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Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Fundraise for us and get cool Ghanaian prizes!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

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If you can't join us that day, please sponsor Carol!

Thank you for making a difference!

At a Glance

We work in Dekpor, Ghana where all residents live below the poverty level and face a daily struggle to survive.

Our Areas of Focus:

  • Education
  • Water
  • Nutrition
  • Health care
  • Sanitation
  • Sponsorships (children and educators)

One of our directors lives in Dekpor—we are able to work with the residents of Dekpor to best service their needs. Our overhead is minimal (our only expenses are maintaining our domain status, annual financial statements, and foreign exchange costs), so your donation goes exactly where you allocate it! We are volunteers who work hard to make the most of every dollar donated.

Dekpor School Development Organisation is a registered Canadian charity and recognized NGO in Ghana. (Since 2011)

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Read the Samaritan Magazine article Two Toronto School Teachers Take On A Village.

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Latest News

July 25, 2015Sod breaking at the library extension with Queen Mother!
July 24, 2015 Dekpor Dome Town Toilet has the bricks built up to ground level. Ben is motoring!
Dekpor Dome Town Toilet Under Construction
Dekpor Dome Town Toilet Under Construction
July 22, 2015Three more elementary students being sponsored. We're at 40 now!
July 21, 2015 A great step forward for equality for women. See our blog for more details!
Women's Dome Meeting, history is made!
Women's Dome Meeting, history is made!
July 20, 2015The contractor started his work on the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet!
Mid-July, 2015The volleyball court was resurfaced.
July 16, 2015Our women's town volleyball team, which is comprised of senior Dekpor Basic School students, won 4 of 5 games in their first competition with another town!
Our women's team wins!
Our women's team wins!
July 10, 2015More than 240 of our grade 5 to junior high school 3 students gathered in the courtyard this morning to listen to Madam Philipine a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer. It was AWESOME!!! She expressed the need to study, to discover one’s own inner drive, the value of technical, vocational and apprenticeship training, and making realistic plans for the future. This is precisely what our Dekpor students need to know. Many are resigned to thinking that the most they will ever be able to do is farm...and then there are others with very unrealistic hopes. We want our kids to do their best, finish to the end of JHS3 at Dekpor Basic, and then make wise choices that will allow them to start breaking the cycle of poverty. We are so thankful to Madam Philipine for her visit. She has given valuable information for the students to consider! Step by Step 2015 Album
Madam Philipine, a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer
Madam Philipine, a former teacher and the present Ketu North District guidance and counselling officer
July 9, 2015Day 2 of communal labour at Dekpor Dome Town Toilet...and communal labour happening at the Yia town toilet also!
July 1, 2015 We have 3 JHS grads who are attending training with NEWIG for three months to learn how to make soap. We are looking forward to purchasing the soap we need for our town toilets locally. What could be better than training girls and setting them up for success?! Soap-making Training Album
June 19, 2015We are starting a massive project! The Dekpor Dome Town Toilet site is ready for action! A big THANK YOU to 2 amazing donors who have made HUGE donations!
June 15, 2015 Whoa! Thanks to the Rotary Club of Aurora for their generous $4000 donation and giving Carol the floor twice in a matter of weeks!
Rotary Club of Aurora presents Carol with $4000 donation!
Rotary Club of Aurora presents Carol with $4000 donation!
June 10, 2015 We are having three JHS3 graduates trained by NEWIG so they can learn how to make soap (as well as learn a variety of other worthwhile disciplines). Thanks to the Facebook people who watched and volunteered to cover the fees!
June 8, 2015 Thank you to Omars Shoes in Aurora for donating a box of shoes!!! Raz is continuing to collect gently used running shoes for us.
Omar Shoes Logo
May 28, 2015 We launched our hen project. Thanks to Lynn and friends for financing Phase 1! Fifteen different students are giving this a whirl. We are hoping that providing a sustainable source of protein makes a great impact! Step by Step 2015 Album
Hen Project
Hen Project
May 26, 2015 The bricks are being cut for the Dome town toilet! (photo album coming)
May 15, 2015 We just keep having more and more people decide they want to change the life of a child. There are now 37 elementary children being sponsored, 6 high school students, and 3 apprentices!
May 13, 2015 A big thank you to Kempenfelt Rotary for their donation of $1000! Carol has been invited to speak at their club two times, and this is the second time they have made a wonderful donation!
Carol with Mike Smiley, Kempenfelt Rotary
Carol with Mike Smiley, Kempenfelt Rotary
May 8, 2015 Thank you to the leadership team and Mme Nacarrato for selling bracelets at Minesing Central Public School$376 was sold the week leading up to Mother's Day. Add that to what they sold earlier this school year, and their grand total was $1126!
May 7, 2015 Thank you to David Kangas and the student council of Dr. G.W. Williams in Aurora for selling $312 worth of bracelets.
David at Dr. G.W. Williams School
David at Dr. G.W. Williams School
April 2015 UNREAL!!! Two huge anonymous donations have been made that will allow us to build town toilets, complete with a rain harvesting system and hand-washing stations in Dekpor Dome!!! We are SO excited to be able to attack the sanitation situation!
April 27th Thank you to the Rotary Club of Aurora for inviting Carol to speak!
April 20th We now have 35 elementary students being sponsored!
March 18, 2015 Thanks to Busch Systems for their generous funding, we've held our second of three National Health Insurance renewal days.
March 15, 2015 Thanks to Ken Glance who headed back to Dekpor AGAIN. This time he had more than 100 pounds of running shoes from Highvew Public School (in Aurora) with him!
Shoes from Highview - fall 2014
Shoes from Highview
Fall 2014
We got new shoes! Thanks Highview!
We got new shoes!
Thanks Highview!
March 2, 2015 Yay! Another elementary student has been sponsored by one of the Kempenfelt Rotarians who listened to Carol's talk on Wednesday! Now we're at 33 Dekpor Basic School children being fully sponsored! This is such a HUGE thing that allows a child hope for their future ...what a gift!
February 26, 2015 A new girl has been sponsored! We're at 32 elementary, 6 high school, and 3 apprentice students!
February 25, 2015 Thank you to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for inviting Carol to come back to speak! It was a pleasure to get to share all of the wonderful achievements we've accomplished in the past year.
February 23 & 24, 2015 Ketu North held a sports day and Dekpor Basic came back the winners of 5 of the 6 competitions! Fantastic!
February 23, 2015 AWESOME! Today 20 new children were put on the food programme! We are now feeding 105 students!
February 18, 2015 Thanks to Richmond Rose Public School in Richmond Hill. At Valentine's Day they made and sold friendship bracelets and raised a whopping $1130.33 to be put toward our food programme! Such awesome news!
February 15, 2015 Linda headed back to Ghana with 50 lbs of soccer goods. Thanks to AYSC for your ongoing support!
February 2015 Thanks to Minesing Central's Leadership Team and Mme Nacarrato and Collier Street Dental for selling $960 worth of jewellery.
January 2015 Former Semester at Sea student, Erica Lieppman, was very touched by her experience in Dekpor. This year for her birthday she ran an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for DSDO and collected $2411! Thank you Erica, for sharing your birthday with the children of Dekpor!
Erica in Dekpor
Erica in Dekpor
December 2014 Looking to get a Christmas gift for someone who is seemingly impossible to buy for??? A tribute gift is just the thing! You can choose the wording for the eCard. See our Donation page for details.
November 2014 It's official... we've got clean water! (Borehole album coming soon!)
October 30, 2014 Lucy Romyn arrives for a whirlwind visit in Dekpor and brings lots of shoes and 3 laptops (thanks to Shoreham College for your help). Linda and Ab took her to view the pavilion classroom she funded.
Lucy watches happy kids!
Lucy watches happy kids!
Lucy with Abraham in Front of Pavilion Classroom
Lucy with Abraham
in front of Pavilion Classroom
October 25, 2014 Linda started doling out the 226 pairs of shoes. The parents are so pleased; the kids are so excited! See the Shoes photo album.
New shoes; new jersey; new book
New shoes; new jersey; new book!
October 23, 2014 Linda returns to Ghana with 10 pieces of luggage stuffed with shoes, laptops, pillowcase dresses, belts, and some soccer clothes!
Van with 9 of 10 suitcases
Van with 9 of 10 Suitcases
Shoes and laptops on airport trolley
Shoes and Laptops
on Airport Trolley
October 22, 2014 Carol was invited to speak at Minesing Central Public School. The leadership team is going to sell bracelets.
Minesing Central Public School
Minesing Central Public School
October 20, 2014 Highview Public School's shoe drive was a huge success! 121 pairs of very gently used, and some brand new, shoes were donated. They will be heading to Dekpor in February.
Shoe Pile
October 19, 2014 Our second time participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon...and it was a great day! $11,367 raised for our food programme. See the photo album for more details.
DSDO Directors at Marathon
DSDO Directors at Marathon
October 11, 2014 A couple of years ago, Linda submitted a proposal to the Standard Chartered Bank in Accra, and they just came through with a wonderful donation of 100 desks for our older students. With our enrollment just under 800, this furniture is much needed! See Step-by-Step 2014.
Standard Chartered Bank logo
September 22, 2014 Barriston Services Limited donated 19 laptops!! What an incredible difference that will make in our computer lab!
Donated Laptops
September 15, 2014 The new school year has begun at Dekpor Basic.
September 12, 2014 Thanks to Sophie, the Leadership Team, and Mme Naccarato of Minesing Central P.S., a crazy pile of running shoes was collected in just a few days!
Van with shoes in back
September 12, 2014 Thanks to Busch Systems for collecting 30 lbs of shoes!
Shoes in Bin
August 31, 2014 Thanks to Mackenzie Clark and the campers at Big Canoe Camp in Bracebridge, 33 macramé belts were made for our students and will be heading to Dekpor in October.
Mackenzie and Friend making belts
Mackenzie & Friend Making Belts
Making Belts
Making Belts
Macrame Belts
Macrame Belts
August 28, 2014 Wow! We've had 6 new students sponsored this month! We now have 30 elementary, 6 high school and 3 apprentice students under our wing! If you are interested, read our Child Sponsorship FAQ PDF File.
August 23, 2014 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, year 2! Busch Systems and BDO Barrie have done it again. This time they raised a whopping $5714.10!
Busch Buccaneers Team Photo
Busch Buccaneers
BDO Dragon Boat
BDO Dragon Boat
August 22, 2014 The commissioning for the borehole happened today! Yippee...what an accomplishment! (photo album coming soon)
August 20, 2014 Ledgir House of British Columbia made an amazing donation that is being used to help with our borehole project! Wow!!!
August 19, 2014 Thank you to the Newmarket Running Room for inviting Carol to come and talk. May your October 19th run be fueled by gratitude!
Running Room logo
August 13, 2014 DSDO has donated funds to help open the local clinic. We have paid for 3 desks, 6 chairs, shelving units and 2 benches. (photo album coming soon)

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