinary job collecting goods that many boxes of extra school and hygiene supplies were also sent to Dekpor and a surplus of $1580.37 was raised! (The funds are being used to help our grade 9 graduates continue their education for the 2017-18 school year!)