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)
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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 doing 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.
When we first visited Dekpor Basic School in 2011, it was a very poor looking area, but Linda and Abraham, who we had met only a few days before, were radiating energy and excitement for this school project. We decided to follow their vision and started to support their work. It was easy to convince our friends in Austria to make donations once we told them all that was going on at Dekpor Basic School and they saw our photos. Even a club like Racketlon Federation Austria has been raising money for DSDO!
Since then, we are proud that our Austrian ‘supporting group’ has sponsored six children! Every year we try to have a meeting with them in Dekpor.
Each time we visit, we enjoy seeing the development of the school and the rest of the community, and it is confirmed that our financial contributions are used in a proper way. It’s so much fun to give the children the items we collect (such as sportswear, shoes, clothing, school supplies, games, and many other things) each time we visit Dekpor.
What can possibly give you a better feeling than a smiling child?
Conny and Edi Schmickl
I am so thrilled to have been able to provide bicycles to 2 beautiful women in Dekpor! Never before have I been able to actually see my donation put to good use. DSDO shares the stories of how our contributions have benefited individuals and the village. My son and I are over the moon seeing Doris and Betha, sporting beautiful smiles, on our former bikes!!! A new and wonderfully fulfilling experience!
Rita Goverde and Erik Lemaire
|August 31, 2017||Thank 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!|
|August 24, 2017||We 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, 2017||Wilder 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, 2017||We'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!|
|August 18, 2017||The last day of vacation school… and the whole three weeks was a tremendous success!|
|August 9, 2017||Students worked on filling the kindergarten foundations, and were rewarded with a movie on Thursday!|
|August 3, 2017||Students have been helping clear all the weeds and brush around the town clinic, and today they were treated to a movie for their efforts!|
|July 31, 2017||Today 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!|
|July 21, 2017||Cathy 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.|
|July 20, 2017||All of our student sponsors received their updates. It is especially sweet for them to read words, directly quoted from their child.|
|July 12, 2017||Ali Afshari sponsored a whole-school luncheon in memory of his father, Reza Afshari. The students and staff were so grateful!|
|July 7, 2017||Plenty 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.|
|July 7, 2017||Mr. Halogbe happily receives books from Tom and Linda Edwards, and gently used ones from Ziya Shah.|
|July 6, 2017||Abraham and Linda picked up a van FULL of shipped items!|
|June 30, 2017||Linda and Abraham have been busy and our sponsored students now all have had their National Health Insurance cards renewed.|
|June 27, 2017||Thanks 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:
|June 13, 2017||Linda 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, 2017||9 more women received farming tools! Thanks again to Joan Ross!|
|June 12, 2017||The JHS 3 students worked on doing a thorough clean up and inventory in our library today!|
|June 1, 2017||Seven 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.|
|May 31, 2017||Thanks 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, 2017||Thanks to Moraine Hills Public School for sponsoring the special luncheon at Dekpor Basic School today! The students and teachers were so excited!|
|May 30, 2017||Thanks 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!|
|May 29, 2017||The 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.|
|May 27, 2017||Ten more women received farming tools and they are delighted! Irene Sheardown's tribute gift has made a difference!|
|May 26, 2017||Windfields Junior High School in Toronto sold $830 worth of bracelets! We are very grateful for their enthusiastic support.|
|May 17, 2017||Linda Motta and the leadership group at Mapleview Heights Public School in Barrie sold an incredible $2314.25 worth of Ghanaian jewellery! Unbelievable!|
|May 16, 2017||Thanks 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!|
|May 15, 2017||A 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!|
|May 13, 2017||In 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!|
|May 10, 2017||Sloane 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.|
|May 8, 2017||Thanks to Melissa Sharvit for collecting and donating more than 200 pairs of glasses! Wow!|
|May 6, 2017||Thanks to 2016 outreach teacher volunteer Craig Moore for donating a stereo and speakers for use with our projector!|
|April 30, 2017||We had a lot of great donations this month! Thank you to the following people for sewing machines: |
|April 29, 2017||Wow, 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.|
|April 27, 2017||Dance for Dekpor, lead by Jean Anderson of Highview Public School, raised a total of $473. Carol's colleagues have quite the moves!|
|April 10, 2017||We 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!|
|April 8, 2017||The third borehole has been mechanized! What an undertaking!|
|April 6, 2017||Our 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!|
|April 4, 2017||Thanks to Tiffany Beuker, 6 women had their National Health Insurance cards paid for! The gift of health!|
|April 3, 2017||Aurora 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!|
|April 2017||Over 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.|