Organisation News

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)
Neighbourhood Netword Logo

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!

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!
EcoSmart Logo

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 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.
Omar Shoes Logo

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 PDF File.

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 presentationPDF File 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.