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)

Slideshow presentation (pdf)

Aurora Rotary Club helps rural village in Ghana

2020 Accomplishments video (4:27)

We're making a difference!



Latest News

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)

July 2021

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
  • David Greer - tools
  • Dianne Cordeau - clothing, shoes, lawn chair, wide variety of items
  • East River Dental and Tina Brodsky - 15 cases of toothpaste
  • Erin Leonard and Leslie E. - clothing, toothbrushes, footwear, toiletries, educational goods, and more
  • Farishteh Eriksen - trumpet, shoes, new educational toys, and more
  • Florianne Uwera - suitcase, shoes, belts, mouse
  • Forest Walks - clothes, shoes, memory sticks
  • Gillian McCreesh - laptop, clinic goods
  • Hailey Graham - clothing, belts, shoes
  • Hedy Chase-Rattner - clothing, shoes, school items x 2 drop offs
  • Jacky Shoesmith - khaki shorts, women's clothing
  • Jenny Henderson - shoes, women's clothing, fabric
  • Jorien Berg - women’s clothing
  • Judith Coveney - clothing and purchased pens, dry erase markers, toothbrushes
  • Julie Michaels - lots of clothing
  • Julie Robertson - face masks, school goods
  • Kayla Moreau - 5 suitcases
  • Kelly Marie - large amount of clothing and shoes x 2!
  • Kelly Olive-Schad - clothing, shoes
  • Kelly Pickard - 2 digital cameras, clothing, educational items
  • Kimberley Nelson - toothbrushes, pens, clothing
  • Laura Bondy - work boots
  • Laura Mateyak - boys’ clothing
  • Livia CB - shoes, cleats, school goods
  • Lourita Lue-Shing and family and friends - huge amount of clothing, shoes
  • Maricella Sauceda - military bags, shoes, red pens
  • Marina Marina - 2 phones, suitcases, balls, hard drives, headphones, many amazing tech items!
  • Mauren Casey - uniform shorts
  • Melan Gerendas - loads of kids’ clothing and shoes
  • Melissa Heidi Rautiainen - toothbrushes, sheets for fabric
  • Michelle and Brian Bodley - tools, 3 tool boxes, mitre, loads of clothes, shoes
  • Michelle Furtado - boys’ clothing, backpacks
  • Monica Chee - clothes, shoes, backpack, fabric, school items
  • Nadell Hawkins - shoes and clothing
  • Nicole Glover - clothing
  • Nicole Huang donated plus picked up from LeAnh, Shirley, Lan, Yvette - huge amount of clothes, shoes, school goods!
  • Nikki Martin - clothing
  • Norma McClinton - phone, suitcase, clothing, education items, sports equipment
  • Raven Elliot - 2 cell phones
  • Rebecca Prins - boys' clothing
  • Rita Forte - clothing, shoes
  • Rose-Anne Morier - suitcases, clothes, shoes, toothbrushes, school supplies
  • Sama Almaarofi - shoes and clothes
  • Sandra Hartman - clothing, shoes, fabric
  • Sarita Lakra - clothing
  • Shahr Zad and friend - memory sticks, loads of clothing, diapers, diaper bag
  • Sigma Promotions (thanks to Nikki and Amanda) - suitcase, 3 boxes of t-shirts, reusable water bottles, drawstring bags, other assorted new items
  • Stephanie Rosette Shawky - hardshell suitcase and toothbrushes
  • Suzanne Highland MacPherson - clothing, shoes, balls, linens
  • Sylvia MacQuarrie - toddler socks
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - soccer goods, clothing, sports bag
  • Vaia Birrell - fabric, shoes, clothes, backpacks, educational games, and more
  • Vicky Xekominos - clothing, 3 hockey bags, balls, computer cases, bags
  • 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:
    • Jean Anderson
    • Bonnie Aguiar
    • Shannon Morrell
    • Savana Collier
    • Mariluz Molina
    • Lisa Graham
    • Jordana Osetti
    • Melanie Williams
    • Patty Prete
    • Erin McKay

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!

June 25, 2021 Item 1

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!

May 2021

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 items
  • 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!
  • 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!

April 2021

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)

April 13, 2021

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!

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