Run or Walk for Us!
Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Fundraise for us and get cool Ghanaian prizes!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Visit the DSDO event page.
Email Carol for specific details, discount PIN code, and help registering.
If you can't join us that day, please sponsor Carol!
Thank you for making a difference!
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!
I am always keen to support DSDO for the super grass roots work that they do. I know that any money donated to DSDO truly goes towards the amazing work that they do in Ghana and is not spent on administration and advertising, quite literally every penny is well spent. As someone who has donated, it is very rewarding to see the great work DSDO is going and the difference this is making to the community and children in Dekpor.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
There are so many wonderful and worthy charities out there...how do you pick just one? When I learned that 100% of my donation goes to Dekpor, my desire to support DSDO became instantaneous. I am unaware of any other charity like them. When pictures are posted of the Dekpor children’s smiling faces, it simply makes my day. God Bless them all...I wish I could do more.
For a very long time we have been searching for the right charitable organization in Africa. We wanted to be involved with an organization that was transparent, non-denominational, and that was truly making a difference in a community. When we were introduced to Dekpor School Development Organisation, we were immediately struck by the simplicity of what they do and the impact that it has. Every dollar raised goes directly to those who need it. But more than that, these people ASK the community that they serve, what they need. They PARTNER with the community that they serve. And they make true IMPACTFUL CHANGE. Our family has been honoured and privileged to support this wonderful charity, and to be able to see the meaningful and positive changes that have been made in Dekpor.
Joanne McPhail & Jim Graszat
I have absolutely no reservations about sponsoring a student or making a donation to DSDO. I’ve visited Dekpor Basic School 3 times in the last 4 years, including two 6-week stints as a volunteer teacher. In that short time, I've seen firsthand how donated dollars translate directly into bettering the lives of these students. I've witnessed the growth of school facilities (eg. library, computer lab and additional classrooms) and I'm continually impressed with the students' enthusiasm and academic progress. Sadly, still too many children come and leave school hungry.
I wholeheartedly encourage others to sponsor a child or make a donation to DSDO.
It is so rewarding to donate to a smaller charity as even a small amount has such an impact. I was able to see for myself how effectively the money is used and what wonderful changes the whole community benefits from as a result.
When you see the smile on a child's face when he receives a pair of second hand trainers, the first shoes he's ever had, you see what this charity is all about.
East Sussex, England
DSDO has offered us the opportunity to sponsor a child in a true one-to-one relationship that we haven’t seen anywhere else. We view it as a long term relationship that will grow and evolve with the child (and our own children) to adulthood. The change that this small team is able to make for every dollar raised is truly astounding. This is the ultimate grassroots organization!
John and Shauna R.
I had been looking for a way to help in Africa where my employees could know the direct impact of every dollar used. I was introduced to DSDO and it was exactly what we were looking for-- a flow through of funds directly to the people and projects that needed it, and virtually no overhead expense. The passion is infectious and one can't help but be inspired to support this great cause and be appreciative that there are people like this doing the hard work, while all we need to do to support them is give financially. Thank you and keep up the good work, DSDO!
Busch Systems, Barrie, Ontario
I've been to Dekpor. I met with the teachers and students and was inspired by the enthusiasm of both. This is real world in your face positive work to change the destiny of these kids. Teach a child, change their future! I have been fortunate to sponsor a young man from Dekpor. I have seen how going to school has changed this young man and the opportunities that will be available to him on his completion of high school. It is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Dekpor Basic School is providing hope for hundreds of children. Your money goes to the kids; I wholeheartedly recommend Dekpor School Development Organisation.
|July 25, 2015||Sod 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
|July 22, 2015||Three 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!
|July 20, 2015||The contractor started his work on the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet!|
|Mid-July, 2015||The volleyball court was resurfaced.|
|July 16, 2015||Our 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!
|July 10, 2015||More 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
|July 9, 2015||Day 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, 2015||We 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!
|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.
|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
|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
|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
|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!
|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.|
|January 2015||Former Semester at Sea student, Erica Lieppman, was very touched by her experience in Dekpor. This year for her birthday she ran an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for DSDO and collected
$2411! Thank you Erica, for sharing your birthday with the children of Dekpor!
Erica in Dekpor
|December 2014||Looking to get a Christmas gift for someone who is seemingly impossible to buy for??? A tribute gift is just the thing! You can choose the wording for the eCard. See our Donation page for details.|
|November 2014||It's official... we've got clean water! (Borehole album coming soon!)|
|October 30, 2014||Lucy Romyn arrives for a whirlwind visit in Dekpor and brings lots of
shoes and 3 laptops (thanks to Shoreham College for your help). Linda and Ab took her to view the
pavilion classroom she funded.
|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)|