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Sunday, October 16, 2016

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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.

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Latest News

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!
Clean water at the clinic!
Clean water at the clinic!
June 26, 2016The 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!
Kids Against Hunger Food
Kids Against Hunger Food
LuminAID Lights
LuminAID Lights
June 25, 2016Took advantage of some awesome sales. Got more than $700 worth of tools for only $215!
Starting our Tool Box
Starting our Tool Box
Starting our Tool Box #2
Starting our Tool Box #2
June 25, 2016Thanks to Amanda and her daughters for collecting 8 backpacks and 2 bags full of soccer uniforms!
8 back packs and 2 bags from Amanda and her daughter
8 back packs and 2 bags from Amanda and her daughters
June 23, 2016Second day of communal labour. Cutting more blocks for our two new pavilion rooms!
2nd day of making blocks
2nd day of making blocks
June 17, 2016Thanks to Lynn for donating a Chariot! Can't wait to share photos of how it is going to be used!
Lynn donates chariot!
Lynn donates chariot!
June 17, 2016Two 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!
Two van loads of size 5 balls from AYSC!
Two van loads of size 5 balls from AYSC!
June 16, 2016The books donated by Tim Congram are welcome additions to our library!
Books from Tim Congram in our Library
Books from Tim Congram in our Library
June 15, 2016Six 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!
Doris and Betha on Rita and Erik's bikes
Doris and Betha on Rita and Erik's bikes
June 14, 2016It 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!!!
AYSC items are distributed!
AYSC items are distributed!
June 12, 2016The Kids Against Hunger food is sampled for the first time in Dekpor.
Kids Against Hunger food is sampled in Dekpor for the first time!
Kids Against Hunger food is sampled in Dekpor for the first time!
June 11, 2016Linda is back in Dekpor and distributing lots of shipped items is about to begin!
Some of the shipped goods (soccer jerseys)
Some of the Shipped Goods (Soccer Jerseys)
June 6, 2016We 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!
Highview P.S.'s Drive for Dekpor
Highview P.S.'s Drive for Dekpor Collected Goods
May 30, 2016 Aurora Youth Soccer Club is still collecting backpacks and we've reached 73!
Backpacks donated by AYSC
Backpacks donated by AYSC
May 14, 2016Another 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, 2016Two days in a row! Another 13 backpacks from Aurora Youth Soccer Club and about 200 more balls!
May 11, 2016Just 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!
Backpacks donated by AYSC
Backpacks donated by AYSC
Soccer balls donated by AYSC
Soccer balls donated by AYSC
May 9, 2016Thank you to LuAnn Kolenda who donated two bikes, a new backpack and the funds to cover shipping them!
1st Kolenda donated bike
2nd Kolenda donated bike
May 8, 2016 King George Junior Public School's Camera Kids did some fundraising by selling their awesome photos and they raised $230!!! Wahoo!
King George Jr Public School Camera Kids
King George Jr Public School Camera Kids
Great photos!
Great photos!
May 6, 2016Thanks 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, 2016Another 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.
Loaded Van for Shippers
Loaded Van for Shippers
Irene Sheardown and David Kangas
Irene Sheardown & David Kangas
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.
Minesing Central Mustangs Make a Difference!
Minesing Central Mustangs Make a Difference!
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!
Popcorn and Water for Sale at Arts Night
Popcorn and Water for Sale at Arts Night
May 4, 2016Thanks to Tim Congram for the donation of excellent non-fiction books for our library!
Books from Tim Congram
Books from Tim Congram
May 3, 2016A 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!
4 Soccer Balls to be Inflated
4 Soccer Balls to be Inflated
April 27, 2016Thanks 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!!!
Jean Anderson's Dance for Dekpor
Jean Anderson's Dance for Dekpor
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!
Conny and Edi Schmickl
Conny and Edi Schmickl
April 22, 2016The polytank stand at the clinic is curing...and pretty soon phase one of the distribution pipes will be complete!
April 20, 2016AYSC 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, 2016Four bicycles (thanks to Louise, Leona, Rita and Helen) and all of the food are leaving Toronto today!
Bike en route to Dekpor
Bike en route to Dekpor
April 16, 2016The 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!
Food for Dekpor - 6480 children's meals!
April 9, 2016We now have 50 elementary students being sponsored!
April 6, 2016Thanks 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
Adults with health insurance cards
March 28, 2016Communal labour worked on the trenches for the first step of our water distribution!
March 27, 2016Welcome 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.
Amy volunteering
Amy volunteering
March 21, 2016An exciting announcement...we are starting to lay distribution pipes from our water tower! What an amazing difference this will be!
Distribution pipes starting
Distribution pipes starting
March 21, 2016Commissioning for both Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 and for Dekpor Horme Town Toilet. Annnnnnd, they are open for business!
Commissioning at Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2
Commissioning at
Dekpor Yia Toilet #2
Commissioning at Dekpro Horme Town Toilet
Commissioning at
Dekpor Horme Toilet
March 14, 2016 Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2 is almost complete!!!
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2
March 13, 2016With 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.
Bookshelf for library
March 12, 2016Our high school painters are working on the Dekpor Horme Town Toilet today. The project is almost done!
Dekpor Horme is almost done!
Dekpor Horme is almost done!
March 11, 2016What 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! See 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
Students wearing donated clothes
March 6, 2016Independence 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
Marching on Independence Day
February 29, 2016Welcome 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!
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2400 euros!
February 28, 2016Thanks to Ken Glance who volunteered at Dekpor Basic for the past 6 weeks. The students especially enjoyed the sports day he ran!
Ken Glance volunteering
Ken Glance volunteering
Sports Day
Sports Day
February 24, 2016Carol took another van load of clothing to be baled and shipped. Everything is leaving our shipper on Saturday and heading to Ghana!
February 22, 2016Carol took a van load of two bicycles and 7 bins with trophies, soccer clothes, and teacher resources to our shipper.
February 10, 2016A 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!
Donted bike from Rita and Eric
Donated bike from Rita & Erik
7 Containers of Trophies form AYSC
7 containers of trophies
from AYSC
Shoes donated by Omar Shoes
Shoes donated by Omar Shoes
February 8, 2016Thanks 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
5 boxes and 3 bags of goods from AYSC
February 5, 2016We 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, 2016Thank you to Ken Glance for taking more luggage and volunteering at Dekpor Basic for 6 weeks. This is Ken's 4th visit!
January 14, 2016We've had our business ladies make batik shelf covers for use in the library. See Step by Step 2016 for more photos.
Shelf covers
Shelf covers
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.
Library shelving unit for teachers' resources
January 6, 2016Thank 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, 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, 2015 We are thrilled with the reception of our 'catalogue'! A lot of wonderful gifts were given and received!
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

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