Projects

4 solar panels installed on a frame located at one of the borehole pump locations

For a long time, we have hoped and wanted to be able to utilize solar power in Dekpor, but there have been a variety of challenges to overcome.

 

Well, we are thrilled to let you know that our very first solar-powered  pump for the water system has been installed. What an undertaking!

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Man painting a corner shelving unit

Sure, we purchase, acquire, and share goods with the school, but what happens when there is no where to put stuff?!

Thanks to a donation by Susan and Tony Anderson, we were able to go to town building shelving units.

Not so fun fact: there aren't any commercially produced shelves to be found. Making by hand is what we have to do!

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Happy student holds up her new toothbrush and paste

 

Very likely one of the most important, long-term impact initiatives we do!  

We are SO thankful that we are able to provide this most amazing  event for our Dekpor Basic School students for the fourth time!  The dentists first visited in 2019 and then, for a second time, during February of 2021, and the third visit was May 2022. And here we are calling it Dental Week when in fact these professionals have now become such a well-oiled machine dealing with the challenges of Dekpor that they saw the entire school population in just two days!

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago
electrician has climbed to the top of an electrical post and is installing a new street light

Big storm.

Transformer hit.

8 street lights blow up!

Those lights are needed for both security and safety reasons, so we didn't hesitate to replace them as soon as we could. Thankfully, a donation from Busch Systems made this possible.  How handy dandy that one of our previously-sponsored, fully-accredited electricians was in town and able to do the labour. Thanks, Eric!

 

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago
girl shows the large rip in her uniform under her arm pit

Aurora Preparatory Academy really outdid themselves this time!  In February, Carol was presented with a cheque for $3300--proceeds from their ever-popular Date Night combined with a donation from the school! 

We agreed that the funds could be put towards uniforms for the students at Dekpor Basic. Why? There are some children in Dekpor who never, not even for one day, attend school. The reason is sad--the family can not afford a uniform and they are too embarrassed for it to be so obvious.

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Barber, Obed, is inside the salon working on the hair of a male customer

The latest to start up is the Dekpor Central Hair Salon and Barber Shop!  We just had three sponsored students complete their apprenticeship training--Obed, Doris, and Mavis--and we are thrilled that they were able to start working immediately!

 

There are many people to thank for this accomplishment!

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Sponsored tailor apprentice, Kwasi, smiles as he holds his undershirts, boxers, and socks

This is the 5th time that we have run this campaign and it was a record-breaking success! What you may not realise is that many of the kids you see in our photos don't actually have anything under their outer layer of clothing. Sad truth.

Basics are a matter of hygiene and pride.

 

Almost $25,000 was raised in March! We will be able to give a kit to every single student from grades 1 right up to and including JHS 3!!  Annnnd, the sponsored high school and apprentices will receive, too! The most ever raised, by a long shot! THANK YOU!

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago
painting the exterior of a classroom at Dekpor Basic School

Whoa! What a BIG job this was!

Upkeep is important. We are most grateful that we can keep the school campus and town toilet facilities maintained, thanks to a generous donation from Susan and Tony Anderson. The conditions in Dekpor truly make it difficult to keep the walls looking fresh. From the constant dust to the numbers of people utilizing all of the buildings, there is no wonder why they get dirty and dingy.

Before the painting could begin, there were many masonry repairs that had to be completed. Some of the photos show the patches.

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Last updated: 1 year ago
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: 1 year 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: 1 year ago