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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May 31, 2017Thanks to those who have collected goods and paid for the shipping: Ziya Shah and the students of Birch Cliff Public School, Donna Tinker and the crew at Khalili Sambri and Associates, Susan Heagy, and Amy and Kellie Schoettmer!! See Shipping 2017 for photos.
May 31, 2017Thanks to Moraine Hills Public School for sponsoring the special luncheon at Dekpor Basic School today! The students and teachers were so excited!
Moraine Hills Public School sponsors a luncheon
Moraine Hills Public School sponsors a luncheon.
May 30, 2017Thanks to Omar's Shoes of Aurora for donating 14 pairs of brand new, high-end quality shoes, and... 2 bags of gently used shoes from their customers too!
Omar's Shoes
Omar's Shoes
May 29, 2017The polytank was hoisted to the top of the Horme Water Tower! Soon there will be clean water in Dekpor Horme too! See Water Distribution 2017.
The polytank is hoisted to the top of the Horme Tower!
The polytank is hoisted to the top of the Horme Tower!
May 27, 2017Ten more women received farming tools and they are delighted! Irene Sheardown's tribute gift has made a difference!
10 more women receive hoes!
10 more women receive hoes!
May 26, 2017Windfields Junior High School in Toronto sold $830 worth of bracelets! We are very grateful for their enthusiastic support.
Windfields Junior High School
Windfields Junior High School
May 17, 2017Linda Motta and the leadership group at Mapleview Heights Public School in Barrie sold an incredible $2314.25 worth of Ghanaian jewellery! Unbelievable!
Mapleview Heights Public School Jewellery
Mapleview Heights Public School Jewellery
May 16, 2017Thanks to Ziya Shah (Summer 2016 outreach volunteer) and the students of Birch Cliff Public School in Toronto for gathering soccer cleats, running shoes, clothing, non-fiction books, and school supplies, and selling $789 worth Ghanaian goods! The proceeds of their sales will pay for shipping their items, and then some!
Birch Cliff Public School helping Dekpor students!
Birch Cliff Public School helping Dekpor students!
May 15, 2017A big thank you to Rita Goverde and the Me to We group at W.J. Watson Public School for selling $515 worth of bracelets! Well done!
W.J. Watson Public School selling bracelets
W.J. Watson Public School selling bracelets
May 13, 2017In Milton, 87 people participated in a Kids Against Hunger food packaging event (Milton) -- we received 33 boxes of food (7128 meals)!!! We are very grateful to: the 7 churches under the umbrella of Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together (MACCWT), the Rotary Club of Milton, and the Halton Multicultural Council, and of course, Kids Against Hunger Canada! A very warm and special thank you to Kinh Quach who spearheaded this entire day of awesomeness!
Milton Kids Against Hunger event
Milton Kids Against Hunger Event
May 10, 2017Sloane Avenue Public School held a Kids Against Hunger food packing day (Sloane P.S.) and sent 33 boxes/ 7128 meals our way! These are the youngest students to have ever done this = wow! (Grade 4 and 5) Truly a wonderful accomplishment! We are so excited when kids help kids! A very special thank you to Mr. Douglas Penfold, and the staff, students, and parents of Sloane Avenue Public School.
Sloane Avenue Public School
Sloane Avenue Public School
May 8, 2017Thanks to Melissa Sharvit for collecting and donating more than 200 pairs of glasses! Wow!
Melissa Sharvit
Melissa Sharvit
May 6, 2017Thanks to 2016 outreach teacher volunteer Craig Moore for donating a stereo and speakers for use with our projector!
April 30, 2017We had a lot of great donations this month! Thank you to the following people for sewing machines:
  • Barb Bulloch (1)
  • Ali Afshari (2)
  • Chyvonne and Joyce McKinnon (3)
  • Susan Heagy (2)
For donating laptops, thanks to:
  • Ron Tanaka
  • Amanda Robar
  • Ali Afshari
  • Craig Moore
  • Lise Lotter
  • The MacLeod Family (2)
April 29, 2017Wow, what a night! Thanks to Sherry Bagnato, Natalia Kostiw, Ziya Shah, Craig Moore, Alan Lawrence, Linda Edwards, and Tom Edwards for hosting a fundraiser geared toward helping our secondary school students further their education next year! They raised over $4800! A shout out to Larry Graves and Orkestra Gotigo for their wonderful gift of talent! Thank you to everyone who made the night a success.
The wonderful crew who raised $4800!
The wonderful crew who raised $4800!
April 27, 2017Dance for Dekpor, lead by Jean Anderson of Highview Public School, raised a total of $473. Carol's colleagues have quite the moves!
Dance for Dekpor held at Highview Public School
Dance for Dekpor held at Highview Public School
April 10, 2017We are so excited that the water tower at Horme is complete! Now we have to wait one month while the cement cures. We're getting closer!
The Horme Tower
The Horme Tower
April 8, 2017The third borehole has been mechanized! What an undertaking!
The third borehole is mechanized!
The third borehole is mechanized!
April 6, 2017Our town volleyball team has taken it upon themselves to pay for and build a second court! We are so proud of their initiative! Dekpor is gaining quite a wonderful reputation for volleyball!
2nd volleyball court going in!
2nd volleyball court going in!
April 4, 2017Thanks to Tiffany Beuker, 6 women had their National Health Insurance cards paid for! The gift of health!
6 women have been given the gift of good health.
6 women have been given the gift of good health.
April 3, 2017Aurora Football Club 64 (formerly AYSC) donated four big garbage bags full of soccer balls and two bags of water bottles! Our students will be so happy!
Soccer balls.
Donated bag of soccer balls!
April 2017Over the last couple of weeks, a couple of school campus projects have been underway. Many buildings had paint touch-ups done. We also built raised surrounds around each of our five water reservoirs to help prevent erosion.
Platforms surrounding our five reservoirs help combat erosion.
Platforms surrounding our five reservoirs help combat erosion.
March 29, 2017Thanks to a generous donation from Kermin and Marzi Byramjee, the entire Dekpor Basic School community enjoyed a luncheon! See the smiles!
Marzi and Kermin sponsored a luncheon.
Marzi and Kermin sponsored a luncheon.
March 27, 2017The last 2 (of 6) kindergarten foundations are complete!
March 23, 2017A big shout out to both Tom and Linda Edwards, two of our wonderful outreach volunteers who spent the past summer in Dekpor. Tom donated several much-needed hand tools for use at our school. Rooms 206 and 205 of Maurice Cody Junior Public School, lead by Linda, purchased $1000.55 worth of jewelry!!! And Linda and Tom also purchased many perfect additions for our library!
Linda and Tom Edwards
Linda and Tom Edwards
March 22, 2017The nurses from the local clinic came to do dental care sessions with the students. Considering they all just received toothbrushes in their Ghana Gift Bags, it is imperative to remind everyone of proper tooth care.
Nurses give dental care sessions.
Nurses give dental care sessions.
March 22, 2017The foundation has been started at the Horme water tower site. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors!
Foundation for Horme water tower.
Foundation for Horme water tower.
March 18, 2017A fire at the teacher's college dormitory in Akatse destroyed everything owned by a Dekpor teacher candidate. In less than 24 hours our amazing followers raised $550 to get her back on her feet! Thank you John, Kim, Chris, Nancy, Sandee, and Victoria.
Godsway with donation to help replace things destroyed by the fire.
Godsway with donation to help replace things destroyed by the fire.
March 18, 2017Thanks to our Austrian friends, we have 13 new flower beds in front of the rest of our buildings on school campus now!
The Plants are in!
The plants are in!
March 17, 2017We've had a business start up financed by Andrew Sanderson! Work is underway to have a new provisions kiosk in Dekpor.
March 15, 2017As of today, the last of the Ghana Gift Bags were distributed! We are so grateful to all people in Ontario who helped make this such a thrilling experience for our Dekpor students.
Anticipation!
Anticipation!
Just look at everything!!!
Just look at everything!!!
Such excitement!
Such excitement!
March 12, 2017We now have 4 security lights installed on school campus!
March 10, 2017The first of the Ghana Gift Bags were distributed to the older students from P6 right up to JHS 3.
Ghana Gift Bags making a difference!
Ghana Gift Bags making a difference!
March 7, 2017The second shipment of Ghana Gift Bags was picked up!
Second load of gift bags arrive!
Second load of gift bags arrive!
March 4, 2017We are working at the school to build flower beds around all of the buildings. Two purposes: helps with erosion and it will look nice! Thanks to our friends from Austria for funding this!
March 3, 2017Excitement galore...Abraham and Linda were able to pick up the first shipment of Ghana Gift Bags! We can't wait to see the kids' reactions!
First pick up of Ghana Gift Bags
First pick up of Ghana Gift Bags
March 2, 2017Linda and Abraham bid farewell to Conny, Edi, Andreas, and Ulrike. A big thank you to our Austrian connection for all the wonderful gifts received, including the cheque for 2000 euros!
Edi and Conny present DSDO with 2000 euros
Edi and Conny present DSDO with 2000 euros
March 1, 2017The pump enclosure at the Dome water tower site is completed!
February 28, 2017Our fifth rain harvesting system at the school is ready for rain! A wonderful thank you to Busch Systems for making it possible!
Rain Harvesting System #5 is complete!
Rain Harvesting System #5 is complete!
February 21, 2017Linda and Abraham welcome Conny and Edi Schmickl for their annual visit, and this time they brought their friends Ulrike and Andreas!
Andreas and Ulrike get a drumming lesson from Patrick
Andreas and Ulrike get a drumming lesson from Patrick
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2000 euros, from Austrian friends
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2000 euros, from Austrian friends
February 15, 2017All of the blocks have been laid for our latest water reservoir!
Reservoir blocks laid
Reservoir blocks laid
February 13, 2017More bicycles and clothing were distributed today.
February 10, 2017The next 50 women received a farming tool and we are so grateful to the 17 donors who made this possible! We've now been able to help 102 women!
Now 102 women have farming tools!
Now 102 women have farming tools!
February 7, 2017Digging at the reservoir site continues.
February 2, 2017Thanks to Kim Nelson honouring Grace, Claire, Patricia and Evelyn, the staff and students enjoyed a school luncheon.
So happy to have a special lunch!
So happy to have a special lunch!
January 28, 2017Farming Tools were distributed to the first 42 of 102 women.
Farming tools.
Farming tools.
January 25, 2017Thanks to the Rotary District 7010 Conference for pairing up with Kids Against Hunger Canada -- we received 24 boxes of food! 144 students received 6 bags each! See our Feeding Hungry Students Album.
Kids excited to have food!
Excited to have food!
January 25, 2017The construction of our 5th and final rain harvesting system has begun thanks to Busch Systems of Barrie!
Digging the hole for the reservoir.
Digging the hole for the reservoir.
January 22, 2017Bikes from Ontario are making a big difference in Dekpor. Eleven more just arrived!
January 10, 2017Study hall is a huge success!
January 7, 2017The grand opening of the Dekpor Dome water tower and stand pipes!
Linda at Grand Opening!
Linda at Grand Opening!
January 4, 2017Thanks to Busch Systems, we now have teacher furniture for our new block of classrooms! 6 new desks, 6 chairs, and 6 cabinets!
New furniture
Thanks to Busch Systems for the new furniture!

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