Dekpor Basic School

Dekpor School Development Organisation

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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
  • Business Start-Ups
  • 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

2020 Accomplishments video (4:27)

We're making a difference!

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Latest News

February 27, 2021

All student updates were sent out! Thanks to our amazing student sponsors who help children get an education! You are our heroes!

February 17, 2021

The solar lights that were purchased thanks to Shari and David van de Pol, are being installed at our town toilet facilities. See Step by Step album.

February 16, 2021

Today was the first ICT class instructed by Wisdom. Thanks to Alan Lawrence for funding this!

February 13, 2021

The shipment that was sent from Ontario in December arrived earlier this week. Distribution is ongoing, but today the clothing and shoes were distributed in a more remote area.

February 11, 2021

More action at Dekpor Central Shops as another day of communal labour results in more traffic speed bumps to slow travellers in the area.

February 1 - 3, 2021

We are so grateful that we were finally able to host Health Week at Dekpor Basic School. A team of dentists and vision specialists were brought in, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Emajjin Children's Foundation.

January 30, 2021 Item 1

The construction of the road speed bumps has begun at the Dekpor Central Shops.

January 30, 2021 Item 2

Another day of communal labour became an opportunity for the distribution of the last of the farming tools that were purchased with the December 2020 campaign funds. Take a look at the album: Farming Tools, 2021.

January 19, 2021

Today marked the first day of classes at Dekpor Basic School. It's been a long time since most elementary students have been to school.

January 15, 2021

Today was school clean up day at Dekpor Basic School. Many students show up, as expected, to do their fair share of the work. And, what a bonus this time, because those who contributed were given a brand-new backpack thanks to Staples!

January 14, 2021

Meeting held at Dekpor Basic today for all the sponsored elementary students. Each received a brand-new backpack, courtesy of Staples in Newmarket, Ontario! We are so grateful to the combo of Luisa Lloyd, Liz Gilpin, Adrien Lear, and Sayed and Caroline of Staples Newmarket. (See the Shipping - 2020, Distributed January 2021)
Staples logo

January 7, 2021

The student-made, full-length broom distribution is almost complete. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Please see the Brooms - 2020 album.

December 2020

We would like to thank everyone for their support in a year full of challenges. Please take the time to see the 2020 Accomplishments video (4:27) just above in the At A Glance section here on the homepage.

This month has seen an incredible amount of work being done at Dekpor Central Shops. Several of the stores have opened and more are expected to start their business within the next couple of months. Exciting!

December 31, 2020

Our holiday campaigns were a resounding success! The student-made, full-length broom campaign raised $2300 and will allow us to distribute 615 brooms. The farming tools campaign raised $5150 for new adzes and machetes to be distributed in the new year! Thank you to every single person who contributed!

December 24, 2020

The second portion of the September shipment from Ontario was distributed by Linda and Abraham, with the help of several students. Hundreds of photos in the Shipping album for you to see!

December 8, 2020

Glen Eplett, our wonderful accountant, was recognized at his workplace for his volunteering with DSDO. A tribute donation is being made to us as a result! Congrats, Glen and thank you for the hours you contribute!

December 2, 2020 Item 1

A portion, meaning 22 of the items, of the big shipment from September has been picked up in Ghana by Abraham and Linda.

December 2, 2020 Item 2

Carol got the last shipment of the year sorted, packed, labelled and prepped and off to the shipper this afternoon. 16 suitcases/boxes/shipping bags/totes are starting their two-month journey. See Shipping - Dec 2, 2020.
Piles of suitcases and shipping bags inside Carol's van.

November 2020 Item 1

Thanks to the following people who donated goods this month:

  • Lillie Kwok - shoes, clothing
  • Jori B - outdoor toy vehicles
  • Sara Prince - suitcase, shoes
  • Deborah Pratt - 4 large suitcases, duffle bags, shoes (will be shipped in the spring)
  • Michelle and Brian - large assortment of tools, hardware
  • Judy Nash Hoffman - DVDs, shoes
  • Brandy Kinnear - 2 bags full of shoes
  • HPS - shoes
  • Mystie Phillips - 2 suitcases, backpack
  • Luisa Lloyd - 2 backpacks full of clothing
  • Ann Lablans - laptop
  • Brigitte Theriault - large assortment of school goods, laptop cases, educational toys
  • Joy Nguyen - dolls
  • Julie Mallany - soccer clothing, shoes, suitcase, cooler
  • Cheryl Bacon - balls, cleats
  • Laurie Wilson - clothing
  • Lydia Ridd - soccer goods
  • Jennifer Weaver - soccer clothes
  • AYSC - 5 big bags of soccer clothes
  • Brenda Hillaby - shoes, clothing, school supplies
  • Loba Fallah - 5 bags of clothing, backpacks, new infant outfits
  • Susan Heagy - 5 large suitcases stuffed with fabric, sewing notions, school items, medical boots
  • Sera Weiss - sand toys
  • Bonnie Devine - dry erase paper
  • Karen Kramer - clothing, shoes
  • Angie and Cooper - shoes, sandals, Duplo, toys
  • Laura Mateyak - backpacks, clothes
  • Hailey Graham - clothing, shoes
  • Amanda Calmus - shoes and clothing

November 2020 Item 2

In Dekpor this month, there has been a lot happening at the Dekpor Central Shops! We are trying to get all 10 buildings built by the end of the year!

November 26, 2020

Another shipment is being prepared in Aurora, Ontario.

November 14, 2020

We have a new campaign running this year! Handmade brooms made by one of our sponsored students are being commissioned so they can be given to women. So far there have been 50 distributed! An album will be available at a future date.
Emmanuel holding one of the brooms he made.

November 8, 2020

Thanks to Shari and David van de Pol for financing the purchase of 12 solar lights in Ontario that will be shipped to Dekpor for use at the town toilet facilities and the clinic! See the Step by Step album.
A big box containing the purchased solar lights from Shari and David.

November 1, 2020

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, our annual fundraiser, went virtual and we had an incredible handful of participants who managed to surpass the fundraising goal! See the STWM 2020 Album!
A collage of the 7 different participants who signed up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

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