Projects

Lady holding a very large metal bowl

We have a computer lab at Dekpor Basic School unlike 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 several times and with each visit he improves the lab for the good of the students.

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Two men with vacuum hose pumping out Yia Town Toilet facility #2

Well, no one wants to think about it, but maintaining the toilet facilities is a necessity. Pumping out the holding tanks needs to happen and we are incredibly grateful that we have donors who understand that not all jobs are glamourous. Yia Town Toilet #1 was a project that DSDO had to assume since the town had started but was unable to see the project through to completion. The design was not ours and, subsequently, the holding tank is not large enough for the number of users. Yia #1 needed pumping. And, after almost 5 years in use, it was time to look after Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2.

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Smiling man holding new adze

We like to make Farming Tools one of our annual holiday campaigns because the need is great ... and constant. Pretty much everyone in Dekpor is a subsistence farmer. Without owning a tractor or rototiller, they attempt to clear unploughed land to grow crops. Even the maintenance weeding is a huge, difficult chore. The preferred tools are an adze and a machete, so that is precisely what DSDO distributes.

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Woman displays housewares on deck in front of shop

This project was started late in 2019 and we have continued to expand!

At the end of December 2020, all 10 buildings were in place on their foundations, although several were still heavily under construction. Some of the stores opened in late December, and now, here we are in 2021 with more of the shops opening up their doors for business!

Be sure to take a look at the little schematic that shows the location, what is available, who is responsible for the shop, and when it opened.

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Dentist examine children sitting in plastic deck chairs

Well, there was quite the lead up for Health Week to actually happen and loads of individuals who helped make it a reality!

The funding was put in place November 2019 when DSDO was chosen as the recipient charity for the annual gala hosted by Emajjin Children's Foundation, however, the mid-March 2020 scheduled timing got thrown by the wayside as the pandemic swept the globe. Thankfully, Dekpor has been kept safe from the virus, and this most exciting endeavour was given the green light for February 2021.

A team of 3 dentists and 3 vision nurses came from Sogakope.

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Exterior of newly-painted toilet facility -- light blue with dark blue trim.

Building upkeep is important. In April, May, and June, the painting of some of our buildings took place.

What got tidied up?

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Desks set up in the library hall awaiting distribution

We are most pleased about this latest purchase! This is a delivery of 100 brand new manufactured desks. We previously had 140 manufactured double desks (seating for 280 students), and with these new single-seaters, now have 380 long-lasting spots for our students.

Why is this a big deal? Well, all of the desks we have in Dekpor are of the home-made variety--picture hand-sawn pieces of wood held together by nails, not screws. Do they wiggle? Yes. Do they fall apart? Yes. Do they require frequent repairs? Yes. Do we have 3 kids crammed into desks? Yes.

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Smiling child sitting in purple deck chair with assortment of clothing on lap

The third year running 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. Basics are a matter of hygiene and pride.

An incredible $6466 was raised in the month of March and we were able to outfit 220 students!

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Four smiling children holding seedlings

As part of the Green Ghana initiative, 5 million trees were to be planted in a day. Lucky for us, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources still had seedlings left at the end of the month!

Linda and Abraham picked up 300 seedlings on June 29th, and the very next day, our students got to work and went out in teams to plant them in needed areas!

300 acacia seedlings were planted on school campus, around the soccer field, and at the river close to the Dekpor Central Shops.

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Last updated: 2 years ago
Class of children joyously holding toothbrushes and toothpaste above their heads in their outstretched arms

Have you ever realised that your toothbrush and toothpaste are luxury items?

Twice now, we have been able to bring in a team of dentists to do dental screening, education sessions, and treatments. What is the best prevention for tooth decay? Being able to brush one's teeth! When your family cannot afford a toothbrush or toothpaste, there are obvious obstacles.

Thanks to a campaign run in the spring, we were able to supply all Dekpor Basic School students with a new toothbrush and tube of toothpaste as they headed back to classes.

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Last updated: 2 years ago