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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August 31, 2017Thank you this month to Jim Shepherd, Deb Uden, and Helen Andrews (2) for donating laptops! Thank you to the Burke family for donating many DVDs. The students will be delighted!
DVDs to get us started!
DVDs to get us started!
August 24, 2017We have just found out that 4 of our kindergarten classrooms are being funded! The walkways were poured today! Susan and Tony are at it again!
August 22, 2017Wilder than our wildest dreams, we are getting a DSDO vehicle for use in Ghana! Unbelievable! Thank you Susan and Tony for making this possible!
August 20, 2017We've hired many of our older students to work at the school. They are finishing the cleaning of the classroom walls both inside and out, filling in the kindergarten foundations, and cutting blocks for two of our kindergarten classrooms that have just been financed by Susan and Tony Anderson!
Cleaning the classrooms.
Cleaning the classrooms (2).
August 18, 2017The last day of vacation school… and the whole three weeks was a tremendous success!
Vacation class.
Vacation Class (2).
Vacation Class (3).
August 9, 2017Students worked on filling the kindergarten foundations, and were rewarded with a movie on Thursday!
Students are filling the kindergarten foundations.
Filling the foundations.
August 3, 2017Students have been helping clear all the weeds and brush around the town clinic, and today they were treated to a movie for their efforts!
Students weed at clinic.
Weeding.
July 31, 2017Today marks the first day of 'summer' vacation school. It will run for 3 weeks. We have hired 11 teachers. It's an amazing opportunity for students to focus on math and language skills in a class with a much better teacher student ratio than usual.
July 22, 2017 A crew of 24 student volunteers showed up to clear the unruly weeds growing around the clinic. We're proud of them for pitching in!
Students helping tame the land around the clinic!
Students helping tame the land around the clinic!
July 21, 2017Cathy Leaver and Michael Deh visited Dekpor and brought two barrels of fun collected by Etobicoke Taekwondo & Deh Camp After-School Program! They were filled with clothing, shoes, and toys that boggled the minds of even our oldest students! A total of six barrels ended up being donated.
Cathy and Michael donate 6 barrels of goods.
Cathy and Michael donate 6 barrels of goods.
Received goods.
Received goods.
July 20, 2017All of our student sponsors received their updates. It is especially sweet for them to read words, directly quoted from their child.
July 12, 2017Ali Afshari sponsored a whole-school luncheon in memory of his father, Reza Afshari. The students and staff were so grateful!
Grateful for luncheon.
Ali Afshari funds a lunch in memory of his father, Reza.
Ali Afshari funds a lunch in memory of his father, Reza.
Enjoying the luncheon.
July 7, 2017Plenty of happy shrieks! Lots of clothing items and Kids Against Hunger food were distributed at school today. Thanks to Sloane Avenue Public School and the Milton group for each donating 33 boxes of nutritious rice casserole meals.
Happy about food!
Happy about food!
New clothing
New clothing
July 7, 2017Mr. Halogbe happily receives books from Tom and Linda Edwards, and gently used ones from Ziya Shah.
Mr Halogbe with books from Ziya Shah and Tom and Linda Edwards.
Mr Halogbe with books from Ziya Shah and Tom and Linda Edwards.
July 6, 2017Abraham and Linda picked up a van FULL of shipped items!
Linda and Ab's van is LOADED with KAH food, sewing machines, clothing, books.
Linda and Ab's van is LOADED with KAH food, sewing machines, clothing, books.
June 30, 2017Linda and Abraham have been busy and our sponsored students now all have had their National Health Insurance cards renewed.
Sponsored students get their NHIS cards renewed!
Sponsored students get their NHIS cards renewed!
June 27, 2017Thanks to Lisa, Luke, and Ryan Bannerman for their help with shipping today. There was a van load of donated soccer balls from Aurora FC that were deflated by the boys leading up to shipping day. Leaving Canada:
  • 5 bikes
  • 6 shipping bags
  • 1 bale of clothing
Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Luke, Ryan, and Lisa make shipping day easier!
Luke, Ryan, and Lisa make shipping day easier!
June 13, 2017Linda and Abraham took all of our oldest students to visit the closest tech and vocational schools. A very exciting day for the kids!
June 12, 20179 more women received farming tools! Thanks again to Joan Ross!
Women are so grateful to recieve farming tools
Women are so grateful to recieve farming tools
June 12, 2017The JHS 3 students worked on doing a thorough clean up and inventory in our library today!
The library inventory is a team effort
The library inventory is a team effort
June 1, 2017Seven more students have been set up with 2 hens and feed. Thank you to Joan Ross for providing four of the set-ups, and Colette and Matthew Banion for the other 3.
Matthew, Brenelle, and Joan give the gift of hens!
Matthew, Brenelle, and Joan give the gift of hens!
May 31, 2017Thanks to those who have collected goods and paid for the shipping: Ziya Shah and the students of Birch Cliff Public School, Donna Tinker and the crew at Khalili Sambri and Associates, Susan Heagy, and Amy and Kellie Schoettmer!! See Shipping 2017 for photos.
May 31, 2017Thanks to Moraine Hills Public School for sponsoring the special luncheon at Dekpor Basic School today! The students and teachers were so excited!
Moraine Hills Public School sponsors a luncheon
Moraine Hills Public School sponsors a luncheon.
May 30, 2017Thanks to Omar's Shoes of Aurora for donating 14 pairs of brand new, high-end quality shoes, and... 2 bags of gently used shoes from their customers too!
Omar's Shoes
Omar's Shoes
May 29, 2017The polytank was hoisted to the top of the Horme Water Tower! Soon there will be clean water in Dekpor Horme too! See Water Distribution 2017.
The polytank is hoisted to the top of the Horme Tower!
The polytank is hoisted to the top of the Horme Tower!
May 27, 2017Ten more women received farming tools and they are delighted! Irene Sheardown's tribute gift has made a difference!
10 more women receive hoes!
10 more women receive hoes!
May 26, 2017Windfields Junior High School in Toronto sold $830 worth of bracelets! We are very grateful for their enthusiastic support.
Windfields Junior High School
Windfields Junior High School
May 17, 2017Linda Motta and the leadership group at Mapleview Heights Public School in Barrie sold an incredible $2314.25 worth of Ghanaian jewellery! Unbelievable!
Mapleview Heights Public School Jewellery
Mapleview Heights Public School Jewellery
May 16, 2017Thanks to Ziya Shah (Summer 2016 outreach volunteer) and the students of Birch Cliff Public School in Toronto for gathering soccer cleats, running shoes, clothing, non-fiction books, and school supplies, and selling $789 worth Ghanaian goods! The proceeds of their sales will pay for shipping their items, and then some!
Birch Cliff Public School helping Dekpor students!
Birch Cliff Public School helping Dekpor students!
May 15, 2017A big thank you to Rita Goverde and the Me to We group at W.J. Watson Public School for selling $515 worth of bracelets! Well done!
W.J. Watson Public School selling bracelets
W.J. Watson Public School selling bracelets
May 13, 2017In Milton, 87 people participated in a Kids Against Hunger food packaging event (Milton) -- we received 33 boxes of food (7128 meals)!!! We are very grateful to: the 7 churches under the umbrella of Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together (MACCWT), the Rotary Club of Milton, and the Halton Multicultural Council, and of course, Kids Against Hunger Canada! A very warm and special thank you to Kinh Quach who spearheaded this entire day of awesomeness!
Milton Kids Against Hunger event
Milton Kids Against Hunger Event
May 10, 2017Sloane Avenue Public School held a Kids Against Hunger food packing day (Sloane P.S.) and sent 33 boxes/ 7128 meals our way! These are the youngest students to have ever done this = wow! (Grade 4 and 5) Truly a wonderful accomplishment! We are so excited when kids help kids! A very special thank you to Mr. Douglas Penfold, and the staff, students, and parents of Sloane Avenue Public School.
Sloane Avenue Public School
Sloane Avenue Public School
May 8, 2017Thanks to Melissa Sharvit for collecting and donating more than 200 pairs of glasses! Wow!
Melissa Sharvit
Melissa Sharvit
May 6, 2017Thanks to 2016 outreach teacher volunteer Craig Moore for donating a stereo and speakers for use with our projector!
April 30, 2017We had a lot of great donations this month! Thank you to the following people for sewing machines:
  • Barb Bulloch (1)
  • Ali Afshari (2)
  • Chyvonne and Joyce McKinnon (3)
  • Susan Heagy (2)
For donating laptops, thanks to:
  • Ron Tanaka
  • Amanda Robar
  • Ali Afshari
  • Craig Moore
  • Lise Lotter
  • The MacLeod Family (2)
April 29, 2017Wow, what a night! Thanks to Sherry Bagnato, Natalia Kostiw, Ziya Shah, Craig Moore, Alan Lawrence, Linda Edwards, and Tom Edwards for hosting a fundraiser geared toward helping our secondary school students further their education next year! They raised over $4800! A shout out to Larry Graves and Orkestra Gotigo for their wonderful gift of talent! Thank you to everyone who made the night a success.
The wonderful crew who raised $4800!
The wonderful crew who raised $4800!
April 27, 2017Dance for Dekpor, lead by Jean Anderson of Highview Public School, raised a total of $473. Carol's colleagues have quite the moves!
Dance for Dekpor held at Highview Public School
Dance for Dekpor held at Highview Public School
April 10, 2017We are so excited that the water tower at Horme is complete! Now we have to wait one month while the cement cures. We're getting closer!
The Horme Tower
The Horme Tower
April 8, 2017The third borehole has been mechanized! What an undertaking!
The third borehole is mechanized!
The third borehole is mechanized!
April 6, 2017Our town volleyball team has taken it upon themselves to pay for and build a second court! We are so proud of their initiative! Dekpor is gaining quite a wonderful reputation for volleyball!
2nd volleyball court going in!
2nd volleyball court going in!
April 4, 2017Thanks to Tiffany Beuker, 6 women had their National Health Insurance cards paid for! The gift of health!
6 women have been given the gift of good health.
6 women have been given the gift of good health.
April 3, 2017Aurora Football Club 64 (formerly AYSC) donated four big garbage bags full of soccer balls and two bags of water bottles! Our students will be so happy!
Soccer balls.
Donated bag of soccer balls!
April 2017Over the last couple of weeks, a couple of school campus projects have been underway. Many buildings had paint touch-ups done. We also built raised surrounds around each of our five water reservoirs to help prevent erosion.
Platforms surrounding our five reservoirs help combat erosion.
Platforms surrounding our five reservoirs help combat erosion.

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