Projects

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: 2 days 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 week 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 week 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: 4 weeks 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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Last updated: 1 month ago
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 month 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 month ago
Three boxes of dry erase markers

Of all the hundreds of choices, we are SO grateful that Hans Kang had Dekpor School Development Organisation at the top of his list to support!

After becoming an insurance broker, Hans signed up for a policy with Canada Protection Plan...and by gosh, they offered a $200 grant to go toward a charitable cause!

Early January, Hans contacted Carol and asked if there was any item that could be purchased here in Ontario that would help at the school in Ghana. YES! Dry erase markers are always needed!

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Last updated: 1 month ago
Ruben is working on the exterior finishes to the new computer lab window

Truth is, one never knows what you may find in this particular photo album! We always have lots on the go and even small projects or purchases can make a big impact! For larger campaigns or projects, there will be a photo album designated specifically to that particular project, but for smaller things you'll find it here!

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Last updated: 2 months ago
Three primary children looking at new textbooks

The curriculum has changed.  With that change comes the need for new corresponding textbooks.  But gosh, what a huge number of books that is!  There are eight or nine different subjects in every grade, from the first year of kindergarten right up to JHS 3!  There are usually 800 - 1000 students in any given school year. How on earth do we give the Dekpor Basic School students a fighting chance at passing their exams if the teachers do not even have one copy of each text?

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Last updated: 2 months ago