Projects

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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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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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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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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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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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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Man up pole installing wiring for light

There are 18 new street lights in Dekpor! This was a collaboration, with the majority of funding coming via our amazing DSDO supporters.

Five of the actual lights in Dome were supplied by James Avedzi, the local MP in Dekpor; the 13 that are installed in Dekpor Yia were purchased by individuals. DSDO financed the labour, the poles, and all the rest of the needed materials.

Since Dekpor is basically on the equator, it is pitch black for 12 hours/day. There are plenty of people who have no source of electricity or light in their home. Lighting ensures safety when one heads outside at night!

Let there be light!

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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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Philip and Wisdom setting up a computer in the lab

Well, here we are again, thanking friends in Austria!

Philip Schaeffer arrived in Dekpor and stayed for several weeks! With a financial donation from BG/BRG Klosterneuburg, Philip was able to make some wonderful improvements to our Dekpor Basic School's computer lab. Trunking, wires, cables, networking boxes, routers, clips, and more than we can keep track of purchased for our lab. In fact, over half of a kilometre of wires and cables were used to network the 41 computers in our lab! Philip's expertise, over the last couple of years, is what has given us such a wonderful computer lab. This time he directed a group of our graduates to help get this huge undertaking complete! The goal, eventually, is to have internet available at our school's lab — fingers crossed.

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Biodigester toilet before installation

In the past, where to go when ya gotta go has been a challenge if you are a shopkeeper at Dekpor Central Shops. Challenge solved!

Thanks to some generous friends, we decided to try out something new for Dekpor--a biodigester toilet! It looks much like a prefab portable johnny-on-the-spot that we see in North America, but it is slightly different.

A biodigester toilet is mechanized and uses decomposition and sedimentation. The waste decomposes in a digestive tank that uses high grade bacteria which converts the waste into either biogas or water. It's low maintenance, too!

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