Projects

765 pairs of boxers spread on a table while girls choose pairs

This is just simply the BEST way to use sheets! Thanks to all the great people who donated!

Problem: Many, many girls were getting infections. Why? The synthetic knickers that can be purchased in Ghana are not conducive to good hygiene practices. Girls need to wear something under their skirts to stop their upper thighs from chafing. 

Brainwave:  boxers for girls! Bigger brainwave: get fabric donated in Aurora and ship it over!

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Last updated: 10 months ago
the contents of the kit laid out so each piece can be seen

Last May, we received our first donation of kits so we could pilot their use. Since the response was very positive and the local nurses and female school staff are on board with us, we chose to jump right in. (You can check back to the 2022 Project page for more information.)

 

In December 2022, a Kits4Girls campaign was launched and we are extremely pleased that $4088 was raised!  How is this being used?

 

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Last updated: 10 months ago
the roof of the classrooms has 2 men installing solar panels while a third man stands at the top of the ladder

We have quietly been hoping that this day would eventually come!

Alas, the stars (including the sun) aligned and here we are with solar energy at Dekpor Basic School!

We've put in enough panels that every classroom can have an electric light and electrical outlet. Some rooms even have ceiling fans!  Oh, and the pumps to get the water from the reservoirs are hooked up.  Aaaaaannnnd, the school's computer lab also is running on solar now!  

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Last updated: 10 months ago
Interior view of the ICT classroom section showing 3 students and the new tech equipment

The wall removal was mentioned in a Dekpor Central Shops project page a few months back, but, the improvements were far more extensive as we took a look at the long term goals for this particular shop.

Here is a list of what all took place:

-Created office to keep items secure and separate from the classroom portion

-Painted the interior black and white

-Wired for classroom purposes

-Installed new fans and lights

-Resealed along base of container where rain was leaking

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Last updated: 10 months ago
the sad remains of the previous food shelter basically some materials laying on the ground

Well, when it rains, it pours. And it gets windy. This basically looks like the Big Bad Wolf huffed and puffed and blew it down!  Yep, the food shelter for the women who sell meals was completely demolished.  As much as they are not DSDO-hires, we know that they provide an important service to several of the students and staff and that it is essential for them to have a proper shelter.

One of our masonry grads, Mawuko, was responsible for this project.  We are so glad that Susan and Tony Anderson covered the costs to rebuild!

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Last updated: 10 months ago
Three men working on the various computers

Our computer lab at Dekpor Basic School is really exceptional, especially when one considers that the vast majority of schools in Ghana do not have a lab at all.

The school board has rarely ever placed a properly trained ICT teacher at Dekpor Basic. Thank goodness that we have our grads who run the after-school ICT classes!  But, as we all know, computer equipment requires maintenance and repairs...and inevitably replacements are needed, too.

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Last updated: 10 months ago
Interior view of the ICT classroom area showing new tables, chairs and renovated interior

Dekpor Central Shops are always evolving as we work to find the right combination of businesses that can be successful in Dekpor.  As you can imagine, there are many challenges.

The ICT shop has morphed to now being used more as a classroom for our apprentices.  Annnd, we are wanting to try evening classes for interested villagers. More space was needed.

Our seamstress shop is hopping and there are a whole lot of seamstress apprentices...hey, funny enough, we were bursting at the seams! 

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Last updated: 10 months ago
Pumper truck is hooked up and cleaning out one of the holding pits

We have 5 town toilet facilities and also toilets at the school campus.  They require daily maintenance, but also, every couple of years, the holding tanks must be pumped out and we are grateful that we are able to keep things properly maintained.

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Last updated: 10 months ago
Linda sits in front of a table where 120 of the textbooks are displayed while two of the school admin look on

Back in 2021, the government announced that they were changing the curriculum, which meant that the textbooks would also have to change.  The texts for grades 1 to 7 were determined rather quickly and we did fundraising immediately and purchased them early in 2022. But, it has taken until May 2023 for the junior high, year 2 books to be announced! We were ready!

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Last updated: 10 months ago
Ruban at the top of a ladder, installing solar lights to the corner of a town toilet building

Let there be light!

It's great that we have toilet facilities, but it's not so great if you can't see where you've gotta go!

We just installed replacement solar lights at each corner and entrance of our town toilet facilities.  Thanks to two of our previously-sponsored grads, Ruben and Mawuko, for getting the job done!

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Last updated: 10 months ago