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
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.View project page
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.View project page
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!View project page
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.View project page
Building upkeep is important. In April, May, and June, the painting of some of our buildings took place.
What got tidied up?View project page
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.View project page
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!View project page
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.View project page
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.View project page