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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.

Aurora Rotary Club helps rural village in Ghana

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Latest News

December 28, 2015The roof has been lifted off Dekpor Horme's toilet facility so that things can be extensively repaired.
December 27, 2015The construction of Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 is motoring!
December 25, 2015We are thrilled with the reception of our 'catalogue'! A lot of wonderful gifts were given and received! (Link to our Dec 2015 designated catalogue gifts)
December 22, 2015Happy news! Two more children being sponsored. That is 47 elementary students now!
December 19, 2015Thank 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
New books for the library
December 16, 2015What 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, 2015Second day of communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2.
December 9, 2015Mason and labourers have started cutting blocks for Dekpor Yia Toilet #2!
December 8, 2015Pouring 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, 2015The reclaiming of the Horme toilet started today.
December 3, 2015Congratulations to 6 year old Pippa who sold $145 worth of bracelets tonight!
Pippa Sells Jewellery
December 2, 2015Two 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, 2015Wahoo!! 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!
Aurora Preparatory Academy Logo
November 22, 2015Thank 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
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 Kid Power!
Becky and Madi Schuetze
Becky and Madi Schuetze
October 18, 2015Our third year participating at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon and 11 of us raised $15,872!
Linda, Carol & Andrew at ScotiaBank Marathon
Linda, Carol & Andrew at ScotiaBank Marathon
October 3, 2015At 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, 2015Today 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, 2015The comissioning of the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet, Dekpor Yia Town Toiliet and library extension! Lots of cheers and much excitement!
September 20, 2015The MP stopped by to see what DSDO has on the go!
Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP visits Dekpor
Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP visits Dekpor
September 17, 2015Reusing wood from the construction sites to build new benches for the library.
Reusing wood to make benches
September 15, 2015Hundreds 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?
  • What is clean water?
  • Why use clean water?
  • Why you should use your own cup/water bottle?
  • How to properly wash hands (the students already know).
  • How to properly use the toilets.
  • How to keep the toilet clean for the next person to use it.
  • What can and can not go down the hole into the holding tank?
  • Why compliance is necessary?
  • To teach family members who weren't able to attend.

Our goal? Improved health!

DEHO's Learning Session
DEHO's Learning Session
September 10, 2015The election of the water and sanitation (WATSAN) committee happened today!
Election of the WATSAN Committee
September 8, 2015Dekpor Basic students have started their new year!
September 7, 2015Students were busy at the school cleaning up getting ready for the new year to begin.
September 4, 2015Vacation school is over. It was great for the students to get to use the laptops!
September 2015Three 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, 2015Busch 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!
Busch Logo
August 16, 2015We 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, 2015Carol 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 2015Linda and Abraham have their hands full! Three big projects all at once!
July 29, 2015Things are hopping at the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet site!
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!
July 19, 2015A generous sponsor has financed a Dekpor entrepreneur who is setting up a barber shop.
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.

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