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

2017 Accomplishments (video; 2:58)

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Latest News

June 30, 2018

Thanks to the following people for their generosity:

  • Devon Coles - backpacks, soccer uniforms, cleats
  • Sue Walters - laptop and new t-shirts
  • Kirsten Wright - non-fiction books
  • Mauro Teseo -shoes
  • Christine Salama - suitcase, outdoor toys
  • Jim & Irene Sheardown - clothing
  • Melanie Zollner - girls' shoes
  • Students of BG/BRG Klosterneuburg - 50+ cell phones, sunglasses, eye glasses
  • Schmickl family - medical supplies, sunglasses, clothing, gifts for sponsored students

June 29, 2018

Abraham and Linda were invited to Austria and spent most of June there. They did several workshops and learning sessions at BG/BRG Klosterneuburg and were thrilled by the enthusiasm of the students! DSDO was presented with a cheque for 4000 euros!
Cheque presented.
Linda and Abraham talking about batik stamps.
Kids holding up their finished batik pieces.

June 26, 2018

Thousands of dollars of math manipulatives have been purchased, thanks to an extremely generous donation from Joyce Wilson! What an incredible difference they will make in Dekpor!
Math materials being purchased.

May 31, 2018

Thanks to the following people for their generosity:

  • Devon Coles - soccer goods
  • Dale Smith - 2 cell phones
  • Kelly (mom of Children's Forest student) - kindergarten toys
  • Barb Porter - new t-shirts, backpacks, and bags
  • Michelle DesRosiers - toys
  • Ruth White and family - kindergarten learning materials and toys
  • Lydia Ridd - clothing
  • Cordeau family - outdoor toys

Thanks to Sean MacLeod for her help over the past couple of years by doing a variety of little jobs including: making tags to go with bracelets, testing pens, collecting laptops, and creating instructional pages. Thanks also to Claire Wilson for toy quality control duties!

May 7, 2018

Four of our Atorkor Vocational Secondary School students were recognized for their athletic prowess! Pictured below are:

  • Wonder (volleyball)
  • Jennifer (handball)
  • Jessica (volleyball)
  • Helen (1500m)

Each won 100 GHS for their efforts!

Wonder, Jennifer, Jessica, Helen are prize winners!
Wonder, Jennifer, Jessica, Helen are prize winners!

May 5, 2018

We're trying out a new shipper. What got sent? All of the kindergarten goods from Susan Heagy, and a bunch of things that Carol has been collecting.
Carol's van loaded with goods.

May 3, 2018

Susan Heagy, super shopper of the century, drove all the way to Carol's and dropped off more wonderful kindergarten goods: Duplo, wooden toys and puzzles, alphabet and number learning tools and games, dolls, and many more treasures that our students are sure to enjoy!
Containers of kindergarten goods from Susan.

April 27, 2018

Amazing news! We've received word that we're going to be able to start construction on the last two kindergarten rooms. Susan and Tony strike again!

April 25, 2018

We just had a business start up all set up! There is now a new seller of needed food provisions in town! More photos in our Step-by-Step 2018 Album.
New seller of food provisions.

April 15, 2018

The meter was moved to a much better location at the Yia Water Tower. The repairs at the Yia Water Tower site are now complete. More photos in our Step-by-Step 2018 Album.
Dekpor Yia water tower meter in new location.

April 13 - May 7, 2018

Our Dekpor Basic School students are on spring vacation!

April 12, 2018

Students have been working at moving sand that has ended up in the gutters (blocking water flow) to the new volleyball court that is under construction on our school campus.
Moving sand.
Moving sand (2).

April 9, 2018

Today was the last day of spring term's exams. What was different? Every single desk was in use because ETFO's Humanity Fund paid for all of the exam fees! What a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to get the chance to write!
Exam time.
Full desks.
Writing exams.

April 7, 2018

The school's soccer field was ploughed and harrowed today, thanks to a generous donation in memory of Alexis from Ramya and Mahesh Raghavan. More photos in our Step-by-Step 2018 Album.
Soccer field being ploughed.

April 7, 2018

Our students are on a tippy tap roll and have used the monthly donation from Lucy, Ron, and Barb to put in another 30 hand-washing stations in Dekpor Yia and Dekpor Dome!
Tippy Tap

April 2, 2018

25 Semester at Sea students left Linda and Abraham after a whirlwind weekend visit. They worked with Dekpor Basic School students to install 30 more tippy tap stations throughout the village, did a tie dye project that counted as our elementary students' Basic Design and Technology project, played volleyball, read together in the library, and spent time exploring the village and visiting homes. More photos in our Step-by-Step 2018 Album.
Boy with Tippy Tap water jugs.
Semester at Sea Students.

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).

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