Projects

A woman happilyl shows off her new machete

 

In Dekpor, growing essential crops is a way of life. Pretty much every single family has a plot of land that either they own or lease because they need to produce their own food.  Crops of maize, rice, and cassava are the most popular--all staples in the Dekpor diet.

 

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Last updated: 9 months ago
Older woman dressed in traditional clothing holds her new bowl and has an expression of deep gratitude

Yes, you've seen these in the past because multipurpose bowls are considered essentials for all families in Dekpor!  We went a full two years without running a targeted campaign, so it was high time in December 2022 to do it again.  Linda and Abraham were being asked by villagers if there would be a distribution any time soon.

 

From collecting crops and firewood, to being used for cooking, laundry, bathing and fetching water, the uses are many!

 

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Last updated: 9 months ago
Moses and Ayoo are up on the roof of the Dekpor Central Shops, putting in roofing nails

Torrential rains and heavy winds have caused a whole lot of damage to Dekpor buildings over the years.  Despite our best efforts to keep things maintained, during every rainy season, we end up with emergency repairs needing to be done.  With a huge sigh of relief, we were thrilled to finally find roofing nails in Ghana!  Yes, the reason that the roofing sheets pulled up so easily is that straight nails were the only thing available to us.

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Last updated: 10 months ago
two female apprentices happily hold their new sandals

Often called slides in Ontario, but referred to as easy wear in Dekpor, these are the economical local footwear of choice by our youth. Why? Easy to put on, last well, cheap, protect the feet.  Considering so many people simply have nothing at all, we chose to buy 200 pairs and outfit our apprentices and junior high students. As much as they are not what is "supposed to be worn" as part of a school uniform, they are certainly acceptable and far better than bare feet.

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Last updated: 10 months ago
The computer lab is full of eager students focused on their screens

We all know that using technology in our ever-changing world is a necessity. We have been proactive in working hard to set Dekpor Basic School up to meet the needs. We have a wonderful computer lab--in fact, one would be hard-pressed to find anything comparable in the entire region.  We have encouraged students to take the ICT path beyond elementary school and we are proud of our graduates.  

 

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Last updated: 11 months ago
little girl smiles at camera as she pauses before taking another handful of food

Another incredible year, despite the continuing challenges through the pandemic. 

Please do watch our 2022 Accomplishment video! https://youtu.be/nQ4QqQ8rOgA 

We thank you for your generous support as we make a difference in rural Ghana!

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Feminine hygiene kit

We're giving this a whirl!

Girls and women are met with challenges with their monthly cycle. The cost of manufactured feminine hygiene products is prohibitive and the garbage generated can not go into the tanks of our town toilets. Usually most resort to using rags.

We have been considering piloting the use of reusable sanitary pads for some time now and we are grateful that the perfect opportunity presented itself.

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Six girls stand behind table of delivered fabric

We are so lucky that there are many people who like to donate goods for us to ship! 

Yes, it is a lot of work, but goodness, just look in any distribution album to see the happy faces of the recipients!   

Actually, you may notice that some seem rather straight-faced, right?  Well, that is due to being entirely overwhelmed and also, culturally-speaking, it is considered rude to smile for such a serious event.  It takes some prompting to get most to smile!   

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Last updated: 1 year ago
4 students stand in front of polytank #4

 

It was time for a whole revamp of the water situation at school and we are so very pleased that we were able to do this!

 

We can't run a water distribution pipe to the school from one of our boreholes, because the school would never be able to generate enough money to pay for the meters and upkeep of the system, so, we have done our best to work within the constraints. 

 

We started, years ago, by building water reservoirs to collect the rain that landed on the roofs of the school buildings--the cleanest water the students had ever had.

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago
New gutter for rain drainage at the back of the school buildings

Torrential rains and clay-like dirt have created drainage challenges at Dekpor Basic School since we have been on the scene.

The resulting erosion would eventually damage buildings, so we have tackled this massive undertaking!

There is now a trench that has been dug around the exterior perimeter of the compound, most of which is marked by the backs of the classrooms. There has been substantial grading done to help direct runoff in the right direction. Gutters constructed.

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago