Projects

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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Last updated: 4 months ago
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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Last updated: 5 months ago
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: 5 months 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: 6 months 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: 6 months 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: 7 months 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: 7 months 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: 7 months 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: 7 months 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: 9 months ago