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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2017 Accomplishments (video; 2:58)

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March 31, 2018

Thanks to Ali Afshari for the donation of a laptop, a projector, a variety of cords and battery packs, and some kindergarten toys… annnnd for continuing to patch up, repair, and get any donated laptops ready for Dekpor (such as the one from Craig Moore's connection, Meaghan). Thanks to Ramya Raghavan for the baby clothes and the baby doppler! Thanks to Advent Lutheran Church - North York and Judy and Gerard Baribeau for 2 more laptops!
Laptop from Ali.
Laptop from Ali.
Laptops from Advent Lutheran Church and Judy & Gerard Baribeau.
Laptops from Advent Lutheran Church and Judy & Gerard Baribeau.
Doppler from Ramya.
Doppler from Ramya.

March 31, 2018

Yesterday Linda and Abraham welcomed 25 Semester at Sea students to Dekpor, and today they worked with our students to install 30 more Tippy Tap hand-washing stations.
Semester-at-Sea doing the tippy tap.
SAS doing the tippy tap.
Semester-at-Sea students with Dekpor students.
SAS students with Dekpor students.
Semester-at-Sea crew.
SAS crew.

March 25, 2018

Repairs and maintenance are essential. We're in the process of doing some extensive work to fix water tower #1 in Dekpor Yia. Repairs include: chipping out cement where iron rods were exposed, scraping rust, coating, re-plastering, screeding, sealing, and making a new enclosure for storage of equipment and parts. See Step-by-Step 2018 for more.
New storage space for water tower post.
New storage space for water tower post.
Water tower repairs.
Water tower repairs.

March 24, 2018

All DSDO-sponsored P6 - JHS 3 students, 75 of them, attended a mandatory meeting hosted by our health professionals from the clinic. Topic? Mainly a very open family planning/sexual education session where topics were discussed and questions were welcomed. After, each student in attendance left with 4 articles of clothing and a small hygiene item. Thanks to Aurora FC, Sigma Promotions, and Deb Uden.
Kids choosing the clothes.
Kids choosing the clothes.
Kids meeting with nurses.
Kids meeting with nurses.
Kids in meeting.
Kids in meeting.

March 14, 2018

Shipping was picked up--items include: clothing (mainly from Aurora FC), hygiene items, and kindergarten goods (mainly from Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School).

March 14, 2018

The PTA meeting was held and the ETFO Humanity Fund donation of $10,575 to pay for exam fees was announced. Parents are delighted! Then to sweeten the deal, we allowed each attendee to select an item of clothing.
Cheering parents.
Cheering parents.
Parents receive a shirt.
Parents receive a shirt.
PTA meeting shirt recipient.
PTA meeting shirt recipient.

March 11, 2018

Midyear updates and photos have been sent to all of our student sponsors! Many of our students are thrilled when their sponsor writes back!

March 8, 2018

Another elementary student is sponsored! That puts our current count at 46 elementary students and 19 high school/tertiary students.

March 2, 2018

Using a donation from Leora Rissin, recent outreach volunteer, we purchased 90 knickers and 90 pairs of underwear and distributed to our oldest female students. Such joy! See Step-by-Step 2018 for more.
Recipients of underwear and knickers.
Donated underwear.
Donated underwear (2).

February 28, 2018

Three more students received bikes! Abigail got one from Laura Fedirchuk Brecht, Rosemary received the bike that sharp-eye Darlene Cann spied, and Senyo is enjoying a bike from Bill Hanke's group in Collingwood. Thanks to Thomas Childerhose for tuning up the bicycles before they left Ontario!
Student with bike.

February 27, 2018

Our youngest students and their teachers are really happy. Thanks to Chris for supplying all the grade 1 students with exercise books, to Lucy and Barb for the kindergarten exercise books, and to Nancy for helping with the primary pencils! See Designated Giving - 2018 for more photos.
Happy student with pencil and exercise book.

February 23, 2018

Junior High School students, under the supervision of our librarians and Linda and Abraham, started making tippy taps with the donation from Rotary Club of Newmarket.
Tippy Tap.

February 16, 2018

This past week while Atorkor Vocational High School students had a midterm break, we were able to provide some wonderful real work experiences. Amenyo spent the week with a welder in Dzodze. Wisdom and Saviour spent the week repairing and maintaining laptops from our computer lab with the ICT teacher. Donudenu spent her time with Janet (one of our apprentice graduates) at her seamstress shop!)
Amenyo welding.
Amenyo welding
Wisdom repairs laptop.
Wisdom repairs laptop
Donudenu at seamstress shop.
Donudenu at seamstress shop.

February 14, 2018

Linda and Abraham say goodbye to Leora Rissin who has been volunteering at the school for the past 4 weeks. We thank Leora for her extreme generosity, time, and effort--what a difference she's made!
Leora with Ghanian friends.

February 12, 2018

We received lots of donations of clothing from both Sigma Promotions and Aurora FC… enough to fill Carol's van to the roof! A trip to have it all baled saw the volume decrease to 3 big-sized bales. The distribution in Dekpor began today. Plenty of happy faces! See Shipping - 2018 for more photos.
Clothihng from Sigma Promotions.
Clothing from Aurora FC.

February 11, 2018

We are excited to announce that we now have 45 elementary students being sponsored… 2 new girls as of today! (There are 21 older students being sponsored, for a grand total of 66!)

February 10, 2018

There are 11 excited students who received 2 hens and start up feed thanks to donations from Ines, Darlene, Becky, and Diane, Robert, and Sabrina.
Student with hen.

January 31, 2018

Thanks to Donna and Ron Jamieson for the donation of 5 suitcases. They will be used by our high school students in September!
Suitcases donated by Donna and Ron Jamieson.

January 25, 2018

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Newmarket for inviting Carol to be their guest speaker for the evening! They made a generous donation and we're going to buy the required materials and have our JHS students build tippy tap hand washing stations!

January 23, 2018

The medical equipment and supplies were presented at the Dekpor Clinic today, with representatives from Ketu North District visiting, including the Director of Health. They were overwhelmed and very grateful! Thanks to Chris, Steve, Kerry, Lydia, Tracey, Jean, Rebecca, Lauren, Claudia, and Becky who generously donated funds to make this possible!
Clinic goods.

January 22, 2018

Leora donated and handed out > 300 pairs of girls' underwear to K- grade 3 girls, and 200 toothbrushes to primary students.
Leora handing out goods.
Toothbrushes handed out by Leora.

January 16, 2018

Leora Rissin is en route to Dekpor and she has taken 3 of our suitcases for us! (One suitcase is full of tech goods, one full of medical supplies, and the other with an assortment of kindergarten goods.)
Suitcases with Leora.

January 15, 2018

EXCITEMENT OVERLOAD!!! Today we opened the 4 new kindergarten classrooms! What an amazing gift this is to our youngest learners. Thank you Susan and Tony Anderson!
Kinder class opens.
Kinder class opens.

January 13, 2018

More purchasing of kindergarten goods and packing of suitcases taking place at Carol's!
Kindergarten goods.
Kindergarten goods (2).

January 2, 2018

A wish come true! We welcome Glen Eplett who has stepped up to take on our bookkeeping! Thankful!
Glen Eplett

December 31, 2017

We would sincerely like to thank Andrew Sanderson for all he has done to help since Fall 2010. He is on our Board of Directors, was instrumental in our becoming a registered Canadian charity, and also has done all of the bookkeeping for DSDO up until this point. After 7 long years, Andrew is passing the bookkeeping torch. Andrew, we can never thank you enough for your time and commitment.
Andrew Sanderson

December 30, 2017

Thank you to the following people for items they donated this month:
  • Lisa Wilson (soccer clothes)
  • Deb Uden (toiletries, BP monitor)
  • Vivian Wulle (suitcases)
  • Ali Afshari (flip flops)
  • Meher Panthaky (tons of DVDs)

December 25, 2017

We were overwhelmed by the number of designated gifts that were made this holiday season! From hens to farming tools for women, to all of the things in the designated giving album, we are incredibly grateful that so many people chose gifts with impact!
Designated bowls
Designated tools
Women with farming tools.

December 19, 2017

Thank you to Neighbourhood Network in Aurora for the donation of brand new balls, pens, pencils, notebooks, an assortment of toys, and clothing!
Goods from Neighbourhood Network
Goods from Neighbourhood Network (2)
Neighbourhood Netword Logo

December 14, 2017

Unbelievable news arrived in the mail! ETFO Humanity Fund is donating $10,575 to pay for all of the students' exam fees at Dekpor Basic School for the next year!
ETFO letter.

December 13, 2017

Oh what a day in Dekpor!

There was a very special luncheon in honour of Amanda and Jonathan, from Jason Kaptyn.

Luncheon on dec 13.

The shoes that were collected by Minesing Central Public School were distributed.

Shoes donated by Minesing Central Public School.

Huron Street Junior Public School honoured their teacher, Ms Rebecca Tuff, by putting a student on the food programme for a year, and buying $100 worth of notebooks.

Notebooks on table.

December 12, 2017

Although it was a 'school day', teachers were busy marking exams, so Linda and Abraham organized students to help move dirt from the gutters to the second volleyball court, and then they got biscuits and watched a movie.
Moving dirt to volleyball courts.
Moving dirt to volleyball courts (2).

December 11, 2017

Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School did a holiday gift drive for us to boost our kindergarten needs. They took our kindergarten wish list and purchased many of the items. We also received $100 in gift cards and $100 cash to help pay for shipping! We are so grateful to the parents and students for their amazing support!
Children's Forest logo.
Ridley Orchard School logo.
Ridley Orchard School
Donated items.
Donated items.

December 10, 2017

We are excited that the FutureMakers group at BG/BRG Klosterneuburg School in Austria are raising funds for us! Thank you to Edi Schmickl for initiating this!
Austrian friends.
Austrian friends.

December 8, 2017

$900 to medical fund was contributed by: Chris, Lydia, Tracey, Rebecca, Jean, Lauren, Kerry, Becky, Claudia, and Steve. We thank you for allowing us to buy so many essential pieces of equipment and supplies for the clinic!
Purchased medical equipment.

December 7, 2017

Aurora FC just keeps on giving! 6 bags of absolutely beautiful items of soccer wear! Impeccable timing, as shipping is happening soon.
Bags of donated soccer wear.

December 1, 2017

Kindergarten furniture is well underway. Painting the exterior of the classrooms has started and it's looking great!

November 30, 2017

Thanks for the tech goods! A shout out to Karen Lablans for the wonderful laptop. And a recap on the Windfields Junior High School donations:
  • Ellie (1)
  • The Ricaloglu family (1 laptop that is already in Ghana being shared by Frank and Michael)
  • The Raluca family (2)
  • Josh Chung (1 laptop in Ghana being used by Saviour)
  • Orli (3 iPads)
  • Nathalie (2 Samsung minis)
And a massive thank you to Ali Afshari who has become the Ontario 'tech guy' who fixes up any donations that need some repairs.
Windfields kids.

November 29, 2017

The welder is at school campus to repair the soccer goal post. It's been broken for some time and the students were thrilled to see it being fixed! Thanks to a donation from the Raghavan family, we will be able to focus on some soccer needs.
Repaired goal post.

November 25, 2017

Thanks to Ziya Shah and her students at Birch Cliff Public School for the collection of eye glasses!
Eye glasses.

November 25, 2017

Carol takes a very full van to the shipper with as much of the goods just donated by Aurora FC and Sigma Promotions as would fit! (14 boxes, 3 bales, 1 shipping bag)
Full van for shipping on Nov 25.

November 24, 2017

Sigma Promotions has done it again! An incredible amount of new goods were donated! Pens, notebooks, baseball hats, t-shirts, hoodies, golf shirts, dress shirts, jackets… the list is long and it took two trips with Carol's van to pick up everything! Wow! Donations from Aurora FC yesterday and Sigma today necessitated a trip to the baler. 3 bales of clothing!
Sigma goods.
3 bales of clothes.

November 23, 2017

Aurora FC (formerly AYSC) donated 6 big bags of soccer clothes and water bottles! We are incredibly grateful for the support of this wonderful group of people. They have been supporting our work since 2010!
Aurora soccer club stuff.

November 22, 2017

WE DID IT! The dream we were afraid to dream--but alas, there is clean water now available for all 3 villages. Please see the Water Distribution photo album.
Water distribution grand opening.

November 11, 2017

The plumber is in Dekpor getting the water distribution system in Dekpor Horme ready to roll.

November 11, 2017

Carol had some much welcomed help from Judy and Stephen MacLeod to get two vehicles full of kindergarten goods, and three bikes, and 6 bags of shoes to our new shipper!
Stephen and Judy loading vehicle.

November 7, 2017

The electrical meter is hooked up at the Horme tower site… clean water will be available soon for the residents of Dekpor Horme!
Water meter.

November 4, 2017

Linda heads back to Ghana with her daughter and grand-daughter and a whole lot of goods for the students! (6 suitcases of shoes from Highview P.S. and Aurora Preparatory Academy, and laptops and other tech goods!)
Linda's grand-daughter with DSDO goods at airport.

November 4, 2017

Team Dalston sang their hearts out and raised $175 for repairing laptops that are currently in need of some help. A special thanks to Tom Johnston, Jim Johnston, Carol Birchmore, and Corry Wursten for a fun night with fine tunes!
Team Dalston
Team Dalston (2)
Team Dalston (3)

November 3, 2017

Keilor Views Primary School in Australia, lead by Sara Fasano, Lucy Berrill and the Junior School Council, participated in a brilliant Kids Feeding Kids initiative that raised an astounding $1821 for our food programme!
Keilor Views Primary School

November 1, 2017

Today Carol was privileged to speak to the grade 8 students of Windfields Junior High School. It was a pleasure to finally have a chance to thank them in person! At the same time, all the shoes from their shoe drive were sorted, packing into shipping bags, and loaded into the van.
Windfields at van.
Windfields with 6 shipping bags.

October 31, 2017

Thanks to the following people for donating laptops:
  • Melissa Yarmus (2)
  • The Ricaloglu Family (1)
  • Robert Wallace (1)
  • Sandee Sharpe (1)
  • Windfields mystery family (1)
We appreciate the iPad from Barb Bulloch. And thanks to Windfields JHS students: Natalie, who collected 2 mini Samsungs, and Orly who brought in 3 iPads! And a massive thank you to Ali Afshari who volunteered to make sure every machine is ready to go to Ghana. What a huge help this is!

October 22, 2017

This is the 5th year we participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and we raised an astounding $21,195 ($17,950 online and an additional $3245 offline). That is mighty impressive for 14 people to do! See Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 2017 for more details.
Michael, Cathy, Linda, Carol,Michele, Sonya, AJ
Busch Systems and friends.
Nancy in the crowd.

October 17, 2017

The Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie comes through again! They have ensured that 10 students will be on our food programme for a year with their generous donation of $1650!
Carol gratefully accepts Rotary Club of Kempenfelt's donation from Mike Smiley.

October 13, 2017

We replaced all of the Sawyer water filters on school campus. The filters are used to purify the water collected from our rain harvesting systems/reservoirs!
Sawyer filters.

October 11, 2017

The gate was installed on the kindergarten pod and painting is about to begin in the new classrooms!
Kindergarten gate.

October 7, 2017

Layla, a student at Windfields Junior High School, found out about the shoe drive and took it to the next level. She contacted a few shoe manufacturers and had luck with New Balance. They donated 3 boxes of gently used shoes!
Layla with 3 huge boxes of shoes from New Balance!

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