Run or Walk for Us!
Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Fundraise for us and get cool Ghanaian prizes!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Visit the DSDO event page.
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!
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:
- Health care
- 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)
Slideshow presentation (pdf)
Read the Samaritan Magazine article Two Toronto School Teachers Take On A Village.
We're making a difference!
I am always keen to support DSDO for the super grass roots work that they do. I know that any money donated to DSDO truly goes towards the amazing work that they do in Ghana and is not spent on administration and advertising, quite literally every penny is well spent. As someone who has donated, it is very rewarding to see the great work DSDO is doing and the difference this is making to the community and children in Dekpor.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
There are so many wonderful and worthy charities out there...how do you pick just one? When I learned that 100% of my donation goes to Dekpor, my desire to support DSDO became instantaneous. I am unaware of any other charity like them. When pictures are posted of the Dekpor children’s smiling faces, it simply makes my day. God Bless them all...I wish I could do more.
For a very long time we have been searching for the right charitable organization in Africa. We wanted to be involved with an organization that was transparent, non-denominational, and that was truly making a difference in a community. When we were introduced to Dekpor School Development Organisation, we were immediately struck by the simplicity of what they do and the impact that it has. Every dollar raised goes directly to those who need it. But more than that, these people ASK the community that they serve, what they need. They PARTNER with the community that they serve. And they make true IMPACTFUL CHANGE. Our family has been honoured and privileged to support this wonderful charity, and to be able to see the meaningful and positive changes that have been made in Dekpor.
Joanne McPhail & Jim Graszat
I have absolutely no reservations about sponsoring a student or making a donation to DSDO. I’ve visited Dekpor Basic School 3 times in the last 4 years, including two 6-week stints as a volunteer teacher. In that short time, I've seen firsthand how donated dollars translate directly into bettering the lives of these students. I've witnessed the growth of school facilities (eg. library, computer lab and additional classrooms) and I'm continually impressed with the students' enthusiasm and academic progress. Sadly, still too many children come and leave school hungry.
I wholeheartedly encourage others to sponsor a child or make a donation to DSDO.
It is so rewarding to donate to a smaller charity as even a small amount has such an impact. I was able to see for myself how effectively the money is used and what wonderful changes the whole community benefits from as a result.
When you see the smile on a child's face when he receives a pair of second hand trainers, the first shoes he's ever had, you see what this charity is all about.
East Sussex, England
DSDO has offered us the opportunity to sponsor a child in a true one-to-one relationship that we haven’t seen anywhere else. We view it as a long term relationship that will grow and evolve with the child (and our own children) to adulthood. The change that this small team is able to make for every dollar raised is truly astounding. This is the ultimate grassroots organization!
John and Shauna R.
I had been looking for a way to help in Africa where my employees could know the direct impact of every dollar used. I was introduced to DSDO and it was exactly what we were looking for-- a flow through of funds directly to the people and projects that needed it, and virtually no overhead expense. The passion is infectious and one can't help but be inspired to support this great cause and be appreciative that there are people like this doing the hard work, while all we need to do to support them is give financially. Thank you and keep up the good work, DSDO!
Busch Systems, Barrie, Ontario
I've been to Dekpor. I met with the teachers and students and was inspired by the enthusiasm of both. This is real world in your face positive work to change the destiny of these kids. Teach a child, change their future! I have been fortunate to sponsor a young man from Dekpor. I have seen how going to school has changed this young man and the opportunities that will be available to him on his completion of high school. It is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Dekpor Basic School is providing hope for hundreds of children. Your money goes to the kids; I wholeheartedly recommend Dekpor School Development Organisation.
When we first visited Dekpor Basic School in 2011, it was a very poor looking area, but Linda and Abraham, who we had met only a few days before, were radiating energy and excitement for this school project. We decided to follow their vision and started to support their work. It was easy to convince our friends in Austria to make donations once we told them all that was going on at Dekpor Basic School and they saw our photos. Even a club like Racketlon Federation Austria has been raising money for DSDO!
Since then, we are proud that our Austrian ‘supporting group’ has sponsored six children! Every year we try to have a meeting with them in Dekpor.
Each time we visit, we enjoy seeing the development of the school and the rest of the community, and it is confirmed that our financial contributions are used in a proper way. It’s so much fun to give the children the items we collect (such as sportswear, shoes, clothing, school supplies, games, and many other things) each time we visit Dekpor.
What can possibly give you a better feeling than a smiling child?
Conny and Edi Schmickl
I am so thrilled to have been able to provide bicycles to 2 beautiful women in Dekpor! Never before have I been able to actually see my donation put to good use. DSDO shares the stories of how our contributions have benefited individuals and the village. My son and I are over the moon seeing Doris and Betha, sporting beautiful smiles, on our former bikes!!! A new and wonderfully fulfilling experience!
Rita Goverde and Erik Lemaire
|July 16, 2016||A meeting was held in Dekpor Dome with a speaker from the district health department. He provided further education about the need to use toilets, to wash hands, and to drink clean water.|
|July 14, 2016||It's a celebration! Thanks to Karen Burke, the students and staff of Dekpor Basic enjoyed a wonderful luncheon!|
|July 13, 2016||Dekpor Horme's communal labour dug at the reservoir site today. The deeper down they go, the more difficult it is. They are coming back to finish the job.|
|July 12, 2016||Students moved the second day's worth of dirt from the reservoir site.|
|July 12, 2016||Over the past week, hundreds of students have been driven to Agorve to get their NHIS (National Health Insurance) cards renewed. It is quite the organizational challenge, but the results are well worth it! We are so extremely grateful to Busch Systems for financing this life-saver.|
|July 12, 2016||The roof is on classrooms 2 & 3 is done!|
|July 12, 2016||We've decided to do the foundations for future pavilion classrooms 4, 5, & 6 while the dirt from the reservoir is available and there are extra blocks cut. It just makes sense. Fingers crossed that we'll get funding to complete them soon!|
|July 11, 2016||Dekpor Dome did their digging at the reservoir today. Now the hole is 11 feet deep.|
|July 9, 2016||The town volleyball team has earned some money by helping with some of our jobs. They decided to use their money to build a retaining wall to help stop erosion at the volleyball court.|
|July 7, 2016||Communal labour provided by Dekpor Yia today for digging out the reservoir hole. They made it down about 7 feet! Wow!|
|July 7, 2016||Carol met Tom and Linda Edwards with 5 packed suitcases for our outreach volunteers to take with them in a couple of weeks. They in turn gave her 64 pairs of shoes and cleats, and many pairs of glasses that they had collected, mainly from Linda's school. Linda also sold $742 worth of bracelets at her school!|
|July 6, 2016||Has it been mentioned that we have teacher outreach volunteers going over this month? Well, Craig, Alan, Alvarine, Tom, Linda, and Ziya are leaving in a couple of weeks to volunteer at Dekpor Basic School. They are each taking a suitcase of things we've collected, including the tools purchased by Carol, and donated by Jim Tyler and Jim Sheardown!|
|July 5, 2016||Another trip to the baler and the shipper! Thanks to Geoff for helping Carol get all that slugging around done! The clothes donated by Aurora Preparatory Academy and Amanda and more from AYSC are on their way. Also en route are the bike trailer from Lynn and a bunch of soccer balls from AYSC!!! ETA is the first week of September.|
|July 1, 2016||Unbelievable progress being made at the pavilion site in the last couple of days!|
|July 1, 2016||Picked up 94 AYSC soccer balls that Ben and Geoff have deflated for us. Fun way to collect volunteer hours! Thanks guys!|
|June 30, 2016||Abraham and Linda transported 32 students to Games Day. Three of our teams competed and, wowee, two of them took first place! We brought home the trophy for boys' handball and for the under 15 boys' football (soccer) team! And yes, since DSDO supplied the trophies, the winners actually get to KEEP the trophy at their school on display for the whole year!|
|June 30, 2016||Thanks to Sandee for helping to transport bicycles to our shipper. Seven bicycles, one from LuAnn and six from Minesing Central P.S., will be on their way to Ghana next week.|
|June 30, 2016||Thanks to Aurora Preparatory Academy for the donation of clothing!|
|June 29, 2016||A tremendous thank you to Jim Tyler who used his expertise to donate a very well equipped bicycle repair and maintenance kit! What a gift! Check our bicycles album to see how they're making a difference.|
|June 29, 2016||A busy trip to Barrie to stop in at Busch Systems, Bikeland and visit Jim Sheardown. Thanks to Jim for picking up bikes from Minesing Central P.S. and taking them to Bikeland and financing repairs and tune-ups. Thanks to Morgan of Bikeland for pitching in with some of the cost. Thanks to David Kangas for loading the van! We really appreciate this!|
|June 28, 2016||Thank you to Dagmara for collecting water bottles for us!|
|June 28, 2016||Abraham and Linda picked up some benches from Weta Secondary School. See the album for the story!|
|June 27, 2016||The rain harvesting system that has been financed by Richmond Rose P.S., Aurora Preparatory Academy, and Brigitte Baumgartner of Austria is now underway. The site is being cleared and blocks are being made.|
|June 27, 2016||Clean water from our boreholes and reverse osmosis unit is now available at the health clinic! A huge thank you to Busch Systems and to the Rotary Club of Kempenfelt for making this dream of ours a reality!|
|June 26, 2016||The assemblyman and his committee joins Linda and Abraham and their crew of helpers to distribute the LuminAID lights and the Kids Against Hunger Canada food packages!|
|June 25, 2016||Took advantage of some awesome sales. Got more than $700 worth of tools for only $215!|
|June 25, 2016||Thanks to Amanda and her daughters for collecting 8 backpacks and 2 bags full of soccer uniforms!|
|June 23, 2016||Second day of communal labour. Cutting more blocks for our two new pavilion rooms!|
|June 17, 2016||Thanks to Lynn for donating a Chariot! Can't wait to share photos of how it is going to be used!|
|June 17, 2016||Two van loads of size 5 soccer balls donated by the Aurora Youth Soccer Club, and a thank you to Ben and Geoff for deflating them all!|
|June 16, 2016||The books donated by Tim Congram are welcome additions to our library!|
|June 15, 2016||Six bicycles from Ontario are being distributed to students in Dekpor. Oh, such excitement it is causing! We are so thankful to Rita Goverde, Erik Lemaire, Leona Culbertson, Louise Dyer, Rita Forte and Helen Rupolo for donating them!|
|June 14, 2016||It was a fun day at Dekpor Basic School as Aurora Youth Soccer Club grey 50th t-shirts were distributed to all the students from junior kindergarten right up to and including grade 4!!!|
|June 12, 2016||The Kids Against Hunger food is sampled for the first time in Dekpor.|
|June 11, 2016||Linda is back in Dekpor and distributing lots of shipped items is about to begin!|
|June 6, 2016||We just got amazing news that two anonymous donors are going to fund the rest of the water pipe distribution throughout all of Dekpor! This is an incredibly large donation and we are thrilled beyond belief!|
|June 2, 2016||Highview Public School's Drive for Dekpor brought in loads of goods! 36 pairs of shoes and soccer cleats, 15 backpacks, and lots of soccer uniforms and summer clothes! Thanks to Mrs. Nelson and The Gee Gees!|
|May 30, 2016||Aurora Youth Soccer Club is still collecting backpacks and we've reached 73!|
|May 14, 2016||Another trip to the shipper, and a special thanks to Ann Barber for driving one of the van loads! This time there are 2 bales of clothes (mainly from Aurora Youth Soccer Club and Minesing Central P.S.), soccer balls and backpacks from AYSC, and a bike from Lu Ann!|
|May 12, 2016||Two days in a row! Another 13 backpacks from Aurora Youth Soccer Club and about 200 more balls!|
|May 11, 2016||Just received a totally unexpected, very large cheque in the mail. We are going to be able to build TWO pavilion CLASSROOMS! Wahoo and a happy dance!|
|May 11, 2016||Aurora Youth Soccer Club sent 10 more backpacks and 65 size 4, gently used soccer balls our way!|
|May 9, 2016||Thank you to LuAnn Kolenda who donated two bikes, a new backpack and the funds to cover shipping them!|
|May 8, 2016||King George Junior Public School's Camera Kids did some fundraising by selling their awesome photos and they raised $230!!! Wahoo!|
|May 6, 2016||Thanks to our individual child sponsors and Busch Systems, our first 53 students went to Dzodze today and got their NHIS (health) cards renewed for this year. Way to go, Abraham, for coordinating and acquiring cards for so many children in one day!|
|May 6, 2016||Another van loaded with goods for Ghana left Carol's house and was taken to our shipper. In this load are: books from Tim Congram; 3 bikes, shoes, and backpacks from Minesing Central P.S.; and backpacks, hats and soccer balls from AYSC. This load should arrive in Ghana early July. A special thanks to Irene Sheardown and David Kangas for the hours put in helping sort and pack.|
|May 6, 2016||Minesing Central Public School's 'Spring Cleaning for Dekpor' yielded lots of wonderful donations! 138 pairs of shoes, eye glasses, several backpacks, plenty of summer clothes, 9 bicycles, a trumpet and a laptop were collected for the students at Dekpor Basic School.|
|May 5, 2016||Highview Public School enjoys their Arts Night and sells popcorn and water to raise funds for shipping the goods they are collecting in June. These wonderful students, lead by Mrs. Nelson, managed to raise $233 in one night!|
|May 4, 2016||Thanks to Tim Congram for the donation of excellent non-fiction books for our library!|
|May 3, 2016||A van load of used soccer balls (there are just over 70 size 3 balls) from AYSC was given to Carol! And a big thank you to Meg and her mom for deflating them all!|
|April 27, 2016||Thanks to Jean Anderson for running an energy-filled 'Dance for Dekpor' at Highview Public School. These amazing ladies, plus several who were unable to attend, raised $335 tonight!!!|
|April 26, 2016||Dr. Conny Schmickl and Edi Schmickl set up an information table at an exhibition in Austria to spread the word about DSDO and they raised 160 euros while they were at it! Thank you!|
|April 22, 2016||The polytank stand at the clinic is curing...and pretty soon phase one of the distribution pipes will be complete!|
|April 20, 2016||AYSC backpacks are starting to roll in...11 so far! Thank you to the Aurora Youth Soccer Club players, coaches and staff who are helping make this happen!|
|April 18, 2016||Four bicycles (thanks to
Louise, Leona, Rita and Helen) and all of the food are leaving Toronto today!|
Bike en route to Dekpor
|April 16, 2016||The
Scarborough Rotary Club and Joseph Brant Public School financed a
food packaging day through
Kids Against Hunger. We received 30 boxes of food (or 6480 children's meals)!|
Food for Dekpor - 6480 children's meals!
|April 9, 2016||We now have 50 elementary students being sponsored!|
|April 6, 2016||Thanks to a donation by
Kim, in honour of her Aunt Ev, 15 needy adults had their National Health Insurance card covered! What a gift!|
Adults with health insurance cards
|March 28, 2016||Communal labour worked on the trenches for the first step of our water distribution!|
|March 27, 2016||Welcome to
Amy, a Semester at Sea student, who is visiting with Linda and Abraham for a few days. She volunteered at Dekpor Basic in the P5 class on Tuesday and Wednesday to get an idea of what it is like to be a student in rural Ghana.|
|March 21, 2016||An exciting announcement...we are starting to lay
distribution pipes from our water tower! What an amazing difference this will be!|
Distribution pipes starting
|March 21, 2016||Commissioning for both
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 and for
Dekpor Horme Town Toilet. Annnnnnd, they are open for business!
|March 14, 2016||
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2 is almost complete!!!|
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2
|March 13, 2016||With the donation that our Austrian friends,
Conny and Edi Schmickl, brought us, we used part to make another book shelf for the library!|
Bookshelf for library
|March 12, 2016||Our high school painters are working on the
Dekpor Horme Town Toilet today. The project is almost done!|
Dekpor Horme is almost done!
|March 11, 2016||What a day!
Linda and Abraham distributed clothing, and shoes (from
AYSC, Carol and friends, and
Conny Schmickl). Every single student at Dekpor Basic received something, as did the teachers! Such excitement!
our blog and 2016
Step by Step.|
Back in Ontario, AYSC donated hats and jerseys, shorts and socks that will be happily received in Dekpor!
Students wearing donated clothes
|March 6, 2016||Independence Day...and to celebrate, there is a marching competition held amongst the schools in the Weta region.
This year it was held at Dekpor Basic School. |
Marching on Independence Day
|February 29, 2016||Welcome to
Edi Schmickl and Dr. Conny Schmickl who are visiting Dekpor again! They brought suitcases full of shoes, clothing, sports items and school supplies... and a donation from family, friends and
Racketlon Federation Association that will be used to build more furniture.|
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2400 euros!
|February 28, 2016||Thanks to
Ken Glance who volunteered at Dekpor Basic for the past 6 weeks. The students especially enjoyed the sports day he ran!
|February 24, 2016||Carol took another van load of clothing to be baled and shipped. Everything is leaving our shipper on Saturday and heading to Ghana!|
|February 22, 2016||Carol took a van load of two bicycles and 7 bins with trophies, soccer clothes, and teacher resources to our shipper.|
|February 10, 2016||A day of giving! Thanks to
Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating trophies that they could no longer use. Thanks to
Rita Goverde and Erik Lemaire for donating bicycles... two students will be able to go to high school because of you! Thanks to
Omars Shoes for donating 7 pairs of shoes!
|February 8, 2016||Thanks to
Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating 5 boxes of new t-shirts and 3 bags of jerseys!|
5 boxes and 3 bags of goods from AYSC
|February 5, 2016||We got word that we've been accepted as one of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon's charities for the fourth year in a row.|
|January 11, 2016||Thank you to Ken Glance for taking more luggage and volunteering at Dekpor Basic for 6 weeks. This is Ken's 4th visit!|
|January 14, 2016||We've had our business ladies make batik shelf covers for
use in the library. See
Step by Step 2016
for more photos.
|January 13, 2016||A library shelving unit for the teachers' resources was completed thanks to a donation from
Dianne and Ken. See
Step by Step 2016
for more photos.
Library shelving unit for teachers' resources
|January 6, 2016||Thank you to Natalia, (one of our original 8 volunteers who spent the summer of 2010 in Dekpor), for selling bracelets. She sold $260 worth of jewelry to her friends and colleagues over the holidays!|
|December 28, 2015||The roof has been lifted off Dekpor Horme's toilet facility so that things can be extensively repaired.|
|December 27, 2015||The construction of Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 is motoring!|
|December 25, 2015||We are thrilled with the reception of our 'catalogue'! A lot of wonderful gifts were given and received!|
|December 22, 2015||Happy news! Two more children being sponsored. That is 47 elementary students now!|
|December 19, 2015||Thank you to
Louise for selling $185 worth of bracelets...and her ABC (Aurora Book Club)
friends raised $200 to be put toward purchasing books written by African authors for our library.|
New books for the library
|December 16, 2015||What a celebration day at Dekpor Basic! We had an entire school lunch, thanks to Karen Burke. To top it off, Madi and Becky's birthday donations and a memorial gift that Kim Nelson made in memory of her dad, allowed us to give a pencil or pen and notebook to every student in the school! Becky and Madi also donated 5 high quality soccer balls to the school! Donations from Dagmara and Ezra, Laura and Andrea, and Heather allowed us to give the teachers some much needed supplies too!|
|December 12, 2015||Second day of communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2.|
|December 9, 2015||Mason and labourers have started cutting blocks for Dekpor Yia Toilet #2!|
|December 8, 2015||Pouring of libations, prayers, sod cutting and communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2. They cleared the site and dug down 4 feet today!|
|December 7, 2015||Dekpor Yia's Town Toilet #1 Facility has opened for business!|
|December 6, 2015||The reclaiming of the Horme toilet started today.|
|December 3, 2015||Congratulations to 6 year old
Pippa who sold $145 worth of bracelets tonight!
|December 2, 2015||Two more elementary students are being sponsored! That's a total of 45 elementary, 7 high school, 3 apprentices and two transitioning from high school.|
|December 2, 2015||Wahoo!! Thanks to Aurora Rotary, we have funding for our third town toilet facility! Absolutely amazing!|
|November 27, 2015||
Carol was invited to speak at Aurora Preparatory Academy -- what a wonderful group of students!|
|November 22, 2015||Thank you to both the Schuetze and Muir families for donating bikes for us to send to Dekpor.|
|November 21, 2015||A big thank you to
Becky in B.C. for spending her day selling bracelets and letting others know about DSDO. She sold almost
$300 worth of jewellery!
Becky Sells Bracelets
|November 21, 2015||Dekpor Dome's town toilet facility has opened for business!!!|
|November 13, 2015||
Becky and Madi Schuetze celebrated their
13th birthday in a big way. In lieu of gifts, they asked their friends from
Mount Albert Public School and Highview P.S. to make a donation, with half going to their graduation fund and half coming to DSDO.
Get a load of this... DSDO received $862.50!!! They have allocated their funds very wisely! What an amazing example of
Becky and Madi Schuetze
|October 18, 2015||Our third year participating at the
Marathon and 11 of us raised $15,872!
Linda, Carol & Andrew at ScotiaBank Marathon
|October 3, 2015||At the moment, we have 42 elementary students, 7 high school students, 3 apprentices, and two who are just finishing high school exams, all being sponsored by wonderful people from all over the world!|
|October 2, 2015||Today was graduation day for the three girls being trained at NEWIG. They will be coming back to Dekpor and preparing to set up a soap-making business!|
|September 25, 2015||The comissioning of the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet, Dekpor Yia Town Toiliet and library extension! Lots of cheers and much excitement!|
|September 20, 2015||The MP stopped by to see what DSDO has on the go!
Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP visits Dekpor
|September 17, 2015||Reusing wood from the construction sites to build new benches for the library.
|September 15, 2015||Hundreds gathered at the school-- students from the school, and adults from Yia, Dome and Horme, to take part in a learning session with DEHO's staff. What sort of info was covered?
Our goal? Improved health!
DEHO's Learning Session
|September 10, 2015||The election of the water and sanitation (WATSAN) committee happened today!
|September 8, 2015||Dekpor Basic students have started their new year!|
|September 7, 2015||Students were busy at the school cleaning up getting ready for the new year to begin.|
|September 4, 2015||Vacation school is over. It was great for the students to get to use the laptops!|
|September 2015||Three huge projects on the go, and Linda and Abraham are managing to keep everything running smoothly! There is the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet facility, the Dekpor Yia Toilet facility that we are now also overseeing and funding, aaaannnnd the extension on the library!|
|August 22, 2015||Busch Systems and friends competed at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival--and did they ever rock the waters! They came second overall in the Platinum Division, won the Genesis II Barrie Championships Trophy, and the Moore Packaging Corporate Challenge Cup. They raised $2875 for DSDO to use on our water initiatives!
|August 16, 2015||We are thrilled that our student sponsors are choosing to set up their sponsored child(ren) with two hens and start-up feed! For only $20, we are able to purchase two hens and a substantial amount of food! Hen Project Album.|
|August 13, 2015||Carol was invited to speak at the Barrie Rotary Club meeting. This is the club that sent her for an adventure of a life time, so it was wonderful to be able to say 'thanks' so many years later.|
|August 3, 2015||'Summer' Vacation School starts today for our fully sponsored and food programme students. It is 5 weeks of math- and literacy-focused learning.|
|August 2015||Linda and Abraham have their hands full! Three big projects all at once!|