Projects

The pumper truck is at work!

We have 5 town toilet facilities and also toilets at the school campus.  They require daily maintenance, but also, every couple of years, they must be pumped out.

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The distraught couple stands in the ashes where their mud hut used to be

Mid-June, Abraham and Linda received the terrible news that a family experienced a devastating fire. Basically, their mud hut and all their belongings--with the exception of one little cooking pot--were completely destroyed. Mom, Dad, and 4 children were left to tackle the rainy season with no shelter.

Immediately a Facebook campaign was started and within mere hours, so many lovely people jumped to the rescue!

 

Purchased:

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Smiling students stand around their math teacher

For 4 weeks, our elementary school students are getting an opportunity that hasn't been available the last couple of years due to the pandemic ... it's vacation school time!

Now, granted, most kids around the world aren't thrilled with the idea of more school when they are supposed to be on holiday, but you have to look at the whole bigger picture.

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10 hens eating grain in their new coop

An Austrian friend of ours who has actually visited the village to visit her sponsored student, Ulrike Sprosec, retired and asked that the monetary donations be directed to DSDO! What a beautiful gift! Ulrike requested that we help a woman with a business start-up.  We are so pleased that we were able to help two!

 

Raising chickens can provide a family with a constant source of income and protein.  We hired some of our recent grads to do the construction.  Two chicken coops were built.

 

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Close up of the eavestroughs and downspouts on a classroom block

Honest to gosh, this has been a long time coming and we are extremely thankful that we were finally in the position to install manufactured eaves troughs on the school campus!

Up until this point, we have had to make do with flimsy, handmade metal eaves that, unfortunately, required fixing after every single rainy season, i.e. twice a year.

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Deborah stands at the front of her high school class in front of the white board, proudly holding her new cell phone

The gift of a cell phone is, quite frankly, life-changing.

There is no high school in all of  Dekpor, so our high school students are stationed in different towns. Their teachers share course materials and assignments using WhatsApp, but, there is a big snag if one doesn't own a smartphone.   Sadly, there aren't just computer labs or loads of text books in the high schools.  

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Last updated: 1 year ago
Wisdom leaning over student to point out something on the computer screen

Yahoo!  With a massive thank you to Alan Lawrence, we are pleased to share that we are able to provide after school ICT classes at Dekpor Basic School again for this school year! 

We have a computer lab beyond anything in the entire region. There are 41 raspberry pi stations, thanks to our friends in Austria. And really, it all comes down to Philip Schäffer who is the key person behind the entire functioning of our current computer lab! Philip has visited Dekpor several times and with each visit he improves the lab for the good of the students.

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Last updated: 1 year ago
A group of young students happily holding their new clothing

This is the 4th time that we have run this campaign and it was another beautiful success! Many of the kids you see in our photos don't actually have anything under their outer layer of clothing.

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Last updated: 1 year ago
A girl happily shows her new toothbrush and tube of toothpaste

We are SO thankful that we are able to provide this most amazing  event for our Dekpor Basic School students for the third time!  The dentists first visited in 2019 and then, for a second time, during February of 2021.

 

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The newest area for seamstress apprentices is being constructed

 

There seems to always be something on the go at our Dekpor Central Shops.  In April and May, the construction began to fill in the area that was adjacent to the sewing shop. Why? To provide more protected space for our apprentices and graduates to accomplish their work!

 

What makes this even more cool?  The welder, Amenyo, is one of our previously sponsored students who is now a graduate.  The carpenter, Ruben, is also one of our graduates!

 

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Last updated: 1 year ago