Dekpor Basic School

Dekpor School Development Organisation

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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
  • Business Start-Ups
  • 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

2020 Accomplishments video (4:27)

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Latest News

November 2021

This month: the sports courts at Dekpor Basic School are still a work-in-progress. Abraham is busy getting every single high school and apprentice set up and ready for their year ahead!

November 30, 2021

Our third year junior high school students have all written their BECE final exams. We have 23 brand new apprentices heading off to start their trades over the next couple of weeks!

November 18, 2021

Thanks to Ninah of Explore Ontario Realtor for donating a cell phone! Please, friends, always keep us in mind as a gently used cell phone is top of our priority list of donated goods!

November 4, 2021

Five of our sponsored young men are undergoing Level 2 of their electrician licensing. We are so grateful to our special friends for financing this! There will be a three month wait until results are published. Keep your fingers crossed!

October 2021 Item 1

In Dekpor, the sports courts on school campus are still under construction. There have been further renos done at Dekpor Central Shops with a retaining wall done at the cafe, a workshop enclosed for the carpentry shop, and the motor workshop partially enclosed.

October 2021 Item 2

October's focus has been on the marathon. Unbelievably GREAT news! $34,233 raised this year! We had 15 fundraising pages rolling for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Get all the info in our marathon album!

October 19, 2021

Second van-full delivered to the shipper. 30 huge items. Thanks to all who donated — see the list at the start of September because it includes both September and early October donors.

October 18, 2021

One van filled to the roof taken to the shipper by Carol.

October 9, 2021

Thanksgiving weekend is being spent prepping a shipment.

October 5, 2021

Linda made the long, long trek back to Ontario for an extended stay. Carol drove 2.5 hours for an 8 minute, in-person visit! The things we do!

September 2021 Summary

Donations of goods from:

  • Alison Gaia - 3 large bags of clothes and shoes (many brand new)
  • Amira Hanna - 3 big bags of shoes and clothes
  • Anonymous friend - brand new women and children's clothing
  • Aurora FC/AYSC - soccer balls, trophies, cleats, backpacks, clothing, water bottles
  • Bea Jer - clothing and shoes
  • Brenna Wiedrick - loads of children's clothing, shoes
  • Brian Bodley - mitre
  • Charleson family - hockey bags, clothing
  • Farishteh Eriksen - trumpet and 2 trombones and cases!
  • Hawkeye - shoes
  • Jean Anderson - linens, clothing, canes, suitcase
  • Julie Mallany - linens, office supplies, medical supplies, shoes, clothes, and more!
  • Karen Kramer - 2 large bags of clothes, footwear
  • Laura Mateyak - shoes and clothes
  • Laurie Wilson - clothing, buttons, office and school supplies, and more
  • Lourita Lue-Shing - 2 large bags of clothing and shoes
  • Marina Moir - huge bag of clothing
  • Marisol Deres Ramirez - big bag of boys' gently used and new clothing
  • Melody Ryan - big bag of footwear
  • Nic and Rob Whitla - huge, huge assortment of items for the school and individuals including: clothing, educational goods, inflatable mattresses, kitchen goods, chairs
  • Ramya Raghavan - breast pump, shoes, clothing
  • Rena Giountsis - belts
  • Rita Forte - shoes and clothes
  • Sabrina Maggiore - loads of clothing
  • Vicky Xekominos - 2 suitcases, shoes, clothes
  • Yuen Wong-Lim - suitcase

September 2021

It's been a blur! There was so much going on that we've lost track of the specific dates. In Ontario, fundraising for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is in full swing--you'll hear more about that next month. Another shipment is being prepped and it is the type that required a lot of driving, pick ups, sorting, and more finicky packing than usual. In Dekpor, the purchasing of all items for the apprentices was completed, the sports court at Dekpor Basic School campus is in progress, there have been a few jobs happening at Dekpor Central Shops, more street lights are shining bright, the new borehole is hooked into our water system, uniforms are being made to measure, and the work done to improve our school computer lab.

September 30, 2021

Carol took a fourth trip this month to Aurora FC to pick up donated goods! It has been 11 years now that we have been receiving gently used and new items and we are so appreciative! Thanks to Laura M. and Tristan C. for deflating soccer balls that were donated at the start of September.

September 13, 2021

The very successful toothpaste and toothbrush campaign that was held in June allowed us to do a distribution at the school today. See the Toothbrushes and Paste album!

September 9, 2021

Another trip for Abraham and Linda to pick up the shipments. A second vehicle was needed!

September 3, 2021

After a couple of days in Accra getting items for our newly-sponsored students who will be starting apprenticeships, Abraham and Linda stopped at the shipper to cram in as many of the items that would fit! Wouldn't you know it, the loads that left Aurora in June and July all ended up on the same ship!

September 2, 2021

We are grateful for all the work that has been recently done in the school's computer lab and in key locations in town. More than 500 m of networking cable was installed in the computer lab. There is also a new router, networking box, antenna, and lightning arresters have been installed in three key town locations. See the Computer Lab Improvements album for more info!

August 2021 Item 1

Donations of goods this month:

  • Rose-Anne Morier - toothbrushes, uniform khaki bottoms
  • Mary Lynne Greer – sewing chair, storage cube
  • Wendy MacDonald - suitcases
  • Anonymous friends – furniture for Dekpor Basic School

August 2021 Item 2

We are thrilled that so many new students are being sponsored! Thank you to every single person who noticed the Facebook campaign and chose to join our family of incredible student sponsors! Changing lives, one child at a time!

We have started new and improved sports courts at Dekpor Basic School! We'll share the album next month.

A biodigester toilet is in the works… to be finalized in September!

One last biggie, we have a new borehole! Stay tuned for more info in September!

August 28, 2021

Carol, with the help of Andrew Sanderson, saw another shipment on its way! These two loads were mainly furniture and larger items. A special shout out to Dara and School House Products for supplying new feet for the chairs!

August 25, 2021

Augustine Awiah, a professional Ghanaian football (soccer) player, was in Dekpor for a couple of weeks to work with our students and coaches! See Step By Step.

August 22, 2021 Item 1

There is so much work happening every day in Dekpor Basic School's computer lab and we've got our graduates in there as part of the team! A mason, carpenter, ICT grads, electricians and up and coming eager students who want to learn more! Philip Schaeffer is making a difference!

August 14, 2021 Item 1

A very happy celebration was enjoyed… a grad party for our students who have finished high school and apprenticeships in the past year and a bit! (See the Step by Step 2021 album)

August 14, 2021 Item 2

Edi Schmickl and Philip Schaeffer arrive in Dekpor. Edi's visit lasted only a few days, but Philip was in the village for a couple of weeks. In that time, he upgraded the entire computer lab, and set in motion wifi connections, and so much more! (See either the Austrian donor page or the Computer Lab 2021 album)

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