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

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.

October 2018

October donations:

  • Susan Heagy - Bonanza! Sewing goods, shoes, clothing, teaching materials, toys, and more!
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - soccer clothes
  • Barb Bulloch - shoes and sewing notions
  • Nicola Tideman - shoes and backpacks
  • Christian Cordeau - children's clothes, toys

October 26, 2018

Austrian friends arrive in Ghana!
Austrians arrival.

October 24, 2018

Today was a special day in Dekpor because it was the official opening of the Yia #3 Town Toilet! We are forever grateful to our incredibly generous sponsors (they prefer to remain anonymous) who made this happen!
Dekpor Yia town toilet 3 opening.
Dekpor Yia town toilet 3.

October 21, 2018

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was another huge success! With 18 signed up and 13 actively fundraising, we managed to raise $21,008! ($1945 offline and $19,063 online) Thanks to every single person who helped us surpass our goal!
Marathon participants.
Summary of marathon funds raised.
More marathon participants.

October 17, 2018

Yet another shipping day! This time there are 5 suitcases, 1 massive hockey bag, and 4 Rubbermaid containers on their way to Ghana. Shipping from Ontario thanks to Susan Heagy, Windfields Middle School, and assorted other individuals!
Items ready for shipping to Ghana.

October 12, 2018

Now, here is a heart-warming story. Three years ago, Emma Camire-Cameron attended Windfields Middle School and was part of the team that helped collect and assemble Ghana Gift Bags. Apparently she's never forgotten. Today she held the first meeting of the York Mills Dekpor School Development Club and invited Carol to speak. Can't wait to see what York Mills Collegiate has up their sleeves!
Emma Camire-Cameron with her dog.
York Mills Collegiate

October 12, 2018

Windfields Middle School rocked their shoe drive! Carol picked up 14 big school-sized garbage bags and got them ready for the shipper all in one day. Thanks to the Mustangs for their generosity!
Boxes of collected shoes.
Suitcases full of collected shoes ready for shipping.
Windfields students.

October 3, 2018

Carol was off to the shipper again! This time there were the shoes and backpacks from Aurora Prep Academy, Moraine Hills P.S., and a variety of goods that were donated by individuals! See the list from September 30th to know what went. There were 3 boxes, 8 suitcases, and 4 huge shipping bags!
3 boxes, 8 suitcases, 4 shipping bags

October 3, 2018

Moraine Hills Public School just finished off their shoe drive and they collected 8 big bags of fantastic shoes! They did such an amazing job of sorting and matching that Carol was able to prep for shipping in record time (meaning same day and within a couple of hours)!
One pair of collected shoes.
Bags of collected shoes.
Tables with bags of collected shoes.

October 2, 2018

Several of our sponsored students had the opportunity to go shopping because their sponsor gave some extra gift money. Whenever that happens, Linda and Abraham take them for a van ride to a market where they can choose for themselves. All children stick to the basics such as underwear, socks, undershirts, and clothing. Oh what an incredible treat!
Four children with purchases.
Boy with purchases.
Girl with purchases.

September 2018

Thanks to the following people for donating goods during September:

  • Ali Afshari - laptops, bicycle repair supplies, learning materials
  • Ramya Raghavan - clothing
  • Sue Walters - laptop
  • Rita Forte - running shoes
  • Christian Cordeau - children's shoes + outdoor toys
  • Julie Robertson - dry erase markers, permanent markers, pencil crayons, cell phones, clothing
  • Cathy O'Malley - backpacks, shoes, math goods
  • Aurora FC - 2 bags of soccer clothes, water bottles
  • Tine Muir - shoes, clothes
  • Carolyn Woollings Carcone - sewing notions
  • Tracey Martin - soaps, shampoos, clothing
  • Jean Anderson - clothing

We also received suitcases from:

  • Susan and Tony Anderson (6)
  • Jo Anne Richardson (6)
  • Vicki Bardacki (2)
  • Katie Rizik (1)
  • Kelly Kearns Himelfarb (4)
  • Krista Kroon (1)
  • Brandy Kinnear (2)
  • Rikki Chojnacki-Pennacchio (1)
  • Hedy Chase-Rattner (1)
  • Meghann Anderson (2)

September 27, 2018

There were 12 Semester at Sea students in Dekpor for a whirlwind visit hosted by Linda and Abraham. They had a tour of the village, spent time at school, and had a glimpse of life in Dekpor. See Step-by-Step - 2018 for more photos.
Semester at Sea students.
Semester at Sea student with small child.
Semester at Sea student with several older children.

September 26, 2018

Carol stopped by Aurora Preparatory Academy to pick up their collection of goods: 18 bags that were filled with 59 backpacks, 100 running shoes, and 16 pairs of soccer cleats! What a great show of spirit!
Goods collected by Aurora Preperatory Acadamy for donation to DSDO.

September 26 , 2018

Off to the shipper we go… Carol's van filled to the roof, and Trevor Martin's vehicle also! En route to Ghana is 17 suitcases and 11 boxes!
Suitcases and boxes ready to go to Ghana.

September 24, 2018

Ashlyn, Rachel, and Tracey Martin to the rescue to help prep the morning's haul for shipping. Extremely grateful for their assistance!
Rachel, Ash, Tracey helping out.

September 19, 2018

First day of school for our first year students attending Anloga Tech Secondary School. Good luck to Ruben and Patrick!
Rubin and Patrick.

September 18, 2018

Dekpor Basic School just enjoyed the first school luncheon of the year, thanks to Ledgir House! Such a wonderful treat for our students!
Students with 'Thank you' sign for Ledgir House.
Young student enjoying lunch.

September 18, 2018

Grand opening of the newest kindergarten classrooms. Several dignitaries attended! This entire structure and area was made possible by Susan and Tony Anderson. What a gift it is for our youngest students! When DSDO started our work in Dekpor, our kindies were under a massive mango tree. Not any longer!
Kindergarten opening ceremony.

September 12, 2018

Ten first year students have just started at Atorkor Vocational High School today! Excitement plus!
10 new Atorkor first-year students.

September 10, 2018

Today is the first day of school at Dekpor Basic, and also for some of our sponsored high school students!

September 8, 2018

80 brand new, shiny double desks have arrived at Dekpor Basic School, thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson! That is giving 160 students a reliable place to sit and work.
Children sitting at new desks.

September 7, 2018

Shipping arrived in Ghana and unpacking has begun!

September 3, 2018

Keilor Views Primary School in Australia just finished their highly successful Kids Feeding Kids initiative, and this time they raised an incredible $2077! A very special shout out to Sara Fasano for bringing DSDO to Keilor Views!

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