Dekpor Basic School

At a Glance

We work in Dekpor, Ghana where all residents live below the poverty level and face a daily struggle to survive.

Our Areas of Focus:

  • Education
  • Water
  • Nutrition
  • Health care
  • Sanitation
  • Sponsorships (children and educators)

One of our directors lives in Dekpor—we are able to work with the residents of Dekpor to best service their needs. Our overhead is minimal (our only expenses are maintaining our domain status, annual financial statements, and foreign exchange costs), so your donation goes exactly where you allocate it! We are volunteers who work hard to make the most of every dollar donated.

Dekpor School Development Organisation is a registered Canadian charity and recognized NGO in Ghana. (Since 2011)

Slideshow presentation (pdf)

Aurora Rotary Club helps rural village in Ghana

2018 Accomplishments (video; 3:46)

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Latest News

February 28, 2019

We got some mighty amazing news this month! Turns out the pitch in January was successful -- DSDO has been chosen as the recipient charity for Emajjin Children's Foundation gala that will be held November 3, 2019!!! Save the date; we'd love to see you there!
Emajjin logo.

February 28, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donating to us this month!

  • Isabel Barcena and her friends at Dynamix - 4 suitcases, shoes, French work books
  • Mona Mirshahi - clothing
  • David Kangas - clothing
  • Diane Young - sewing notions, supplies, and fabric
  • Cheryl Simpkin - large bag of fabric
  • Carol and Gillian McCreesh - suitcase, iPad, clothing
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - suitcase, first aid kit supplies, assorted goods

February 26, 2019

Spreading the word about all of the great work we've accomplished! Carol was back at St. Andrew's College to do two more sessions with their students.

February 24, 2019

WOW! DSDO friends, you truly are amazing! Over $4000 raised! Thanks to the following people who quickly gave to help John, our Dekpor student diagnosed with Langherans Cell Histiocytosis:

  • Rita Forte
  • Lynne Brown
  • Jackie and Dave Montgomery
  • Chris Fitzgerald
  • Liz Rivers
  • Carol Sheardown
  • Liz Clarke
  • Paula Lamanna
  • Lucy Romyn
  • Erich Forler
  • Tony Gariepy
  • El Goy
  • Sue Walters
  • Joan Ross
  • Riaz Mohammed
  • Claudia Da Silva
  • Nina Forte
  • Helen Rochon
  • Gerard Baribeau
  • Marissa Lee
  • Paul Jenkins
  • Julia Fingernagel
  • Julie Robertson
  • Donna and Ron Jamieson
  • Steve Howell
John looks very sick.
Profile of John showing very swollen neck.

February 13-15, 2019

Dekpor Basic School hosted the circuit team games competition. There were 8 schools competing in volleyball, soccer, and handball. Our teams won the girls' volleyball, boys' volleyball, and placed second in boys' handball.

February 9, 2019

Thanks to Setter, we were able to get 15 more multi-purpose bowls for the women of Dekpor!
Three young children standing beside a seated woman who is holding a bowl purchased with a donation by Setter.
Setter's logo

February 5, 2019

More of the holiday tribute gift money has been used to purchase goods and has been distributed. Please check Our Projects to see all that has happened!
Young girl holding a mosquito net.
Woman balancing a massive metal bowl on her head.
One of our librarians happlily showing the African-authored library books.

February 4, 2019

We are extremely proud of our sponsored student, Michael, who was recently chosen to be a senior school prefect at Atorkor Vocational Training Institute! He will act as a liaison beteween the students and staff, helping with any issues or concerns. It is a HUGE honour to be selected! He was chosen because he is a hard worker, shows excellent leadership and communication skills, and is respectful to everyone. His study habits and academics enter into the selection process also. He's basically a well-rounded kid who has genuinely shown vast improvement in all areas!
Michael, the new senior prefect, is smiling.

February 3, 2019

$10,000 was donated by Busch Systems to let us purchase water supplies and equipment! Because of this incredible donation, we are able to sell our sparkling clean water at a discounted price so that more Dekpor residents will choose it over the contaminated stream water!
Woman with bowl on her head, getting clean water from a standpipe.
Busch Systems logo.
A line of bowls and people waiting to get their clean water.

February 1, 2019

Linda and Abraham visited Atorkor Vocational Training Institute and surprised all of the girls in the seamstress strand by delivering a really large suitcase stuffed full of sewing goods! Most of the items were donated by Susan Heagy and Dianne Lotto.
6 girls in seamstress program showing sewing goods from Dianne Lotto and Susan Heagy.

February 1, 2019

This morning at Dekpor Basic School, there was an in-depth session held for the JHS 2 and 3 students by the local nurses from the clinic (see Hygiene 2019). The 120 students were given a hygiene kit that was made possible by: Quality Integrators Corporation, Ana Vegega, Windfields Middle School, Murray Bowser and Sandra Hartman, Rahuma Panthaky (in honour of Meher), Sogut Bulec and Derin (in honour of Ms Dufour and Mr. Peters), and Elidia Marraccini. At the end of the meeting, students who had previously volunteered to help with some community service were further rewarded with an article of clothing from the goods that arrived in Dekpor in December and January.
Nurses standing in front of the room full of junior high school students.
A happy girl holding her new bag and hygiene items.
Junior High students who volunteered showing articles of clothing.

January 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donating items this month:

  • Max Mayer - clothing
  • Dianne Lotto - clothing, running shoes, iPad, soap making goods, beads, DVDs and player, toys, and more
  • Deb Uden - suitcases, dictionaries, pens, pencils
  • Khalili Zambri and Associates - shoes, bike seat
  • Marta McConnell - clothing, running shoes, sheets
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - sewing goods, lots of soccer clothes, gym bag, suitcase, first aid supplies, clothing, staplers, and more
  • Julie Robertson - running shoes, laptop
  • Melodie Robar - cell phone
  • Donna and Ron Jamieson - laptop, 2 cell phones
  • Dale Smith - medical texts
  • Barb Bulloch - iPad
  • Lydia Ridd - running shoes
  • Ruth White - clothing
  • Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School - assortment of new items from their December holiday drive

January 31, 2019

The Yia Town Toilet #1 facility had the holding tank pumped out. A dirty job, but a necessary one. We're grateful that Tony and Susan Anderson financed this important maintenance! See Step-by-Step - 2019.
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #1 is pumped out.

January 29, 2019

Carol was invited to speak to a couple of classes at St. Andrew's College in Aurora. Great audiences with thoughtful questions.
St. Andrew's College logo.

January 28, 2019

A big shopping day in Accra market for Linda and Abraham as they searched for many of the items that were chosen by donors in December.

January 24, 2019

Carol was given the opportunity to do a presentation for Emajjin, (a foundation that chooses one registered Canadian charity and holds a fundraiser each fall). It was wonderful to meet other volunteers who give their time and energy to help disadvantaged children!

January 22, 2019

The repairs in the library were finished. The sag in the roof was noticed and we wasted no time in putting in the necessary reinforcements! See our Step-by-Step - 2019 album.
The library roof is going to get reinforced. Work in progress.
The library roof now has support beams and everything is back to normal!

January 21, 2019

Some of our Atorkor Vocational High School students were in for a mighty surprise! Several students received donated phones from Ontario, and 5 students were given NEW laptops! See the Laptops and Tech Items album for some happy faces!
Wisdom, Joy, Saviour, Tity, and Zinabu are thrilled to be holding their new laptops.

January 17, 2019

Carol took another van load of goods to the shipper. This time it was 5 shipping bags, 2 suitcases, 7 boxes, and 1 tote/container. Included in the shipment was all of the underwear that has been purchased for our girls at Dekpor Basic School. In two months, we'll be seeing them arrive in Ghana and getting distributed at the school!
Rear view of Carol's van loaded with goods to be shipped.
Side view of Carol's van full of goods to be shipped.

January 16, 2019

Linda headed back to Ghana today and had 2 suitcases full of goods for Dekpor.

January 10, 2019

Exciting! We just bought 5 brand new laptops! Thanks to the Best Buy crew in Aurora because they helped make the most of our donated dollars. We currently have five students studying ICT at Atorkor Vocational High School, and truly they need the necessary tools to succeed. Stay tuned for photos of the students with their new laptops!
Pile of 5 laptops purchased for students.
Best Buy logo.

January 6, 2019

Packing has begun and Carol's house is a mess! Two things on the go: prepping suitcases for Linda to take back to Dekpor, and also lots of bags, boxes and containers for a very large shipment!

December 2018

December 2018 Wow! We are absolutely thrilled with the number of holiday donations made this year!

  • 1895 pairs of underwear, $1325, thanks to: Josie, Joanne, Carol, Ana, EveLyn, Donna, Carol, Ines, Becky, Darlene, ABC Book Club, Louise, Lydia, Kelly, Julie, Dagmara, Ali, Kathy, William, Lauren, Heidi, Nancy, Kim, and Anne!
  • 14 multipurpose bowls thanks to: Lorne, Donna, Ines, Darlene
  • 48 farming tools thanks to: Peter (40), Ines, Darlene
  • 4 mosquito nets thanks to Windfields Middle School
  • School Supplies/Teaching Materials: Amanda, Forest Hill Public School
  • African-authored books for the library thanks to Lange
  • Water supply and Maintenance: Amanda
  • Texts thanks to: Diane and Robert, Jason
  • 2 students on food programme thanks to: Lizzie, Wendy
  • Hygiene supplies for students, thanks to: Quality Integrators Corporation, Ana, Sogut and Derin, Windfields Middle School, Murray and Sandra, Elidia, Rahnuma
  • 6 Adult National Health Insurance covered by Windfields Middle School
  • Emergency Medical donation thanks to Windfields Middle School
  • Excercise books on behalf of the staff of Forest Hills Public School
  • Donations toward required tech equipment for our 5 high school students: Edna, Pat, Lynne, Helen, Helen

December 31, 2018

Please take the time to view our 2018 Accomplishments video (3:46). YOU help make all of this happen! Thank you! (And a very special thanks to John for his talent, time, and effort each year doing the video for us!)

December 31, 2018

We've spent $1325 on undies for all our girls at Dekpor Basic School… and our sponsored high school girls also! What a successful campaign this was. Stay tuned for photos as these will be distributed in January!
12 cases of underwear for girls!
A pile of girls' underwear.

December 24, 2018

Some of our sponsored students were treated to shopping sprees! A special thanks to EveLyn, Donna and Ron, Amanda and Jonathan, Jackie and Dave, Helmi, and Meghann (in honour of Jean) for making their kids smile!
A very happy Eric is seated with all of his new clothing in front of him.
Benjamin is sitting with his new purchases.
Emmanuel is thrilled with all of his new clothing!

December 21, 2018

A huge thanks to the families of Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School for choosing to do a holiday collection for us again this year. Just look at all the great things! There was also $205 donated! We're very grateful for their support!
A wonderful collection of new items from Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School.
Children's Forest logo.
Ridley Orchard School logo.

December 20, 2018

Nicole, Jonathan, Oliver, Campbell, and Hazel Collins visited Dekpor. They took 5 suitcases of our goods for us, (thanks to Dave Rout for some excellent airport coordination to drop the bags at just the right time) and during their short visit, they spent a substantial amount of time properly shelving the books in our library. Nicole did some math tutoring, also. We're glad you visited!
The Collins family helps organize the library books.
The five members of the Collins family standing together in Dekpor.
The 5 suitcases that the Collins family took to Dekpor for us!

December 16, 2018

Repairs to the library roof have begun. It is a very large building, and more support was needed!

December 11, 2018

A big thank you to Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for supporting SIX students on our food programme for this school year!
Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie's logo.
Carol holding a thank you to Kempenfelt Rotary.
Carol holding a thank you to Kempenfelt Rotary

December 10, 2018

Shipping that was sent in October has arrived and was ready for Linda and Abraham to pick up!
A big pile of suitcases full of goods for the people of Dekpor.

December 8, 2018

Carol was presented with a cheque for $680 from Setter at the Santa's Workshop event that they hosted!
Carol accepting cheque from the Setter team.
Setter's logo.

December 7, 2018

The teachers' toilet on school campus was cleaned out today. (Another not-so-glamorous job that we were able to get done, thanks to the Andersons!)
Truck pulled up to pump out the teacher toilets.

December 7, 2018

Sponsored students gathered in the library meeting area with Linda and Abraham to go over expectations for studying, attendance, behaviour, helping with projects, and a variety of other topics. Afterwards, they all worked together to install some tire-seating!
Students working together to dig holes for tires.
Students sitting on the tires that they've installed.

November 2018

Thanks to the following people who donated this month:

  • Tanya White - clothing and shoes
  • Aurora FC (AYSC) - 3 huge bags of soccer clothing
  • Marta McConnell - onesies, children's t-shirts, measuring tapes
  • Isabel & Ali Afshari - 2 bags of clothing
  • Maureen & Regan - kindergarten supplies and books
  • Jan Hogg & Karen Lablans - a laptop
  • Christian Cordeau - goods for our seamstresses and our soap-makers, clothing, toys

And also a special thanks to Ali Afshari for getting a couple more laptops ready for us.

November 30, 2018

Carol spent the morning with Windfields Middle School doing a series of slideshow presentations and was presented with a cheque for $920! What an incredible school!
Windfields cheque presentation.

November 28, 2018

More meters are installed to assist with accurate readings for our water distribution system.
Installed meters.

November 23, 2018

Some of the clothing that just came on the latest shipment is being distributed. See Shipping 2018 for photos.
Little girl in dress.

November 22, 2018

Carol had a chance to share information about DSDO with two classes of grade 5 and 6 classes at Highview Public School.

November 21, 2018

Two of the shipments from Carol's place made it to Ghana today for Linda and Abraham to pick up! Talk about a FULL van!
Full van.

November 4, 2018

Linda and Abraham say goodbye to their Austrian visitors, Edi, Eva, Philip, and Tobias. They were incredibly generous, bringing many items and purchasing plenty while in Ghana, also. See Schmickl donor page and BG/BRG donor page.
Edi presenting cheque.
Eva helping out.
Philip and Tobias helping out.

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