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)
Read the Samaritan Magazine article Two Toronto School Teachers Take On A Village.
We're making a difference!
|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!
|October 23, 2014||Linda returns to Ghana with 10 pieces of luggage stuffed with shoes, laptops, pillowcase dresses, belts, and some soccer clothes!|
|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
|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.
|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
|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
|September 22, 2014||Barriston Services Limited
donated 19 laptops!! What an incredible difference that will
make in our computer lab!
|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!
|September 12, 2014||Thanks to Busch Systems for collecting 30 lbs of shoes!
|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.
|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 .|
|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!|
|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!
|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)|
|July 28, 2014||'Summer' Vacation School has started and will continue for the next 5 weeks. It's a great chance for our fully sponsored and food programme kids to get some extra math and language work done when the student-teacher ratio is much lower. We have hired 6 of our DSDO teachers to deliver the classes. Photos here.|
|July 24, 2014||The water tower is getting taller!|
|July 16, 2014||Tribute gifting is a wonderful thing! Because of
Karen Burke's special birthday
on July 16th, several of her friends donated towards both the food programme and teachers' wages. We took some of that food money and held
an end of year celebration lunch that we called 'We Love Karen'. See the photos.
|July 11, 2014||Concrete for the second level of the tower was poured.|
|July 11, 2014||Third day of National Health Insurance card registration at the school. Thank you to Busch Systems for making this happen!|
|July 4, 2014||Thanks to Ken Glance for volunteering at the school again this year. Today was his last day.|
|July 3, 2014||Concrete for the water tower was poured! (photo album coming soon)|
|July 1, 2014||Thanks to a generous donation from Linda and Abraham, our new computer lab is up and functional!|
|June 30, 2014||Our friend, Greg Farrell, former principal of Louis-Honore Frechette Public School and more recently of Sam Chapman P.S., bid au revoir and on his behalf a wonderful donation was made to our food programme. We wish Greg all the best at his new job!|
|June 27, 2014||The foundation for the water tower was dug.|
|June 24, 2014||After 3 unsuccessful drilling attempts, we have come up with a viable plan. We will be using two old existing boreholes and installing a reverse osmosis unit.
|June 20, 2014||This was the last day of exams for our JHS3 (equivalent to grade 9 in Canada) students. For many, this was their last day of school -- ever.|
|June 19, 2014||The Pavilion Classroom, built with funds generously donated by Lucy Romyn and Timothy Romyn, is complete!|
|June 7, 2014||Carol and Andrew sold bracelets at the spring AYSC festival. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to find out more about DSDO!|
|May 25, 2014||We are beyond excited to announce that the geological investigations for drilling a borehole have started!|
|May 16, 2014||The Aurora Youth Soccer Club continues to support our work. Check out the article in the latest copy of Blades of Grass, 4th edition.|
|May 14, 2014||Another big thank you to Ken Glance for lugging an extra suitcase of goods for us. Ken is going to spend 6 weeks volunteering at the school again!|
|May 9, 2014||
Ms Duggan and her Me to We group at
John F. Ross CVI in Guelph did an great job of selling jewellery at their school and at the Guelph Farmers' Market! Their sales reached $911!
|May 9, 2014||A big shout out to
Mr. Adam Sanderson and the students of St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
in Markham for selling $2584 worth of bracelets! This is the second time this wonderful school has done fundraising for DSDO!
|May 9, 2014||Thank you to
Ms Marchand and the grade 6 social studies students at Highview Public School in Aurora for selling $1200 worth of bracelets and to Mrs. Durno and her grade 2/3 class for buying $152 worth of beads to make special gifts for their moms! Highview has been a great supporter of our work, right from the get-go! We thank you!
Kids at Table
|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!