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?View project page
Sports are an important way to keep people occupied in a fun and healthy manner. Truth be told, the people of Dekpor do not have much time to relax when there is constantly work to be done in the fields, but having the option is wonderful. Being able to introduce students to sports other than soccer is a big bonus, too.View project page
On any given day, there can be 800 - 1000 students at Dekpor Basic School. The families in Dekpor are poor, very poor. Often, a child shows up to class with nothing but the smile on their face. No paper; no pencil.
There is no such thing as a stockroom at Dekpor Basic School. There are no supplies for the teachers to use or to distribute to the students.
We want to have a supply of writing utensils for the teachers to lend out at the start of the day, so no child has to sit the entire class, unable to take notes or do their work.View project page
In a place such as Dekpor, it is customary to organize communal labour to get town jobs accomplished. Sometimes it is a chief who decides there is a project that needs doing; sometimes it is DSDO that leads the way. One snag is that the average person doesn’t own the necessary tools.View project page
In Ghana, it is mandatory for students to wear uniforms to school. Some of us may not understand the whole bigger picture about WHY providing uniforms to Dekpor students is a really big deal, so let's explore this a bit. Some families desperately want their children to have the opportunity to go to school, so they send them even if they don't own the required clothing. But, there are certain parents who are far too embarrassed to let others see the extent of their poverty--they would rather their children work in the fields instead of it being obvious that they cannot afford a uniform.View project page
Despite challenges through a pandemic, DSDO had a wonderfully successful year! We are so grateful to our compassionate and giving supporters for continuing to help us make a difference in rural Ghana!View project page
This album is always a surprise! We have lots on the go and there are small purchases or jobs done that can make a big difference. HERE is where you'll find a hodge podge from this year. Be certain to read the little photo description box and check this particular album for updates throughout the year.View project page
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.View project page
Huge multipurpose bowls are considered a necessity in Dekpor. They are well-made, last for years, and can help accomplish a lot of tasks.
From carrying water, to collecting firewood or crops, preparing and serving food, bathing the family, doing the laundry, and so many other practical uses, they are needed EVERY SINGLE DAY.
We are so grateful to the many people who jumped on board to help us purchase 120 of them! Yes, the largest bulk buy of these bowls in our history! This puts our running total at 225.View project page
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.View project page