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!View project page
How does one put a value on the gift of clean drinking water? It's immeasurable!
About a third of the way into 2021, the aquifer that feeds our three current boreholes ran dry. ZERO drinking water for weeks.
The villagers had no choice but to drink the contaminated stream water (see photo in the album).View project page
This is a page that grows throughout the year, thanks to the many people in the Aurora, Ontario area who like to donate goods!View project page
In 2011, Andrew Sanderson gave a generous donation that enabled DSDO to get the breakfast programme started. Every morning, before school, our fully-sponsored children, as well as some other very, very needy children, stop at Favour's for a nutritious breakfast. Prior to this, several students had to start their day without any food.View project page
Our child sponsorship programme is making a huge difference for some extremely needy children. It is a one-to-one sponsorship, where the funds go directly to assisting your sponsored child.
Children receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch, a mosquito net, all school supplies, mandatory school uniforms, exam fees paid for, and medical attention.
This album contains just a handful of their photos. There are many more children desperately needing help.View project page
Teacher Sponsorships have been an important part of our growth and commitment to improving the quality of education at Dekpor Basic. Starting in 2010, we had two teachers sponsored. Now, in 2013, we have 8 teachers being funded by generous DSDO supporters. One teacher is dedicated to the library, the other seven are in classrooms. Two of our teachers offer adult literacy classes (more below).View project page
During the summer of 2010, eight Canadian educators spent three weeks volunteering at Dekpor Basic School. While living in the community with a local family, they worked with students on literacy and numeracy skills, helped to set up the school's library, shared best practices with local teachers, and participated in community activities.View project page