We work in
where all residents live below the poverty level and face a
daily struggle to survive.
Our Areas of Focus:
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)
always keen to support DSDO for the super grass roots work
that they do. I know that any money donated to DSDO truly
goes towards the amazing work that they do in Ghana and is
not spent on administration and advertising, quite
literally every penny is well spent. As someone who has
donated, it is very rewarding to see the great work DSDO
is doing and the difference this is making to the
community and children in Dekpor.
Ellie GreenwoodNorth Vancouver, British Columbia
are so many wonderful and worthy charities out
there… how do you pick just one? When I learned
that 100% of my donation goes to Dekpor, my desire to
support DSDO became instantaneous. I am unaware of any
other charity like them. When pictures are posted of the
Dekpor children’s smiling faces, it simply makes my day.
God Bless them all… I wish I could do more.
Louise DyerAurora, Ontario
very long time we have been searching for the right
charitable organization in Africa. We wanted to be
involved with an organization that was transparent,
non-denominational, and that was truly making a difference
in a community. When we were introduced to Dekpor School
Development Organisation, we were immediately struck by
the simplicity of what they do and the impact that it has.
Every dollar raised goes directly to those who need it.
But more than that, these people ASK the community that
they serve, what they need. They PARTNER with the
community that they serve. And they make true IMPACTFUL
CHANGE. Our family has been honoured and privileged to
support this wonderful charity, and to be able to see the
meaningful and positive changes that have been made in
Joanne McPhail & Jim GraszatBarrie, Ontario
absolutely no reservations about sponsoring a student or
making a donation to DSDO. I’ve visited Dekpor Basic
School 3 times in the last 4 years, including two 6-week
stints as a volunteer teacher. In that short time, I've
seen firsthand how donated dollars translate directly into
bettering the lives of these students. I've witnessed the
growth of school facilities (eg. library, computer lab and
additional classrooms) and I'm continually impressed with
the students' enthusiasm and academic progress. Sadly,
still too many children come and leave school hungry.
I wholeheartedly encourage others to sponsor a child or
make a donation to DSDO.
Ken GlanceToronto, Ontario
so rewarding to donate to a smaller charity as even a
small amount has such an impact. I was able to see for
myself how effectively the money is used and what
wonderful changes the whole community benefits from as a
When you see the smile on a child's face when he receives
a pair of second hand trainers, the first shoes he's ever
had, you see what this charity is all about.
Lucy RomynEast Sussex, England
has offered us the opportunity to sponsor a child in a
true one-to-one relationship that we haven’t seen anywhere
else. We view it as a long term relationship that will
grow and evolve with the child (and our own children) to
adulthood. The change that this small team is able to make
for every dollar raised is truly astounding. This is the
ultimate grassroots organization!
John and Shauna R.Squamish, BC
been looking for a way to help in Africa where my
employees could know the direct impact of every dollar
used. I was introduced to DSDO and it was exactly what we
were looking for— a flow through of funds directly
to the people and projects that needed it, and virtually
no overhead expense. The passion is infectious and one
can't help but be inspired to support this great cause and
be appreciative that there are people like this doing the
hard work, while all we need to do to support them is give
financially. Thank you and keep up the good work, DSDO!
Craig BuschBusch Systems, Barrie, Ontario
been to Dekpor. I met with the teachers and students and
was inspired by the enthusiasm of both. This is real world
in your face positive work to change the destiny of these
kids. Teach a child, change their future! I have been
fortunate to sponsor a young man from Dekpor. I have seen
how going to school has changed this young man and the
opportunities that will be available to him on his
completion of high school. It is without a doubt one of
the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Dekpor Basic School is providing hope for hundreds of
children. Your money goes to the kids; I wholeheartedly
recommend Dekpor School Development Organisation.
Mike KellyFlorida, USA
first visited Dekpor Basic School in 2011, it was a very
poor looking area, but Linda and Abraham, who we had met
only a few days before, were radiating energy and
excitement for this school project. We decided to follow
their vision and started to support their work. It was
easy to convince our friends in Austria to make donations
once we told them all that was going on at Dekpor Basic
School and they saw our photos. Even a club like Racketlon
Federation Austria has been raising money for DSDO!
Each time we visit, we enjoy seeing the development of the
school and the rest of the community, and it is confirmed
that our financial contributions are used in a proper way.
It’s so much fun to give the children the items we collect
(such as sportswear, shoes, clothing, school supplies,
games, and many other things) each time we visit Dekpor.
What can possibly give you a better feeling than a smiling
Conny and Edi SchmicklKlosterneuburg, Austria
I am so
thrilled to have been able to provide bicycles to 2
beautiful women in Dekpor! Never before have I been able
to actually see my donation put to good use. DSDO
shares the stories of how our contributions have benefited
individuals and the village. My son and I are over the
moon seeing Doris and Betha, sporting beautiful smiles, on
our former bikes!!! A new and wonderfully fulfilling
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.
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!
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)
The July 28th shipment was brought to us by:
Newmarket Soccer Club (see the new donor page!) (Thanks to Shameela Shakeel for the connection!)
Mary Beth Kelly - suitcases
Stephanie Valiquette - for delivering suitcases
Amanda DeFrancesco - suitcase
Lorna and Bruce Ferguson - suitcases
Dann Tardiff - hockey bags
Helen Giutsos Minchopoulos - suitcase and sports bags
A record-breaking long list of donors for the July 10/12th shipment:
Stephanie Valiquette - suitcases, purchased khaki items, toothbrushes and more! Plus, she offered a drop off location, sorted, photographed, and delivered more than once!
Shameela Shakeel - shoes, clothing, and provided a drop off location
Luisa Lloyd - clothing, and picked up items from others
Adi Halberstadt - assorted clothing
Adriana Garcia De Lokbik - clothing, shoes, caps
Alcantara Ridge - shoes, clothes
Alison Backer - shoes
Amanda Calmus - sandals
Amanda DeFrancesco - boys' clothing
Andrew Lindsay - laptop, backpacks
Ann Barber - teen clothes
Barb Bulloch - purchased assorted needed new items
Becky Robertson - huge amount of clothing, shoes, sunglasses, educational materials, and more!
Carol McCreesh - shoes, clothes, water bottles, digital camera, many other great items!
Cheryl Bacon - backpack full of shoes, clothing fabric
Voula Papadopoulos - several boxes of clothing, shoes, cleats
Warren Lobo - 2 suitcases
July 28, 2021
Wowsers! A massive thank you to the Newmarket Soccer Club for all of the incredible goods they donated yesterday. Carol got it to the shipper today. See the Newmarket Soccer Club Album!
July 27, 2021
A thank you extended to our friend, Michael Deh, who donated 4 barrels of goods that were distributed at school today!
July 20, 2021
The shipment that left Aurora on May 20th was picked up today in Accra and then distributed on July 24th!
July 18, 2021
The eavestroughs at the school campus needed some serious repairs. Three of the five reservoirs were not filling with rain water.
July 16, 2021
Excitement gushing! Today we drilled a new borehole! Read about it (coming soon)! Thanks to Busch Systems for making this possible!
July 15, 2021
Over the last few days, sponsorship update and renewal letters filled with great news were sent to every single student sponsor! Our student sponsors are the unsung heroes, ensuring that their child can continue to get an education. #Lifechangers
July 14, 2021
The distribution from the May 10th shipment took place today! See the Shipping Album for photos!
July 12, 2021
Part #2 of the massive shipment in Ontario made it to the shipper today! There were 18 large items (suitcases and boxes) that just barely all made it in! See the list above to know who contributed.
July 11, 2021
The eaves troughs on school campus were repaired. Unfortunately, they are handmade and do not retain their shape well with the torrential rains… but, we desperately need to collect that rain water for our 5 reservoirs at school.
July 10, 2021
Shipped a huge amount today! 19 items were crammed in Carol's van. A very special shout out to Stephanie Valiquette who went above and beyond! Also, thank you to Shameela Shakeel, Luisa Lloyd, and Nicole Huang who also helped in an extra way.
July 6, 2021
The shipment that Carol sent on May 10th was ready for Abraham and Linda to pick up today. See the Shipping Album for photos!
June 2021 Item 1
Many thanks to everyone who gave and helped out this month!
Melanie McAlister - clothing
Regan Scott - shorts
Marta McConnell - clothing
Hawkeye - school goods
Kim McNeill and Luisa Lloyd - 3 bags of clothing
Brenda Hillaby - suitcases, clothing and more
Sharon Quyn - 2 huge bags of clothing
Charlene Ramnares - box of children's clothing
Clarinda Luiz - clothing
Lourita Lue-Shing - clothing
Sylvia McQuarrie - volleyball net
Lauri Foss - 3 suitcases
Annabelle Berger - clothing and shoes
Tomoko Ichikawa Valiquette - clothing
Ramya Raghavan - 2 huge bags of clothing
Jodie MacDearmind - clothing and shoes
Sara Prince - clothing, safety vest
Barb Bulloch - clothing, belts, assorted other needed items
Bonnie Devine - school items
Laurie Wilson - clothing, belts, dictionaries
Tracey Martin - clothing
Ashley Jamieson Hinchley - new pants
Melodie Robar - uniform shorts
Haley Lauzon - belts, new shoes
Miriam Goodger Dos Anjos - easel, magnetic letters, felt
Nicole Huang - shoes, medical boot, clothing
Aurora Preparatory Academy - huge amount of new clothing, school materials, assorted items
Mary Beth Kelly - went on an amazing shopping spree: new khakis, new belts, toothbrushes
Peggy Beauchamp - sports bags
Shelley Orbito Queyquep - suitcase
Rafah Sinan - shoes
Sonya Grundy - shorts
Mary Lynn Greer - clothes, toothbrushes, bags, shoes
Kerra Ruffalo - shoes
Stephanie Valiquette (who also kindly was a drop off location and did some shopping with financial donations) - toothbrushes, school supplies, shoes, cloth diapers, clothing, and more!
Anna Chan - shoes and clothing
Deborah Pratt - suitcases and shoes
Barbi Pilkington Black - shoes
Michelle Diane - lots of shoes
Meghann Anderson's shoe drive:
June 2021 Item 2
We have some students writing their final high school exams while others are completing their final work placement. It's exciting! It means that some sponsors, perhaps, will want to consider taking on a new student, which, of course, is EXTREMELY wonderful.
Rainy season started almost 2 months late - yes, this will likely be very difficult for the farmers.
June 30, 2021 Item 1
Wowsers! What a big shipment! A huge thanks to Trevor Martin for helping Carol get it to the shipper… and a big thanks to every single person who contributed! See above for the list of names and be sure to check the 2021 Shipping Album!
Repairs to the eavestrough, fascia, and reservoir systems at Dekpor Basic School.
June 25, 2021 Item 2
Building maintenance is important! Painted school student toilets, all 3 Yia town facilities, and Dome's also! See the Painting - 2021 Album!
June 20, 2021
Amazing news, we have just received funding to drill for a new aquifer! A huge thanks to Busch Systems! Things got mighty scary for several weeks when there was zero water because the current aquifer ran dry. This new borehole will be dug substantially deeper and tap into a different aquifer. Stay tuned for the drilling next month!
June 12, 2021
Two of our electrical students are undergoing the rigorous examination process to get their Level 1 in electricals. It will be a bit of a wait before results are published. Fingers crossed for Benjamin and Wonder.
June 7, 2021
Thanks to so many friends, the last of the multipurpose bowls, all 120 of them, were distributed today!
June 2, 2021
Thanks to Craig Busch and Guys That Give for the opportunity for Carol to speak tonight!
Thanks to everyone who gave for the shipment on May 20th:
Rafeek Baksh - 11 suitcases filled with clothing, shoes, and assorted goodies!
Laura Mateyak - 2 big bags of clothing and shoes
Marina Moir - 2 big bags of clothing and shoes
Stephanie Mae - gym bag and children's clothing
Tammy - lots of outdoor toys, backpacks, shoes
Cheryl Bacon - suitcases, backpacks, shoes
Dianne Lotto Cordeau - shoes, clothes, school goods, assorted
Irene and Jim Sheardown - linens and towels
Ann Grospe - 3 pairs of steel-toed work boots
Jennifer Hunter - clothing, shoes
Alison Backer - clothing, shoes, 2 digital cameras
Jocelyn St. Germain - 2 huge containers of children's
clothing and shoes
Luisa Lloyd - clothing and shoes
Michelle Pozzebon - clothing
Items donated for the May 10th shipment, thanks to:
Maureen Doucette - infant and toddler clothing
Kalina Anna Scott - baby clothes
Julie Mallany - clothing and assorted items
Tiffany and Emily Wilson - backpack full of soccer clothes
Pat Drew - laptop, suitcases, canes, shoes, clothing, fabric, sewing needs and loads more!
Tracey Ratcliffe - gym bag full of goodies
Karen Kramer - clothing
Sabrina Howe - 6 big boxes full of new soccer clothes
Tracey Martin - school supplies
Niki Playter - children's clothing...new!
Hailey Graham - clothing, shoes, work boots
Franca Quartarone-Bichay - shoes, clothing
Melinda Truong - suitcases
Nella Di Nenno Fraser - chairs
Loretta Lau - many suitcases, clothing, shoes
Lillie Kwok - interfacing, suitcases
Plus items from friends who prefer to remain anonymous!
May 30, 2021
Wow! We reached the goal for the multipurpose bowl campaign! See the photos and the names in our Bowls album of the wonderful people who contributed!
May 20, 2021
Hokie shmokies, another shipment is on its way! This time 14 bags/suitcases. Thanks to the kind people who donated!
May 14, 2021
Bad news: big electrical surge that caused an electrical fault in our library.
Good news: one of our very own previously-sponsored students, Michael, was able to
deal with all of the repairs!
May 10, 2021
The first shipment of the spring left Aurora
today. Yep, Carol's van was loaded
to the roof! Thanks to everyone who donated (see the list above).
May 8, 2021
We are thrilled to announce that 3 of our electricians are starting an intensive
prep course so they can be fully licensed to do commercial buildings! Congrats to
Senyo, Eric, and Michael!
May 5, 2021
Yahoo! We just had 100 manufactured, single
desks delivered to Dekpor Basic School! This will help with physical distancing
in the older grades!
This month we have more of our sponsored students working really hard in
preparation of upcoming exams: 2 electricians (Benjamin and Wonder) and 3
seamstresses (Olivia, Elikplim, and Rosemary)
Three of our electrical students went to Accra for their energy commission
licensing graduation! A big congratulations to Michael K, Eric, and Senyo who passed
this very challenging level on their first try!
April 9, 2021
Our Basics Kit campaign raised
$6466! The kits have been distributed and we are
thrilled! There were 220 students helped by this!