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

September 30, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Marta McConnell - clothing and fabric, and other goodies
  • Julie Robertson - pencil crayons and the connection to Ryerson's volleyball team
  • Dustin Reid/ Ryerson University - volleyballs and carrying case
  • Neilly Robertson - shoes
  • Carol and Michael McCreesh - 2 massive bins of clothing
  • Sigma Promotions - notebooks, totebags
  • Leila Molavi - suitcase full of running shoes
  • Aurora FC - 4 big bags of soccer clothing, water bottles
  • Susan Heagy - 4 suitcases packed with fabric
  • Tracey Martin - glasses
  • Vivian Wulle - clothing
  • Olisa Adekayode - shoes
  • Rita Forte - clothing
  • Aruna Duggal - clothing
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - back pack full of clothing
  • AJ and Ainsley Sanderson - 3 bags of shoes

September 26, 2019

Another meeting in Ontario for the Emajjin Children's Foundation's Pink Tie Affair! Get your tickets now at
Emajjin logo.

September 25, 2019

School cooking pavilion is finished! (Well, it still needs to be painted, but we have to wait at least a month for that.) We are so grateful to the donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, for making this wonderful addition possible!
Exterior view of the cooking shelter.

September 10, 2019

Carol's van was filled to the roof with a shipment this afternoon. 19 shipping bags/boxes/containers/suitcases are on their way to Dekpor.
Back of a van, filled to the roof with suitcases, boxes and shipping bags.

September 10, 2019

Today was the first day of classes for the new school year at Dekpor Basic!

September 9, 2019

Thanks to Aurora FC (formerly Aurora Youth Soccer Club) for the 4 huge bags of soccer clothing!
4 big bags full of soccer clothing from Aurora FC.

September 6, 2019

We have some extremely amazing news to share! Thanks to an incredible donation from Tony and Susan Anderson, we will be able to start building a central market area in Dekpor! Today the foundations were started and the light posts were put in. This is going to be an exciting endeavor.

September 3, 2019

All donation receipts for this quarter were sent out today. Thanks to everyone who gave!

September 3, 2019

Dekpor Basic School campus clean up was done by high school students before they leave for their new school year. They washed the classrooms, planted the flower beds, trimmed trees, and cleared the eaves troughs.
Using a mop to reach up high to clean the classroom walls.
A teenager is up on a ladder, cleaning out the classroom's eavestroughs.
Students working together to trim the branches off trees on the school campus.

September 3, 2019

Thanks to Marta McConnell and her fine eye for finding things for us! Much appreciated!

September 3, 2019

The shipment from July 4th has arrived! Check the Shipping Albums for photos!

August 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Dianne Lotto - assorted items to send to Dekpor and for the gala
  • Julie Robertson - clothing
  • Susan Anderson - several suitcases, backpacks, towels, bedding, shoes
  • Katy Lemaire - 21 water bottles
  • Sean Robinson - shoes and sports balls
  • Lydia Ridd - water bottles, balls, caps
  • via Donna Jamieson - backpacks, sewing goods
  • Aruna Duggal - cell phone
  • Melissa - toothbrushes
  • Gary Leung - 4 cell phones

August 29, 2019

Another Emajjin Children's Foundation board meeting. Things are falling into place for the November 3rd gala. Get your tickets: because we are the recipient charity and it's going to be a wonderful evening!

August 21, 2019

Linda and Abraham said goodbye to Philip Schaeffer today as he headed home to Austria. What an incredible makeover our computer lab is experiencing!
Philip seated in the computer lab working on set up.
Computer lab and all of the stations set up for the start of the school year.

August 16, 2019

Today was the last day of vacation school at Dekpor Basic School. It was 3 weeks of special focused learning.

August 13, 2019

Linda and Abraham welcomed Philip Schaeffer, from Austria, in Ghana today! Philip brought 10 Raspberry pis, and then bought all the peripherals in Ghana… and spent his week getting everything set up! See Laptops and Tech Items - 2019 for more details and photos!

August 12, 2019

The shipment from May 27th arrived today. Check the Shipping album to see if you can find what you donated!

August 7, 2019

Thanks to some special friends of ours, a sheltered cooking area is going to be built on school campus! Construction started this morning!
Several men working on the cooking pavilion foundation.

August 6, 2019

Michael Kwame Deh had 3 barrels full of goods shipped to Ghana for us. Both the clinic and our students are extremely grateful!
A group of children holding up articles of clothing from the shipment barrels.
Baby scales for the clinic.

August 1, 2019

Linda and Abraham have started purchasing the necessary start up items for our sponsored students who are about to start high school. There is a TON of shopping to do! It's difficult, it's time consuming, and it takes many trips. The suitcases are ones that were donated in Aurora and shipped to Ghana.
Rows of chop boxes and labelled suitcases ready for high school students.

July 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Tracey Ratcliffe - suitcase full of clothing
  • Kim Robertson - suitcases, shoes
  • Rita Forte - clothing
  • Lydia Ridd - assortment of goods
  • David, Jon, Paul - clothing
  • Susan Heagy - 4 suitcases that were stuffed full of school goods, clothing, and a wide variety of items
  • Sigma Promotions - 2 van loads of goods
  • Sharon Quyn - children's clothing
  • Barb Bulloch - clothing
  • Tracey Martin - clothing, glasses, shampoos+
  • Jacob Prins - clothing

July 30, 2019

Shipping from May finally made it to Ghana, and it's the 33 boxes of Kids Against Hunger Canada food provided by the Milton group. Distribution will happen over the next few days!
The hatch is up on the back of Linda and Ab's van showing the 33 boxes of food.

July 29, 2019

This morning at Dekpor Basic School, 'summer' vacation school started! DSDO hires teachers to hold 3 hour classes every morning for 3 weeks. Our fully sponsored students, food programme students, and any other child who wants to attend (nominal fee) get a whole lot of great learning with smaller class sizes and the emphasis on math and language.

July 27, 2019

Awesome news! We've had 5 new elementary students sponsored in the past month!
A close up of one of the sponsored boys.
A close up of one the little girls.
Young boy with a beautiful smile, happy because he has been sponsored.

July 23, 2019

Thanks to Sandee Sharpe and friends for the goods for the silent auction! Just a reminder, November 3 at 5 p.m. join us because we are the recipient charity for Emajjin's Children Foundation's 6th annual gala – this year called 'Pink Tie Affair'.

July 16, 2019

Melodie Robar, wow, how you work! A huge thank you to Melodie for putting in hours to secure a wide variety of silent auction goods for the Emajjin Children's Foundation gala! ***Save the date (November 3rd)! We want YOU to attend!
Melodie Robar seated with a display of the variety of gifts, mainly tickets and passes, for the silent auction.

July 15, 2019

Shipping again! Carol lugged another 4 boxes, 3 shipping bags, and 3 suitcases to the shipper!
Carol's van filled with shipping bags, suitcases, and boxes.

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 donations 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.

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