Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Fundraise for us and get cool Ghanaian prizes!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Email Carol for specific details, discount PIN code, and help registering.
If you can't join us that day, please sponsor Carol!
Thank you for making a difference!
The Barrie 2014 Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Barrie's waterfront on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. This year, 2 teams will be rowing for Dekpor School Development Organisation:
Dekpor is a village located in Ghana, West Africa. It is a small area consisting of three interconnecting villages, Dekpor Horme, Dekpor Dome and Dekpor Yia, and the surrounding area. It is governed by councils of elders, their chiefs (torgbui) and Queen Mothers. The local economy is based on growing rice, maize and cassava as the principal crops. The population in Dekpor and the surrounding Volta Region, live well below the poverty line.
Read the Samaritan Magazine article Two Toronto School Teachers Take On A Village.
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|May 5, 2014||We are excited that three schools are going to sell bracelets to help raise funds. A big thank you to John F. Ross CVI in Guelph, St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, and Highview Public School in Aurora!|
|April 21, 2014||Thanks to a very generous donation from Lucy and Timothy, friends from UK, we have started building a pavilion room! (Album coming soon)|
|April 4, 2014||We hosted a special celebration at the school today as we supplied 'Lunch on Us' for all of the students. Big smiles. Read more about it in our blog post Lunch on us or see the Step by Step - 2014 album.|
|March 24, 2014||We now have 2 whiteboards in every classroom because of Busch Systems! Thanks to our very own DSDO teacher, Mr Hologbe, for installing them!|
|March 18-19, 2014||National Health Insurance registration days at the school. More than 500 kids registered so far! Our emergency medical fund has made a difference already. Huge thanks to Busch Systems for this life-saving donation!|
|March 17, 2014||Our third water reservoir is functional and ready for the rains to fill it. Thank you to the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival participants: Busch Systems, BDO, and Barriston Law for funding this essential project!|
|March 13, 2014||'Outdoor' classrooms are completed. Even though they weren't quite finished, they've been in use since early February, because we are literally bursting at the seams.|
|March 11, 2014||We've got a blog! Check it out at http://dekporschool.blogspot.ca.|
|March 7, 2014||Edi and Conny Schmickl return to Ghana! They brought supplies for the school, soccer clothes and a generous cheque from family, friends and Racketlon Austria for 2300 EUR!! We are purchasing/repairing furniture for the teachers. Our staff is so happy… most have not had a desk or even their own chair in their classroom!|
|March 3-4, 2014||Cool accomplishment! Dekpor Basic teams competed in an interschool competition with approximately 20 other schools, and our kids brought home 3 of the first place trophies! See Carol's blog for more photos and details.|
|February 15, 2014||Yikes! The administration building needed some major emergency repairs. See the Administration Building Emergency Repairs album and Carol's blog for details.|
|February 5, 2014||Curriculum kits for each subject area have been started, thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers are very excited to have some materials!|
|February 2014||Landscaping is still a work in progress. Students continue to add plants; now we're just looking forward to seeing all the planting the students did grow! Full details and photos can be found in our Landscaping album.|
|February 2014||Our showcase volleyball court is done! This was a joint venture… read more in the Volleyball Court album.|
|January 27, 2014||HAPPY DANCE!!! In an incredibly generous series of donations, Busch Systems has taken every item off a wish list and is going to financially back us so we can make them all happen! This includes: supporting 3 brothers who desperately need assistance; painting the inside and outside of both the JHS block and administration buildings; 18 locking cabinets; whiteboards for each classroom; basic curriculum kits for design and tech, science, math, phys ed and music; AND allowing us to put the balance of the students enrolled at Dekpor Basic on National Health Insurance!!! With the clinic now open, and only a 15 minute walk from the school, this will give our kids access to health care--for most of them, for the first time ever! Add to this miracle, we now have an emergency medical fund and we'll be able to purchase a first aid kit for the school and have some basic supplies and medicines on hand. Photo albums coming. We are so extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness!|
|January 20, 2014||3 more hand washing stations have been built to service the Admin Building, the Library, and the Staff KVIPs.|
|January 18, 2014||Wooden cabinets have been made for every class... thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers, up until now, have had nowhere to put things in their classroom.|
|January 2014||We are giving our school yard a facelift! Landscaping is being done, and we're tying it into the curriculum. Each class is responsible for the area outside their room, and a section around the volleyball court. The older classes have some extra areas such as the library and administration building. Not only will this help with the general appearance, but it will also make a difference to the challenge of erosion and drainage when the torrential rains fall. Photo album coming soon!|
|January 2014||Thanks to Edi and Conny Schmickl
and Racketlon of Austria, DSDO, Dekpor Basic students and
staff, and the town residents, we have pooled funds and
effort to build a fantastic new volleyball court!
Photo album coming soon!
|December 2013||Thanks to Busch Systems, we were able to
paint the inside and outside of both the JHS building and
the Administration building!
JHS & Administration Building Painting album.
One busy month! We are excited to announce two big water projects that are being funded by the proceeds of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival that Busch Systems, BDO and Barriston Law raised on our behalf. We have set up the filtered water stations so they are ready for implementation in January AND we put gutters on another building so we can harvest more rain water and started our 3rd water reservoir (photo album coming soon!). Both of these projects are extremely important. A supply of clean water is essential...and we're making great steps to improve the situation at Dekpor Basic School.
|December 25, 2013|
We had several people generously give gifts in honour of some special people. So we went shopping for shoes, notebooks, Ghanaian-written books, soccer balls and teachers' supplies! See our donation page for details!
|November 18, 2013||Snappy sales! Sam Chapman P.S.
students do it again! This time, six super grade 6 girls
sold trendy elastic bracelets and made $286.50! We think
Six Super Grade 6 Girls!
|November 18, 2013||Three more elementary students are being sponsored--yahoo! That takes our 2013 school year to 21 elementary, 5 high school, and 3 apprenticeship sponsorships. We just keep helping more kids, thanks to generous people like you!|
|October 20, 2013||DSDO had 18 people
raising funds and participating in the Scotiabank Toronto
Waterfront Marathon. We raised a whoppin' $15,671 that will
go towards our food programme and paying for the wages of
the 9 DSDO-hired teachers for this school year. Thank you to
our runners and to all 191 people who sponsored us!
Victory for Carl!
Carol & Andrew en route
|October 15, 2013||A huge thank you to Mike Smiley, the
Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery in Barrie, who designed, made and donated the
fantastic 'Drop in the Bucket' costumes for Carol and Andrew
to wear to the Scotiabank 5k.
|October 14, 2013||Wonderful visit from 32 Semester at Sea
students who came with much enthusiasm and gifts for our
students. They taught lessons, played games, sang songs,
danced and had a genuinely touching adventure that has given
them a first hand experience of global citizenship. See
our Facebook page for more pictures.
Semester at Sea, October 2013
|October 10, 2013||Amazing young leaders in grade 5 at
Sam Chapman P.S. in Markham ran a soccer
club with help from their teacher, and raised
$767.60! A huge thank you -- you are truly an
Five Great Grade 5s!
|October 8, 2013||Incentive prizes such as soccer uniforms, school supplies and children's clothing were given to the headmaster to distribute to deserving students. A thank you to Aurora Youth Soccer Club for their continued support.|
|October 8, 2013||Approximately 400 new books have been added to our library. (A special thanks to Tim Congram.)|
|September 2013||A special shout out to Jess Weber who
worked hard at collecting pennies and raised $60 for us!
|Our head master, Mr. Kuatsikor, has retired, and we are now joined by Mr. Nelson Ahordo. (photo coming)|
|August 24, 2013||The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival was a
BDO Barrie, and
Barriston Law Firm had a friendly rivalry competing for The Dekpor Cup!
$9325.50 was raised to go toward our water initiatives.
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
|August 2013||A big thank you to the Barrie Kempenfelt
Rotary Club for donating $1500 toward our food programme for
this coming school year.
Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary Club
|August 2013||We are building 4 outdoor thatched-roof classrooms, so that the students and teachers can have some space that is sheltered from the rain and sun. (photo album coming soon)|
|August 12, 2013||A huge thanks to Brenna and Jordan for lugging 6 extra suitcases to Dekpor for us!|
|July 30, 2013||We have runners already raising money for the Scotiabank marathon. At this point, Andrew is out in front, followed by the Busch it to the Limit team.|
|July 29, 2013||Our 'summer' vacation classes started today. All fully sponsored students and children on the food programme go to school, Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 11:30 for four weeks and take advantage of the lower teacher to student ratio.|
|July 24, 2013||Thank you to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for inviting Carol to be their guest speaker.|
|July 4, 2013||Ahoy matey! The Busch Buccaneers are paddling in the Dragon Boat Festival in Barrie on August 24th,
with their fundraising efforts being sent our way!
|July 3, 2013||Thanks to 3 Ontario teachers, Lanie,
Kelly and Andjelka, who are spending their summer in Dekpor to volunteer at the school.
Lanie, Kelly and Andjelka volunteer in July 2013
|July 1, 2013||We have 3 girls starting a seamstress apprenticeship. It's a 3 year programme, and they will graduate with the
training necessary to start up their own businesses.