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)

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Aurora Rotary Club helps rural village in Ghana

2018 Accomplishments (video; 3:46)

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Latest News

July 14, 2019

A big special thank you to Susan Heagy, our secret super shopper who knows how to find treasures. This time it was 4 suitcases loaded with wonderful goods!
Susan Heagy's 4 suitcases full of goods ready to be shipped.

July 12, 2019

Update letters were sent out to all of our amazing student sponsors! We are so thankful for each and every one of you!

July 11, 2019

Sigma, Round 2 = more items including flip flops, cups, reusable bags, pens, clip boards, and items for our silent auction at the Pink Tie Affair gala being held by Emajjin Children's Foundation on November 3rd!
Piles of boxes filled with items.

July 11, 2019

Our water is PERFECT! Yes, we have the water professionally analyzed! And this just so happened to have been covered by a tribute gift from Amanda and Jon to our long-time friend, Liz Clarke!
A sheet of paper with the results of the water testing.
Results of the water testing

July 10, 2019

Abraham and Linda are searching for new vocational schools for our students, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a simple internet search to help them. Many days, many hours.

July 6, 2019

This is rather special, because three of our sponsored girls have just begun a sewing apprenticeship, under the supervision of Janet (she is one of the very first gals we had do this). These sewing supplies are from Donna Jamieson, Diane Young, and Cheryl Simpkin!
The 3 new sewing apprentices with a huge suitcase full of sewing supplies.

July 6, 2019

Distribution of the goods shipped in April has begun! Check out the Shipping albums to see if you can find what you donated!
Goods for the clinic from Tracey Ratcliffe.
Goods for the clinic from Tracey Ratcliffe.
Little girl wearing a new blue dress.
One of the farmers holding a pair of shoes and some clothing.

July 5, 2019

Thanks to Nolan, Amanda, and Jon Burns for honouring Uxbridge Montessori School! As a result, red pens and volleyball goods were given to Dekpor Basic School! See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
A group of happy junior high students hold up the new volleyball and 2 pairs of shin pads.
Two teachers smile as they hold a large box of red pens.

July 4, 2019

Carol hit the road with 15 containers/suitcases/boxes in her van. This should arrive in Ghana in early September.
Carol's van filled with suitcases and containers for shipping.

July 4, 2019

Yahoo! 1008 toothbrushes were distributed today… but first Abraham gave every single class a reminder lesson on HOW to properly brush their teeth. See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
Several kindergarten students seated on a bench in their classroom, holding their new toothbrush above their head.
Abraham does lessons in each class, reminding students HOW to properly brush their teeth.
Close up photo of a young student proudly holding his new toothbrush.
A kindergarten girl shows her toothbrush.

July 3, 2019

Sigma Promotions = wow! A wonderful assortment of clothing, pens, highlighters, and so much more! Most is headed to Dekpor, and some will be used for the silent auction on November 3rd.
Boxes of goods in the back of Carol's van.
Shirts, clock, ties, and other items laid out on display.
Sigma Promotions logo

June 30, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donataions this month:

  • Amanda Burns - suitcases, clothing, primary learning toys
  • Dianne Lotto - kindergarten goods
  • Rimma Pea - 20 toothbrushes, 10 tubes of toothpaste
  • Davis Family Orthodontics - toothpaste
  • Jean Anderson - primary pencils, books, classroom items, glasses
  • Kirsten Wright - non-fiction books, classroom items
  • Lange Bowen & Dad - toothbrushes
  • Vivian Wulle - clothing
  • Tracey Martin - suitcases

June 28, 2019

We received the wonderful news that our application was successful and ETFO's Humanity Fund granted us $6000 to purchase text books for Dekpor Basic School! We are absolutely thrilled!
ETFO logo
The letter Carol received notifying DSDO of the grant money.

June 13, 2019

Thanks to Emma Camire-Cameron and the York Mills Dekpor School Development Club for selling $413.10 worth of bracelets this school year!

June 12, 2019

We are grateful to 4Imprint for sending us 3 items to use for the silent auction at the Emajjin Children's Foundation gala on November 3rd! Remember to save the date!
4Imprint-donated wind jacket, a blanket, and a camp chair.
4Imprint-donated wind jacket, blanket, and camp chair.

June 12, 2019

Our warrior boy who is fighting Langerhans Cell Hystiocytosis, John, was just sponsored today! We are very excited for him! Thanks, Paul!
John is smiling and the swelling is notciably decreasing.

June 10, 2019

Linda was able to purchase 62 African-authored books in Accra today, thanks to a tribute gift made by the Department of Emergency Medicine, CMH, in memory of Randolph Legassie.
62 books from CMH.
62 books from CMH.

June 10, 2019

Carol had an opportunity to speak at Highview Public School to Mrs. Halinaty's class about DSDO. The students have been making comparisons between their hometown of Aurora and Dekpor.

June 6, 2019

Thanks to our many friends in Austria, especially Dr. Karin and Dr. Robert Haas, Dr. Rudolf Riesenhuber, and DI. Herbert and Margarethe Hofmann, a special luncheon was held at the school today. Edi Schmickl visited in March and brought a donation of 500 euros. Some of the money was used to purchase African-authored books for the library, and the rest was used to provide a lunch for everyone! See also Designated Giving - 2019.
Young students happily showing their food.
Some of the children's books that were purchased.

June 5, 2019

A massive thank you to an anonymous donor who gave us approximately 850 toothbrushes and 180 containers of dental floss! We are thrilled beyond belief!!! And a thanks to Cheryl Wilcox for making the connection!
Over 800 toothbrushes and 186 containers of dental floss.

June 3, 2019

Thanks to Jean Anderson, a long-time supporter, for using her Scholastic bucks to purchase primary pencils for us! Awesome! 156 great pencils that will help our kindergarten students!
13 boxes of children's wide pencils.

May 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donataions this month:

  • Aurora FC - lots of soccer balls and lots of clothing
  • C & B - clothing
  • Emily Wilson - soccer clothes
  • Donna Tinker and Afsoun Kahlili - shoes, glasses
  • Barb Porter - sewing goods, school supplies, gym bag
  • Helen Rochon - cell phones, learning materials
  • Rita Forte - eye glasses
  • Karen Scott - reading glasses
  • Highview Public School - shoe drive (3 shipping bags)
  • Melanie Shaver - clothes
  • Sue McPherson - clothes
  • Lisa Wilson - clothes
  • Jean, Liam, Lauren, Debbie, Victoria - toothbrushes
  • Barb Bulloch - cell phone, toothbrushes, shoes
  • Geoff Wilson - deflated soccer balls and helped with shipping
  • Marta McConnell - big assortment of mixed goods and lots of clothing
  • Regan Scott - clothing
  • Milla Yurman - laptop
  • Donna Jamieson - delivery of clothing, sewing goods, tablet
  • Dianne Lotto - huge collection of learning materials, toys, clothes, and other goodies
  • Julie Robertson - toothbrushes, laptop
  • Linda MacDonald - huge collection of pop can tabs (for math counters)
  • Jean Anderson - school goods, books, toothbrushes
  • Rumble family - suitcase, shoes
  • Valerie Kitazaki - water bottles

May 27, 2019

And this is 8 days after planting! Moringa! The ploughing and planting continue!
Moringa plant is about 10 cm high.
Tractor in the process of ploughing very rough field.

May 27, 2019

Carol was off to the shipper for the second time this month, this time with 7 huge shipping bags, 1 large box, and 1 suitcase! In two months we'll see everything being distributed in Dekpor! Thanks to everyone who gave!
Carol's van is full of shipping bags.

May 20, 2019

We are grateful to Uxbridge Montessori for their beautiful donation of $335. The children have chosen to allocate it to the food programme and to purchase exercise books! See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
Young smiling students show off their new exercise books that were financed by Uxbridge Montessori.

May 15, 2019

We were just able to distribute 5 multipurpose bowls thanks to Elle Bowman getting one for her mom, Sarah, for Mother's Day, and to Ursula Skillen who asked her family to celebrate her birthday by giving to others (4 Dekpor women benefited from that). See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
Dekpor mom holds young baby and her brand new bowl from Elle Bowman.
Dekpor woman happily holding the huge multipurpose bowl that was purchased by Ursula Skillen's family.

May 14, 2019

Janet started her tailoring apprenticeship today! She is so excited!
Janet is standing beside the tailor who is going to train her.

May 14, 2019

Some students were taken to Sogakope Hospital today to have further treatment from the dentists. Sponsored high school students will also be done this month.
Dentist is working on a student's teeth.

May 11, 2019

Carol had some help from high school volunteer, Geoff Wilson, while picking up 33 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food. The packing event was held in Milton, and it was a collaboration of: Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together (MACCWT), Be Alive Christian Fellowship (BACF), the Rotary Club of Milton, Keybase Financial Group, St. George's Anglican Church, 40 students from Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School/ Bishop Reding Catholic High School/Craig Kielburger Secondary School, and Kids Against Hunger Canada. See our Helping Hungry Students - Milton - 2019 album for photos.
An assembly line of volunteers packaging the rice casseroles.
Carol's van is being loaded with 33 boxes of KAHC food.

May 9, 2019

We are sorry to see our ray of sunshine leave. Helen Rochon is on her way back to Ottawa after staying with Linda and Abraham in Dekpor while volunteering for 6 weeks. She has touched so many with her generosity and truly made meaningful connections with lots of our children.
Helen reads to some primary students.

May 8, 2019

A wonderful team of people chose to rally so Janet can further her training and learn how to tailor men's clothing. She will look after her blind mom, maintain her own shop and three apprentices in Dekpor, and alternating weeks she will travel to Dzodze for the specialized training. It will take 12 months to complete. A huge thank you to Carol McCreesh who funded >60%, Peter and family in honour of Ursula, Jessica Avery, Donna Jamieson, Meghann Anderson in honour of her mom Jean, and Lisa Bentivoglia in honour of her mom.
Janet sits behind her sewing machine, working on a job.

May 7 & 8, 2019

The dentists have arrived and, wow, what an undertaking. Please take the time to see the Dental Care - 2019 album and write up! This very well may have been one of the most important things we've done.
Student having her teeth checked by one of the dentists.
Dentist attending to the teeth of a student

May 6, 2019

Wahoo! A wonderful 116 Basics Kits were distributed, thanks to so many of you! See the album… there are a lot of students who now own some socks, underwear/knickers, and undershirts.
A teenager is happily holding his new undergarments.
A young girl holds up her new pieces of clothing.
Young boy proudly holding his new boxers, socks, and undershirts.

May 1, 2019

The front entrance of Dekpor Basic was in need of an overhaul! Thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson for their generosity! See Step-by-Step - 2019 for photos.
Entrance to school in the process of being repaired by a labourer.
Young student entering the school using the improved driveway.

April 30, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Marta and Gerry McConnell - lots of clothing, soccer balls, drawstring bags
  • Hope Harwood - clothing
  • Parisi family - suitcases
  • Ridd family - suitcases, soccer cleats, glasses
  • C & B - shoes (many pairs were brand new!)
  • Isabel Barcena and Dynamix friends - suitcase and sewing goods
  • Julie, Neilly, and Kim Robertson - clothing and sewing goods
  • Tracey Martin - soccer goods, clothing, soaps, shampoos
  • Wendy and Linda MacDonald - pop tabs to be used as math counters
  • Ramya Ragahavan - soccer cleats, clothes, baby goods, drawstring bags, thermometers, baby blankets, and more
  • Karen and Byron Urquart - assorted paper goods
  • Jyoti and Anil Sanwalka - clothing

April 30, 2019

Linda, Helen, and some high school students are spending a lot of time in the 6 kindergarten rooms, improving the walls and updating the inventory lists!
High school students painting shapes on the wall of the kindergarten room.
Linda up on a ladder painting the alphabet on the wall of the kindergarten room.

April 29, 2019

Our library gets used at night for study hall for the oldest students. It has tables, benches, and light! It's really important that the windows are mosquito-proof, because malaria makes plenty of people in Dekpor ill. We are grateful that Susan and Tony's donation has allowed us to replace all of the window screens in the library to keep our students safe!
A man hammering a new screen to the window frame.

April 25, 2019

We are so grateful to the children at Uxbridge Montessori School for holding fundraisers to raise $335!! They have determined that the funds will purchase exercise books for our kindergarten students and the balance will go toward the food programme!
Front door and signage for Uxbridge Montessori School.

April 24, 2019

The second Emajjin Children's Foundation board meeting for Carol to attend. Planning is well underway for the November 3, 2019 event! Save the date!
Emajjin Logo

April 24, 2019

Carol got 9 suitcases and 1 shipping bag off to the shipper today! Linda and Abraham will be receiving it all in approximately 2 months. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
A pile of suitcases and a shipping bag ready to be sent to the shipper.

April 22, 2019

The high school students have a three week break from classes, and so Linda and Abraham have worked very hard to find them work placements, or odd jobs that will help them in their chosen fields. Some students helped translate beginner books into Ewe so that our youngest students can grasp the English words quicker. A couple of students are doing carpentry work to repair broken desks, some are painting, and others are posted with professionals.
High school student writing the translation into a primary book.
High school student writing translation.
Wisdom is working at a computer.
Wisdom working at computer.

April 21, 2019

Tony and Susan's donation is allowing DSDO to pay high school students to do repairs of the desks and to repaint!
A high school student is replacing a broken piece of wood on a desk.
Lots of desks are being painted outside.

April 20 , 2019

Michael, Wonder, Eric and Benjamin were busy during the Easter holidays, as they worked together to bring electricity to what will eventually become our science room. They have put in lights and a ceiling fan! Another thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson for financing this!
Benjamin is on a ladder reaching to the roof to run wires.
Wonder is working at the electrical box.

April 19, 2019

Four of our electricals students, Michael, Wonder, Eric and Benjamin, had the chance to use their skills. They worked with a trained electrician in Dekpor to replace 3 street lights around town — 2 at the school, 1 at a toilet facility, and install 2 new ones at a water tower and a water standpipe! Thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson for this! See Step by Step - 2019 for more photos.
Four electricals students carry a replacement light.
The electrician has climbed up the post to install a new street light.

April 17, 2019

After 3.5 grueling hours of extreme heat and negotiating with umpteen vendors at market, Abraham was able to purchase ALL of the goods for the 116 Basics Kits! Way to go, Ab! Our students are going to be so excited to receive socks, underwear/knickers, and singlets!

April 15, 2019

Right now there is actually a three week holiday from school. So Helen Rochon got innovative! Since regular school classes are not running, she is holding a small group learning sessions at Linda and Abraham's house with some keen students. Basics such as numbers, colours, animal names, and general conversation skills in English are being learned.
A young student proudly displays her printing.
A young student displays her printing.
Helen and a group of young students.
Helen with young students.
Students work at a table outside of Abraham and Linda's house.
Students work outside Abraham and Linda's house.

April 10, 2019

John is continuing to improve! We are so excited to see such wonderful improvement as the swelling in his face and neck continues to decrease.
Abraham is pictured with a very smiley John, and it is obvious that the swelling has decreased in his face and neck.

April 9, 2019

Amazing people have just made our Dental Care a reality! Linda can now book the dentists to visit Dekpor! A massive thanks to: Ledgir House, Dave and Jackie, Windfields Middle School, North Barrie Dental, Susan, Shari and Dave, Kim, Steve, Lucy, Krista, Nat, Orianna, Ellie, and Lauren!
Two dentists are filling a cavity for one of our students.

April 5, 2019

The second Moringa meeting took place! The farmers are really excited to get their fields planted!

April 3, 2019

Helen Rochon is back in Dekpor and she's making a difference!
Helen reads to an eager group of students.

April 2, 2019

We just found out that we'll be receiving 33 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food from the Milton food packing event on May 11th! Yippee!

April 2, 2019

It's revolving door day in Ghana! Amanda Begin is on her way back to Ontario after doing a three week placement (Thank you so much, Amanda! We're sure teaching in Ontario will be easy after your experience here!); Ian, Jennifer, Aowyn, and Lorelei continue their world adventure (Wow, did the 4 of you ever pack a lot of meaningful educational opportunities for our teachers and students!); Semester at Sea students are on their way (Amazing that so many of you got to experience Dekpor—please come back again some day!); and Helen Rochon arrives for her 2019 Dekpor visit!

We are very grateful when people choose to visit and work with our students and teachers! You have no idea how immense your impact is and how long it is felt after you leave. We appreciate ALL of you!

Amanda Begin is wearing a special piece of kente.
Aowyn, Ian, Jennifer, and Lorelei pose for a family photo on their last day.

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