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
|November 30, 2017||Thanks for the tech goods! A shout out to Karen Lablans for the wonderful laptop. And a recap on the Windfields Junior High School donations:
|November 29, 2017||The welder is at school campus to repair the soccer goal post. It's been broken for some time and the students were thrilled to see it being fixed! Thanks to a donation from the Raghavan family, we will be able to focus on some soccer needs.|
|November 25, 2017||Thanks to Ziya Shah and her students at Birch Cliff Public School for the collection of eye glasses!|
|November 25, 2017||Carol takes a very full van to the shipper with as much of the goods just donated by Aurora FC and Sigma Promotions as would fit! (14 boxes, 3 bales, 1 shipping bag)|
|November 24, 2017||Sigma Promotions has done it again! An incredible amount of new goods were donated! Pens, notebooks, baseball hats, t-shirts, hoodies, golf shirts, dress shirts, jackets… the list is long and it took two trips with Carol's van to pick up everything! Wow! Donations from Aurora FC yesterday and Sigma today necessitated a trip to the baler. 3 bales of clothing!|
|November 23, 2017||Aurora FC (formerly AYSC) donated 6 big bags of soccer clothes and water bottles! We are incredibly grateful for the support of this wonderful group of people. They have been supporting our work since 2010!|
|November 22, 2017||WE DID IT! The dream we were afraid to dream--but alas, there is clean water now available for all 3 villages. Please see the Water Distribution photo album.|
|November 21, 2017||Highview Public School and Aurora Prep Academy both held shoe drives in October. Those shoes were distributed in Dekpor today. Such delight!|
|November 11, 2017||The plumber is in Dekpor getting the water distribution system in Dekpor Horme ready to roll.|
|November 11, 2017||Carol had some much welcomed help from Judy and Stephen MacLeod to get two vehicles full of kindergarten goods, and three bikes, and 6 bags of shoes to our new shipper!|
|November 7, 2017||The electrical meter is hooked up at the Horme tower site… clean water will be available soon for the residents of Dekpor Horme!|
|November 4, 2017||Linda heads back to Ghana with her daughter and grand-daughter and a whole lot of goods for the students! (6 suitcases of shoes from Highview P.S. and Aurora Preparatory Academy, and laptops and other tech goods!)|
|November 4, 2017||Team Dalston sang their hearts out and raised $175 for repairing laptops that are currently in need of some help. A special thanks to Tom Johnston, Jim Johnston, Carol Birchmore, and Corry Wursten for a fun night with fine tunes!|
|November 3, 2017||Keilor Views Primary School in Australia, lead by Sara Fasano, Lucy Berrill and the Junior School Council, participated in a brilliant Kids Feeding Kids initiative that raised an astounding $1821 for our food programme!|
|November 1, 2017||Today Carol was privileged to speak to the grade 8 students of Windfields Junior High School. It was a pleasure to finally have a chance to thank them in person! At the same time, all the shoes from their shoe drive were sorted, packing into shipping bags, and loaded into the van.|
|October 31, 2017||Thanks to the following people for donating laptops:
|October 22, 2017||This is the 5th year we participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and we raised an astounding $21,195 ($17,950 online and an additional $3245 offline). That is mighty impressive for 14 people to do! See Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 2017 for more details.|
|October 17, 2017||The Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie comes through again! They have ensured that 10 students will be on our food programme for a year with their generous donation of $1650!|
|October 13, 2017||We replaced all of the Sawyer water filters on school campus. The filters are used to purify the water collected from our rain harvesting systems/reservoirs!|
|October 11, 2017||The gate was installed on the kindergarten pod and painting is about to begin in the new classrooms!|
|October 7, 2017||Layla, a student at Windfields Junior High School, found out about the shoe drive and took it to the next level. She contacted a few shoe manufacturers and had luck with New Balance. They donated 3 boxes of gently used shoes!|
|October 1, 2017||The four kindergarten classrooms are coming along beautifully!|
|September 30, 2017||9 Semester at Sea students bid farewell after 3 days visiting Dekpor. We are glad that they came for a visit!|
|September 29, 2017||Aurora Preparatory School's shoe drive comes to an end! What an amazing amount of shoes collected by 90 students!|
|September 29, 2017||Highview Public School has done it again! A very successful shoe drive encouraged by the Greater Good Club lead by Mrs. Yarmus and Mrs. Scott.|
|September 26, 2017||Thanks to Laura Fedirchuk Brech for donating a bike!|
|September 25, 2017||The four kindergarten classrooms are going up quickly! Tony and Susan Anderson made this possible, and we're so very grateful!|
|September 23, 2017||Thanks, Mike Selva, for helping Carol with shipping day! 13 very large boxes of kindergarten goods collected by Susan Heagy and Carol, and 5 shipping bags full of shoes are on their way to Ghana!|
|September 20, 2017||Thanks to Andrew Scott for helping Carol get a load of shoes ready for shipping!|
|September 20, 2017||All of our Atorkor Vocational students started today! Frank, Michael K., Jessica, Amenyo, Donudenu, Jennifer, Helen D., Saviour, Wonder, Wisdom, and Eric are excited to start their new adventure.|
|September 18, 2017||Thanks to Valerie Anderson Bartlett for selling $600 worth of bracelets!|
|September 15, 2017||Minesing Central Public School has finished their shoe drive! What a wonderful big pile of shoes!|
|September 14, 2017||A dream come true, as Abraham and Linda picked up the very shiny beautiful new 9-seater van donated by Susan and Tony Anderson. We are so grateful to have a reliable, gorgeous set of wheels to do our charity work in Ghana!|
|September 14, 2017||Thanks to Aurora Preparatory Academy for inviting Carol to speak to your students! Their shoe drive has started!|
|September 12, 2017||Not only did classes start for our elementary students at Dekpor Basic School today, but four of our high school students, Esegbe, Gifty, Michael A., and Richard all started their first year attending (but in year 2 of studies) at Anloga Technical School.|
|September 11, 2017||First day of school for elementary students to clean up the school campus, and enjoy our new food programme!|
|September 11, 2017||A great big thank you to Children's Forest for donating many gently used items that will be great for use in our kindergarten classrooms!|
|September 4, 2017||Thank you to Ledgir House for their donation that enabled us to deal with all the electrical repairs and purchases that were necessary!|
|September 2, 2017||A very big thank you to Susan Heagy who went hunting, several times, to purchase a tremendous amount of goods for our kindergarten classrooms! These are just a few of the containers… she had her car loaded!|
|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.|