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December 2021 Item 1

Thanks to those who donated items to fly to Ghana with Linda in the 4 suitcases British Air waived for us:

  • Bonnie Devine - school items
  • Deb Uden - 2 suitcases, clothing
  • Diane and Ken Parnell - cell phone
  • Helen Rochon - PS2 games and other items
  • Jo Kangas - clothing and assorted items
  • Karen Kramer - children's clothing and Duplo
  • Keltie Stewart - suitcase
  • Kim Morris - school items
  • Kristy Chantelle - loads of clothing, backpacks, keyboard and mice
  • Maricel - loads of shoes
  • Michael Walters - a laptop * He gave US a gift on his 18th birthday!
  • Ninah Lucila - cell phone
  • Regan Scott - linens, eyeglasses
  • Rita Goverde and mom - suitcase
  • Sharon Quyn - kids' clothing, sheets, loads of fabric and sewing goods
  • Sue and Devin Walters - cell phone
  • Susan Heagy - suitcase and fabric
  • Tracey Martin - suitcase, backpacks and reusable bags
  • Wendy and Elizabeth MacDonald - suitcases

December 2021 Item 2

In Dekpor, Abraham was kept hopping for the entire month. There were 23 brand new apprentices starting--that's over and above the students we already had sponsored! Many of them required lodgings in a different town which means a whole lot of groundwork finding an appropriate place and getting them all set up.

In Canada, the focus was running the holiday campaigns and we are so very grateful to all who made donations! A thanks to everyone who gave to the pencil/pen, town tools , or the textbooks campaigns--your generosity was overwhelming!

December 3, 2021

A huge shout of gratitude to the Sprott Foundation for the incredible $5000 donation toward the textbook fund!

December 2, 2021

Tax receipts for the last quarter were issued today. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

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)

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!

March 2021

We had several of our older students writing NVTI exams this month. It included: 5 electricians, 3 masons, 1 auto mechanic, 1 welder, 2 seamstresses.

February 27, 2021

All student updates were sent out! Thanks to our amazing student sponsors who help children get an education! You are our heroes!

February 17, 2021

The solar lights that were purchased thanks to Shari and David van de Pol, are being installed at our town toilet facilities. See Step by Step album.

February 16, 2021

Today was the first ICT class instructed by Wisdom. Thanks to Alan Lawrence for funding this!

February 13, 2021

The shipment that was sent from Ontario in December arrived earlier this week. Distribution is ongoing, but today the clothing and shoes were distributed in a more remote area.

February 11, 2021

More action at Dekpor Central Shops as another day of communal labour results in more traffic speed bumps to slow travellers in the area.

February 1 - 3, 2021

We are so grateful that we were finally able to host Health Week at Dekpor Basic School. A team of dentists and vision specialists were brought in, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Emajjin Children's Foundation.

January 30, 2021 Item 1

The construction of the road speed bumps has begun at the Dekpor Central Shops.

January 30, 2021 Item 2

Another day of communal labour became an opportunity for the distribution of the last of the farming tools that were purchased with the December 2020 campaign funds. Take a look at the album: Farming Tools, 2021.

January 19, 2021

Today marked the first day of classes at Dekpor Basic School. It's been a long time since most elementary students have been to school.

January 15, 2021

Today was school clean up day at Dekpor Basic School. Many students show up, as expected, to do their fair share of the work. And, what a bonus this time, because those who contributed were given a brand-new backpack thanks to Staples!

January 14, 2021

Meeting held at Dekpor Basic today for all the sponsored elementary students. Each received a brand-new backpack, courtesy of Staples in Newmarket, Ontario! We are so grateful to the combo of Luisa Lloyd, Liz Gilpin, Adrien Lear, and Sayed and Caroline of Staples Newmarket. (See the Shipping - 2020, Distributed January 2021)
Staples logo

January 7, 2021

The student-made, full-length broom distribution is almost complete. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Please see the Brooms - 2020 album.

December 2020

We would like to thank everyone for their support in a year full of challenges. Please take the time to see the 2020 Accomplishments video (4:27) just above in the At A Glance section here on the homepage.

This month has seen an incredible amount of work being done at Dekpor Central Shops. Several of the stores have opened and more are expected to start their business within the next couple of months. Exciting!

December 31, 2020

Our holiday campaigns were a resounding success! The student-made, full-length broom campaign raised $2300 and will allow us to distribute 615 brooms. The farming tools campaign raised $5150 for new adzes and machetes to be distributed in the new year! Thank you to every single person who contributed!

December 24, 2020

The second portion of the September shipment from Ontario was distributed by Linda and Abraham, with the help of several students. Hundreds of photos in the Shipping album for you to see!

December 8, 2020

Glen Eplett, our wonderful accountant, was recognized at his workplace for his volunteering with DSDO. A tribute donation is being made to us as a result! Congrats, Glen and thank you for the hours you contribute!

December 2, 2020 Item 1

A portion, meaning 22 of the items, of the big shipment from September has been picked up in Ghana by Abraham and Linda.

December 2, 2020 Item 2

Carol got the last shipment of the year sorted, packed, labelled and prepped and off to the shipper this afternoon. 16 suitcases/boxes/shipping bags/totes are starting their two-month journey. See Shipping - Dec 2, 2020.
Piles of suitcases and shipping bags inside Carol's van.

November 2020 Item 1

Thanks to the following people who donated goods this month:

  • Lillie Kwok - shoes, clothing
  • Jori B - outdoor toy vehicles
  • Sara Prince - suitcase, shoes
  • Deborah Pratt - 4 large suitcases, duffle bags, shoes (will be shipped in the spring)
  • Michelle and Brian - large assortment of tools, hardware
  • Judy Nash Hoffman - DVDs, shoes
  • Brandy Kinnear - 2 bags full of shoes
  • HPS - shoes
  • Mystie Phillips - 2 suitcases, backpack
  • Luisa Lloyd - 2 backpacks full of clothing
  • Ann Lablans - laptop
  • Brigitte Theriault - large assortment of school goods, laptop cases, educational toys
  • Joy Nguyen - dolls
  • Julie Mallany - soccer clothing, shoes, suitcase, cooler
  • Cheryl Bacon - balls, cleats
  • Laurie Wilson - clothing
  • Lydia Ridd - soccer goods
  • Jennifer Weaver - soccer clothes
  • AYSC - 5 big bags of soccer clothes
  • Brenda Hillaby - shoes, clothing, school supplies
  • Loba Fallah - 5 bags of clothing, backpacks, new infant outfits
  • Susan Heagy - 5 large suitcases stuffed with fabric, sewing notions, school items, medical boots
  • Sera Weiss - sand toys
  • Bonnie Devine - dry erase paper
  • Karen Kramer - clothing, shoes
  • Angie and Cooper - shoes, sandals, Duplo, toys
  • Laura Mateyak - backpacks, clothes
  • Hailey Graham - clothing, shoes
  • Amanda Calmus - shoes and clothing

November 2020 Item 2

In Dekpor this month, there has been a lot happening at the Dekpor Central Shops! We are trying to get all 10 buildings built by the end of the year!

November 26, 2020

Another shipment is being prepared in Aurora, Ontario.

November 14, 2020

We have a new campaign running this year! Handmade brooms made by one of our sponsored students are being commissioned so they can be given to women. So far there have been 50 distributed! An album will be available at a future date.
Emmanuel holding one of the brooms he made.

November 8, 2020

Thanks to Shari and David van de Pol for financing the purchase of 12 solar lights in Ontario that will be shipped to Dekpor for use at the town toilet facilities and the clinic! See the Step by Step album.
A big box containing the purchased solar lights from Shari and David.

November 1, 2020

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, our annual fundraiser, went virtual and we had an incredible handful of participants who managed to surpass the fundraising goal! See the STWM 2020 Album!
A collage of the 7 different participants who signed up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

October 2020

Thanks to the following people who donated goods this month:

  • Marianne Willcocks - suitcase
  • Shaheen C - several pairs of glasses
  • W.C. Little Elementary School and Valerie Odette - 75 pairs of shoes

October 31, 2020

Tessa and Sara in Australia and Jennifer in Scarborough all finished their 5 k today!
Sara and baby Tessa, who is in her stroller, in front of water at their 5 kilometre mark.
Jennifer McLaren wearing a cracked egg on her torso, a hen on her head, and holding a sign.

October 25, 2020

Jessy de Haan was in Colorado doing her STWM run today!
Jessy de Haan standing right beside an elephant.

October 24, 2020

Philip Schaeffer left today. During his stay, he managed to donate and install 9 raspi set ups. See our Tech Items - 2020 Album.
Philip with Linda and several of our high school students.

October 23, 2020 Item 1

Yippee! The metal walls for #4 Central Shop were delivered after dark tonight.

October 23, 2020 Item 2

Valerie Odette of W.C. Little Elementary School in Barrie was responsible for 75 pairs of shoes coming our way! Awesome!
5 garbage bags holding 75 pairs of shoes.
Exterior view of WC Little school.

October 19, 2020

The Longe family in British Columbia finished their group STWM efforts today! See the album!
Surrounded by a beautiful blue landscape are Sophie, Alex, Jon and Becky Longe.

October 17, 2020 Item 1

Today, in Michigan, was Elle Bowman's STWM day.
Out in the woods, Elle Bowman is consoled by her boyfriend.

October 17, 2020 Item 2

Day 2 of Carol's STWM 2020 experience, appropriately on World Eradication of Poverty Day! Nolan and Amanda of Sunderland also did their run today! See the album!
Nolan and Amanda in front of a field before they start their run.

October 16, 2020

Today, World Food Day, Carol did her first outing to participate in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge event! 3 hours. Wearing 'A Drop in the Bucket' costume.
Carol wearing a huge bucket costume that has a drop hanging above her head.

October 15, 2020

With a thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson, we have 212 brand new African-authored books for the library! These are ALWAYS the first ones borrowed and are the most-loved. See our Step-by-Step album.
The librarian, Mr Halogbe, standing behind a table with 212 new books spread out on it.

October 12, 2020

Linda and Abraham did a pickup at the shipper. The load that Carol sent on August 13th (13 items) is about to be distributed!

October 10, 2020

Our secondary students are either settling in at their work placements, away at school, or tutoring elementary students at Dekpor Basic School. It has taken a huge amount of organizing for Linda and Abraham to get every single one of them in a good place during the pandemic.

October 2, 2020

Philip Schaeffer and Edi Schmickl have arrived in Dekpor from Austria. Edi stayed for the weekend, but Philip has 3 weeks to help in the computer lab and with our latest Dekpor shop. Edi brought 2 huge boxes of goods for the clinic, arranged by Eva Strotzka and donated by Nicole.
Edi Schmikl beside  midwife at clinic, while Abraham hands over medical supplies.

September 2020 Item 1

Thanks to the following people who donated to the September shipments:

  • Grace Bauman - resuable diapers
  • Jorien B - shoes, magna doodle, clothing
  • Janinne Gaspari - soccer cleats, clothing
  • Michelle Helene and Brian - clothes, shoes, school goods, sewing notions, tools
  • Krystal Elle - medical books, computer books, DVD player with DVDs
  • Mona Mirshahi - 18 pairs of shoes
  • Mystie Phillips - DVDs
  • Ron Sheardown - clothes
  • Sandee Sharpe - GoPro, cables
  • Jessica W - steel-toed shoes
  • Jennifer - clothing and shoes
  • Alexandra Noel French - women's clothing, shoes
  • Brenda Waite - hard hat
  • Nancy Lindsay (delivered by Gillian McCreesh) - shoes, clothing
  • Julie Cooper Ferris - suitcases, hockey bag
  • Anthony, Leilah, and Lourita Lue-Shing - loads of goods all packed in suitcases (educational materials, sewing goods, toys, and more)
  • Lydia Ridd - suitcases, clothes, educational goods
  • Dianne Lotto - educational goods, shoes
  • Nicole Huang - 30 pairs of shoes
  • Aurora neighbour, BD - learning materials, games, school goods
  • Hawkeye - plastic containers, bins, organizers, bulletin boards
  • Angela Yeoman - 16 pairs of shoes
  • Barbie Harris - clothing, assorted goods
  • Brenna Wiedrick - shoes, clothes
  • Tracey Martin - clothes
  • Ansa Gobin - medical goods, glasses, shoes, clothing
  • Charlene Ramnares - clothing
  • J-H-S - welding items
  • Donna Kerr via Elizabeth Jean Graziano - Skin-so-Soft products for Linda to ward off mosquitoes
  • Keltie Stewart - 22 pairs of shoes
  • Sarah-Lou Tomlin - Clothing and shoe drive that filled 4 large shipping bags! > 120 pairs of shoes
  • Alison Backer - clothes and shoes
  • Shameela Shakeel - soccer balls
  • Luisa Lloyd - Shoe and clothing drive; over 200 pairs of shoes!
  • K & L Zanardo - clothes
  • Marta McConnell - fabric, clothing, laptop carrying case
  • Laura Mateyak - fabric, clothing, 2 brand new sets of educational texts

September 2020 Item 2

We have 14 secondary level students who started work attachments (like an internship) this month!

September 29, 2020

Today was September Shipment, Part 2! Both Carol and her neighbour, Trevor Martin, took loads to the shipper. Two-day total of 40 boxes/shipping bags/suitcases/hockey bags! A grateful thank you to all who contributed! Check out the Shipping Albums.
Shipping bags crammed into hatch back of Trevor's vehicle.
Side view of Carol's van with side door and passenger door open showing all of the suitcases, boxes, and shipping bags.

September 28, 2020 Item 1

Luisa and Ewan Lloyd put out a call to friends and neighbours to collect shoes and clothing and did they ever come through! Carol picked up the collection and it filled half the van! Wow!
Ewan and Luisa stand in their driveway behind many bags of collected shoes and clothing.

September 28, 2020 Item 2

Off to the shipper for September Shipping, Part 1! Carol's van was loaded to the roof with 18 large items!

September 23, 2020

Sarah-Lou Tomlin held a goods drive and managed to fill 2 shipping bags and 2 hockey bags! Tonight, Carol picked it all up! A big thanks to all of Sarah-Lou's circle who generously gave!
Smiling Sarah-Lou stands beside the two hockey bags and two shipping bags that are loaded with items.

September 16 - 18, 2020

Abraham and Linda picked up the July 34-item massive shipment from Ontario and it is being distributed in Dekpor! Wow, such fun! Check the Shipping Albums to see if you can find some of the goodies you gave!

September 14, 2020 Item 1

Our JHS 3 (junior high school, year 3) students wrote their final BECE exams today. They had to provide their own table and chair/desk at the exam location 50 minutes away. DSDO helped them out with a tractor and wagon by taking a load of desks from Dekpor Basic School, because walking almost an hour one way while lugging a desk would NOT be the best way to prep for exams!
A tractor's wagon is precariously loaded with desks while 3 teenage boys pose sitting at the top of the pile.

September 14, 2020 Item 2

Elementary schools are still closed in Ghana due to the pandemic. DSDO has found a way to keep our sponsored elementary students learning! We've hired tutors, have very small groups spread out in classrooms, windows open (as always), masks are on, and lessons in English, math, and ICT are being taught. And by golly, there is food, also! The album will be available soon.
Students seated at desks, well spread out in a horseshoe formation.
Smiling girl happily shows her bowl of food.

September 12, 2020

Exciting news! We have started the construction of the next 7 shops. The foundations are being done by our very own students!

August 2020

Thanks to the following people who contributed to the August 13th shipment:

  • Carla Alcantara - clothing
  • Natasha Adzic - vehicle play mat, car track
  • Lillie Kwok - magnetic letters
  • Cheryl and Benny Bacon - shoes, clothes, soccer balls, backpack with school goods
  • Sharon Quyn - books, several bags of children's clothing, shoes, and toothpaste for many students! (Thanks for rallying friends and multiple visits!)
  • Nadell FH - 3 canes
  • Jennifer Francis-Smikle - 4 canes (with fond thoughts of Grandad)
  • Michelle Campbell - shoes, clothing
  • Tom and Linda Edwards - newly purchased text books for one of the high school students and 6 laptops!
  • Michelle Helene - crutches, cane, dictionary, shoes
  • Margaret Skelly Keenan - hard hat, new children's clothing
  • Barb Porter - fabric
  • Shirley Hockin - sewing machine
  • Amanda Longshaw - a barrel full+ of clothing, soccer balls, baby items, hockey bag
  • Sigma Promotions - clothing and bags
  • Stephanie Mae Valiquette - suitcases, variety of luggage bags, laptop case, clothing
  • Vukicevic family - shoes, clothing
  • Kims Kaur - shopping excursion of brand new shoes
  • Rachel Good - clothing, fabric
  • Kirsten Stuart - shoes, clothing, backpack
  • Amanda DeFrancesco - Megablocks, water containers
  • Victoria LaRocque - loads of Hotwheels, books, backpacks (Shaelyn, thanks for deflating the soccer balls!)
  • Addy and Cam Johnson - shoes
  • Kelly, Reed and Crosby Schad - shoes, clothing and soccer balls (Thanks for making 2 trips, Crosby!)
  • Christina Marie Jevez - clothing
  • Marta McConnell - assorted goodies
  • Aurora Neighbours - shoes, clothing, containers for use at school

All of the above left in the August 13th shipment. All of the below will be shipped at a later date.

  • Grace Bauman - reusable cloth diapers
  • Jorien Berg - children's shoes
  • Michelle Helene - clothing, shoes, computer mouse
  • Janinne Gaspari - clothing, soccer goods
  • Krystal Elle - medical books, computer books, DVD player and DVDs
  • Mona Mirshahi - 18 pairs of shoes
  • Mystie Phillips - large container of DVDs
  • Ron Sheardown - clothing
  • Sandee Sharpe - GoPro, cables
  • Jessica W - safety shoes
  • Jennifer - kids' clothing and footwear
  • Alexandra Noel French - shoes, clothing

August 31, 2020 Item 2

A personal letter was written for every sponsored student -- see You've Got Mail!
A boy is holding his personal letter.
Many colourfully decorated envelopes spread out on a table.

August 31, 2020 Item 3

Secondary students have finished their exams and JHS 3 are prepping for exams. Library books are still being borrowed via Linda and Ab's house — thank goodness Linda thought ahead on this!

August 31, 2020 Item 4

Wisdom opened up his shop and has had business already!
Wisdom choosing items from a store in Accra to purchase and use in his own shop in Dekpor.

August 29, 2020

Work has started on the next shops — the masonry students are cutting the blocks!

August 27, 2020

The seamstresses have started sewing the uniforms for the elementary sponsored students!
A seamstress is sitting in front of her sewing machine, holding a piece of fabric for a student's uniform.

August 27, 2020

The shipment Carol sent on June 12th is being distributed by Abraham and Linda in Dekpor starting today. Check the shipping albums to see if you can find the goodies you donated!
Many people looking at and choosing clothing from piles on ground.
Headmasters look donated learning materials and teaching supplies.

August 24, 2020

We are very proud of Wisdom and Saviour for writing their final exams and completing their ICT studies! On to an exciting future!

August 13 , 2020

Carol is off to the shipper with a van of goodies. This time, 7 shipping bags, 1 barrel, 1 hockey bag, 1 wheelchair, 1 bag with crutches, and 2 boxes! A hearty thank you to all who contributed to this load — see the list above. See the Shipping Album for more photos.
Back of a van loaded with bags, suitcases, and a wheelchair.

August 11, 2020

Carol was interviewed by Kate van Buskirk of Canada Running Series! We are hoping to turn the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon into a global affair! If you are interested in participating, please contact!
Zoom meeting showing three people; Carol pictured at bottom.

August 10, 2020

This is deLIGHTful news! We are happy that 130 solar lights are being distributed! Please see the Solor Lights album for more info.
A little boy stands in front of his home made of thatch, holding a solar light.

August 9, 2020

We appreciate everyone who donates goods, but sometimes there is a donation that is just rather mind-blowing! Today, Tom and Linda Edwards, former outreach volunteers who spent the summer of 2016 in Dekpor, donated a set of required texts for one of our high school boys AND an incredible 6 laptops! We are so grateful!
Several donated text books.
6 laptops given by Tom and Linda Edwards spread on floor.

August 5, 2020

The May 29th shipment arrived yesterday, and the distribution of clothing, shoes, suitcases and a few other items will be done within the next couple of days. See the Shipment Distribution albums… all FIVE of them!
A little girl happily holds a bunch of clothing.
Piles of clothing fill space on floor of Linda and Ab's house.

July 2020

Thanks to those who gave to our shipment for this month:

  • Zero20kids - huge bags of beautiful new pajamas (night shirts and pants), fabric
  • Maristella Salvi - 2 bags of clothing
  • Laurie Wilson - dictionary
  • Rafeek Baksh - many suitcases filled with goods, a walker, clothing, shoes, school needs, dry erase markers, pens, and more! Wow!
  • Ron Sheardown - water bottles, men's clothing
  • Annette Gray - laptop bag, clothing, suitcase, toothbrushes, hard hat, sewing goods, and more!
  • Melodie Robar - shoes
  • Shanice Brown - shoes
  • Shelley Bertini - women's clothing
  • Nasrin Parvin - baby boy clothing
  • Marta McConnell - sewing machine, 2 bags of clothing
  • Barb Bulloch - digital camera, USB memory sticks, sewing goods, toothbrushes, clothes, crutches, running shoes (thanks for shopping!)
  • Jacine Harrington - Hooked on Phonics, cassette player, art goods, women's clothing
  • Jodie McDearmid - shoes, clothing
  • Cheryl Bacon - suitcase, clothing, linens, school materials, shoes, children's dishes
  • Alison Fair - cane, new clothing for boys
  • Jessica W - steel toe shoes, shoes, women's clothing
  • Mary Beth Kelly - 2 suitcases, clothing, shoes, and an incredible shopping spree of red pens, dry erase markers, sharpeners, toothbrushes
  • Margaret Skelly Keenan - 3 iPhones (WOW!), 3 suitcases, clothing, shoes
  • Paula Lemyre Kalfon - shoes, clothing, art goods, fabric
  • Natalie Cameron - soccer ball, cleats, shin pads, sewing goods, lots of clothing
  • Barbie Harris - women's clothing
  • Adriana Garcia De Lokbik - shoes, children's clothing, women's clothing
  • Melissa Anne - loads of shoes, clothing, soccer balls, and educational goods
  • Lillie Kwok - toy vehicles, school goods, clothing, shoes
  • Melanie Chocron Abalos - loads and loads and loads of clothing, shoes, and educational games and goods
  • Charlotte Sargent - soccer balls
  • Annabelle Berger - shoes, hats
  • Ivana Di Placido - shoes, clothing
  • Suzy Binstock - shoes, pencils
  • Victoria Heaslip - suitcase
  • Brenna Wiedrick - a special Linda request
  • Christine Salama - clinic goods, clothing, books, shoes, and more
  • Michelle Helene - clothes, hats, dictionary
  • Laura Bondi - women's clothing
  • Clarissa Mahnkopf - women's clothing
  • Tanya Fletcher Mathurin - clothing, suitcase
  • Sasha Reznik - shoes, clothing
  • Luisa Lloyd and friends - loads of clothing, books, shoes
  • Karen Kramer - several digital cameras, clothing
  • Mary Kramer - brand new children's clothing
  • Paula Lamanna - crutches, shoes, balls
  • Christine Romas - soccer balls, clothing
  • Charleson family - 3 well-timed hockey bags
  • Mavis Burnham - fabric, soap, toothbrushes
  • Staples Newmarket - approximately 300 backpacks

July 29, 2020

What? Another shipment? Thanks to the help of Liz Gilpin and Luisa and Ewan Lloyd, there were extra hands on deck to prep more than half of the goodies from Staples. Five hours after backing the length of Staples' loading dock to empty the skids at Staples, Carol's van was full and the contents were ready to be delivered to the shipper! Three hours later, and it was a fait accompli!
Luisa and Ewan stand in a sea of boxes and backpacks from Staples.
Carol's van is loaded with 11 shipping bags full of shoes from Luisa and backpacks from Staples.

July 29, 2020

A team effort by Adrien Lear, her mom Lee-Ann, Luisa Lloyd, her son Ewan, Liz Gilpin, and Caroline and Sayed of Staples Newmarket -- Staples made a donation of approximately 300 new backpacks a beautiful reality! We are so grateful to all who helped make this happen!
Staples Logo
Two skids of boxes filled with backpacks for Dekpor.
Carol, Adrien, Liz, Luisa,Lee-Ann, standing in front of loaded vehicle on loading dock at Staples.

July 23, 2020

Oh, what a day! Another 34 suitcases/shipping bags/hockey bags were loaded into Carol's van for TWO trips to the shipper in one day! So many new DSDO supporters donated goods! We are very grateful! This shipment should arrive late September. (See the Shipping - 2020, July 23 Shipment)
Garage full of containers to be loaded into van.
Carol's van with doors open and bags and items reaching roof.
Carol in the foreground in the driver's seat, and a blissfully empty van behind her.

July 22, 2020

The Halogbe house was finished and we truly are bursting with pride for the wonderful work done by OUR sponsored young men! Please read how so many donors contributed to fund this and how quickly and efficiently the team of boys worked to complete the job!
The walls have been repaired and painted two tones of blue.
Family photo of the mom, dad, and seven children.

July 19, 2020

The past week in Aurora, Ontario has been spent collecting, sorting, and preparing goods for a BIG shipment!

July 10, 2020

Construction has begun on our beloved Mr. Halogbe's house, thanks to Dekpor Construction Company. Moses, Mawuko, Emmanuel, Ben and Wonder have been hired and this is all possible because Jessy de Haan sprang into action and asked her friends and family to help finance this incredible make over! See the album!
The mud house has many cracks in walls.
Moses, Mawuko, Wonder, Benjamin, and Emmanuel crouched in front of new block walls enclosing porch.
Jessy de Haan holding hands with Dekpor children on school campus.

July 9, 2020

Sponsor updates were emailed to all of the wonderful people who support a student! We are so incredibly grateful to all of these real-life heroes who are changing the futures for so many Dekpor kids!

July 4, 2020

The dilapidated house has been fixed up! Please see the story and photos in Raise the Roof. What a jaw-dropping change!
The house is painted white with blue trim.

July 2, 2020

Zero20kids has done it again! This time a van load of beautiful new nightshirts and sleep pants, along with lovely fabric for our seamstresses to use. We are so very grateful. See Shipping - 2020, July 23 Shipment
4 different night shirts.
Many large bags filled with sleepwear.
Zero 20 Kids Logo
June 2020

Thanks to those who gave to our shipment for this month:

  • Sonya Kos - clothing, shoes, play mat, educational materials
  • Sharleen McAuley - sewing machine
  • Jon Moffat - shoes
  • Shannon Clark - phone, cane
  • Dianne Lotto - hard hats
  • Lydia Ridd - sand toys, blocks, clothing
  • Anne Marie - suitcase, shoes, clothing
  • Nicole Huang - crutches, children's shoes, clothing, fabric, brand new steel toed shoes
  • Shirley, Xuan, Lan - clothing, toys, shoes
  • Shameela Shakeel - suitcase, clothing, shoes, DVDs, boots
  • Charlotte Sargent - clothing, school goods, easel
  • Katie Donnan - hockey bag, clothing and shoes
  • Ainsley Sanderson - clothing, shoes, hockey bag
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - clothing, several pairs of keeper gloves
  • Michelle Helene - 2 cameras, shoes, clothes
  • Barb Bulloch - case, and needed school items: red pens, dry erase markers, pencil crayons
  • DesRochers family - shoes, clothes, school goods, backpacks
  • Laura Mateyak - hygiene items x 30! (toothbrushes, paste, soap), clothing, cleats
  • Heather Sheardown - sewing machine
  • Carol Takagi - cell phones and cases, suitcase, shoes, memory sticks, hard drive
  • Laura Bondi - hard hats, steel toed work shoes, running shoes, clothing, pencils
  • Janine Woodfield - cleats
  • Jori Berg - children's clothing
  • Kirsten Stuart - clothing, shoes
  • KS's friend - laptop, school goods, and assorted goodies
  • Wendy Carvalho - suitcases
  • Stephanie Conway - clothes, shoes
  • Brenda Hillaby - shoes, memory sticks
  • Camila Machado Rodello - clothing, toys
  • Michelle Jones - a huge donation of sand toys, shoes, clothing, fabric, canes
  • Melodie Robar - shoes, fabric
  • Friends from York Region - clothing

All of the above left in the June 12th shipment.

  • Amanda Longshaw - loads of girl's clothing
  • Zero20kids - 39 pairs of new shoes
  • Sara Prince - assorted clothing
  • Michelle Helene - women's clothing
  • Kims Kaur - 4 suitcases, a walker, a wheel chair
  • Tony and Susan Anderson - laptop
  • Charlene Ramnares - puppets, children's clothing
  • Shaheen Kassim Moledina - school goods
  • Ron Sheardown - clothing

These goods will leave Ontario in July.

June 26, 2020

Many of our high school students headed back to the dorms today because classes are about to resume.

June 20, 2020

Another day of community service done by the students!

June 16, 2020

It was lovely to meet the owners of Zero 20 Kids, Anna and Santina, as they donated 39 pairs of brand-new beautiful shoes!
Zero 20 Kids Logo
39 shoe boxes with a couple of pairs of white shoes shown.

June 15, 2020

Basics Kits are almost all handed out now. In all, we were able to outfit 161 students with a few pairs of socks, knickers/underwear, and undershirts/camisoles.
Teenage boy happily holds up his new socks, boxers, and undershirts.
Young girl holds up her new knickers, undershirts and socks.

June 14, 2020

WOW! In less than 3 days, our incredible supporters gave generously to allow us to Raise the Roof!

June 13, 2020

It was time for another school campus clean-up day. The grass and weeds had taken over, there were many trees and branches that had fallen, the eaves troughs needed emptying, and 125 students showed up to help.
Three students in foreground working on chopping up a tree that had fallen during a storm.

June 12, 2020

With a van filled to the roof, Carol drove to visit the shipper today. A huge thanks to the many people who contributed this time! See Shipping - 2020 for more photos.
Carol's van loaded to the roof with shipping bags, suitcases, and containers.

June 12, 2020

With a van filled to the roof, Carol drove to visit the shipper today. A huge thanks to the many people who contributed this time! See Shipping - 2020 for more photos.
Carol's van loaded to the roof with shipping bags, suitcases, and containers.

June 10, 2020

A sad discovery that one of our sponsored students was living in a dangerously run-down home. See Raise the Roof to hear how many people jumped in to help and the incredible transformation!
Back view of the house covered in mould and in run-down condition.
Front view of very run-down home that has much of roof missing.

May 31, 2020

Thank you to the following people who contributed to the goods shipped this month:

  • Dagmara Kwiecinski - hundreds of shoes (with a big thanks to King George Jr. Public School kindergarten division) and loads of clothing
  • Sharon Quyn - walker, shoes, clothing, children's cases
  • Barb Porter - ribbon, tote bags
  • Jen Turla - clothing
  • Brenna Wiedrick - clothing
  • Michelle Helene - suitcases, clothing, cane
  • Naomi Attar-Nry - clothing
  • Jean Fedrigoni Robertson - sewing machine
  • Christine Salama - suitcases, soccer clothes
  • Michele Rauh - suitcases, clothing
  • Livy Chan - suitcases
  • Rikki Chojnacki-Pennacchio - suitcase
  • Sara Prince - children's clothing
  • Barb and Dana Bulloch - volleyball uniforms, eyeglasses
  • Ali Afshari and mom - backpacks
  • Dianne Lotto - toothbrushes and assorted goodies
  • Marta McConnell - 6 huge bags of clothing and more
  • Marianne Willcock - suitcase
  • Kim Bilous - clothing, 6 suitcases
  • Lenore G - suitcases and clothing
  • Carrie McLucas - clothing and shoes
  • Marina Moir - hockey bag
  • Ginan Fadel - children's medicine, clothing
  • Rebecca Prins - suitcase
  • Dean Stuart - 2 suitcases
  • Kirsten Stuart - 2 suitcases and clothing
  • Wendy Grecht - clothing
  • Mavis Burnham - 2 phones, fabric, crutches
  • Rita Forte - 2 sets of crutches, suitcase, clothing
  • Christine Montgomery - 3 cell phones, markers, toothbrushes
  • Judy Maclachlan-Dow - 3 pairs of crutches
  • Sara Prince - clothing
  • Sonya McFarlane - 2 canes
  • Karen Kramer - clothing
  • Golou Naderi - cane
  • Laura Bondi - 3 suitcases
  • Nadell FH - shoes and clothing
  • Sue MacPherson - crutches
  • Carol Montgomery - cell phone

Laptops donated by: Donna Jamieson, Julie Robertson, and Milla Yurman are being shipped this time since they can not go directly on a flight.

And 'shy' friends and neighbours from York Region - assortment of goodies!

May 28, 2020

Carol has been busy for the past week and a half with what may be the quickest accumulation of goods in the shortest amount of time! Today was a shipping day! Included: purchased solar lights for the town toilet facilities, purchased laptops (3) for ICT students, 130 solar lights that we got in the fall campaign! (The personal solar lights came from Florida, but then stayed in Ontario longer than expected.) Laptops, clothing, shoes, fabric, crutches, canes, and many other goods were sent on their way in 32 different suitcases, bags, and boxes. A very grateful thanks to Trevor Martin for also helping by driving a vehicle-full of these goods to the shipper!
Trevor Martin's vehicle showing interior filled with shipping bags and suitcases.
Carol's van, revealing suitcases stacked to the roof.

May 25, 2020

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Aurora for having Carol as their guest speaker tonight -- via Zoom!

May 20, 2020

Thank you to every single person who contributed to the Basics Kits fund! This year, $4500 was raised so we can purchase socks, underwear/knickers, and undershirts/camisoles. Stay tuned for the album!

May 2, 2020

The second lot of masks have been completed and distributed. That is an incredible 2129 face masks cut by Linda, sewn by Linda and a few of our sponsored girls, and then threaded by Abraham and some of the boys. In about a month, you will see the photos in the Combat COVID photo album.

April 30, 2020

An incredible 989 facemasks were made, with Linda in the lead as she organized the girls who have studied sewing at school. More will be started shortly.
Abraham works on threading the ties into a mask.
Female student making a facemask with colourful Ghanaian fabric.
One student uses her manual sewing machine to make mask.

April 29, 2020

The Combat COVID campaign is still running and we are very thankful to those who have chosen to contribute. This fund allows DSDO to purchase soap, bleach, and the materials necessary to make facemasks.

April 14, 2020

Three different days were set up in the last 3 weeks for students to give back by doing communal labour: clearing weeds, shoveling out the road gutters, and picking up garbage.
Sponsored high school girl shoveling  dirt out of gutter.
Students shovel dirt out of gutter.

April 12, 2020

Linda has started to make facemasks. She has tried out a couple of patterns and is in the process of cutting the fabric. Some of the new seamstress students will be set to work.
Linda sitting attable with her sewing machine, putting a mask together.

April 10, 2020

The shipment that left Ontario at the very end of January arrived in Ghana in April. Distribution of the school portion will be delayed, but the clothing, using very careful social distancing, was given to the kids. Just take a look at the hundreds of photos! We are extremely grateful to have had many first-time donors give to the children of Dekpor!
A little girl happily holds up shorts she has chosen.
A young boy shows  pants and tops he picked out.
Two little children holding clothing they picked out.

March 31, 2020

We have started the Combat COVID campaign and are using funds to purchase soap, bleach, and tippy tap materials: rope and jerry cans. An incredible 557 tippy taps have been set up in the past couple of weeks!
A girl washing her hands using tippy tap
Student attaching the rope to foot-controlled stick.

March 31, 2020

Schools in Ghana closed this month due to COVID-19, including Dekpor Basic. High school students came home to Dekpor and some of their schools have attempted to set up a form of distance/online learning, although it is extremely difficult when the students don't have a smart phone to receive messages via WhatsApp. One day at a time. We're very grateful to Sara Prince who happened to send 2 cell phones in the last shipment!

March 18, 2020

Our focus has turned to educating and reminding the people of Dekpor that they must be vigilant to stop the spread of sickness. The use of tippy taps, soap, frequent hand-washing, social distancing, and modifying typical practices has been encouraged, modeled, and announced as much as possible. If you would like to give to our Combat COVID fund, we surely appreciate the assistance!

March 12, 2020

A team of instructors has done 2 half-day math workshops for our teachers, showing them ways to use all of the math manipulatives we have purchased.
A district staff member shows the group of teachers how to use the math materials.
Teachers using clapping patterns while singing a song.

March 9, 2020

The Cline family arrived, and although their visit was shortened, they made a wonderful difference in the village with Teresa teaching math and science lessons, the whole family packing 1000 hygiene kits, reorganizing the library, and a doing a few other helpful jobs. Thank you, Cline family! See the Outreach album for more photos!
Teresa standing at board teaching math lesson.
The 5 members of the Cline family, Dad, Mom, and 3 sons.

March 4, 2020

Midyear updates were sent to our student sponsors today. Enjoy seeing the photos and reading the news!

March 2, 2020

Donation receipts for January and February were issued today. Check your email!

February 29, 2020

Thanks to the following for donations this month:

  • Jen Turla - clothing
  • Mystery person - fabric, eyeglasses, Lego game
  • Karen Scott - eyeglasses
  • Friends - science books

February 26, 2020

Further construction is happening at the shopping centre. Ramps are being constructed, a rain harvesting system is being constructed, and Ghanaian-style urinals are being built since the closest town toilet is too far away.
Pouring concrete to make ramps.
The blocks have been laid for the urinals.

February 22, 2020

The distribution of 1174 fuel-efficient stoves is finished! We are grateful to the following friends who made this possible: Jen, Joan, Julian, Gerard, Krista ( in honour of both Cathy and Jeff) , Carol, Becky, Diane and Clive, Matthew, Pat, Ann, Cory, Tom and Linda, Sara, Ginan, Kim (in honour of Grace and Claire), Laura, Jo-Anne, Busch Systems, Jackie (in honour of Linda), Peter (in honour of Arwid), Jonathan, Donna (in honour of both Carl and Jonathon), Lydia, ABC Book Club, Christina, Lucy, John and Shauna.
A woman holds her new fuel efficient stove.
Abraham shakes hands as he presents a woman with the box containing her new fuel efficient stove.

February 17, 2020

Shelley and Jim made a donation in memory of Myrtle and it's allowing us to get national health insurance cards for 12 adults. We are happy to give the gift of improved health! See our Designated Giving 2020 album.
A seated older woman smiles as she shows her new health card.

February 15, 2020

The farming tools for women have been distributed. 43 women just received either a cutlass or an adze, thanks to: Ana Vegega, Shari and David van de Pol, Lauren Pettinger, and Mary Card.
A young girl stands beside her mother and they both are holding the cutlass that was given to them.
An adze is held by a smiling woman and her son.

February 10, 2020

Wahoo! Thanks to many friends, 2045 pairs of underwear for girls were purchased in December in Ontario, and they just were distributed today! The girls at Dekpor Basic received 5 pairs, and the older girls away at high school also received underwear, too! Thanks to: Ian, Ana, Diane, Sandy (in honour of Kit, Laura, and Betty), Rita (in honour of Altaya), Becky (in honour of Ann), Pat, Jo-Anne (in honour of Linda), Nancy, Julie, and Amanda (in honour of Liz).
A girl in her late teens happily shows the new pairs of underwear that she received.
A little kindergarten student holds up her new pairs of underwear and smiles at the camera.
Seven little girls are looking shy as they hold up their underwear.

February 5, 2020

The December shipment was picked up today! There are hundreds of toothbrushes, eyeglasses, all of the girls' underwear from the December campaign, as well as some other goodies! Stay tuned as items are distributed.

January 31, 2020

Thanks to the following for donations this month:

  • Sara Prince - huge amount of clothing, both children's and adult, 2 cell phones
  • Nadell FH - clothing
  • Bea Jer - clothing
  • Charlene Ramnares - clothing
  • Michelle Helene - clothing
  • Jenny Yam - non-fiction books, girl's clothing
  • Janet Dorie - clothing, running shoes
  • Mauro Morano - clothing
  • Malak Mos - clothing, backpacks, shoes
  • Wendy Gerecht - children's clothing
  • Naomi Attar-Nry - baby clothes
  • Ramya Raghavan - children's clothing and shoes
  • Alma Tapang-Loverita - baby clothes
  • Ginan Fadhel - children's clothing
  • Marta McConnell - clothing, water bottles, toothpaste
  • Alison Backer - children's clothing and shoes
  • Lea Kovacs-Comission - girls' clothing
  • Olisa Adekayode - clothing and eyeglasses
  • Niki Playter - little girl's clothing
  • Laura Mateyak - children's clothing
  • Caitlin Briscoe - children's clothing
  • Kirsten Stuart - children's clothing
  • Dianne Lotto - clothing and an assortment of goods for the school
  • Rita Forte - clothing
  • Brenna Wiedrick - children's clothing
  • Sharon Quyn - children's clothing
  • Cory C. - clothing, shoes, speakers
  • Suzanne Fusco - 7 suitcases, backpacks, fabric, and more
  • Ashley Hinchliffe - children's clothes and shoes
  • Heather Todd - 3 suitcases
  • Donna and Ron Jamieson - glasses
  • Pat Speers - sewing notions

January 31, 2020

Cool news! Apparently #7 really IS lucky! After participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge and wearing a costume every single year, THIS year netted the desired results – Carol finally won the costume contest and won $500! To make it even sweeter, first time participant, Jennifer McLaren, also won and directed her $500 prize money to DSDO also! Crazy costumes have helped us purchase more fuel-efficient stoves for Dekpor!
Carol is dressed as a tooth, and she stands beside Jennifer dressed as a peanut butter sandwich.

January 31, 2020

Thanks to Trevor Martin who dropped the final 4 shipping bags to the shipper today!
4 very full shipping bags surrounded by other goods in shipper's warehouse

January 28, 2020

Carol headed to the shipper today with 4 shipping bags, 5 suitcases, 1 bin, and 9 chairs. Thanks to Hans Kang for helping load!
Carol's van loaded with shipping goods.

January 24, 2020

The distribution of the personal cook stoves is starting! There are 1174 fuel-efficient stoves that are being given to each woman who does the cooking for the household! We are extremely grateful to the wonderful people who understand what a big deal it is to be able to acquire these amazing stoves! We are part of a UN study!
Woman happily showing new fuel efficient stove she was given.

January 22, 2020

We have 2 new industrial stoves inside the cooking pavilion now, and secure bars enclosing the area to make it safe and protected. See the Cooking Pavilion album for more photos! A huge thanks to our special friends who made this extra step possible! We are so grateful!
Two cooks stand happily behind two new industrial-sized fuel-efficient stoves.

January 19, 2020

The cooking pavilion on school campus is getting a little improvement already! Secure bars are being put in… for the surprise that is going inside!
Three men lift bars into place.

January 12, 2020

A Dekpor first: outreach volunteer, Helen Rochon, is the first woman to ever fire one of the guns at the Warrior Festival!
Helen is getting ready to shoot the rifle.

January 8, 2020

The outer shell for Shops #4 and 5 arrived today! Oh, the excitement!
Several men helping move shell of shop to foundation.

January 6, 2020

Ms Eva Stotzka's BG/BRG Klosterneuburg class in Austria just made another donation! This time, it's $1100 CAD, and it's going to help one of our students who will be starting up a shop at Dekpor Central in June. See our Austrian Friends album.

January 4, 2020

Well, it's not just every day that we have an honorary Queen Mother and Chief as part of our NGO, but alas, Linda and Abraham were just installed!
Linda and Abraham seated for ceremony.

December 31, 2019

Thanks to the following for donations this month:

  • Jodie MacDearmid - clothing
  • Karen Kramer - clothing
  • Jyoti and Anil Sanwalka - suitcases, glasses, and shoes
  • Dr. Myrna Wong - 5 boxes of glasses

Glasses: Dr. Myrna Wong (5 boxes, including an entire case of eyeglasses cases!), Eva and Pam Perreira, Laura Wideman, Julie Robertson, Sandee Sharpe and friends, Jyoti Sanwalka, Barb Bulloch and friends, Jyoti and Anil Sanwalka, Aruna Duggal, Melissa Yarmus, Highview Public School, Busch Systems (thanks Mandy), Spectrum (thanks Suzanne), Dublin Heights (thanks Rochelle)

December 31, 2019

Helen Rochon is on her way to Ghana for her third visit to volunteer!

December 31, 2019

What a great way to end the year with designated giving! We are grateful for the $690 raised for the town tool fund by Bill, Steve, and Donatella. Jim and Shelley made a donation in memory of Myrtle Rout so that 12 adults will be given a national health insurance card. And then Ana, Lauren, and Shari and David have raised $800 for us to purchase farming tools for women!

December 30, 2019

The shoes from the 4 shoe drives done at Windfields Middle School, Aurora Preparatory Academy, Minesing Central Public School, and Moraine Hills Public School have been carefully displayed in the library hall, and the distribution began today. It will continue when school starts back next week.
Hundreds of pairs of shoes are displayed on the floor, benches, and tables inside the library hall.

December 27, 2019

Another shipment has arrived! This one holds the $$$$ worth of science goods that Emajjin Children's Foundation has covered!
The hatch is open on Abraham and Linda's van, revealing a full load of shipping bags and suitcases.

December 23, 2019

Linda and Abraham pick up another shipment! Stay tuned for photos. Since Carol sent 5 van-loads from Ontario in late September/October, Linda and Abraham chose to wait for them all to arrive to do the distribution. Check the Shipping 2019 albums.

December 22, 2019

The Dekpor Central Shops have opened! We are so wildly excited about this! Dekpor Central Cafe is being run by Jessica and Lawrencia, the stationery shop is run by Michael A., and the electrical supplies shop is being run by Michael K.!
Many people milling outside the Dekpor Central Cafe.
Electrical supplies shop and stationery shop.

December 18, 2019

Preparations for the shops continue!

December 16, 2019

Last shipment of the year leaves Aurora. A special thanks to Trevor Martin for helping Carol get the goods to the shipper. (9 shipping bags, 3 suitcases) What is included? Hundreds of toothbrushes, hundreds of eyeglasses, 2045 pairs of underwear, clothing, and assorted goods for the students and school.
Shipping bags and suitcases being filled with goods.

December 15, 2019

The girls' underwear campaign was a total success! Thanks to the following for helping us reach our goal: Sandy (in honour of Betty, Kit, and Laura) , Ian, Rita (in honour of Altaya), Diane, Becky (in honour of Mom), Patricia, Jo-Anne (in honour of Linda), Ana (in honour of the Niculae and Nikolic families), Nancy, Julie, and Amanda, Jon and Nolan (in honour of Liz).

December 12, 2019

Carol was invited to speak at the Sandbox CEO CNNX meeting to introduce Dekpor School Development Organisation--a nice opportunity!
Sandbox logo

December 11, 2019

Linda and Abraham picked up a load from the shipper. And, they have spent some time in Accra shopping for the necessities to open up our first shops! Totally exciting!

December 9, 2019

Dr. Myrna Wong of Aurora Family Eyecare donated FIVE BOXES of eyeglasses! Incredible!
Five boxes of eyeglasses and glass cases that were donated by Doctor Wong of Aurora.
Aurora Family Eyecare logo

December 7, 2019

After two shopping sprees at Walmart, and a stop at Bargains Group today, we now have 2045 pairs of girls' underwear to send to Ghana!
12 cartons of girls' underwear from Bargains Group.
Packages of girls' underwear.

December 3, 2019

The solar lights were ordered from Solight today. They generously gave us an incredible deal, and then threw in an extra 8 lights! Can't wait to get these to Dekpor. Thanks again to everyone who helped us surpass our campaign goal: Donna and Ron (in honour of Carl, George and Ai, Jonathon, Ken, Mary and Shawn, and Neil and Lorraine), Diane and Clive, Joyce, Jo-Anne (in honour of Linda), Ann (in honour of Cynthia), Barbara, Kim (in honour of Mom and Dad, Claire, Grace, and Auntie Ev), Helmi, Pat (in honour of Millie, Bri, Caitlin, Justine, and Tylor), Darlene, Ines (in honour of Anthony and Christophe), Carol (in honour of Corinne and Malcolm), Joan, Gerard, Val (in honour of her daughters' teachers), Rita (in honour of Tristan).

November 30, 2019

Thanks to the following for donations this month:

  • Sigma Promotions - aprons, hats, pens, notepads, puzzles, tools
  • Aurora FC - 6 bags of soccer clothes, balls
  • Lydia Ridd - laptop
  • Marta McConnell - clothing and shoes
  • Rita Forte - shoes
  • Sandee Sharpe and friends - laptop case, suitcase, glasses
  • Laura Fedirchuk Brecht - eyeglasses

November 29, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that our solar light campaign surpassed the goal with $2190 raised! Thanks to the following people who are giving the gift of light to the students of Dekpor: Donna and Ron Jamieson, Diane and Clive Bourke, Joyce Reves, Jo-Anne Brady, Ann Macoun, Barbara Christ, Kim Nelson, Helmi Fingernagel, Pat O'Connell, Darlene Cann, Joan Ross, Gerard Baribeau, Val Bartlett, and Rita Forte. The photo album will be available in 2020.

November 17, 2019

There are 60 students who are mighty happy about the brand new uniforms that are being tailored for them, thanks to our friends at BG/Klosterneuburg International School!
A young girl excited to model her new school uniform.

November 9, 2019

Carol was off to the shipper with the goods received from Sigma and Aurora FC! Stay tuned. 2 months. You know the drill!
Bright yellow boxes and other goods in the back of the van en route to the shipper.

November 8, 2019

Sigma Promotions, thank you for the aprons, hats, pens, notepads, puzzles, and tools!
Boxes of items in the back of the van.
Sigma's logo.

November 7, 2019

Linda and Abraham have been delivering the letters to all of the sponsored students! Facebook has the album. Thanks to so many of you who took the time to make your sponsored child feel special! What a great display of caring this was!
A happy student holds her envelope.
Young girl proudly holds her letter.

November 7, 2019

Thanks to Aurora FC for the 6 huge bags of goodies!
6 huge bags full of assorted soccer goods, mainly clothing.
Aurora FC's logo.

November 5, 2019

Linda and Abraham picked up 19 items from the shipper! Check the shipping albums to see if you can find the items you donated!
Back of DSDO van, filled with a shipment from Aurora.

November 3, 2019

Emajjin Children's Foundation held their Pink Tie Affair gala for us and, wow, what a night it was! We are beyond grateful for the incredible amount of time that they put into planning and for giving Carol the honour of being the evening's keynote speaker! We are over the moon to announce that they have given us $40,000! Please see the album for more details and photos of the evening!
A portion of the crowd seated at their tables at the Pink Tie Affair.
Jyoti Sanwalka presents Carol with $40,000 cheque.
Emajjin logo.

November 1, 2019

Our amazing Austrian friends at BG/BRB Klosterneuburg International School raised 2000 euros which has allowed us to purchase: SD cards, an AV system for the library hall, an electric drill, dry erase markers, and teacher notebooks, and to repair a secure window and cover 4 students on the food programme. They also donated more Raspberry Pi units! Incredible! See the Austrian Friends album for details! (photos)
One of the librarians pictured with a stack of dry erase markers.
Linda presents the drill to Mr. Halogbe.

October 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Donna Jamieson - shoes and clothing
  • Laura Wideman - children's clothing and shoes
  • Dr. Ruth Baumal Muskat and Dr. J. Malowany - toothbrushes
  • Aruna Duggal - suitcase, clothing
  • Tine Muir - suitcase, shoes, and sewing notions
  • Marta McConnell - water bottles
  • Heather Williams - eyeglasses
  • Margaret Quigley - sewing goods and loads of fabric
  • Melody Schindelheim and Jean Anderson - shoes
  • Sophie Graszat - sports clothing
  • Jurgen and Anja Brecht (delivered by Laura Fedirchuk Brecht) - 2 hard shell suitcases (all the way from Germany!)
  • Toni Chahley - sewing goods
  • Mrs. Pecile - 5 big containers full of sewing goods and fabric
  • Moraine Hills Public School - 12 huge bags of backpacks, shoes
  • Christina Girardi D'Souza - clothing, shoes
  • Susan Heagy - 3 suitcases full of fabric and towels
  • Friend named HawkEye - 4 filing cabinets
  • Aurora Preparatory Academy - 42 backpacks, over 200 pairs of shoes

October 28, 2019

Our incredible friends at Keilor Views Primary School in Australia held their annual Kids Feeding Kids fundraising event and raised $2425 AUD ($2168 CAD) — that is enough to pay for 13 students on our food programme for an entire year! Awesome!
Part of the display that the leadership team posted for the students to view.

October 25, 2019

We are extremely grateful to the Rotary Club of Klosterneuburg for their generous donation of 1000 euros! The funds were directed to our food programme so children can receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch while at school.

October 23, 2019

Linda and Abraham welcomed our friend, Edi Schmickl of Austria, for a quick visit. Edi brought some donations and goods for DSDO! Check out the photos in our Austrian Friends Album.
Edi Schmickl presents Dekpor Basic School's headmasters with funds from Austria.

October 23, 2019

Another Emajjin Children's Foundation meeting… the Pink Tie Affair is going to be a great night!

October 16, 2019

Linda has headed back to Dekpor after a brief Canada visit. Inside her suitcase are 4 laptops for our new ICT students! Check our Tech Album for more.
Laptops purchased for ICT students.
3 of the students receiving their new laptop for school.

October 14, 2019

Oh, the joy this will bring! There is a letter for every single sponsored student! Bound to bring smiles and a glimmer of hope. We are grateful to all of our amazing sponsors who participated! (See the Child Sponsorship Album for a photo of every currently-sponsored child with their letter(s).)
A pile of envelopes addressed to all of the sponsored students.

October 8, 2019

Carol headed to the shipper yet again! This time there were 9 shipping bags and 1 suitcase. Sewing goods from Diane, Susan, and Toni, clothes and shoes from Christina, and Moraine Hills Public School's entire goods drive donations.
9 shipping bags, 1 suitcase, all crammed into the van on the way to the shipper.

October 8, 2019

Our 4th amazing school to finish a back pack and shoe drive this fall is Windfields Middle School. Unbelievable response! This is their 3rd annual drive for us and they knocked it out of the park! A big thanks to Madeleine Harvey-Raymond for her leadership!
Windfields Middle School collects the goods right in front of their Mustang mascot.
Windfields students are working on the sorting of shoes.

October 4, 2019

Moraine Hills Public School finished their 2nd annual backpack and shoe drive today and they showed their kindness in a big way. Just take a look! 12 huge bags of backpacks and shoes!
Carol's van full of the Moraine Hills collection of shoes and backpacks.
Moraine Hills has their collection of goods right in the front foyer.

October 2, 2019

With 4 filing cabinets and all of the goods from Aurora Prep's drive, Carol headed to the shipper again!
Carol's van stuffed with 4 filing cabinets and shoes and backpacks filling up the crevices.

October 2, 2019

Aurora Preparatory Academy jumped right in to make an impact… and their 3rd annual drive was a big success! 42 backpacks, over 200 pairs of great shoes, and $350 to pay for the shipping! We are so grateful!
Aurora Prep Students happily pose with collected goods.

September 30, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Marta McConnell - clothing and fabric, and other goodies
  • Julie Robertson - pencil crayons and the connection to Ryerson's volleyball team
  • Dustin Reid/ Ryerson University - volleyballs and carrying case
  • Neilly Robertson - shoes
  • Carol and Michael McCreesh - 2 massive bins of clothing
  • Sigma Promotions - notebooks, totebags
  • Leila Molavi - suitcase full of running shoes
  • Aurora FC - 4 big bags of soccer clothing, water bottles
  • Susan Heagy - 4 suitcases packed with fabric
  • Tracey Martin - glasses
  • Vivian Wulle - clothing
  • Olisa Adekayode - shoes
  • Rita Forte - clothing
  • Aruna Duggal - clothing
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - back pack full of clothing
  • AJ and Ainsley Sanderson - 3 bags of shoes

September 27, 2019

Minesing Central Public School just wrapped up their 5th annual backpack and shoe drive! As ever, they were extremely successful! Check the 2019 Shoe Album in a couple of months to see the goods in Dekpor.
Carol is pictured with the team of Minesing Central students holding all of the collected shoes and backpacks.

September 26, 2019

Another meeting in Ontario for the Emajjin Children's Foundation's Pink Tie Affair! Get your tickets now at
Emajjin logo.

September 25, 2019

School cooking pavilion is finished! (Well, it still needs to be painted, but we have to wait at least a month for that.) We are so grateful to the donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, for making this wonderful addition possible!
Exterior view of the cooking shelter.

September 10, 2019

Carol's van was filled to the roof with a shipment this afternoon. 19 shipping bags/boxes/containers/suitcases are on their way to Dekpor.
Back of a van, filled to the roof with suitcases, boxes and shipping bags.

September 10, 2019

Today was the first day of classes for the new school year at Dekpor Basic!

September 9, 2019

Thanks to Aurora FC (formerly Aurora Youth Soccer Club) for the 4 huge bags of soccer clothing!
4 big bags full of soccer clothing from Aurora FC.

September 6, 2019

We have some extremely amazing news to share! Thanks to an incredible donation from Tony and Susan Anderson, we will be able to start building a central market area in Dekpor! Today the foundations were started and the light posts were put in. This is going to be an exciting endeavor.

September 3, 2019

All donation receipts for this quarter were sent out today. Thanks to everyone who gave!

September 3, 2019

Dekpor Basic School campus clean up was done by high school students before they leave for their new school year. They washed the classrooms, planted the flower beds, trimmed trees, and cleared the eaves troughs.
Using a mop to reach up high to clean the classroom walls.
A teenager is up on a ladder, cleaning out the classroom's eavestroughs.
Students working together to trim the branches off trees on the school campus.

September 3, 2019

Thanks to Marta McConnell and her fine eye for finding things for us! Much appreciated!

September 3, 2019

The shipment from July 4th has arrived! Check the Shipping Albums for photos!

August 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Dianne Lotto - assorted items to send to Dekpor and for the gala
  • Julie Robertson - clothing
  • Susan Anderson - several suitcases, backpacks, towels, bedding, shoes
  • Katy Lemaire - 21 water bottles
  • Sean Robinson - shoes and sports balls
  • Lydia Ridd - water bottles, balls, caps
  • via Donna Jamieson - backpacks, sewing goods
  • Aruna Duggal - cell phone
  • Melissa - toothbrushes
  • Gary Leung - 4 cell phones

August 29, 2019

Another Emajjin Children's Foundation board meeting. Things are falling into place for the November 3rd gala. Get your tickets: because we are the recipient charity and it's going to be a wonderful evening!

August 21, 2019

Linda and Abraham said goodbye to Philip Schaeffer today as he headed home to Austria. What an incredible makeover our computer lab is experiencing!
Philip seated in the computer lab working on set up.
Computer lab and all of the stations set up for the start of the school year.

August 16, 2019

Today was the last day of vacation school at Dekpor Basic School. It was 3 weeks of special focused learning.

August 13, 2019

Linda and Abraham welcomed Philip Schaeffer, from Austria, in Ghana today! Philip brought 10 Raspberry pis, and then bought all the peripherals in Ghana… and spent his week getting everything set up! See Laptops and Tech Items - 2019 for more details and photos!

August 12, 2019

The shipment from May 27th arrived today. Check the Shipping album to see if you can find what you donated!

August 7, 2019

Thanks to some special friends of ours, a sheltered cooking area is going to be built on school campus! Construction started this morning!
Several men working on the cooking pavilion foundation.

August 6, 2019

Michael Kwame Deh had 3 barrels full of goods shipped to Ghana for us. Both the clinic and our students are extremely grateful!
A group of children holding up articles of clothing from the shipment barrels.
Baby scales for the clinic.

August 1, 2019

Linda and Abraham have started purchasing the necessary start up items for our sponsored students who are about to start high school. There is a TON of shopping to do! It's difficult, it's time consuming, and it takes many trips. The suitcases are ones that were donated in Aurora and shipped to Ghana.
Rows of chop boxes and labelled suitcases ready for high school students.

July 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Tracey Ratcliffe - suitcase full of clothing
  • Kim Robertson - suitcases, shoes
  • Rita Forte - clothing
  • Lydia Ridd - assortment of goods
  • David, Jon, Paul - clothing
  • Susan Heagy - 4 suitcases that were stuffed full of school goods, clothing, and a wide variety of items
  • Sigma Promotions - 2 van loads of goods
  • Sharon Quyn - children's clothing
  • Barb Bulloch - clothing
  • Tracey Martin - clothing, glasses, shampoos+
  • Jacob Prins - clothing

July 30, 2019

Shipping from May finally made it to Ghana, and it's the 33 boxes of Kids Against Hunger Canada food provided by the Milton group. Distribution will happen over the next few days!
The hatch is up on the back of Linda and Ab's van showing the 33 boxes of food.

July 29, 2019

This morning at Dekpor Basic School, 'summer' vacation school started! DSDO hires teachers to hold 3 hour classes every morning for 3 weeks. Our fully sponsored students, food programme students, and any other child who wants to attend (nominal fee) get a whole lot of great learning with smaller class sizes and the emphasis on math and language.

July 27, 2019

Awesome news! We've had 5 new elementary students sponsored in the past month!
A close up of one of the sponsored boys.
A close up of one the little girls.
Young boy with a beautiful smile, happy because he has been sponsored.

July 23, 2019

Thanks to Sandee Sharpe and friends for the goods for the silent auction! Just a reminder, November 3 at 5 p.m. join us because we are the recipient charity for Emajjin's Children Foundation's 6th annual gala – this year called 'Pink Tie Affair'.

July 16, 2019

Melodie Robar, wow, how you work! A huge thank you to Melodie for putting in hours to secure a wide variety of silent auction goods for the Emajjin Children's Foundation gala! ***Save the date (November 3rd)! We want YOU to attend!
Melodie Robar seated with a display of the variety of gifts, mainly tickets and passes, for the silent auction.

July 15, 2019

Shipping again! Carol lugged another 4 boxes, 3 shipping bags, and 3 suitcases to the shipper!
Carol's van filled with shipping bags, suitcases, and boxes.

July 14, 2019

A big special thank you to Susan Heagy, our secret super shopper who knows how to find treasures. This time it was 4 suitcases loaded with wonderful goods!
Susan Heagy's 4 suitcases full of goods ready to be shipped.

July 12, 2019

Update letters were sent out to all of our amazing student sponsors! We are so thankful for each and every one of you!

July 11, 2019

Sigma, Round 2 = more items including flip flops, cups, reusable bags, pens, clip boards, and items for our silent auction at the Pink Tie Affair gala being held by Emajjin Children's Foundation on November 3rd!
Piles of boxes filled with items.

July 11, 2019

Our water is PERFECT! Yes, we have the water professionally analyzed! And this just so happened to have been covered by a tribute gift from Amanda and Jon to our long-time friend, Liz Clarke!
A sheet of paper with the results of the water testing.
Results of the water testing

July 10, 2019

Abraham and Linda are searching for new vocational schools for our students, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a simple internet search to help them. Many days, many hours.

July 6, 2019

This is rather special, because three of our sponsored girls have just begun a sewing apprenticeship, under the supervision of Janet (she is one of the very first gals we had do this). These sewing supplies are from Donna Jamieson, Diane Young, and Cheryl Simpkin!
The 3 new sewing apprentices with a huge suitcase full of sewing supplies.

July 6, 2019

Distribution of the goods shipped in April has begun! Check out the Shipping albums to see if you can find what you donated!
Goods for the clinic from Tracey Ratcliffe.
Goods for the clinic from Tracey Ratcliffe.
Little girl wearing a new blue dress.
One of the farmers holding a pair of shoes and some clothing.

July 5, 2019

Thanks to Nolan, Amanda, and Jon Burns for honouring Uxbridge Montessori School! As a result, red pens and volleyball goods were given to Dekpor Basic School! See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
A group of happy junior high students hold up the new volleyball and 2 pairs of shin pads.
Two teachers smile as they hold a large box of red pens.

July 4, 2019

Carol hit the road with 15 containers/suitcases/boxes in her van. This should arrive in Ghana in early September.
Carol's van filled with suitcases and containers for shipping.

July 4, 2019

Yahoo! 1008 toothbrushes were distributed today… but first Abraham gave every single class a reminder lesson on HOW to properly brush their teeth. See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
Several kindergarten students seated on a bench in their classroom, holding their new toothbrush above their head.
Abraham does lessons in each class, reminding students HOW to properly brush their teeth.
Close up photo of a young student proudly holding his new toothbrush.
A kindergarten girl shows her toothbrush.

July 3, 2019

Sigma Promotions = wow! A wonderful assortment of clothing, pens, highlighters, and so much more! Most is headed to Dekpor, and some will be used for the silent auction on November 3rd.
Boxes of goods in the back of Carol's van.
Shirts, clock, ties, and other items laid out on display.
Sigma Promotions logo

June 30, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Amanda Burns - suitcases, clothing, primary learning toys
  • Dianne Lotto - kindergarten goods
  • Rimma Pea - 20 toothbrushes, 10 tubes of toothpaste
  • Davis Family Orthodontics - toothpaste
  • Jean Anderson - primary pencils, books, classroom items, glasses
  • Kirsten Wright - non-fiction books, classroom items
  • Lange Bowen & Dad - toothbrushes
  • Vivian Wulle - clothing
  • Tracey Martin - suitcases

June 28, 2019

We received the wonderful news that our application was successful and ETFO's Humanity Fund granted us $6000 to purchase text books for Dekpor Basic School! We are absolutely thrilled!
ETFO logo
The letter Carol received notifying DSDO of the grant money.

June 13, 2019

Thanks to Emma Camire-Cameron and the York Mills Dekpor School Development Club for selling $413.10 worth of bracelets this school year!

June 12, 2019

We are grateful to 4Imprint for sending us 3 items to use for the silent auction at the Emajjin Children's Foundation gala on November 3rd! Remember to save the date!
4Imprint-donated wind jacket, a blanket, and a camp chair.
4Imprint-donated wind jacket, blanket, and camp chair.

June 12, 2019

Our warrior boy who is fighting Langerhans Cell Hystiocytosis, John, was just sponsored today! We are very excited for him! Thanks, Paul!
John is smiling and the swelling is notciably decreasing.

June 10, 2019

Linda was able to purchase 62 African-authored books in Accra today, thanks to a tribute gift made by the Department of Emergency Medicine, CMH, in memory of Randolph Legassie.
62 books from CMH.
62 books from CMH.

June 10, 2019

Carol had an opportunity to speak at Highview Public School to Mrs. Halinaty's class about DSDO. The students have been making comparisons between their hometown of Aurora and Dekpor.

June 6, 2019

Thanks to our many friends in Austria, especially Dr. Karin and Dr. Robert Haas, Dr. Rudolf Riesenhuber, and DI. Herbert and Margarethe Hofmann, a special luncheon was held at the school today. Edi Schmickl visited in March and brought a donation of 500 euros. Some of the money was used to purchase African-authored books for the library, and the rest was used to provide a lunch for everyone! See also Designated Giving - 2019.
Young students happily showing their food.
Some of the children's books that were purchased.

June 5, 2019

A massive thank you to an anonymous donor who gave us approximately 850 toothbrushes and 180 containers of dental floss! We are thrilled beyond belief!!! And a thanks to Cheryl Wilcox for making the connection!
Over 800 toothbrushes and 186 containers of dental floss.

June 3, 2019

Thanks to Jean Anderson, a long-time supporter, for using her Scholastic bucks to purchase primary pencils for us! Awesome! 156 great pencils that will help our kindergarten students!
13 boxes of children's wide pencils.

May 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Aurora FC - lots of soccer balls and lots of clothing
  • C & B - clothing
  • Emily Wilson - soccer clothes
  • Donna Tinker and Afsoun Kahlili - shoes, glasses
  • Barb Porter - sewing goods, school supplies, gym bag
  • Helen Rochon - cell phones, learning materials
  • Rita Forte - eye glasses
  • Karen Scott - reading glasses
  • Highview Public School - shoe drive (3 shipping bags)
  • Melanie Shaver - clothes
  • Sue McPherson - clothes
  • Lisa Wilson - clothes
  • Jean, Liam, Lauren, Debbie, Victoria - toothbrushes
  • Barb Bulloch - cell phone, toothbrushes, shoes
  • Geoff Wilson - deflated soccer balls and helped with shipping
  • Marta McConnell - big assortment of mixed goods and lots of clothing
  • Regan Scott - clothing
  • Milla Yurman - laptop
  • Donna Jamieson - delivery of clothing, sewing goods, tablet
  • Dianne Lotto - huge collection of learning materials, toys, clothes, and other goodies
  • Julie Robertson - toothbrushes, laptop
  • Linda MacDonald - huge collection of pop can tabs (for math counters)
  • Jean Anderson - school goods, books, toothbrushes
  • Rumble family - suitcase, shoes
  • Valerie Kitazaki - water bottles

May 27, 2019

And this is 8 days after planting! Moringa! The ploughing and planting continue!
Moringa plant is about 10 cm high.
Tractor in the process of ploughing very rough field.

May 27, 2019

Carol was off to the shipper for the second time this month, this time with 7 huge shipping bags, 1 large box, and 1 suitcase! In two months we'll see everything being distributed in Dekpor! Thanks to everyone who gave!
Carol's van is full of shipping bags.

May 20, 2019

We are grateful to Uxbridge Montessori for their beautiful donation of $335. The children have chosen to allocate it to the food programme and to purchase exercise books! See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
Young smiling students show off their new exercise books that were financed by Uxbridge Montessori.

May 15, 2019

We were just able to distribute 5 multipurpose bowls thanks to Elle Bowman getting one for her mom, Sarah, for Mother's Day, and to Ursula Skillen who asked her family to celebrate her birthday by giving to others (4 Dekpor women benefited from that). See Designated Giving - 2019 for more photos.
Dekpor mom holds young baby and her brand new bowl from Elle Bowman.
Dekpor woman happily holding the huge multipurpose bowl that was purchased by Ursula Skillen's family.

May 14, 2019

Janet started her tailoring apprenticeship today! She is so excited!
Janet is standing beside the tailor who is going to train her.

May 14, 2019

Some students were taken to Sogakope Hospital today to have further treatment from the dentists. Sponsored high school students will also be done this month.
Dentist is working on a student's teeth.

May 11, 2019

Carol had some help from high school volunteer, Geoff Wilson, while picking up 33 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food. The packing event was held in Milton, and it was a collaboration of: Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together (MACCWT), Be Alive Christian Fellowship (BACF), the Rotary Club of Milton, Keybase Financial Group, St. George's Anglican Church, 40 students from Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School/ Bishop Reding Catholic High School/Craig Kielburger Secondary School, and Kids Against Hunger Canada. See our Helping Hungry Students - Milton - 2019 album for photos.
An assembly line of volunteers packaging the rice casseroles.
Carol's van is being loaded with 33 boxes of KAHC food.

May 9, 2019

We are sorry to see our ray of sunshine leave. Helen Rochon is on her way back to Ottawa after staying with Linda and Abraham in Dekpor while volunteering for 6 weeks. She has touched so many with her generosity and truly made meaningful connections with lots of our children.
Helen reads to some primary students.

May 8, 2019

A wonderful team of people chose to rally so Janet can further her training and learn how to tailor men's clothing. She will look after her blind mom, maintain her own shop and three apprentices in Dekpor, and alternating weeks she will travel to Dzodze for the specialized training. It will take 12 months to complete. A huge thank you to Carol McCreesh who funded >60%, Peter and family in honour of Ursula, Jessica Avery, Donna Jamieson, Meghann Anderson in honour of her mom Jean, and Lisa Bentivoglia in honour of her mom.
Janet sits behind her sewing machine, working on a job.

May 7 & 8, 2019

The dentists have arrived and, wow, what an undertaking. Please take the time to see the Dental Care - 2019 Album and write up! This very well may have been one of the most important things we've done.
Student having her teeth checked by one of the dentists.
Dentist attending to the teeth of a student

May 6, 2019

Wahoo! A wonderful 116 Basics Kits were distributed, thanks to so many of you! See the album… there are a lot of students who now own some socks, underwear/knickers, and undershirts.
A teenager is happily holding his new undergarments.
A young girl holds up her new pieces of clothing.
Young boy proudly holding his new boxers, socks, and undershirts.

May 1, 2019

The front entrance of Dekpor Basic was in need of an overhaul! Thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson for their generosity! See Step-by-Step - 2019 for photos.
Entrance to school in the process of being repaired by a labourer.
Young student entering the school using the improved driveway.

April 30, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donations this month:

  • Marta and Gerry McConnell - lots of clothing, soccer balls, drawstring bags
  • Hope Harwood - clothing
  • Parisi family - suitcases
  • Ridd family - suitcases, soccer cleats, glasses
  • C & B - shoes (many pairs were brand new!)
  • Isabel Barcena and Dynamix friends - suitcase and sewing goods
  • Julie, Neilly, and Kim Robertson - clothing and sewing goods
  • Tracey Martin - soccer goods, clothing, soaps, shampoos
  • Wendy and Linda MacDonald - pop tabs to be used as math counters
  • Ramya Ragahavan - soccer cleats, clothes, baby goods, drawstring bags, thermometers, baby blankets, and more
  • Karen and Byron Urquart - assorted paper goods
  • Jyoti and Anil Sanwalka - clothing

April 30, 2019

Linda, Helen, and some high school students are spending a lot of time in the 6 kindergarten rooms, improving the walls and updating the inventory lists!
High school students painting shapes on the wall of the kindergarten room.
Linda up on a ladder painting the alphabet on the wall of the kindergarten room.

April 29, 2019

Our library gets used at night for study hall for the oldest students. It has tables, benches, and light! It's really important that the windows are mosquito-proof, because malaria makes plenty of people in Dekpor ill. We are grateful that Susan and Tony's donation has allowed us to replace all of the window screens in the library to keep our students safe!
A man hammering a new screen to the window frame.

April 25, 2019

We are so grateful to the children at Uxbridge Montessori School for holding fundraisers to raise $335!! They have determined that the funds will purchase exercise books for our kindergarten students and the balance will go toward the food programme!
Front door and signage for Uxbridge Montessori School.

April 24, 2019

The second Emajjin Children's Foundation board meeting for Carol to attend. Planning is well underway for the November 3, 2019 event! Save the date!
Emajjin Logo

April 24, 2019

Carol got 9 suitcases and 1 shipping bag off to the shipper today! Linda and Abraham will be receiving it all in approximately 2 months. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
A pile of suitcases and a shipping bag ready to be sent to the shipper.

April 22, 2019

The high school students have a three week break from classes, and so Linda and Abraham have worked very hard to find them work placements, or odd jobs that will help them in their chosen fields. Some students helped translate beginner books into Ewe so that our youngest students can grasp the English words quicker. A couple of students are doing carpentry work to repair broken desks, some are painting, and others are posted with professionals.
High school student writing the translation into a primary book.
High school student writing translation.
Wisdom is working at a computer.
Wisdom working at computer.

April 21, 2019

Tony and Susan's donation is allowing DSDO to pay high school students to do repairs of the desks and to repaint!
A high school student is replacing a broken piece of wood on a desk.
Lots of desks are being painted outside.

April 20 , 2019

Michael, Wonder, Eric and Benjamin were busy during the Easter holidays, as they worked together to bring electricity to what will eventually become our science room. They have put in lights and a ceiling fan! Another thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson for financing this!
Benjamin is on a ladder reaching to the roof to run wires.
Wonder is working at the electrical box.

April 19, 2019

Four of our electricals students, Michael, Wonder, Eric and Benjamin, had the chance to use their skills. They worked with a trained electrician in Dekpor to replace 3 street lights around town — 2 at the school, 1 at a toilet facility, and install 2 new ones at a water tower and a water standpipe! Thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson for this! See Step by Step - 2019 for more photos.
Four electricals students carry a replacement light.
The electrician has climbed up the post to install a new street light.

April 17, 2019

After 3.5 grueling hours of extreme heat and negotiating with umpteen vendors at market, Abraham was able to purchase ALL of the goods for the 116 Basics Kits! Way to go, Ab! Our students are going to be so excited to receive socks, underwear/knickers, and singlets!

April 15, 2019

Right now there is actually a three week holiday from school. So Helen Rochon got innovative! Since regular school classes are not running, she is holding a small group learning sessions at Linda and Abraham's house with some keen students. Basics such as numbers, colours, animal names, and general conversation skills in English are being learned.
A young student proudly displays her printing.
A young student displays her printing.
Helen and a group of young students.
Helen with young students.
Students work at a table outside of Abraham and Linda's house.
Students work outside Abraham and Linda's house.

April 10, 2019

John is continuing to improve! We are so excited to see such wonderful improvement as the swelling in his face and neck continues to decrease.
Abraham is pictured with a very smiley John, and it is obvious that the swelling has decreased in his face and neck.

April 9, 2019

Amazing people have just made our Dental Care a reality! Linda can now book the dentists to visit Dekpor! A massive thanks to: Ledgir House, Dave and Jackie, Windfields Middle School, North Barrie Dental, Susan, Shari and Dave, Kim, Steve, Lucy, Krista, Nat, Orianna, Ellie, and Lauren!
Two dentists are filling a cavity for one of our students.

April 5, 2019

The second Moringa meeting took place! The farmers are really excited to get their fields planted!

April 3, 2019

Helen Rochon is back in Dekpor and she's making a difference!
Helen reads to an eager group of students.

April 2, 2019

We just found out that we'll be receiving 33 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food from the Milton food packing event on May 11th! Yippee!

April 2, 2019

It's revolving door day in Ghana! Amanda Begin is on her way back to Ontario after doing a three week placement (Thank you so much, Amanda! We're sure teaching in Ontario will be easy after your experience here!); Ian, Jennifer, Aowyn, and Lorelei continue their world adventure (Wow, did the 4 of you ever pack a lot of meaningful educational opportunities for our teachers and students!); Semester at Sea students are on their way (Amazing that so many of you got to experience Dekpor—please come back again some day!); and Helen Rochon arrives for her 2019 Dekpor visit!

We are very grateful when people choose to visit and work with our students and teachers! You have no idea how immense your impact is and how long it is felt after you leave. We appreciate ALL of you!

Amanda Begin is wearing a special piece of kente.
Aowyn, Ian, Jennifer, and Lorelei pose for a family photo on their last day.

March 31, 2019

Holy moly, 40 Semester at Sea students have arrived for a very quick visit in Dekpor! Their time will be jam-packed with tours, lessons, and making connections with our students!
40 Semester at Sea students are dressed in traditional wraps.

March 31, 2019

We are excited about the results of the Basics Kit campaign — $2990 was raised! So many of the students at Dekpor Basic do not own underwear, undershirts, or socks...and we want to try to help change that. Check the Basics Kits album to find out who helped make this happen and to enjoy all the happy faces!

March 29, 2019

Ian and Jennifer ran a fantastic workshop for the Dekpor teachers, demonstrating how to use the many math manipulatives that we were able to purchase last summer! What a success! The local teachers were so grateful for this special learning experience.
Jennifer and Ian are standing at the front of the room by the whiteboard, speaking to all of the seated teachers.
Teachers trying out an assortment of math materials.
All of the Ghanaian teachers are gathered around Jennifer and Ian and the tables full of math tools.

March 28, 2019

In Ontario, Carol attended her first Emajjin board meeting to start planning for the November 3rd gala. DSDO friends in the GTA, keep the date!
Emajjin logo

March 27, 2019

We are so excited about all of the water system purchases made with the $10,000 donation from Busch Systems. We got a variety of pumps, filters, resin, housings, an RO unit stand, cables, hoses, pipes, sockets, tape, and a host of other water-related items. We were also able to purchase 5 replacement street lights to trade out the ones that were hit by lightning. See Step-by-Step - 2019 for this photos from this job and more!
New equipment at the water tower, a peak inside the reverse osmosis and control room.
Sorting some of the new pieces of equipment.
Electrician has climbed the  post and is installing a new light.

March 21, 2019

Moringa seeds need to be counted out for each farmer. What a task!
A huge bag of moringa seeds, just waiting to be counted.
Amanda and Linda are carefully counting moringa seeds.

March 21, 2019

What a great learning experience! Jennifer put on a very special math workshop for the JHS 1 and 2 girls!
Female students are using pattern blocks to make designs.
Jennifer is standing at the board, instructing the room full of female students.
Several older female students using 100s boards to learn math concepts.

March 16, 2019

Ian Marshall, Jennifer McLaren, and their daughters, Aowyn and Lorelei, have arrived in Dekpor to volunteer at the school! All four of them are working hard to make a difference in their classrooms!
Aowyn reads with Dekpor students.
Ian models how to use dominoes for an older student.
Lorelei shows the kindergarten students how to match the math puzzles.
Jennifer reading with students.

March 12, 2019

Amanda Begin, Queen's University B.Ed. student, arrives to do a three week placement! Ringette has been played in Dekpor, thanks to Amanda!
Amanda stands at the front of her grade 6 class, delivering a math lesson about fractions.
Amanda's class is outside playing ringette.
Grade 6 students posed for a photo while holding their ringette sticks.

March 11, 2019

The first Moringa information meeting was held in Dekpor with the farmers who are wanting to participate.
Farmers interested in growing moringa are gathered for the first meeting.
People seated in a circle for the moringa meeting.

March 9, 2019

Linda and Abraham took 5 farmers and toured moringa farms.
Close up of a moringa tree.
Linda, Abraham, 5 local farmers, and the moringa experts gathered for a group photo.

March 7, 2019

No sooner do we learn about moringa, then the funding becomes a reality! A massive thank you to Susan Mikulecky for starting the fund, and then to Sonya MacFarlane for ensuring we had the entire goal amount! We have more than 50 farmers who are ready to give this a whirl! See the Moringa Album for more info!

March 4, 2019

The shipment sent from Ontario in January was ready for pick up. Check the shipping albums for photos! Betha is just one of the lucky people to have received something from one of our supporters!
Betha pictured with essential oils for soap making from Dianne Lotto.
Betha with essential oils for soap making from Dianne Lotto

March 3, 2019

Midyear student update letters were issued today. Our child sponsors are truly heroes!
Saviour pictured with his sponsor, Conny.
Saviour with sponsor, Conny

February 28, 2019

We got some mighty amazing news this month! Turns out the pitch in January was successful — DSDO has been chosen as the recipient charity for Emajjin Children's Foundation gala that will be held November 3, 2019!!! Save the date; we'd love to see you there!
Emajjin logo.

February 28, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donating to us this month!

  • Isabel Barcena and her friends at Dynamix - 4 suitcases, shoes, French work books
  • Mona Mirshahi - clothing
  • David Kangas - clothing
  • Diane Young - sewing notions, supplies, and fabric
  • Cheryl Simpkin - large bag of fabric
  • Carol and Gillian McCreesh - suitcase, iPad, clothing
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - suitcase, first aid kit supplies, assorted goods

February 26, 2019

Spreading the word about all of the great work we've accomplished! Carol was back at St. Andrew's College to do two more sessions with their students.

February 24, 2019

WOW! DSDO friends, you truly are amazing! Over $4000 raised! Thanks to the following people who quickly gave to help John, our Dekpor student diagnosed with Langherans Cell Histiocytosis:

  • Rita Forte
  • Lynne Brown
  • Jackie and Dave Montgomery
  • Chris Fitzgerald
  • Liz Rivers
  • Carol Sheardown
  • Liz Clarke
  • Paula Lamanna
  • Lucy Romyn
  • Erich Forler
  • Tony Gariepy
  • El Goy
  • Sue Walters
  • Joan Ross
  • Riaz Mohammed
  • Claudia Da Silva
  • Nina Forte
  • Helen Rochon
  • Gerard Baribeau
  • Marissa Lee
  • Paul Jenkins
  • Julia Fingernagel
  • Julie Robertson
  • Donna and Ron Jamieson
  • Steve Howell
John looks very sick.
Profile of John showing very swollen neck.

February 13-15, 2019

Dekpor Basic School hosted the circuit team games competition. There were 8 schools competing in volleyball, soccer, and handball. Our teams won the girls' volleyball, boys' volleyball, and placed second in boys' handball.

February 9, 2019

Thanks to Setter, we were able to get 15 more multi-purpose bowls for the women of Dekpor!
Three young children standing beside a seated woman who is holding a bowl purchased with a donation by Setter.

February 5, 2019

More of the holiday tribute gift money has been used to purchase goods and has been distributed. Please check Our Projects to see all that has happened!
Young girl holding a mosquito net.
Woman balancing a massive metal bowl on her head.
One of our librarians happlily showing the African-authored library books.

February 4, 2019

We are extremely proud of our sponsored student, Michael, who was recently chosen to be a senior school prefect at Atorkor Vocational Training Institute! He will act as a liaison beteween the students and staff, helping with any issues or concerns. It is a HUGE honour to be selected! He was chosen because he is a hard worker, shows excellent leadership and communication skills, and is respectful to everyone. His study habits and academics enter into the selection process also. He's basically a well-rounded kid who has genuinely shown vast improvement in all areas!
Michael, the new senior prefect, is smiling.

February 3, 2019

$10,000 was donated by Busch Systems to let us purchase water supplies and equipment! Because of this incredible donation, we are able to sell our sparkling clean water at a discounted price so that more Dekpor residents will choose it over the contaminated stream water!
Woman with bowl on her head, getting clean water from a standpipe.
Busch Systems logo.
A line of bowls and people waiting to get their clean water.

February 1, 2019

Linda and Abraham visited Atorkor Vocational Training Institute and surprised all of the girls in the seamstress strand by delivering a really large suitcase stuffed full of sewing goods! Most of the items were donated by Susan Heagy and Dianne Lotto.
6 girls in seamstress program showing sewing goods from Dianne Lotto and Susan Heagy.

February 1, 2019

This morning at Dekpor Basic School, there was an in-depth session held for the JHS 2 and 3 students by the local nurses from the clinic (see Hygiene 2019). The 120 students were given a hygiene kit that was made possible by: Quality Integrators Corporation, Ana Vegega, Windfields Middle School, Murray Bowser and Sandra Hartman, Rahuma Panthaky (in honour of Meher), Sogut Bulec and Derin (in honour of Ms Dufour and Mr. Peters), and Elidia Marraccini. At the end of the meeting, students who had previously volunteered to help with some community service were further rewarded with an article of clothing from the goods that arrived in Dekpor in December and January.
Nurses standing in front of the room full of junior high school students.
A happy girl holding her new bag and hygiene items.
Junior High students who volunteered showing articles of clothing.

January 31, 2019

Thanks to the following people for donating items this month:

  • Max Mayer - clothing
  • Dianne Lotto - clothing, running shoes, iPad, soap making goods, beads, DVDs and player, toys, and more
  • Deb Uden - suitcases, dictionaries, pens, pencils
  • Khalili Zambri and Associates - shoes, bike seat
  • Marta McConnell - clothing, running shoes, sheets
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - sewing goods, lots of soccer clothes, gym bag, suitcase, first aid supplies, clothing, staplers, and more
  • Julie Robertson - running shoes, laptop
  • Melodie Robar - cell phone
  • Donna and Ron Jamieson - laptop, 2 cell phones
  • Dale Smith - medical texts
  • Barb Bulloch - iPad
  • Lydia Ridd - running shoes
  • Ruth White - clothing
  • Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School - assortment of new items from their December holiday drive

January 31, 2019

The Yia Town Toilet #1 facility had the holding tank pumped out. A dirty job, but a necessary one. We're grateful that Tony and Susan Anderson financed this important maintenance! See Step-by-Step - 2019.
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #1 is pumped out.

January 29, 2019

Carol was invited to speak to a couple of classes at St. Andrew's College in Aurora. Great audiences with thoughtful questions.
St. Andrew's College logo.

January 28, 2019

A big shopping day in Accra market for Linda and Abraham as they searched for many of the items that were chosen by donors in December.

January 24, 2019

Carol was given the opportunity to do a presentation for Emajjin, (a foundation that chooses one registered Canadian charity and holds a fundraiser each fall). It was wonderful to meet other volunteers who give their time and energy to help disadvantaged children!

January 22, 2019

The repairs in the library were finished. The sag in the roof was noticed and we wasted no time in putting in the necessary reinforcements! See our Step-by-Step - 2019 album.
The library roof is going to get reinforced. Work in progress.
The library roof now has support beams and everything is back to normal!

January 21, 2019

Some of our Atorkor Vocational High School students were in for a mighty surprise! Several students received donated phones from Ontario, and 5 students were given NEW laptops! See the Laptops and Tech Items album for some happy faces!
Wisdom, Joy, Saviour, Tity, and Zinabu are thrilled to be holding their new laptops.

January 17, 2019

Carol took another van load of goods to the shipper. This time it was 5 shipping bags, 2 suitcases, 7 boxes, and 1 tote/container. Included in the shipment was all of the underwear that has been purchased for our girls at Dekpor Basic School. In two months, we'll be seeing them arrive in Ghana and getting distributed at the school!
Rear view of Carol's van loaded with goods to be shipped.
Side view of Carol's van full of goods to be shipped.

January 16, 2019

Linda headed back to Ghana today and had 2 suitcases full of goods for Dekpor.

January 10, 2019

Exciting! We just bought 5 brand new laptops! Thanks to the Best Buy crew in Aurora because they helped make the most of our donated dollars. We currently have five students studying ICT at Atorkor Vocational High School, and truly they need the necessary tools to succeed. Stay tuned for photos of the students with their new laptops!
Pile of 5 laptops purchased for students.
Best Buy logo.

January 6, 2019

Packing has begun and Carol's house is a mess! Two things on the go: prepping suitcases for Linda to take back to Dekpor, and also lots of bags, boxes and containers for a very large shipment!

December 2018

December 2018 Wow! We are absolutely thrilled with the number of holiday donations made this year!

  • 1895 pairs of underwear, $1325, thanks to: Josie, Joanne, Carol, Ana, EveLyn, Donna, Carol, Ines, Becky, Darlene, ABC Book Club, Louise, Lydia, Kelly, Julie, Dagmara, Ali, Kathy, William, Lauren, Heidi, Nancy, Kim, and Anne!
  • 14 multipurpose bowls thanks to: Lorne, Donna, Ines, Darlene
  • 48 farming tools thanks to: Peter (40), Ines, Darlene
  • 4 mosquito nets thanks to Windfields Middle School
  • School Supplies/Teaching Materials: Amanda, Forest Hill Public School
  • African-authored books for the library thanks to Lange
  • Water supply and Maintenance: Amanda
  • Texts thanks to: Diane and Robert, Jason
  • 2 students on food programme thanks to: Lizzie, Wendy
  • Hygiene supplies for students, thanks to: Quality Integrators Corporation, Ana, Sogut and Derin, Windfields Middle School, Murray and Sandra, Elidia, Rahnuma
  • 6 Adult National Health Insurance covered by Windfields Middle School
  • Emergency Medical donation thanks to Windfields Middle School
  • Excercise books on behalf of the staff of Forest Hills Public School
  • Donations toward required tech equipment for our 5 high school students: Edna, Pat, Lynne, Helen, Helen

December 31, 2018

Please take the time to view our 2018 Accomplishments video (3:46). YOU help make all of this happen! Thank you! (And a very special thanks to John for his talent, time, and effort each year doing the video for us!)

December 31, 2018

We've spent $1325 on undies for all our girls at Dekpor Basic School… and our sponsored high school girls also! What a successful campaign this was. Stay tuned for photos as these will be distributed in January!
12 cases of underwear for girls!
A pile of girls' underwear.

December 24, 2018

Some of our sponsored students were treated to shopping sprees! A special thanks to EveLyn, Donna and Ron, Amanda and Jonathan, Jackie and Dave, Helmi, and Meghann (in honour of Jean) for making their kids smile!
A very happy Eric is seated with all of his new clothing in front of him.
Benjamin is sitting with his new purchases.
Emmanuel is thrilled with all of his new clothing!

December 21, 2018

A huge thanks to the families of Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School for choosing to do a holiday collection for us again this year. Just look at all the great things! There was also $205 donated! We're very grateful for their support!
A wonderful collection of new items from Children's Forest and Ridley Orchard School.
Children's Forest logo.
Ridley Orchard School logo.

December 20, 2018

Nicole, Jonathan, Oliver, Campbell, and Hazel Collins visited Dekpor. They took 5 suitcases of our goods for us, (thanks to Dave Rout for some excellent airport coordination to drop the bags at just the right time) and during their short visit, they spent a substantial amount of time properly shelving the books in our library. Nicole did some math tutoring, also. We're glad you visited!
The Collins family helps organize the library books.
The five members of the Collins family standing together in Dekpor.
The 5 suitcases that the Collins family took to Dekpor for us!

December 16, 2018

Repairs to the library roof have begun. It is a very large building, and more support was needed!

December 10, 2018

Shipping that was sent in October has arrived and was ready for Linda and Abraham to pick up!
A big pile of suitcases full of goods for the people of Dekpor.

December 8, 2018

Carol was presented with a cheque for $680 from Setter at the Santa's Workshop event that they hosted!
Carol accepting cheque from the Setter team.

December 7, 2018

The teachers' toilet on school campus was cleaned out today. (Another not-so-glamorous job that we were able to get done, thanks to the Andersons!)
Truck pulled up to pump out the teacher toilets.

December 7, 2018

Sponsored students gathered in the library meeting area with Linda and Abraham to go over expectations for studying, attendance, behaviour, helping with projects, and a variety of other topics. Afterwards, they all worked together to install some tire-seating!
Students working together to dig holes for tires.
Students sitting on the tires that they've installed.

December 6, 2018

A school-wide celebration lunch was held today. A very special thanks to Karen Burke who has funded FOUR of our luncheons!
Girl thoroughly enjoying her meal.
A crowd of students holding up their meals!
Girl dressed in blue smiling at the camera as she enjoys her lunch.

November 2018

Thanks to the following people who donated this month:

  • Tanya White - clothing and shoes
  • Aurora FC (AYSC) - 3 huge bags of soccer clothing
  • Marta McConnell - onesies, children's t-shirts, measuring tapes
  • Isabel & Ali Afshari - 2 bags of clothing
  • Maureen & Regan - kindergarten supplies and books
  • Jan Hogg & Karen Lablans - a laptop
  • Christian Cordeau - goods for our seamstresses and our soap-makers, clothing, toys

And also a special thanks to Ali Afshari for getting a couple more laptops ready for us.

November 30, 2018

Carol spent the morning with Windfields Middle School doing a series of slideshow presentations and was presented with a cheque for $920! What an incredible school!
Windfields cheque presentation.

November 28, 2018

More meters are installed to assist with accurate readings for our water distribution system.
Installed meters.

November 23, 2018

Some of the clothing that just came on the latest shipment is being distributed. See Shipping 2018 for photos.
Little girl in dress.

November 22, 2018

Carol had a chance to share information about DSDO with two classes of grade 5 and 6 classes at Highview Public School.

November 21, 2018

Two of the shipments from Carol's place made it to Ghana today for Linda and Abraham to pick up! Talk about a FULL van!
Full van.

November 4, 2018

Linda and Abraham say goodbye to their Austrian visitors, Edi, Eva, Philip, and Tobias. They were incredibly generous, bringing many items and purchasing plenty while in Ghana, also. See Schmickl donor page and BG/BRG donor page.
Edi presenting cheque.
Eva helping out.
Philip and Tobias helping out.

October 2018

October donations:

  • Susan Heagy - Bonanza! Sewing goods, shoes, clothing, teaching materials, toys, and more!
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - soccer clothes
  • Barb Bulloch - shoes and sewing notions
  • Nicola Tideman - shoes and backpacks
  • Christian Cordeau - children's clothes, toys

October 26, 2018

Austrian friends arrive in Ghana!
Austrians arrival.

October 24, 2018

Today was a special day in Dekpor because it was the official opening of the Yia #3 Town Toilet! We are forever grateful to our incredibly generous sponsors (they prefer to remain anonymous) who made this happen!
Dekpor Yia town toilet 3 opening.
Dekpor Yia town toilet 3.

October 21, 2018

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was another huge success! With 18 signed up and 13 actively fundraising, we managed to raise $21,008! ($1945 offline and $19,063 online) Thanks to every single person who helped us surpass our goal!
Marathon participants.
Summary of marathon funds raised.
More marathon participants.

October 17, 2018

Yet another shipping day! This time there are 5 suitcases, 1 massive hockey bag, and 4 Rubbermaid containers on their way to Ghana. Shipping from Ontario thanks to Susan Heagy, Windfields Middle School, and assorted other individuals!
Items ready for shipping to Ghana.

October 12, 2018

Now, here is a heart-warming story. Three years ago, Emma Camire-Cameron attended Windfields Middle School and was part of the team that helped collect and assemble Ghana Gift Bags. Apparently she's never forgotten. Today she held the first meeting of the York Mills Dekpor School Development Club and invited Carol to speak. Can't wait to see what York Mills Collegiate has up their sleeves!
Emma Camire-Cameron with her dog.
York Mills Collegiate

October 12, 2018

Windfields Middle School rocked their shoe drive! Carol picked up 14 big school-sized garbage bags and got them ready for the shipper all in one day. Thanks to the Mustangs for their generosity!
Boxes of collected shoes.
Suitcases full of collected shoes ready for shipping.
Windfields students.

October 3, 2018

Carol was off to the shipper again! This time there were the shoes and backpacks from Aurora Prep Academy, Moraine Hills P.S., and a variety of goods that were donated by individuals! See the list from September 30th to know what went. There were 3 boxes, 8 suitcases, and 4 huge shipping bags!
3 boxes, 8 suitcases, 4 shipping bags

October 3, 2018

Moraine Hills Public School just finished off their shoe drive and they collected 8 big bags of fantastic shoes! They did such an amazing job of sorting and matching that Carol was able to prep for shipping in record time (meaning same day and within a couple of hours)!
One pair of collected shoes.
Bags of collected shoes.
Tables with bags of collected shoes.

October 2, 2018

Several of our sponsored students had the opportunity to go shopping because their sponsor gave some extra gift money. Whenever that happens, Linda and Abraham take them for a van ride to a market where they can choose for themselves. All children stick to the basics such as underwear, socks, undershirts, and clothing. Oh what an incredible treat!
Four children with purchases.
Boy with purchases.
Girl with purchases.

September 2018

Thanks to the following people for donating goods during September:

  • Ali Afshari - laptops, bicycle repair supplies, learning materials
  • Ramya Raghavan - clothing
  • Sue Walters - laptop
  • Rita Forte - running shoes
  • Christian Cordeau - children's shoes + outdoor toys
  • Julie Robertson - dry erase markers, permanent markers, pencil crayons, cell phones, clothing
  • Cathy O'Malley - backpacks, shoes, math goods
  • Aurora FC - 2 bags of soccer clothes, water bottles
  • Tine Muir - shoes, clothes
  • Carolyn Woollings Carcone - sewing notions
  • Tracey Martin - soaps, shampoos, clothing
  • Jean Anderson - clothing

We also received suitcases from:

  • Susan and Tony Anderson (6)
  • Jo Anne Richardson (6)
  • Vicki Bardacki (2)
  • Katie Rizik (1)
  • Kelly Kearns Himelfarb (4)
  • Krista Kroon (1)
  • Brandy Kinnear (2)
  • Rikki Chojnacki-Pennacchio (1)
  • Hedy Chase-Rattner (1)
  • Meghann Anderson (2)

September 27, 2018

There were 12 Semester at Sea students in Dekpor for a whirlwind visit hosted by Linda and Abraham. They had a tour of the village, spent time at school, and had a glimpse of life in Dekpor. See Step-by-Step - 2018 for more photos.
Semester at Sea students.
Semester at Sea student with small child.
Semester at Sea student with several older children.

September 26, 2018

Carol stopped by Aurora Preparatory Academy to pick up their collection of goods: 18 bags that were filled with 59 backpacks, 100 running shoes, and 16 pairs of soccer cleats! What a great show of spirit!
Goods collected by Aurora Preperatory Acadamy for donation to DSDO.

September 26 , 2018

Off to the shipper we go… Carol's van filled to the roof, and Trevor Martin's vehicle also! En route to Ghana is 17 suitcases and 11 boxes!
Suitcases and boxes ready to go to Ghana.

September 24, 2018

Ashlyn, Rachel, and Tracey Martin to the rescue to help prep the morning's haul for shipping. Extremely grateful for their assistance!
Rachel, Ash, Tracey helping out.

September 19, 2018

First day of school for our first year students attending Anloga Tech Secondary School. Good luck to Ruben and Patrick!
Rubin and Patrick.

September 18, 2018

Dekpor Basic School just enjoyed the first school luncheon of the year, thanks to Ledgir House! Such a wonderful treat for our students!
Students with 'Thank you' sign for Ledgir House.
Young student enjoying lunch.

September 18, 2018

Grand opening of the newest kindergarten classrooms. Several dignitaries attended! This entire structure and area was made possible by Susan and Tony Anderson. What a gift it is for our youngest students! When DSDO started our work in Dekpor, our kindies were under a massive mango tree. Not any longer!
Kindergarten opening ceremony.

September 12, 2018

Ten first year students have just started at Atorkor Vocational High School today! Excitement plus!
10 new Atorkor first-year students.

September 10, 2018

Today is the first day of school at Dekpor Basic, and also for some of our sponsored high school students!

September 8, 2018

80 brand new, shiny double desks have arrived at Dekpor Basic School, thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson! That is giving 160 students a reliable place to sit and work.
Children sitting at new desks.

September 7, 2018

Shipping arrived in Ghana and unpacking has begun!

September 3, 2018

Keilor Views Primary School in Australia just finished their highly successful Kids Feeding Kids initiative, and this time they raised an incredible $2077! A very special shout out to Sara Fasano for bringing DSDO to Keilor Views!

August 31, 2018

We just finished re-screeding the floors of 6 classrooms. One of the school campus buildings was built in 2012 by the government, and the workmanship wasn't what we'd hoped for. Thanks to the donation from Susan and Tony Anderson, we were able to fix the 6 classroom floors and the outer porch area also!
Floor before re-screeding.
During re-screeding process.

August 30, 2018

A big meeting was held in the library for all of our sponsored students and their parents/guardians. Rules, expectations, and advice for the future were shared and the exciting finale was when students received their back to school bags. Thanks to all of our child sponsors for giving kids the opportunity to go to school with the supplies they need!
Kids' meeting (1)
Kids' meeting (2)
Kids' meeting and supplies.

August 24, 2018

Carol picked up the last of the math materials today. More than $3500 worth of learning tools, equipment, and manipulatives were purchased, all thanks to a generous donation from Joyce Wilson!
Math manipulatives

August 21, 2018

High school students are getting many jobs done over the next while: cleaning the gutters and ditches that run along the road, washing the classrooms, painting, planting trees, transplanting grass, sorting toys and learning materials, weeding, repairing furniture, and assorted other jobs.
Kids working.
High school kids working.

August 19, 2018

Purchasing student supplies for the next school year has started. Abraham and Linda need to make many trips to various locations in order to get all of the items required by both elementary and secondary students.
Supplies for school.
Buying supplies for school.

August 18, 2018

Dekpor students are sad to see Helen and Sasheen leave the village. What wonderful connections they made with the children!
Helen and Sasheen leaving Ghana.
Sash and Hel saying by.

August 17, 2018

The last day of 'Summer' Vacation School. What a great three weeks it was, especially due to the help of Becky Thompson (2 weeks) and Sasheen Niles and Helen Rochon who both were there for the duration.
Becky teaching during vacation school.
Sash teaching during vacation school.
Helen teaching during vacation school.

August 10, 2018

Student update and renewal letters were sent out. It is a lot of work, both in Ghana and Canada, but it's so wonderful for the sponsors to get personalized information and receive a message from their child.

August 3, 2018

There was a wonderful workshop put on by Becky and Sasheen to help familiarize the Dekpor teachers with the math manipulatives that have just arrived.
Becky and Sasheen leading workshop.
Teacher at workshop.

July 30, 2018

Many thanks to the following people:
  • Karen Burke - loads of teaching materials
  • Rita Forte and Paula Lamanna - 3 sets of suitcases
  • Jenna Capstick - laptop and iPad

And thanks to the following volunteers who helped in Ontario by getting the math materials ready:

  • Donna Jamieson
  • Rachel Lee
  • Claire Wilson

July 30, 2018

'Summer' vacation school started. Three weeks of half days that focus on English and math. We've hired 12 teachers and have our 3 outreach volunteers assisting also. What an incredible experience!
Smiling 'summer' school kid.'

July 28, 2018

Three outreach teacher volunteers have landed in Ghana today! We welcome Sasheen Niles, Helen Rochon, and Becky Thompson!
Outreach volunteers - Sasheen, Helen, Becky.

July 27, 2018

It's the last day of the term for our Dekpor Basic School students.

July 13, 2018

Plenty of sorting and packing happening in Ontario. Getting ready to give three suitcases to three outreach volunteers and to send a big shipment!
Suitcases ready to go!

July 10, 2018

Carol picked up another $600 of math materials — made possible by the generous donation from Joyce Wilson. Lots of behind the scenes work is being done to prep it for Ghana. Thanks to Donna Jamieson, Claire Wilson, and Rachel Lee for their help!
Claire Wilson helping out.
Rachel Lee helping out.
Donna Jamieson helping out.

July 5, 2018

We'll have several goods being distributed in the next month. They are from the three suitcases that Linda took in May, from our May shipment from Ontario, and from our Austrian friends: children's clothing, shoes, gifts from Austria.
2 children in new dresses.
Child in new dress.

July 3, 2018

Kindergarten classrooms #5 and 6 are underway, thanks to an extremely generous donation made by Tony and Susan Anderson! This is the last building project that we have to do on school campus!

July 1, 2018

A little out of order time-wise, but we have three women who have diversified their farming, thanks to a donation from Donna and Ron Jamieson in honour of Carl. All three are giving sweet potatoes a try and we're rooting for their success!
Sweet potato farmers in field.

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).

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)

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!

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.

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!

September 30, 2017

9 Semester at Sea students bid farewell after 3 days visiting Dekpor. We are glad that they came for a visit!
Students in front of 'World Odyssey' ship
Semester at Sea students.
Semester at Sea student visiting Dekpor.

September 29, 2017

Highview Public School has done it again! A very successful shoe drive encouraged by the Greater Good Club lead by Mrs. Yarmus and Mrs. Scott.
7 huge bags of shoes from Highview.
Highview students.

September 26, 2017

Thanks to Laura Fedirchuk Brech for donating a bike!
Laura with bike donation.

September 25, 2017

The four kindergarten classrooms are going up quickly! Tony and Susan Anderson made this possible, and we're so very grateful!
Kindergarten Classroom

September 23, 2017

Thanks, Mike Selva, for helping Carol with shipping day! 13 very large boxes of kindergarten goods collected by Susan Heagy and Carol, and 5 shipping bags full of shoes are on their way to Ghana!
Carol's van ready to leave Sept 23.
Carol's van ready to leave Sept 23.
Mike Selva.
Mike Selva
New shipping location.
New shipping location.

September 20, 2017

Thanks to Andrew Scott for helping Carol get a load of shoes ready for shipping!
Andrew Scott, Sept 19.

September 20, 2017

All of our Atorkor Vocational students started today! Frank, Michael K., Jessica, Amenyo, Donudenu, Jennifer, Helen D., Saviour, Wonder, Wisdom, and Eric are excited to start their new adventure.
First day at Atorkor Voc, Sept 20, 11 students.

September 18, 2017

Thanks to Valerie Anderson Bartlett for selling $600 worth of bracelets!
Valerie Anderson Bartlett

September 14, 2017

A dream come true, as Abraham and Linda picked up the very shiny beautiful new 9-seater van donated by Susan and Tony Anderson. We are so grateful to have a reliable, gorgeous set of wheels to do our charity work in Ghana!
Van Dashboard.
Van (rear view).
Students admiring van.

September 12, 2017

Not only did classes start for our elementary students at Dekpor Basic School today, but four of our high school students, Esegbe, Gifty, Michael A., and Richard all started their first year attending (but in year 2 of studies) at Anloga Technical School.
Richard, Esegbe, Gifty, and Michael A.
Richard, Esegbe, Gifty, and Michael A.

September 11, 2017

First day of school for elementary students to clean up the school campus, and enjoy our new food programme!

September 11, 2017

A great big thank you to Children's Forest for donating many gently used items that will be great for use in our kindergarten classrooms!
Children's forest logo.
Kindergarten toys.
Kindergarten books.

September 4, 2017

Thank you to Ledgir House for their donation that enabled us to deal with all the electrical repairs and purchases that were necessary!
Electrical repairs.
Electrical repairs.

September 2, 2017

A very big thank you to Susan Heagy who went hunting, several times, to purchase a tremendous amount of goods for our kindergarten classrooms! These are just a few of the containers… she had her car loaded!
Bin with Kindergarten goods.
Bin with Kindergarten goods (2).
Bin with Kindergarten goods (3).

August 31, 2017

Thank you this month to Jim Shepherd, Deb Uden, and Helen Andrews (2) for donating laptops! Thank you to the Burke family for donating many DVDs. The students will be delighted!
DVDs to get us started!
DVDs to get us started!

August 24, 2017

We have just found out that 4 of our kindergarten classrooms are being funded! The walkways were poured today! Susan and Tony are at it again!

August 22, 2017

Wilder than our wildest dreams, we are getting a DSDO vehicle for use in Ghana! Unbelievable! Thank you Susan and Tony for making this possible!

August 20, 2017

We've hired many of our older students to work at the school. They are finishing the cleaning of the classroom walls both inside and out, filling in the kindergarten foundations, and cutting blocks for two of our kindergarten classrooms that have just been financed by Susan and Tony Anderson!
Cleaning the classrooms.
Cleaning the classrooms (2).

August 18, 2017

The last day of vacation school… and the whole three weeks was a tremendous success!
Vacation class.
Vacation Class (2).
Vacation Class (3).

August 9, 2017

Students worked on filling the kindergarten foundations, and were rewarded with a movie on Thursday!
Students are filling the kindergarten foundations.
Filling the foundations.

August 3, 2017

Students have been helping clear all the weeds and brush around the town clinic, and today they were treated to a movie for their efforts!
Students weed at clinic.

July 31, 2017

Today marks the first day of 'summer' vacation school. It will run for 3 weeks. We have hired 11 teachers. It's an amazing opportunity for students to focus on math and language skills in a class with a much better teacher student ratio than usual.

July 22, 2017

A crew of 24 student volunteers showed up to clear the unruly weeds growing around the clinic. We're proud of them for pitching in!
Students helping tame the land around the clinic!
Students helping tame the land around the clinic!

July 21, 2017

Cathy Leaver and Michael Deh visited Dekpor and brought two barrels of fun collected by Etobicoke Taekwondo & Deh Camp After-School Program! They were filled with clothing, shoes, and toys that boggled the minds of even our oldest students! A total of six barrels ended up being donated.
Cathy and Michael donate 6 barrels of goods.
Cathy and Michael donate 6 barrels of goods.
Received goods.
Received goods.

July 20, 2017

All of our student sponsors received their updates. It is especially sweet for them to read words, directly quoted from their child.

July 12, 2017

Ali Afshari sponsored a whole-school luncheon in memory of his father, Reza Afshari. The students and staff were so grateful!
Grateful for luncheon.
Ali Afshari funds a lunch in memory of his father, Reza.
Ali Afshari funds a lunch in memory of his father, Reza.
Enjoying the luncheon.

July 7, 2017

Plenty of happy shrieks! Lots of clothing items and Kids Against Hunger food were distributed at school today. Thanks to Sloane Avenue Public School and the Milton group for each donating 33 boxes of nutritious rice casserole meals.
Happy about food!
Happy about food!
New clothing
New clothing

July 7, 2017

Mr. Halogbe happily receives books from Tom and Linda Edwards, and gently used ones from Ziya Shah.
Mr Halogbe with books from Ziya Shah and Tom and Linda Edwards.
Mr Halogbe with books from Ziya Shah and Tom and Linda Edwards.

July 6, 2017

Abraham and Linda picked up a van FULL of shipped items!
Linda and Ab's van is LOADED with KAH food, sewing machines, clothing, books.
Linda and Ab's van is LOADED with KAH food, sewing machines, clothing, books.

June 30, 2017

Linda and Abraham have been busy and our sponsored students now all have had their National Health Insurance cards renewed.
Sponsored students get their NHIS cards renewed!
Sponsored students get their NHIS cards renewed!

June 27, 2017

Thanks to Lisa, Luke, and Ryan Bannerman for their help with shipping today. There was a van load of donated soccer balls from Aurora FC that were deflated by the boys leading up to shipping day. Leaving Canada:
  • 5 bikes
  • 6 shipping bags
  • 1 bale of clothing
Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Luke, Ryan, and Lisa make shipping day easier!
Luke, Ryan, and Lisa make shipping day easier!

June 13, 2017

Linda and Abraham took all of our oldest students to visit the closest tech and vocational schools. A very exciting day for the kids!

June 12, 2017

9 more women received farming tools! Thanks again to Joan Ross!
Women are so grateful to recieve farming tools
Women are so grateful to recieve farming tools

June 12, 2017

The JHS 3 students worked on doing a thorough clean up and inventory in our library today!
The library inventory is a team effort
The library inventory is a team effort

June 1, 2017

Seven more students have been set up with 2 hens and feed. Thank you to Joan Ross for providing four of the set-ups, and Colette and Matthew Banion for the other 3.
Matthew, Brenelle, and Joan give the gift of hens!
Matthew, Brenelle, and Joan give the gift of hens!

May 31, 2017

Thanks to those who have collected goods and paid for the shipping: Ziya Shah and the students of Birch Cliff Public School, Donna Tinker and the crew at Khalili Sambri and Associates, Susan Heagy, and Amy and Kellie Schoettmer!! See Shipping 2017 for photos.

May 31, 2017

Thanks to Moraine Hills Public School for sponsoring the special luncheon at Dekpor Basic School today! The students and teachers were so excited!
Moraine Hills Public School sponsors a luncheon
Moraine Hills Public School sponsors a luncheon.

May 30, 2017

Thanks to Omar's Shoes of Aurora for donating 14 pairs of brand new, high-end quality shoes, and... 2 bags of gently used shoes from their customers too!
Omar's Shoes
Omar's Shoes

May 29, 2017

The polytank was hoisted to the top of the Horme Water Tower! Soon there will be clean water in Dekpor Horme too! See Water Distribution 2017.
The polytank is hoisted to the top of the Horme Tower!
The polytank is hoisted to the top of the Horme Tower!

May 27, 2017

Ten more women received farming tools and they are delighted! Irene Sheardown's tribute gift has made a difference!
10 more women receive hoes!
10 more women receive hoes!

May 26, 2017

Windfields Junior High School in Toronto sold $830 worth of bracelets! We are very grateful for their enthusiastic support.
Windfields Junior High School
Windfields Junior High School

May 17, 2017

Linda Motta and the leadership group at Mapleview Heights Public School in Barrie sold an incredible $2314.25 worth of Ghanaian jewellery! Unbelievable!
Mapleview Heights Public School Jewellery
Mapleview Heights Public School Jewellery

May 16, 2017

Thanks to Ziya Shah (Summer 2016 outreach volunteer) and the students of Birch Cliff Public School in Toronto for gathering soccer cleats, running shoes, clothing, non-fiction books, and school supplies, and selling $789 worth Ghanaian goods! The proceeds of their sales will pay for shipping their items, and then some!
Birch Cliff Public School helping Dekpor students!
Birch Cliff Public School helping Dekpor students!

May 15, 2017

A big thank you to Rita Goverde and the Me to We group at W.J. Watson Public School for selling $515 worth of bracelets! Well done!
W.J. Watson Public School selling bracelets
W.J. Watson Public School selling bracelets

May 13, 2017

In Milton, 87 people participated in a Kids Against Hunger food packaging event (Milton) — we received 33 boxes of food (7128 meals)!!! We are very grateful to: the 7 churches under the umbrella of Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together (MACCWT), the Rotary Club of Milton, and the Halton Multicultural Council, and of course, Kids Against Hunger Canada! A very warm and special thank you to Kinh Quach who spearheaded this entire day of awesomeness!
Milton Kids Against Hunger event
Milton Kids Against Hunger Event

May 10, 2017

Sloane Avenue Public School held a Kids Against Hunger food packing day (Sloane P.S.) and sent 33 boxes/ 7128 meals our way! These are the youngest students to have ever done this = wow! (Grade 4 and 5) Truly a wonderful accomplishment! We are so excited when kids help kids! A very special thank you to Mr. Douglas Penfold, and the staff, students, and parents of Sloane Avenue Public School.
Sloane Avenue Public School
Sloane Avenue Public School

May 8, 2017

Thanks to Melissa Sharvit for collecting and donating more than 200 pairs of glasses! Wow!
Melissa Sharvit
Melissa Sharvit

May 6, 2017

Thanks to 2016 outreach teacher volunteer Craig Moore for donating a stereo and speakers for use with our projector!

April 30, 2017

We had a lot of great donations this month! Thank you to the following people for sewing machines:
  • Barb Bulloch (1)
  • Ali Afshari (2)
  • Chyvonne and Joyce McKinnon (3)
  • Susan Heagy (2)
For donating laptops, thanks to:
  • Ron Tanaka
  • Amanda Robar
  • Ali Afshari
  • Craig Moore
  • Lise Lotter
  • The MacLeod Family (2)

April 29, 2017

Wow, what a night! Thanks to Sherry Bagnato, Natalia Kostiw, Ziya Shah, Craig Moore, Alan Lawrence, Linda Edwards, and Tom Edwards for hosting a fundraiser geared toward helping our secondary school students further their education next year! They raised over $4800! A shout out to Larry Graves and Orkestra Gotigo for their wonderful gift of talent! Thank you to everyone who made the night a success.
The wonderful crew who raised $4800!
The wonderful crew who raised $4800!

April 27, 2017

Dance for Dekpor, lead by Jean Anderson of Highview Public School, raised a total of $473. Carol's colleagues have quite the moves!
Dance for Dekpor held at Highview Public School
Dance for Dekpor held at Highview Public School

April 10, 2017

We are so excited that the water tower at Horme is complete! Now we have to wait one month while the cement cures. We're getting closer!
The Horme Tower
The Horme Tower

April 8, 2017

The third borehole has been mechanized! What an undertaking!
The third borehole is mechanized!
The third borehole is mechanized!

April 6, 2017

Our town volleyball team has taken it upon themselves to pay for and build a second court! We are so proud of their initiative! Dekpor is gaining quite a wonderful reputation for volleyball!
2nd volleyball court going in!
2nd volleyball court going in!

April 4, 2017

Thanks to Tiffany Beuker, 6 women had their National Health Insurance cards paid for! The gift of health!
6 women have been given the gift of good health.
6 women have been given the gift of good health.

April 3, 2017

Aurora Football Club 64 (formerly AYSC) donated four big garbage bags full of soccer balls and two bags of water bottles! Our students will be so happy!
Soccer balls.
Donated bag of soccer balls!

April 2017

Over the last couple of weeks, a couple of school campus projects have been underway. Many buildings had paint touch-ups done. We also built raised surrounds around each of our five water reservoirs to help prevent erosion.
Platforms surrounding our five reservoirs help combat erosion.
Platforms surrounding our five reservoirs help combat erosion.

March 29, 2017

Thanks to a generous donation from Kermin and Marzi Byramjee, the entire Dekpor Basic School community enjoyed a luncheon! See the smiles!
Marzi and Kermin sponsored a luncheon.
Marzi and Kermin sponsored a luncheon.

March 27, 2017

The last 2 (of 6) kindergarten foundations are complete!

March 23, 2017

A big shout out to both Tom and Linda Edwards, two of our wonderful outreach volunteers who spent the past summer in Dekpor. Tom donated several much-needed hand tools for use at our school. Rooms 206 and 205 of Maurice Cody Junior Public School, lead by Linda, purchased $1000.55 worth of jewelry!!! And Linda and Tom also purchased many perfect additions for our library!
Linda and Tom Edwards
Linda and Tom Edwards

March 22, 2017

The nurses from the local clinic came to do dental care sessions with the students. Considering they all just received toothbrushes in their Ghana Gift Bags, it is imperative to remind everyone of proper tooth care.
Nurses give dental care sessions.
Nurses give dental care sessions.

March 22, 2017

The foundation has been started at the Horme water tower site. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors!
Foundation for Horme water tower.
Foundation for Horme water tower.

March 18, 2017

A fire at the teacher's college dormitory in Akatse destroyed everything owned by a Dekpor teacher candidate. In less than 24 hours our amazing followers raised $550 to get her back on her feet! Thank you John, Kim, Chris, Nancy, Sandee, and Victoria.
Godsway with donation to help replace things destroyed by the fire.
Godsway with donation to help replace things destroyed by the fire.

March 18, 2017

Thanks to our Austrian friends, we have 13 new flower beds in front of the rest of our buildings on school campus now!
The plants are in!
The plants are in!

March 17, 2017

We've had a business start up financed by Andrew Sanderson! Work is underway to have a new provisions kiosk in Dekpor.

March 15, 2017

As of today, the last of the Ghana Gift Bags were distributed! We are so grateful to all people in Ontario who helped make this such a thrilling experience for our Dekpor students.
Just look at everything!!!
Just look at everything!!!
Such excitement!
Such excitement!

March 10, 2017

The first of the Ghana Gift Bags were distributed to the older students from P6 right up to JHS 3.
Ghana Gift Bags making a difference!
Ghana Gift Bags making a difference!

March 7, 2017

The second shipment of Ghana Gift Bags was picked up!
Second load of gift bags arrive!
Second load of gift bags arrive!

March 4, 2017

We are working at the school to build flower beds around all of the buildings. Two purposes: helps with erosion and it will look nice! Thanks to our friends from Austria for funding this!

March 3, 2017

Excitement galore...Abraham and Linda were able to pick up the first shipment of Ghana Gift Bags! We can't wait to see the kids' reactions!
First pick up of Ghana Gift Bags
First pick up of Ghana Gift Bags

March 2, 2017

Linda and Abraham bid farewell to Conny, Edi, Andreas, and Ulrike. A big thank you to our Austrian connection for all the wonderful gifts received, including the cheque for 2000 euros!
Edi and Conny present DSDO with 2000 euros
Edi and Conny present DSDO with 2000 euros

February 21, 2017

Linda and Abraham welcome Conny and Edi Schmickl for their annual visit, and this time they brought their friends Ulrike and Andreas!
Andreas and Ulrike get a drumming lesson from Patrick
Andreas and Ulrike get a drumming lesson from Patrick
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2000 euros, from Austrian friends
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2000 euros, from Austrian friends

February 15, 2017

All of the blocks have been laid for our latest water reservoir!
Reservoir blocks laid
Reservoir blocks laid

February 10, 2017

The next 50 women received a farming tool and we are so grateful to the 17 donors who made this possible! We've now been able to help 102 women!
Now 102 women have farming tools!
Now 102 women have farming tools!

February 7, 2017

Digging at the reservoir site continues.

February 2, 2017

Thanks to Kim Nelson honouring Grace, Claire, Patricia and Evelyn, the staff and students enjoyed a school luncheon.
So happy to have a special lunch!
So happy to have a special lunch!

January 28, 2017

Farming Tools were distributed to the first 42 of 102 women.
Farming tools.
Farming tools.

January 25, 2017

Thanks to the Rotary District 7010 Conference for pairing up with Kids Against Hunger Canada — we received 24 boxes of food! 144 students received 6 bags each! See our Feeding Hungry Students Album.
Kids excited to have food!
Excited to have food!

January 22, 2017

Bikes from Ontario are making a big difference in Dekpor. Eleven more just arrived!

January 7, 2017

The grand opening of the Dekpor Dome water tower and stand pipes!
Linda at Grand Opening!
Linda at Grand Opening!

January 4, 2017

Thanks to Busch Systems, we now have teacher furniture for our new block of classrooms! 6 new desks, 6 chairs, and 6 cabinets!
New furniture
Thanks to Busch Systems for the new furniture!

December 21, 2016

Students in Dekpor are on vacation from school, and so have helped put in some time doing community service—things like digging, cleaning out gutters, weeding, etc.
Students helping with community service
Students helping with community service.

December 17, 2016

Carol and Phil Sawula take the second load of Ghana Gift Bags to James the shipper. That's the last 416 GGBs and many extra teaching and student supplies that will be on their way shortly! Thanks to managers: Rita Forte and friends (100), Heather Lanning and Windfields Junior High School (60), Moraine Hills P.S. (40), Karen Burke and friends (35), Meher Panthaky and friends (60), Denise Bilodeau and friends (15), Louise Dyer and friends (9), Lydia Ridd and friends (19), Carol (12), Gillian Anderson (10), Debbie Halinaty (5), Tanya Spasic and Church Street P.S. (20), Mapleview Heights P.S. lead by Linda Motta (31). We are so grateful to the hundreds of people who have made this initiative such a success! (Ghana Gift Bag album coming soon.)

December 3, 2016

The first load of 370 Ghana Gift Bags are delivered to the shipper by Carol and Phil Sawula! A huge thanks to managers: Darlene Cann (120), Minesing Central P.S. lead by Danielle Naccarato (100), Highview Public School lead by Kim Nelson (60), Donna Jamieson (21), Susan Anderson (18), Valerie Anderson Bartlett (9), Lydia Ridd and friends (10), Tine Muir and friends (26), Wendy Emerson (4), Rita Goverde, Kate Lemaire, and Tracey Pamenter Martin for their participation in this great initiative!
Carol's garage
Carol's garage.
Phil Sawula helps with transportation!
Phil Sawula helps with transportation!
Ghana Gift Bags
Ghana Gift Bags

November 21, 2016

After weeks of the cement curing, the forms were taken off the Dome water's built! The people of Dekpor are so excited!
Framing taken off the water tower in Dome
Framing taken off the water tower in Dome.

November 20, 2016

We are very grateful to EcoSmart for donating 408 nontoxic, refillable dry erase markers and refill ink!

November 18, 2016

In anticipation of future funds, we have put in foundations for 4 of 6 kindergarten/nursery school classrooms. Students will be moving sand over the next couple of weeks for the support/floors.
Students help with kindergarten foundations
Students help with kindergarten foundations.

November 11, 2016

A huge thank you to Sigma Promotions! Twice now, they have donated a van FULL to the ceiling of wonderful new items for our Ghana Gift Bags — padfolios; notebooks; baseball caps; t-shirts; travel mugs; pens; water bottles; and the list goes on. We are so grateful for their generosity!
Sigma Promotions Logo
Crew at Sigma Promotions

The Crew at Sigma Promotions:

Kristen, Nikki, Amanda, Lisa, Sami, Evan

November 11, 2016

AYSC does it again! More backpacks, soccer clothes including brand new track suits and shorts! Bill and Sandy, we thank you for always thinking of us and sharing our wish to help others!
Sandy and Bill
Sandy and Bill

November 3, 2016

Thanks to Susan and Tony Anderson, we were able to do some much needed upgrading to the government-built block of classrooms. Design blocks and security bars were installed in the windows and all of the rooms were painted inside and out!
Design blocks going in.
Design blocks going in.

November 2, 2016

Thanks to Dr. Najwa Shasha of Smiles Dental Aurora for the donation of 576 toothbrushes! They will be used in the Ghana Gift Bags!
Carol with Dr. Shasha
Carol with Dr. Shasha

November 1, 2016

So many people have helped us by donating new baseball caps for our Ghana Gift Bags! The list is extensive...the following are those who gave 10 or more: Peter and Gisela Guissi (57); Jim Sheardown (31); Bren and Grace Marsh (22); and Sharon Quyn (10). See our Facebook page for all donors.

October 31, 2016

Linda was able to return to Ghana with several laptops, thanks to the following people: Tracey and Trevor Martin (3), Tine and Dave Muir (2), David Nguyen (1), Justin Sharpe and Dori Tarjan (2), Susan Heagy (1), and Kirsten Wright (1).

October 29, 2016

Another 2 loads go to our shipper! This time it’s 5 bicycles, 1 bag of soccer balls, eyeglasses and shoes, and 24 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food. Thanks again to Mike Selva for picking it up in Rosseau and delivering to North York!
Mike Selva
Mike Selva is a great guy!

October 28, 2016

We are so grateful that the Rotary District 7010 Conference chose us as the recipients of 24 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food! Thanks also to Mike Selva for providing transportation.
Rotary District 7010 Logo

October 20, 2016

A huge thanks to Spoke O'Motion for getting 8 bicycles fixed up and ready for use in Dekpor! Myles Cullen, Steve, and the rest of the crew, you rock!
Spoke O'Motion logo

October 16, 2016

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is our one big fundraiser. We raised $15,160 online and $2,945 offline for a grand total of $18,105. The funds are used for 2 things:
  • to pay the wages of our three DSDO-hired educators
  • to maintain our food programme for the school year
Thanks to everyone who participated or donated!
Ziya, Craig, Linda, Michele, Carol, and Sonya
Ziya, Craig, Linda, Michele, Carol, and Sonya

October 15, 2016

Carol and Andrew took a trip to the shipper with 11 bikes, a shipping bag of soccer balls and eye glasses, and a container of medical supplies. Seven barrels were brought back to Aurora to be used for shipping Ghana Gift Bags.

October 2016

We've had several companies help with our collection of drawstring bags for our Ghana Gift Bag project. We'd like to thank the following:
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (308)
  • 4imprint (228)
  • A & M Custom Printing (200)
  • Sara (65)
  • Judy McLeod (15)
  • Canuck Stuff (12)
  • Barb Bulloch (12)
  • many other smaller donations!
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon logo
4Imprint logo
A&M Custom Printing logo

September & October 2016

We've had an amazing number of bicycle donations! Thanks to:
  • the Dorie family (4 bicycles)
  • Gerard Baribeau (1)
  • Donna Tinker and Dom Molinaro (1)
  • Ruth White (1)
  • Tiffany Wilson (1)
  • Rick Harris (1)
  • Susan, Gillian, and Tony Anderson (2)
  • Michele and Nikki Ernst (1)
  • the Muir family (2)
  • the Barber family (2) with Joanne and Pete

September 30, 2016

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Today the commissioning was held for our 6 completed classrooms. The headmaster, teachers, and students are absolutely thrilled! Susan and Tony Anderson, you have given a gift like no other!
Six new classrooms!
Six new classrooms!

September 30, 2016

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Today the commissioning was held for our 6 completed classrooms. The headmaster, teachers, and students are absolutely thrilled! Susan and Tony Anderson, you have given a gift like no other!
Six new classrooms!
Six new classrooms!

September 16, 2016

Thanks to Janice and John Lennie, we've given a boost to our Hen project! This is eggsciting!
Hens galore!
Hens galore!

September 3, 2016

The students' toilets at the school have had the pits all cleaned out, just in time for the new school year.

August 31, 2016

Thanks to Ledgir House Ltd., we installed security systems in our library and computer lab. We want to keep our valuables safe!

August 22, 2016

Carol was off to the baler and shipper with Ann and Ben Barber. This time 5 bags of soccer balls, 2 bags of shoes, 2 bales of clothing and a wheel chair were sent on their way!
Ann and Ben help with the transportation
Ann and Ben help with the transportation

August 21, 2016

We are so proud of Janet and Mawuenyo who graduated from their three-year seamstress apprenticeship!
Janet and Mawuenyo
Janet and Mawuenyo

August 18, 2016

Our 6 outreach teachers from Toronto bid farewell to Dekpor. Their impact was huge! Our thanks to Tom and Linda, Alvarine, Alan, Ziya, and Craig!

August 17, 2016

A sad day for Dekpor. There was a robbery at our computer lab. 5 laptops were stolen, 18 taken and dropped in the woods with several of those being broken beyond repair. We know our followers will help us rally to replace the laptops!

August 16, 2016

Carol was welcomed as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Scarborough today. The president, Gerard Baribeau even donated a bike!
Harley, Gerard and a bike for Dekpor
Harley, Gerard
and a bike for Dekpor
Gerard Baribeau and Carol Sheardown
Gerard Baribeau
and Carol Sheardown

August 11, 2016

We are beyond excited to announce that two generous donors are financing the Water Distribution Pipes, Phase 2. Pipes will run from our boreholes in Yia throughout Dekpor Yia, Dekpor Dome and Dekpor Horme! A dream come true!

August 10, 2016

Our outreach volunteers held a workshop for parents and a remarkable 125 people show up! It was a highly successful evening!
Parents listening
Parents listening
Parents were eager to learn!
Parents were eager to learn!

August 7, 2016

Pavilions 2 & 3 are complete! A big thanks to our shy donor!

August 4, 2016

We are overwhelmed by our single largest donation ever, thanks to Susan and Tony! Three new classrooms will be built from scratch, the three pavilions will be completed to classroom level, design block windows will be installed in the whole primary block of classrooms as well as repainting all of the classrooms inside and out, and the students' toilets will have the chamber pits emptied and the cubicles repainted also. WOW! Stay tuned for the albums.

August 2, 2016

A workshop was held for all the students with bicycles. Thanks to Tom Edwards, one of our outreach volunteers, and Kwamegah!

August 1, 2016

Our Toronto outreach volunteers have jumped right in and started teaching today! Thank you to Alvarine, Alan, Craig, Linda, Tom, and Ziya who will spend their next three weeks volunteering at Dekpor Basic School!
Toronto outreach volunteers
Back Row: Linda, Tom, Abraham, Alan, Craig;
Front Row: Ziya, Alvarine

July 16, 2016

A meeting was held in Dekpor Dome with a speaker from the district health department. He provided further education about the need to use toilets, to wash hands, and to drink clean water.

July 14, 2016

It's a celebration! Thanks to Karen Burke, the students and staff of Dekpor Basic enjoyed a wonderful luncheon!
School Luncheon
School Luncheon

July 13, 2016

Dekpor Horme's communal labour dug at the reservoir site today. The deeper down they go, the more difficult it is. They are coming back to finish the job.
Day 3 of digging; Dekpor Horme's turn
Day 3 of digging; Dekpor Horme's turn

July 12, 2016

Students moved the second day's worth of dirt from the reservoir site.
Students help clear the site
Students help clear the site

July 12, 2016

Over the past week, hundreds of students have been driven to Agorve to get their NHIS (National Health Insurance) cards renewed. It is quite the organizational challenge, but the results are well worth it! We are so extremely grateful to Busch Systems for financing this life-saver.
NHIS renewals
NHIS renewals

July 12, 2016

We've decided to do the foundations for future pavilion classrooms 4, 5, & 6 while the dirt from the reservoir is available and there are extra blocks cut. It just makes sense. Fingers crossed that we'll get funding to complete them soon!
Foundation for future pavilions 4, 5, & 6
Foundation for future pavilions 4, 5, & 6

July 11, 2016

Dekpor Dome did their digging at the reservoir today. Now the hole is 11 feet deep.
Day 2 of digging; Dekpor Dome's turn
Day 2 of digging; Dekpor Dome's turn

July 9, 2016

The town volleyball team has earned some money by helping with some of our jobs. They decided to use their money to build a retaining wall to help stop erosion at the volleyball court.

July 7, 2016

Communal labour provided by Dekpor Yia today for digging out the reservoir hole. They made it down about 7 feet! Wow!
Day 1, Yia's Communal Labour
Day 1, Yia's Communal Labour

July 7, 2016

Carol met Tom and Linda Edwards with 5 packed suitcases for our outreach volunteers to take with them in a couple of weeks. They in turn gave her 64 pairs of shoes and cleats, and many pairs of glasses that they had collected, mainly from Linda's school. Linda also sold $742 worth of bracelets at her school!

July 6, 2016

Has it been mentioned that we have teacher outreach volunteers going over this month? Well, Craig, Alan, Alvarine, Tom, Linda, and Ziya are leaving in a couple of weeks to volunteer at Dekpor Basic School. They are each taking a suitcase of things we've collected, including the tools purchased by Carol, and donated by Jim Tyler and Jim Sheardown!

July 5, 2016

Another trip to the baler and the shipper! Thanks to Geoff for helping Carol get all that slugging around done! The clothes donated by Aurora Preparatory Academy and Amanda and more from AYSC are on their way. Also en route are the bike trailer from Lynn and a bunch of soccer balls from AYSC!!! ETA is the first week of September.

July 1, 2016

Unbelievable progress being made at the pavilion site in the last couple of days!
Pavilion progress
Pavilion progress

July 1, 2016

Picked up 94 AYSC soccer balls that Ben and Geoff have deflated for us. Fun way to collect volunteer hours! Thanks guys!

June 30, 2016

Abraham and Linda transported 32 students to Games Day. Three of our teams competed and, wowee, two of them took first place! We brought home the trophy for boys' handball and for the under 15 boys' football (soccer) team! And yes, since DSDO supplied the trophies, the winners actually get to KEEP the trophy at their school on display for the whole year!

June 30, 2016

Thanks to Sandee for helping to transport bicycles to our shipper. Seven bicycles, one from LuAnn and six from Minesing Central P.S., will be on their way to Ghana next week.
Sandee with bicycle
Sandee with bicycle

June 29, 2016

A tremendous thank you to Jim Tyler who used his expertise to donate a very well equipped bicycle repair and maintenance kit! What a gift! Check our bicycles album to see how they're making a difference.
Bike tools
Bike tools

June 29, 2016

A busy trip to Barrie to stop in at Busch Systems, Bikeland and visit Jim Sheardown. Thanks to Jim for picking up bikes from Minesing Central P.S. and taking them to Bikeland and financing repairs and tune-ups. Thanks to Morgan of Bikeland for pitching in with some of the cost. Thanks to David Kangas for loading the van! We really appreciate this!
Bikeland in Barrie
Bikeland in Barrie

June 28, 2016

Thank you to Dagmara for collecting water bottles for us!
Water bottles from Dagmara
Water bottles from Dagmara

June 27, 2016

Clean water from our boreholes and reverse osmosis unit is now available at the health clinic! A huge thank you to Busch Systems and to the Rotary Club of Kempenfelt for making this dream of ours a reality!
Clean water at the clinic!
Clean water at the clinic!

June 26, 2016

The assemblyman and his committee joins Linda and Abraham and their crew of helpers to distribute the LuminAID lights and the Kids Against Hunger Canada food packages!
Kids Against Hunger Food
Kids Against Hunger Food
LuminAID Lights
LuminAID Lights

June 25, 2016

Took advantage of some awesome sales. Got more than $700 worth of tools for only $215!
Starting our Tool Box
Starting our Tool Box
Starting our Tool Box #2
Starting our Tool Box #2

June 25, 2016

Thanks to Amanda and her daughters for collecting 8 backpacks and 2 bags full of soccer uniforms!
8 back packs and 2 bags from Amanda and her daughter
8 back packs and 2 bags from Amanda and her daughters

June 23, 2016

Second day of communal labour. Cutting more blocks for our two new pavilion rooms!
2nd day of making blocks
2nd day of making blocks

June 17, 2016

Thanks to Lynn for donating a Chariot! Can't wait to share photos of how it is going to be used!
Lynn donates chariot!
Lynn donates chariot!

June 17, 2016

Two van loads of size 5 soccer balls donated by the Aurora Youth Soccer Club, and a thank you to Ben and Geoff for deflating them all!
Two van loads of size 5 balls from AYSC!
Two van loads of size 5 balls from AYSC!

June 16, 2016

The books donated by Tim Congram are welcome additions to our library!
Books from Tim Congram in our Library
Books from Tim Congram in our Library

June 15, 2016

Six bicycles from Ontario are being distributed to students in Dekpor. Oh, such excitement it is causing! We are so thankful to Rita Goverde, Erik Lemaire, Leona Culbertson, Louise Dyer, Rita Forte and Helen Rupolo for donating them!
Doris and Betha on Rita and Erik's bikes
Doris and Betha on Rita and Erik's bikes

June 14, 2016

It was a fun day at Dekpor Basic School as Aurora Youth Soccer Club grey 50th t-shirts were distributed to all the students from junior kindergarten right up to and including grade 4!!!
AYSC items are distributed!
AYSC items are distributed!

June 12, 2016

The Kids Against Hunger food is sampled for the first time in Dekpor.
Kids Against Hunger food is sampled in Dekpor for the first time!
Kids Against Hunger food is sampled in Dekpor for the first time!

June 11, 2016

Linda is back in Dekpor and distributing lots of shipped items is about to begin!
Some of the shipped goods (soccer jerseys)
Some of the Shipped Goods (Soccer Jerseys)

June 6, 2016

We just got amazing news that two anonymous donors are going to fund the rest of the water pipe distribution throughout all of Dekpor! This is an incredibly large donation and we are thrilled beyond belief!

June 2, 2016

Highview Public School's Drive for Dekpor brought in loads of goods! 36 pairs of shoes and soccer cleats, 15 backpacks, and lots of soccer uniforms and summer clothes! Thanks to Mrs. Nelson and The Gee Gees!
Highview P.S.'s Drive for Dekpor
Highview P.S.'s Drive for Dekpor Collected Goods

May 30, 2016

AYSC is still collecting backpacks and we've reached 73!
Backpacks donated by AYSC
Backpacks donated by AYSC

May 14, 2016

Another trip to the shipper, and a special thanks to Ann Barber for driving one of the van loads! This time there are 2 bales of clothes (mainly from Aurora Youth Soccer Club and Minesing Central P.S.), soccer balls and backpacks from AYSC, and a bike from Lu Ann!

May 11, 2016

Just received a totally unexpected, very large cheque in the mail. We are going to be able to build TWO pavilion CLASSROOMS! Wahoo and a happy dance!

May 11, 2016

Aurora Youth Soccer Club sent 10 more backpacks and 65 size 4, gently used soccer balls our way!
Backpacks donated by AYSC
Backpacks donated by AYSC
Soccer balls donated by AYSC
Soccer balls donated by AYSC

May 9, 2016

Thank you to LuAnn Kolenda who donated two bikes, a new backpack and the funds to cover shipping them!
1st Kolenda donated bike
2nd Kolenda donated bike

May 8, 2016

King George Junior Public School's Camera Kids did some fundraising by selling their awesome photos and they raised $230!!! Wahoo!
King George Jr Public School Camera Kids
King George Jr Public School Camera Kids
Great photos!
Great photos!

May 6, 2016

Thanks to our individual child sponsors and Busch Systems, our first 53 students went to Dzodze today and got their NHIS (health) cards renewed for this year. Way to go, Abraham, for coordinating and acquiring cards for so many children in one day!

May 6, 2016

Another van loaded with goods for Ghana left Carol's house and was taken to our shipper. In this load are: books from Tim Congram; 3 bikes, shoes, and backpacks from Minesing Central P.S.; and backpacks, hats and soccer balls from AYSC. This load should arrive in Ghana early July. A special thanks to Irene Sheardown and David Kangas for the hours put in helping sort and pack.
Loaded Van for Shippers
Loaded Van for Shippers
Irene Sheardown and David Kangas
Irene Sheardown & David Kangas

May 6, 2016

Minesing Central Public School's 'Spring Cleaning for Dekpor' yielded lots of wonderful donations! 138 pairs of shoes, eye glasses, several backpacks, plenty of summer clothes, 9 bicycles, a trumpet and a laptop were collected for the students at Dekpor Basic School.
Minesing Central Mustangs Make a Difference!
Minesing Central Mustangs Make a Difference!

May 5, 2016

Highview Public School enjoys their Arts Night and sells popcorn and water to raise funds for shipping the goods they are collecting in June. These wonderful students, lead by Mrs. Nelson, managed to raise $233 in one night!
Popcorn and Water for Sale at Arts Night
Popcorn and Water for Sale at Arts Night

May 4, 2016

Thanks to Tim Congram for the donation of excellent non-fiction books for our library!
Books from Tim Congram
Books from Tim Congram

May 3, 2016

A van load of used soccer balls (there are just over 70 size 3 balls) from AYSC was given to Carol! And a big thank you to Meg and her mom for deflating them all!
4 Soccer Balls to be Inflated
4 Soccer Balls to be Inflated

April 27, 2016

Thanks to Jean Anderson for running an energy-filled 'Dance for Dekpor' at Highview Public School. These amazing ladies, plus several who were unable to attend, raised $335 tonight!!!
Jean Anderson's Dance for Dekpor
Jean Anderson's Dance for Dekpor

April 26, 2016

Dr. Conny Schmickl and Edi Schmickl set up an information table at an exhibition in Austria to spread the word about DSDO and they raised 160 euros while they were at it! Thank you!
Conny and Edi Schmickl
Conny and Edi Schmickl

April 22, 2016

The polytank stand at the clinic is curing...and pretty soon phase one of the distribution pipes will be complete!

April 20, 2016

AYSC backpacks are starting to roll in...11 so far! Thank you to the Aurora Youth Soccer Club players, coaches and staff who are helping make this happen!

April 18, 2016

Four bicycles (thanks to Louise, Leona, Rita and Helen) and all of the food are leaving Toronto today!
Bike en route to Dekpor
Bike en route to Dekpor

April 16, 2016

The Scarborough Rotary Club and Joseph Brant Public School financed a food packaging day through Kids Against Hunger. We received 30 boxes of food (or 6480 children's meals)!
Food for Dekpor - 6480 children's meals!
Food for Dekpor - 6480 children's meals!

April 9, 2016

We now have 50 elementary students being sponsored!

April 6, 2016

Thanks to a donation by Kim, in honour of her Aunt Ev, 15 needy adults had their National Health Insurance card covered! What a gift!
Adults with health insurance cards
Adults with health insurance cards

March 28, 2016

Communal labour worked on the trenches for the first step of our water distribution!

March 27, 2016

Welcome to Amy, a Semester at Sea student, who is visiting with Linda and Abraham for a few days. She volunteered at Dekpor Basic in the P5 class on Tuesday and Wednesday to get an idea of what it is like to be a student in rural Ghana.
Amy volunteering
Amy volunteering

March 21, 2016

An exciting announcement...we are starting to lay distribution pipes from our water tower! What an amazing difference this will be!
Distribution pipes starting
Distribution pipes starting

March 13, 2016

With the donation that our Austrian friends, Conny and Edi Schmickl, brought us, we used part to make another book shelf for the library!
Bookshelf for library.
Bookshelf for library

March 12, 2016

Our high school painters are working on the Dekpor Horme Town Toilet today. The project is almost done!
Dekpor Horme is almost done!
Dekpor Horme is almost done!

March 11, 2016

What a day! Linda and Abraham distributed clothing, and shoes (from AYSC, Carol and friends, and Conny Schmickl). Every single student at Dekpor Basic received something, as did the teachers! Such excitement! See our blog and 2016 Step by Step.

Back in Ontario, AYSC donated hats and jerseys, shorts and socks that will be happily received in Dekpor!
Students wearing donated clothes
Students wearing donated clothes

March 6, 2016

Independence Day...and to celebrate, there is a marching competition held amongst the schools in the Weta region. This year it was held at Dekpor Basic School.
Marching on Independence Day
Marching on Independence Day

February 29, 2016

Welcome to Edi Schmickl and Dr. Conny Schmickl who are visiting Dekpor again! They brought suitcases full of shoes, clothing, sports items and school supplies... and a donation from family, friends and Racketlon Federation Association that will be used to build more furniture.
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2400 euros!
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2400 euros!

February 28, 2016

Thanks to Ken Glance who volunteered at Dekpor Basic for the past 6 weeks. The students especially enjoyed the sports day he ran!
Ken Glance volunteering
Ken Glance volunteering
Sports Day
Sports Day

February 24, 2016

Carol took another van load of clothing to be baled and shipped. Everything is leaving our shipper on Saturday and heading to Ghana!

February 22, 2016

Carol took a van load of two bicycles and 7 bins with trophies, soccer clothes, and teacher resources to our shipper.

February 10, 2016

A day of giving! Thanks to Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating trophies that they could no longer use. Thanks to Rita Goverde and Erik Lemaire for donating bicycles... two students will be able to go to high school because of you! Thanks to Omars Shoes for donating 7 pairs of shoes!
Donted bike from Rita and Eric
Donated bike from Rita & Erik
7 Containers of Trophies form AYSC
7 containers of trophies
from AYSC
Shoes donated by Omar Shoes
Shoes donated by Omar Shoes

February 8, 2016

Thanks to Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating 5 boxes of new t-shirts and 3 bags of jerseys!
5 boxes and 3 bags of goods from AYSC
5 boxes and 3 bags of goods from AYSC

February 5, 2016

We got word that we've been accepted as one of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon's charities for the fourth year in a row.

January 11, 2016

Thank you to Ken Glance for taking more luggage and volunteering at Dekpor Basic for 6 weeks. This is Ken's 4th visit!

January 14, 2016

We've had our business ladies make batik shelf covers for use in the library. See Step by Step 2016 for more photos.
Shelf covers
Shelf covers

January 13, 2016

A library shelving unit for the teachers' resources was completed thanks to a donation from Dianne and Ken. See Step by Step 2016 for more photos.
Library shelving unit for teachers' resources.
Library shelving unit for teachers' resources

January 6, 2016

Thank you to Natalia, (one of our original 8 volunteers who spent the summer of 2010 in Dekpor), for selling bracelets. She sold $260 worth of jewelry to her friends and colleagues over the holidays!

December 28, 2015

The roof has been lifted off Dekpor Horme's toilet facility so that things can be extensively repaired.

December 25, 2015

We are thrilled with the reception of our 'catalogue'! A lot of wonderful gifts were given and received!

December 22, 2015

Happy news! Two more children being sponsored. That is 47 elementary students now!

December 19, 2015

Thank you to Louise for selling $185 worth of bracelets...and her ABC (Aurora Book Club) friends raised $200 to be put toward purchasing books written by African authors for our library.
New books for the library
New books for the library

December 16, 2015

What a celebration day at Dekpor Basic! We had an entire school lunch, thanks to Karen Burke. To top it off, Madi and Becky's birthday donations and a memorial gift that Kim Nelson made in memory of her dad, allowed us to give a pencil or pen and notebook to every student in the school! Becky and Madi also donated 5 high quality soccer balls to the school! Donations from Dagmara and Ezra, Laura and Andrea, and Heather allowed us to give the teachers some much needed supplies too!

December 12, 2015

Second day of communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2.

December 9, 2015

Mason and labourers have started cutting blocks for Dekpor Yia Toilet #2!

December 8, 2015

Pouring of libations, prayers, sod cutting and communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2. They cleared the site and dug down 4 feet today!

December 3, 2015

Congratulations to 6 year old Pippa who sold $145 worth of bracelets tonight!
Pippa Sells Jewellery

December 2, 2015

Two more elementary students are being sponsored! That's a total of 45 elementary, 7 high school, 3 apprentices and two transitioning from high school.

December 2, 2015

Wahoo!! Thanks to Aurora Rotary, we have funding for our third town toilet facility! Absolutely amazing!

November 27, 2015

Carol was invited to speak at Aurora Preparatory Academy — what a wonderful group of students!
Aurora Preparatory Academy Logo

November 22, 2015

Thank you to both the Schuetze and Muir families for donating bikes for us to send to Dekpor.

November 21, 2015

A big thank you to Becky in B.C. for spending her day selling bracelets and letting others know about DSDO. She sold almost $300 worth of jewellery!
Becky sells bracelets
Becky Sells Bracelets

November 13, 2015

Becky and Madi Schuetze celebrated their 13th birthday in a big way. In lieu of gifts, they asked their friends from Mount Albert Public School and Highview P.S. to make a donation, with half going to their graduation fund and half coming to DSDO. Get a load of this... DSDO received $862.50!!! They have allocated their funds very wisely! What an amazing example of Kid Power!
Becky and Madi Schuetze
Becky and Madi Schuetze

October 18, 2015

Our third year participating at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon and 11 of us raised $15,872!
Linda, Carol & Andrew at ScotiaBank Marathon
Linda, Carol & Andrew at ScotiaBank Marathon

October 3, 2015

At the moment, we have 42 elementary students, 7 high school students, 3 apprentices, and two who are just finishing high school exams, all being sponsored by wonderful people from all over the world!

October 2, 2015

Today was graduation day for the three girls being trained at NEWIG. They will be coming back to Dekpor and preparing to set up a soap-making business!

September 20, 2015

The MP stopped by to see what DSDO has on the go!
Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP visits Dekpor
Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP visits Dekpor

September 17, 2015

Reusing wood from the construction sites to build new benches for the library.
Reusing wood to make benches

September 15, 2015

Hundreds gathered at the school— students from the school, and adults from Yia, Dome and Horme, to take part in a learning session with DEHO's staff. What sort of info was covered?
  • What is clean water?
  • Why use clean water?
  • Why you should use your own cup/water bottle?
  • How to properly wash hands (the students already know).
  • How to properly use the toilets.
  • How to keep the toilet clean for the next person to use it.
  • What can and can not go down the hole into the holding tank?
  • Why compliance is necessary?
  • To teach family members who weren't able to attend.

Our goal? Improved health!

DEHO's Learning Session
DEHO's Learning Session

September 10, 2015

The election of the water and sanitation (WATSAN) committee happened today!
Election of the WATSAN Committee

September 8, 2015

Dekpor Basic students have started their new year!

September 7, 2015

Students were busy at the school cleaning up getting ready for the new year to begin.

September 4, 2015

Vacation school is over. It was great for the students to get to use the laptops!

August 22, 2015

Busch Systems and friends competed at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival—and did they ever rock the waters! They came second overall in the Platinum Division, won the Genesis II Barrie Championships Trophy, and the Moore Packaging Corporate Challenge Cup. They raised $2875 for DSDO to use on our water initiatives!
Busch Logo

August 16, 2015

We are thrilled that our student sponsors are choosing to set up their sponsored child(ren) with two hens and start-up feed! For only $20, we are able to purchase two hens and a substantial amount of food! Hen Project Album.

August 13, 2015

Carol was invited to speak at the Barrie Rotary Club meeting. This is the club that sent her for an adventure of a life time, so it was wonderful to be able to say 'thanks' so many years later.

August 3, 2015

'Summer' Vacation School starts today for our fully sponsored and food programme students. It is 5 weeks of math- and literacy-focused learning.

August 2015

Linda and Abraham have their hands full! Three big projects all at once!

July 29, 2015

Things are hopping at the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet site!

July 25, 2015

Sod breaking at the library extension with Queen Mother!

July 24, 2015

Dekpor Dome Town Toilet has the bricks built up to ground level. Ben is motoring!
Dekpor Dome Town Toilet Under Construction
Dekpor Dome Town Toilet Under Construction

July 22, 2015

Three more elementary students being sponsored. We're at 40 now!

July 21, 2015

A great step forward for equality for women. See our blog for more details!
Women's Dome Meeting, history is made!
Women's Dome Meeting, history is made!

July 19, 2015

A generous sponsor has financed a Dekpor entrepreneur who is setting up a barber shop.

July 16, 2015

Our women's town volleyball team, which is comprised of senior Dekpor Basic School students, won 4 of 5 games in their first competition with another town!
Our women's team wins!
Our women's team wins!

July 10, 2015

More than 240 of our grade 5 to junior high school 3 students gathered in the courtyard this morning to listen to Madam Philipine a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer. It was AWESOME!!! She expressed the need to study, to discover one’s own inner drive, the value of technical, vocational and apprenticeship training, and making realistic plans for the future. This is precisely what our Dekpor students need to know. Many are resigned to thinking that the most they will ever be able to do is farm...and then there are others with very unrealistic hopes. We want our kids to do their best, finish to the end of JHS3 at Dekpor Basic, and then make wise choices that will allow them to start breaking the cycle of poverty. We are so thankful to Madam Philipine for her visit. She has given valuable information for the students to consider! Step by Step 2015 Album
Madam Philipine, a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer
Madam Philipine, a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer

July 9, 2015

Day 2 of communal labour at Dekpor Dome Town Toilet...and communal labour happening at the Yia town toilet also!

July 1, 2015

We have 3 JHS grads who are attending training with NEWIG for three months to learn how to make soap. We are looking forward to purchasing the soap we need for our town toilets locally. What could be better than training girls and setting them up for success?! Soap-making Training Album

June 19, 2015

We are starting a massive project! The Dekpor Dome Town Toilet site is ready for action! A big THANK YOU to 2 amazing donors who have made HUGE donations!

June 15, 2015

Whoa! Thanks to the Rotary Club of Aurora for their generous $4000 donation and giving Carol the floor twice in a matter of weeks!
Rotary Club of Aurora presents Carol with $4000 donation!
Rotary Club of Aurora presents Carol with $4000 donation!

June 10, 2015

We are having three JHS3 graduates trained by NEWIG so they can learn how to make soap (as well as learn a variety of other worthwhile disciplines). Thanks to the Facebook people who watched and volunteered to cover the fees!

June 8, 2015

Thank you to Omars Shoes in Aurora for donating a box of shoes!!! Raz is continuing to collect gently used running shoes for us.

May 28, 2015

We launched our hen project. Thanks to Lynn and friends for financing Phase 1! Fifteen different students are giving this a whirl. We are hoping that providing a sustainable source of protein makes a great impact! Step by Step 2015 Album
Hen Project
Hen Project

May 26, 2015

The bricks are being cut for the Dome town toilet! (photo album coming)

May 15, 2015

We just keep having more and more people decide they want to change the life of a child. There are now 37 elementary children being sponsored, 6 high school students, and 3 apprentices!

May 13, 2015

A big thank you to Kempenfelt Rotary of Barrie for their donation of $1000! Carol has been invited to speak at their club two times, and this is the second time they have made a wonderful donation!
Carol with Mike Smiley, Kempenfelt Rotary of Barrie
Carol with Mike Smiley, Kempenfelt Rotary of Barrie

May 8, 2015

Thank you to the leadership team and Mme Nacarrato for selling bracelets at Minesing Central Public School$376 was sold the week leading up to Mother's Day. Add that to what they sold earlier this school year, and their grand total was $1126!

May 7, 2015

Thank you to David Kangas and the student council of Dr. G.W. Williams in Aurora for selling $312 worth of bracelets.
David at Dr. G.W. Williams School
David at Dr. G.W. Williams School

April 2015

UNREAL!!! Two huge anonymous donations have been made that will allow us to build town toilets, complete with a rain harvesting system and hand-washing stations in Dekpor Dome!!! We are SO excited to be able to attack the sanitation situation!

April 27th

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Aurora for inviting Carol to speak!

April 20th

We now have 35 elementary students being sponsored!

March 15, 2015

Thanks to Ken Glance who headed back to Dekpor AGAIN. This time he had more than 100 pounds of running shoes from Highvew Public School (in Aurora) with him!
Shoes from Highview - fall 2014
Shoes from Highview
Fall 2014
We got new shoes! Thanks Highview!
We got new shoes!
Thanks Highview!

March 2, 2015

Yay! Another elementary student has been sponsored by one of the Kempenfelt Rotarians who listened to Carol's talk on Wednesday! Now we're at 33 Dekpor Basic School children being fully sponsored! This is such a HUGE thing that allows a child hope for their future ...what a gift!

February 26, 2015

A new girl has been sponsored! We're at 32 elementary, 6 high school, and 3 apprentice students!

February 25, 2015

Thank you to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for inviting Carol to come back to speak! It was a pleasure to get to share all of the wonderful achievements we've accomplished in the past year.

February 23 & 24, 2015

Ketu North held a sports day and Dekpor Basic came back the winners of 5 of the 6 competitions! Fantastic!

February 23, 2015

AWESOME! Today 20 new children were put on the food programme! We are now feeding 105 students!

February 18, 2015

Thanks to Richmond Rose Public School in Richmond Hill. At Valentine's Day they made and sold friendship bracelets and raised a whopping $1130.33 to be put toward our food programme! Such awesome news!

February 15, 2015

Linda headed back to Ghana with 50 lbs of soccer goods. Thanks to AYSC for your ongoing support!

February 2015

Thanks to Minesing Central's Leadership Team and Mme Nacarrato and Collier Street Dental for selling $960 worth of jewellery.

January 2015

Former Semester at Sea student, Erica Lieppman, was very touched by her experience in Dekpor. This year for her birthday she ran an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for DSDO and collected $2411! Thank you Erica, for sharing your birthday with the children of Dekpor!
Erica in Dekpor
Erica in Dekpor

December 2014

Looking to get a Christmas gift for someone who is seemingly impossible to buy for??? A tribute gift is just the thing! You can choose the wording for the eCard. See our Donation page for details.

November 2014

It's official... we've got clean water! (Borehole album coming soon!)

October 30, 2014

Lucy Romyn arrives for a whirlwind visit in Dekpor and brings lots of shoes and 3 laptops (thanks to Shoreham College for your help). Linda and Ab took her to view the pavilion classroom she funded.
Lucy watches happy kids!
Lucy watches happy kids!
Lucy with Abraham in Front of Pavilion Classroom
Lucy with Abraham
in front of Pavilion Classroom

October 25, 2014

Linda started doling out the 226 pairs of shoes. The parents are so pleased; the kids are so excited! See the Shoes photo album.
New shoes; new jersey; new book
New shoes; new jersey; new book!

October 23, 2014

Linda returns to Ghana with 10 pieces of luggage stuffed with shoes, laptops, pillowcase dresses, belts, and some soccer clothes!
Van with 9 of 10 suitcases
Van with 9 of 10 Suitcases
Shoes and laptops on airport trolley
Shoes and Laptops
on Airport Trolley

October 22, 2014

Carol was invited to speak at Minesing Central Public School. The leadership team is going to sell bracelets.
Minesing Central Public School
Minesing Central Public School

October 20, 2014

Highview Public School's shoe drive was a huge success! 121 pairs of very gently used, and some brand new, shoes were donated. They will be heading to Dekpor in February.
Shoe Pile

October 19, 2014

Our second time participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon...and it was a great day! $11,367 raised for our food programme. See the photo album for more details.
DSDO Directors at Marathon
DSDO Directors at Marathon

October 11, 2014

A couple of years ago, Linda submitted a proposal to the Standard Chartered Bank in Accra, and they just came through with a wonderful donation of 100 desks for our older students. With our enrollment just under 800, this furniture is much needed! See Step-by-Step 2014.
Standard Chartered Bank logo

September 22, 2014

Barriston Services Limited donated 19 laptops!! What an incredible difference that will make in our computer lab!
Donated Laptops

September 15, 2014

The new school year has begun at Dekpor Basic.

September 12, 2014

Thanks to Sophie, the Leadership Team, and Mme Naccarato of Minesing Central P.S., a crazy pile of running shoes was collected in just a few days!
Van with shoes in back

September 12, 2014

Thanks to Busch Systems for collecting 30 lbs of shoes!
Shoes in Bin

August 31, 2014

Thanks to Mackenzie Clark and the campers at Big Canoe Camp in Bracebridge, 33 macramé belts were made for our students and will be heading to Dekpor in October.
Mackenzie and Friend making belts
Mackenzie & Friend Making Belts
Making Belts
Making Belts
Macrame Belts
Macrame Belts

August 28, 2014

Wow! We've had 6 new students sponsored this month! We now have 30 elementary, 6 high school and 3 apprentice students under our wing! If you are interested, read our Child Sponsorship FAQ .

August 23, 2014

Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, year 2! Busch Systems and BDO Barrie have done it again. This time they raised a whopping $5714.10!
Busch Buccaneers Team Photo
Busch Buccaneers
BDO Dragon Boat
BDO Dragon Boat

August 22, 2014

The commissioning for the borehole happened today! Yippee...what an accomplishment! (photo album coming soon)

August 20, 2014

Ledgir House of British Columbia made an amazing donation that is being used to help with our borehole project! Wow!!!

August 19, 2014

Thank you to the Newmarket Running Room for inviting Carol to come and talk. May your October 19th run be fueled by gratitude!
Running Room logo

August 13, 2014

DSDO has donated funds to help open the local clinic. We have paid for 3 desks, 6 chairs, shelving units and 2 benches. (photo album coming soon)

July 28, 2014

'Summer' Vacation School has started and will continue for the next 5 weeks. It's a great chance for our fully sponsored and food programme kids to get some extra math and language work done when the student-teacher ratio is much lower. We have hired 6 of our DSDO teachers to deliver the classes. Photos here.

July 24, 2014

The water tower is getting taller!

July 16, 2014

Tribute gifting is a wonderful thing! Because of Karen Burke's special birthday on July 16th, several of her friends donated towards both the food programme and teachers' wages. We took some of that food money and held an end of year celebration lunch that we called 'We Love Karen'. See the photos.
Happy Birthday Karen
We Love Karen Lunch

July 11, 2014

Concrete for the second level of the tower was poured.

July 11, 2014

Third day of National Health Insurance card registration at the school. Thank you to Busch Systems for making this happen!

July 4, 2014

Thanks to Ken Glance for volunteering at the school again this year. Today was his last day.

July 3, 2014

Concrete for the water tower was poured! (photo album coming soon)

July 1, 2014

Thanks to a generous donation from Linda and Abraham, our new computer lab is up and functional!

June 30, 2014

Our friend, Greg Farrell, former principal of Louis-Honore Frechette Public School and more recently of Sam Chapman P.S., bid au revoir and on his behalf a wonderful donation was made to our food programme. We wish Greg all the best at his new job!

June 27, 2014

The foundation for the water tower was dug.

June 24, 2014

After 3 unsuccessful drilling attempts, we have come up with a viable plan. We will be using two old existing boreholes and installing a reverse osmosis unit.
Drilling Rig
Drilling Rig

June 20, 2014

This was the last day of exams for our JHS3 (equivalent to grade 9 in Canada) students. For many, this was their last day of school — ever.

June 19, 2014

The Pavilion Classroom, built with funds generously donated by Lucy Romyn and Timothy Romyn, is complete!

June 7, 2014

Carol and Andrew sold bracelets at the spring AYSC festival. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to find out more about DSDO!

May 25, 2014

We are beyond excited to announce that the geological investigations for drilling a borehole have started!

May 16, 2014

The Aurora Youth Soccer Club continues to support our work. Check out the article in the latest copy of Blades of Grass, 4th edition.

May 14, 2014

Another big thank you to Ken Glance for lugging an extra suitcase of goods for us. Ken is going to spend 6 weeks volunteering at the school again!

May 9, 2014

Ms Duggan and her Me to We group at John F. Ross CVI in Guelph did an great job of selling jewellery at their school and at the Guelph Farmers' Market! Their sales reached $911!

May 9, 2014

A big shout out to Mr. Adam Sanderson and the students of St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham for selling $2584 worth of bracelets! This is the second time this wonderful school has done fundraising for DSDO!
Bracelets on Table

May 9, 2014

Thank you to Ms Marchand and the grade 6 social studies students at Highview Public School in Aurora for selling $1200 worth of bracelets and to Mrs. Durno and her grade 2/3 class for buying $152 worth of beads to make special gifts for their moms! Highview has been a great supporter of our work, right from the get-go! We thank you!
Kids at Table
Kids at Table

May 5, 2014

We are excited that three schools are going to sell bracelets to help raise funds. A big thank you to John F. Ross CVI in Guelph, St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, and Highview Public School in Aurora!

April 21, 2014

Thanks to a very generous donation from Lucy and Timothy, friends from UK, we have started building a pavilion room! (Album coming soon)

April 4, 2014

We hosted a special celebration at the school today as we supplied 'Lunch on Us' for all of the students. Big smiles. Read more about it in our blog post Lunch on us or see the Step by Step - 2014 album.

March 18-19, 2014

National Health Insurance registration days at the school. More than 500 kids registered so far! Our emergency medical fund has made a difference already. Huge thanks to Busch Systems for this life-saving donation!

March 17, 2014

Our third water reservoir is functional and ready for the rains to fill it. Thank you to the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival participants: Busch Systems, BDO, and Barriston Law for funding this essential project!

March 13, 2014

'Outdoor' classrooms are completed. Even though they weren't quite finished, they've been in use since early February, because we are literally bursting at the seams.

March 7, 2014

Edi and Conny Schmickl return to Ghana! They brought supplies for the school, soccer clothes and a generous cheque from family, friends and Racketlon Austria for 2300 EUR!! We are purchasing/repairing furniture for the teachers. Our staff is so happy… most have not had a desk or even their own chair in their classroom!

March 3-4, 2014

Cool accomplishment! Dekpor Basic teams competed in an interschool competition with approximately 20 other schools, and our kids brought home 3 of the first place trophies! See Carol's blog for more photos and details.

February 5, 2014

Curriculum kits for each subject area have been started, thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers are very excited to have some materials!

February 2014

Landscaping is still a work in progress. Students continue to add plants; now we're just looking forward to seeing all the planting the students did grow! Full details and photos can be found in our Landscaping album.

February 2014

Our showcase volleyball court is done! This was a joint venture… read more in the Volleyball Court album.

January 27, 2014

HAPPY DANCE!!! In an incredibly generous series of donations, Busch Systems has taken every item off a wish list and is going to financially back us so we can make them all happen! This includes: supporting 3 brothers who desperately need assistance; painting the inside and outside of both the JHS block and administration buildings; 18 locking cabinets; whiteboards for each classroom; basic curriculum kits for design and tech, science, math, phys ed and music; AND allowing us to put the balance of the students enrolled at Dekpor Basic on National Health Insurance!!! With the clinic now open, and only a 15 minute walk from the school, this will give our kids access to health care—for most of them, for the first time ever! Add to this miracle, we now have an emergency medical fund and we'll be able to purchase a first aid kit for the school and have some basic supplies and medicines on hand. Photo albums coming. We are so extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness!

January 20, 2014

3 more hand washing stations have been built to service the Admin Building, the Library, and the Staff KVIPs.

January 18, 2014

Wooden cabinets have been made for every class... thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers, up until now, have had nowhere to put things in their classroom.

January 2014

We are giving our school yard a facelift! Landscaping is being done, and we're tying it into the curriculum. Each class is responsible for the area outside their room, and a section around the volleyball court. The older classes have some extra areas such as the library and administration building. Not only will this help with the general appearance, but it will also make a difference to the challenge of erosion and drainage when the torrential rains fall. Photo album coming soon!

January 2014

Thanks to Edi and Conny Schmickl and Racketlon of Austria, DSDO, Dekpor Basic students and staff, and the town residents, we have pooled funds and effort to build a fantastic new volleyball court! Photo album coming soon!
Volleyball Court
Volleyball Court

December 2013

One busy month! We are excited to announce two big water projects that are being funded by the proceeds of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival that Busch Systems, BDO and Barriston Law raised on our behalf. We have set up the filtered water stations so they are ready for implementation in January AND we put gutters on another building so we can harvest more rain water and started our 3rd water reservoir (photo album coming soon!). Both of these projects are extremely important. A supply of clean water is essential...and we're making great steps to improve the situation at Dekpor Basic School.
Water Station
Water Station
Digging Reservoir
Digging Reservoir

December 25, 2013

We had several people generously give gifts in honour of some special people. So we went shopping for shoes, notebooks, Ghanaian-written books, soccer balls and teachers' supplies! See our donation page for details!
Exercise Books
Exercise Books
New Books
New Books
Teaching Supplies
Teaching Supplies
Soccer Balls
Soccer Balls

November 18, 2013

Snappy sales! Sam Chapman P.S. students do it again! This time, six super grade 6 girls sold trendy elastic bracelets and made $286.50! We think you're awesome!
Six Super Grade 6 Girls!
Six Super Grade 6 Girls!

November 18, 2013

Three more elementary students are being sponsored—yahoo! That takes our 2013 school year to 21 elementary, 5 high school, and 3 apprenticeship sponsorships. We just keep helping more kids, thanks to generous people like you!

October 20, 2013

DSDO had 18 people raising funds and participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. We raised a whoppin' $15,671 that will go towards our food programme and paying for the wages of the 9 DSDO-hired teachers for this school year. Thank you to our runners and to all 191 people who sponsored us!
Victory for Carl!
Victory for Carl!
Carol & Andrew en route
Carol & Andrew en route

October 15, 2013

A huge thank you to Mike Smiley, the talent at Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery in Barrie, who designed, made and donated the fantastic 'Drop in the Bucket' costumes for Carol and Andrew to wear to the Scotiabank 5k.
Michael Smiley logo

October 14, 2013

Wonderful visit from 32 Semester at Sea students who came with much enthusiasm and gifts for our students. They taught lessons, played games, sang songs, danced and had a genuinely touching adventure that has given them a first hand experience of global citizenship. See our Facebook page for more pictures.
Semester at Sea, October 2013
Semester at Sea, October 2013

October 10, 2013

Amazing young leaders in grade 5 at Sam Chapman P.S. in Markham ran a soccer club with help from their teacher, and raised $767.60! A huge thank you — you are truly an inspiration!
Five Great Grade 5s!
Five Great Grade 5s!

October 8, 2013

Incentive prizes such as soccer uniforms, school supplies and children's clothing were given to the headmaster to distribute to deserving students. A thank you to Aurora Youth Soccer Club for their continued support.

October 8, 2013

Approximately 400 new books have been added to our library. (A special thanks to Tim Congram.)

September 2013

A special shout out to Jess Weber who worked hard at collecting pennies and raised $60 for us!
Jess Weber
Jess Weber

September 2013

Our head master, Mr. Kuatsikor, has retired, and we are now joined by Mr. Nelson Ahordo. (photo coming)

August 24, 2013

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival was a huge success; Busch Systems, BDO Barrie, and Barriston Law Firm had a friendly rivalry competing for The Dekpor Cup! $9325.50 was raised to go toward our water initiatives.
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

August 2013

A big thank you to the Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary Club for donating $1500 toward our food programme for this coming school year.
Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary Club Logo
Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary Club

August 2013

We are building 4 outdoor thatched-roof classrooms, so that the students and teachers can have some space that is sheltered from the rain and sun. (photo album coming soon)

August 12, 2013

A huge thanks to Brenna and Jordan for lugging 6 extra suitcases to Dekpor for us!

July 30, 2013

We have runners already raising money for the Scotiabank marathon. At this point, Andrew is out in front, followed by the Busch it to the Limit team.

July 29, 2013

Our 'summer' vacation classes started today. All fully sponsored students and children on the food programme go to school, Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 11:30 for four weeks and take advantage of the lower teacher to student ratio.

July 24, 2013

Thank you to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for inviting Carol to be their guest speaker.

July 4, 2013

Ahoy matey! The Busch Buccaneers are paddling in the Dragon Boat Festival in Barrie on August 24th, with their fundraising efforts being sent our way!
Busch Systems Logo

July 3, 2013

Thanks to 3 Ontario teachers, Lanie, Kelly and Andjelka, who are spending their summer in Dekpor to volunteer at the school.
Lanie, Kelly and Andjelka volunteer in July 2013
Lanie, Kelly and Andjelka volunteer in July 2013

July 1, 2013

We have 3 girls starting a seamstress apprenticeship. It's a 3 year programme, and they will graduate with the training necessary to start up their own businesses.
Three Seamstress Apprentices Begin!

June 13, 2013

Aurora High School students, Kaitlin, Kelly and Heather, organised a very successful Ultimate Frisbee tournament and raised $163!
Kaitlin, Kelly and Heather's Ultimate Event
Kaitlin, Kelly and Heather's Ultimate Event

June 9, 2013

Thanks to Steven and Sam, for setting up an information booth and raising $75 with a coin jar. And a further thank you to Steven, whose band donated an additional $15.
Sam and Steven
Sam and Steven

June 6, 2013

Ellie Greenwood's fundraising campaign raised a whopping $3649! She's an amazing ultrarunner with a big heart!
Ellie Greenwood
Ellie Greenwood

June 2, 2013

Thanks to Amy of Aurora High School, who held a charity car wash and raised $65!
Amy's Car Wash
Amy's Car Wash

May 30, 2013

We launched our 'Clean Hands' project at the school. Washing hands SAVES lives. Photo album coming soon!
First in Line for Clean Hands
First in Line!

May 13, 2013

Sam just graduated from high school and now he is working at Dekpor Basic as one of our teachers. He's doing a great job!
Sam Teaching
Sam Teaching

May 6, 2013

Fundraising with a fun zip — Jean Anderson donated her talent to lead the Highview Public School staff through a series of zesty Zumba workouts. Muchas gracias!
Zumba Class
Zumba Class

April 28, 2013

Thank you to Ken Glance who is on his way to volunteer at the school for several weeks. He is taking extra luggage so more of the goods we have collected here can be put into use! We appreciate that his dentist, Dr. Martin Frankel of Downtown Dental Associates, kindly donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for our students.

April 22, 2013

Giving back. 5 of our sponsored high school students have come home to Dekpor and are spending their 3 week vacation teaching at our school! They wanted to show their appreciation for the opportunity they've been given by their sponsors, by giving back to the younger kids at Dekpor Basic. Full circle. Love it!

April 22, 2013

Wow! A company, that prefers to remain anonymous, donated 1000 aquabottles for our clean drinking water project that we hope to implement in the fall. Thanks for your generosity!

April 15, 2013

Cool news — we've had 3 more elementary students sponsored! That brings our total up to 18 elementary and 6 high school students. Literally changes the life of a child!

March 25, 2013

The teachers' VIP toilets have just been repaired. Like the students' toilets, there is a plan in place to ensure proper use and maintenance.

March 22, 2013

Wow! The senior students now have 60 wonderful bright blue desks! Check out the Furniture Photo Album.

March 2013

During their third visit to Dekpor, Dr. Conny Schmickl and her father Edi, presented DSDO with a cheque — the result of a joint fundraising effort between family, friends, and Racketlon Federation of Austria.
Amazing Friends
Amazing Friends

March 2013

Much needed primary furniture is built, painted and there are a lot of happy little students! 40 benches and 40 tables are making a big difference!

February 23, 2013

UltraRunning magazine's 2012 North American female ultra runner of the year, Ellie Greenwood, has decided to dedicate two of her upcoming runs to fundraising for DSDO. Run, Ellie, run!
Ellie Greenwood
Ellie Greenwood

February 13, 2013

Thanks to British Airways for waiving the fees on a few pieces of Linda's luggage.

February 11, 2013

A warm thank you to Kathy Verbeek and Yolanda Mol Amelink who brought together groups of women who live in Aurora to learn about DSDO. Thanks everyone for listening and supporting our cause!

January 2013

The Sam Chapman water reservoir is finished. This is the second water reservoir to be funded by an Ontario elementary school! What a gift!

January 2013

The school's KVIP toilets just had a facelift. Check out the KVIP Album.

January 2, 2013

Conor and Reece, two Aurora High School students, held a benefit hockey game and raised $204! Thanks to all of the guys who participated.
Aurora High School Benefit Hockey Game
Aurora High School Benefit Hockey Game

December 2012

Gutters were installed on the new building so precious rain water can be collected in the Sam Chapman water reservoir.
Gutter Installation for Reservoir Water Collection
Gutter Installation for Reservoir Water Collection

December 21, 2012

Highview Public School of Aurora, Ontario gave the money collected at their holiday dance to DSDO! A special thanks to the house captains, Mr. Congram and Mrs. Croker. Highview, we truly appreciate your continued support!

December 18, 2012

A big thanks to 4imprint for donating 280 sports bottles. This will help tremendously with the clean drinking water project that we will be implementing in the new year!

December 15, 2012

The hole for the Sam Chapman P.S. water reservoir has been dug! After 4 full days of teams of the village men working together, it is now ready for the mason to start laying the bricks. Photos coming soon.

December 14, 2012

Another huge thank you to Sam Chapman Public School in Markham for purchasing jewellery. We are so grateful to the staff, students and parents for their continued support of our work.

December 10, 2012

Unbelievable! Under the leadership of Adam Sanderson and the student council, St Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, Ontario held a 'Dimes for Dekpor' challenge and raised over $1500!
St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
St. Julia Billiart Catholic School

December 7, 2012

A BIG thank you to Barb Porter for her help fundraising by selling bracelets and setting up a coin collection jar at Northminster United Church. We really appreciate your support!

December 3, 2012

The construction of the Sam Chapman Public School Water Reservoir has started! The men were able to dig down 5 feet already. Stay tuned as the digging continues.

November 2012

Yes, the coin drive is STILL on! Start a group effort with your book club, school, church, name it! Tax receipts are issued for amounts over $25. EVERY PENNY COUNTS!

November 9, 2012

WE WON, WE WON!!! DSDO was chosen as the October 2012 winner of the Caring Community Giveaway. Thanks to J & S Services of Newmarket, Ontario for their generous donation of $500!

October 20, 2012

Thanks to Brenna and Jordan Wiedrick who made a donation to DSDO in lieu of favours for their wedding guests!
Brenna and Jordan Wiedrick
Brenna & Jordan Wiedrick

October 12, 2012

Wow! Another thanks to Facebook friends— seven people who stepped up to help C. He is one of our student painters, who has spent years working on a farm putting in long hours, trying to make enough money so he could have a chance at a high school education. NOW he can go! Thank you!

October 3, 2012

"M" scored a perfect score of 1 in English at the end of last year, the only student in the entire Ketu North Region—a HUGE accomplishment for any child! But sadly, her family could not afford to pay the fees for her to start high school this year. Now, thanks to a team of donors on Facebook, "M" is going to be able to continue her academic career and follow her dreams! Thank you to everyone who stepped up to help!

September 15, 2012

THANKS Aurora Youth Soccer Club! We were set up today at two locations in Aurora, Ontario at the John Traganitis All Star Tournament to raise awareness. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Aurora Youth Soccer Club Information Booth
Aurora Youth Soccer Club Information Booth

September 2012

UNREAL! Not only do we have two DSDO-hired librarians, but Joyce and John Wilson of England have made it possible for us to hire 6 new teachers for this school year!

August 28, 2012

INCREDIBLE! Due to some very generous donations, including funds from Joyce and John Wilson, we are able to put 30 NEW children onto the food programme!

August 27, 2012

The penny drive is slowly but surely getting underway. So far we’ve had three donations—enough to pay 2/3 of a year for a child to be put onto the food programme. Remember, EVERY PENNY COUNTS!

August 1, 2012

There are 30 lucky students attending vacation school. With a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students, kids will have an opportunity to get some individual attention and make real progress!

July 3, 2012

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT! Janet Tetteh, one of our adult literacy students, has made us extremely proud by winning the Adult Area Literacy Competition! Despite a very long walk, being physically disabled and needing a stick for support, she is determined to get to each class that our DSDO adult literacy teachers, Mr. Hologbe and Mr. Tay, provide. Janet is an extremely hard-working mom of two who works as a seamstress, a trader, and a farmer! Next step? Janet, representing Ketu North District, will compete at the Regional Competition in the city of Ho. Stay tuned for an update.
Mr. Tay, Janet Tetteh & Mr. Hologbe
Mr. Tay, Janet Tetteh and Mr. Hologbe

July 2012

A warm thank you to the enthusiastic, dedicated Ontario teacher who volunteered at Dekpor Basic School for 3 weeks this summer. She spent time in a grade 4 class working with the students and teacher and also offered tutoring to students in the evenings.

June 18, 2012

EVERY PENNY COUNTS - And in Dekpor, just 28 of them will feed a child breakfast. There are a lot of starving kids. The challenge has been set, dare all of your friends to a penny show down. We want to see who can collect the most. What do you win? Bragging rights to feeding the most kids and your photo on our Facebook page and website!

June 14, 2012

Thank you to Ms Gordner and Sarah, Amanda, Luke, Jacob, Rebecca and Dawn of Dr. G.W. Williams for fundraising.

June 6, 2012

Sam Chapman Public School holds an art auction, 'Ghanart', with proceeds for DSDO. Thank you Rebecca Howes, Danielle Lilly, and Greg Farrell and the staff, students and parents for your tremendous support! The money raised will go towards building a much-needed water reservoir!
Rebecca Howes & Danielle Lily
Rebecca Howes and Danielle Lily

May 12, 2012

Mrs. Stinson and Danielle Kangas and friends sell bracelets at Dr. G.W. Williams in Aurora to raise funds. Well done!

May 9, 2012

A grade 8 student of W.C. Little Elementary in Barrie, Ontario, does the slideshow presentation to her class and they buy bracelets to raise funds! Amazing work, D!

May 8, 2012

The staff and students of Sam Chapman Public School in Markham, Ontario listen to the slideshow presentation and buy bracelets to raise funds. A special thank you to Rebecca Howes, one of our original teacher volunteers who spent her summer in Dekpor in 2010 for inviting Carol to speak and for selling LOTS of bracelets!

May 7, 2012

Highview Public School grade 7 & 8 students listen to the presentation and buy bracelets. Thank you Highview staff and students for your continued support.

May 3, 2012

The new water reservoir is ready! It is 14 feet wide, 14 feet deep, and in just one rainy season will be filled with the water from the Primary Block. Thank you 2011 Grade 8 Highview grads—your donation is providing clean drinking water for the Dekpor students! Extra will be sold as a fundraiser. The community is very excited as rainy season is starting now!

April 27, 2012

The Primary Block renovations are completed: new floors, new stairs, sanding, new paint, and new gutters! A special thank you to Philip, Samuel, Godwin and Cephus who learned how to paint and have done a fabulous job! Thank you Edi Schmickl, Conny Schmickl and Racketlon Federation Austria for financing this project.

April 18, 2012

Primary Block is looking good. Masons repaired the floors and stairs. Students learned to do the sanding and four senior students have taken on the painting!

April 10, 2012

Carol does presentations at Dr. G. W. Williams S.S. in Aurora. Thanks to Mrs. Stinson and the students who are helping raise funds! A special thank you to Carly!

April 2012

We are thrilled to announce that we now have 16 students being fully sponsored, and an additional 9 children in our breakfast programme!

March 27, 2012

The construction of a new water reservoir has begun. Thank you 2011 grade 8 Highview grads!

March 22, 2012

Racketlon of Austria donates sports equipment and makes a financial donation that will be used to repair the primary block! Thanks to Edi and Conny Schmickl for their involvement.
Racketlon of Austria Logo

March 20, 2012

ecojot notebooks are distributed to happy students!

March 14, 2012

Water hygiene pilot project underway. Conny and Edi Schmickl donate funds to buy plastic cups for each student in Class 4.
Conny and Edi Schmickl
Conny and Edi Schmickl, Austria

February 27, 2012

Funds raised through selling bracelets are used to buy materials and pay for the labour to finish the library ceiling, complete the electrical work, and to install lights and fans!

February 2012

Thanks to friends who have donated much-needed laptops. Technology is a required part of the curriculum, yet the students have never before SEEN a computer! Many more are required!

January 2012

Received 530 workbooks from Mark Gavin of ecojot!

December 2011

After much lobbying by Linda and Abraham, the government is building a 6-classroom block! Construction is underway.

September 2011

Fantastic news! DSDO has been designated as a charitable organization!!!
Charitable Registration Number: 81867 3006 RR0001

June 2011

Great news from Aurora, Ontario! Highview Public School grade 8 graduates, Class of 2011, made a wonderful donation to DSDO for the building of a water reservoir that will provide Dekpor School students with clean drinking water.

May 2011

Highview Public School’s grade 2 – 4 students purchase beads to support our cause.

April 2011

Repairs to the intermediate classrooms are completed in record time! Thanks again to John and Joyce Wilson for their fantastic donation. See Junior High School album.

March 2011

DSDO is officially incorporated in Ontario. Charity status in progress.

March 2011

Linda and Abraham Kordze make a donation in memory of their fathers to repair the Administration Building, and the results are wonderful!

February 2011

Semester at Sea student volunteers visit Dekpor.

February 2011

United Airline pilots are helping us get much needed items to Ghana!

January 2011

Extremely generous donation made by John and Joyce Wilson of England, in loving memory of Larry and May Simpson. The funds will be used to repair the JHS (intermediate) classrooms that are on the verge of collapse. See Junior High School album.
John & Joyce Wilson
John & Joyce Wilson, England

January 2011

We have a new logo, designed by Danielle Kangas.

January 2011

DSDO’s breakfast programme is in place, providing a nutritious start to the day.

December 2010

Students from grades 5, 8 and multiple exceptionalities classes at Highview P.S. in Aurora take part in a presentation to learn about DSDO and purchase beads to make bracelets. All funds raised go directly to Dekpor.

December 2010

Andrew Sanderson joins our Board of Directors and brings a wealth of knowledge.

November 2010

One complete team set of soccer uniforms arrives from Aurora, ON. The students go wild with excitement! The first time for the children to EVER have shoes on their feet!

October 2010

Karen Burke of Whitby, ON, hosts several highly successful gatherings to raise funds.

October 2010

DSDO teacher-librarians start the adult literacy classes. Dignitaries and school board officials visit and are impressed.

August 2010

Huge donation of soccer uniforms received!

July 2010

Library opening a success! Highlights in national press. Lots of VIPS.

July 2010

Eight volunteers arrived from Toronto!

June 2010

Library has a roof, books and book pockets!

May 2010

Fantastic donation made by Edu Reference! Lots of wonderful books to add to the library.

May 2010

Library building almost finished! Check out the photos!

May 2010

Fundraising event a success! Have a look at the photos!

May 2010

Library building going up quickly! Already a foot high!

April 2010

Reviewing needs to achieve charity status.

April 2010

Good news! Groundbreaking on the library site has happened! Concrete arriving soon.