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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October 16, 2016The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is our one big fundraiser. We raised $15,160 online and $2,945 offline for a grand total of $18,105. The funds are used for 2 things:
  • to pay the wages of our three DSDO-hired educators
  • to maintain our food programme for the school year
Thanks to everyone who participated or donated!
Ziya, Craig, Linda, Michele, Carol, and Sonya
Ziya, Craig, Linda, Michele, Carol, and Sonya
October 15, 2016Carol and Andrew took a trip to the shipper with 11 bikes, a shipping bag of soccer balls and eye glasses, and a container of medical supplies. Seven barrels were brought back to Aurora to be used for shipping Ghana Gift Bags.
October 2016We've had several companies help with our collection of drawstring bags for our Ghana Gift Bag project. We'd like to thank the following:
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (308)
  • 4imprint (228)
  • A & M Custom Printing (200)
  • Sara (65)
  • Judy McLeod (15)
  • Canuck Stuff (12)
  • Barb Bulloch (12)
  • many other smaller donations!
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon logo
4Imprint logo
A&M Custom Printing logo
September & October 2016We've had an amazing number of bicycle donations! Thanks to:
  • the Dorie family (4 bicycles)
  • Gerard Baribeau (1)
  • Donna Tinker and Dom Molinaro (1)
  • Ruth White (1)
  • Tiffany Wilson (1)
  • Rick Harris (1)
  • Susan, Gillian, and Tony Anderson (2)
  • Michele and Nikki Ernst (1)
  • the Muir family (2)
  • the Barber family (2) with Joanne and Pete
September 30, 2016WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Today the commissioning was held for our 6 completed classrooms. The headmaster, teachers, and students are absolutely thrilled! Susan and Tony Anderson, you have given a gift like no other!
Six new classrooms!
Six new classrooms!
September 22 & 23, 2016More National Health Insurance renewals have been done! Thanks to Busch Systems for saving lives!
September 16, 2016Thanks to Janice and John Lennie, we've given a boost to our Hen project! This is eggsciting!
Hens galore!
Hens galore!
September 3, 2016The students' toilets at the school have had the pits all cleaned out, just in time for the new school year.
August 31, 2016Thanks to Ledgir House Ltd., we installed security systems in our library and computer lab. We want to keep our valuables safe!
August 27, 2016The Busch Buccaneers paddled for us at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and raised $1175 this year! As always, the funds raised go toward our water-related initiatives!
August 26, 2016Thanks to Richmond Rose Public School, Aurora Preparatory Academy, and Brigitte Baumgartner, we have a rain harvesting system utilizing the library roof!
August 22, 2016Carol was off to the baler and shipper with Ann and Ben Barber. This time 5 bags of soccer balls, 2 bags of shoes, 2 bales of clothing and a wheel chair were sent on their way!
Ann and Ben help with the transportation
Ann and Ben help with the transportation
August 21, 2016We are so proud of Janet and Mawuenyo who graduated from their three-year seamstress apprenticeship!
Janet and Mawuenyo
Janet and Mawuenyo
August 18, 2016Our 6 outreach teachers from Toronto bid farewell to Dekpor. Their impact was huge! Our thanks to Tom and Linda, Alvarine, Alan, Ziya, and Craig!
August 17, 2016A sad day for Dekpor. There was a robbery at our computer lab. 5 laptops were stolen, 18 taken and dropped in the woods with several of those being broken beyond repair. We know our followers will help us rally to replace the laptops!
August 16, 2016Carol was welcomed as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Scarborough today. The president, Gerard Baribeau even donated a bike!
Harley, Gerard and a bike for Dekpor
Harley, Gerard
and a bike for Dekpor
Gerard Baribeau and Carol Sheardown
Gerard Baribeau
and Carol Sheardown
August 11, 2016We are beyond excited to announce that two generous donors are financing the Water Distribution Pipes, Phase 2. Pipes will run from our boreholes in Yia throughout Dekpor Yia, Dekpor Dome and Dekpor Horme! A dream come true!
August 10, 2016Our outreach volunteers held a workshop for parents and a remarkable 125 people show up! It was a highly successful evening!
Parents listening
Parents listening
Parents were eager to learn!
Parents were eager to learn!
August 7, 2016Pavilions 2 & 3 are complete! A big thanks to our shy donor!
August 4, 2016We are overwhelmed by our single largest donation ever, thanks to Susan and Tony! Three new classrooms will be built from scratch, the three pavilions will be completed to classroom level, design block windows will be installed in the whole primary block of classrooms as well as repainting all of the classrooms inside and out, and the students' toilets will have the chamber pits emptied and the cubicles repainted also. WOW! Stay tuned for the albums.
August 2, 2016A workshop was held for all the students with bicycles. Thanks to Tom Edwards, one of our outreach volunteers, and Kwamegah!
August 1, 2016Our Toronto outreach volunteers have jumped right in and started teaching today! Thank you to Alvarine, Alan, Craig, Linda, Tom, and Ziya who will spend their next three weeks volunteering at Dekpor Basic School!
Toronto outreach volunteers
Back Row: Linda, Tom, Abraham, Alan, Craig;
Front Row: Ziya, Alvarine
July 16, 2016A 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, 2016It's a celebration! Thanks to Karen Burke, the students and staff of Dekpor Basic enjoyed a wonderful luncheon!
School Luncheon
School 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.
Day 3 of digging; Dekpor Horme's turn
Day 3 of digging; Dekpor Horme's turn
July 12, 2016Students moved the second day's worth of dirt from the reservoir site.
Students help clear the site
Students help clear the site
July 12, 2016Over 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.
NHIS renewals
NHIS renewals
July 12, 2016The roof is on classrooms 2 & 3 is done!
Pavilion roof is on
Pavilion roof is on
July 12, 2016We'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!
Foundation for future pavilions 4, 5, & 6
Foundation for future pavilions 4, 5, & 6
July 11, 2016Dekpor Dome did their digging at the reservoir today. Now the hole is 11 feet deep.
Day 2 of digging; Dekpor Dome's turn
Day 2 of digging; Dekpor Dome's turn
July 9, 2016The 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, 2016Communal labour provided by Dekpor Yia today for digging out the reservoir hole. They made it down about 7 feet! Wow!
Day 1, Yia's Communal Labour
Day 1, Yia's Communal Labour
July 7, 2016Carol 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, 2016Another 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, 2016Unbelievable progress being made at the pavilion site in the last couple of days!
Pavilion progress
Pavilion progress
July 1, 2016Picked up 94 AYSC soccer balls that Ben and Geoff have deflated for us. Fun way to collect volunteer hours! Thanks guys!
June 30, 2016Abraham 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, 2016Thanks 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.
Sandee with bicycle
Sandee with bicycle
June 30, 2016 Thanks to Aurora Preparatory Academy for the donation of clothing!
Aurora Prep clothing donations
Aurora Prep clothing donations
Aurora Prep
Aurora Prep
June 29, 2016A 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.
Bike tools
Bike tools
June 29, 2016A 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!
Bikeland in Barrie
Bikeland in Barrie
June 28, 2016Thank you to Dagmara for collecting water bottles for us!
Water bottles from Dagmara
Water bottles from Dagmara
June 28, 2016Abraham and Linda picked up some benches from Weta Secondary School. See the album for the story!
June 27, 2016The 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.
Reservoir blocks being made
Reservoir blocks 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!
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

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