Run or Walk for Us!
Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Fundraise for us and get cool Ghanaian prizes!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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)
Slideshow presentation (pdf)
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.
|April 22, 2016||The polytank stand at the clinic is curing...and pretty soon phase one of the distribution pipes will be complete!|
|April 20, 2016||AYSC backpacks are starting to roll in...11 so far! Thank you to the Aurora Youth Soccer Club players, coaches and staff who are helping make this happen!|
|April 18, 2016||Four bicycles (thanks to
Louise, Leona, Rita and Helen) and all of the food are leaving Toronto today!|
Bike en route to Dekpor
|April 16, 2016||The
Scarborough Rotary Club and Joseph Brant Public School financed a
food packaging day through
Kids Against Hunger. We received 30 boxes of food (or 6480 children's meals)!|
Food for Dekpor - 6480 children's meals!
|April 9, 2016||We now have 50 elementary students being sponsored!|
|April 6, 2016||Thanks to a donation by
Kim, in honour of her Aunt Ev, 15 needy adults had their National Health Insurance card covered! What a gift!|
Adults with health insurance cards
|March 28, 2016||Communal labour worked on the trenches for the first step of our water distribution!|
|March 27, 2016||Welcome to
Amy, a Semester at Sea student, who is visiting with Linda and Abraham for a few days. She volunteered at Dekpor Basic in the P5 class on Tuesday and Wednesday to get an idea of what it is like to be a student in rural Ghana.|
|March 21, 2016||An exciting announcement...we are starting to lay
distribution pipes from our water tower! What an amazing difference this will be!|
Distribution pipes starting
|March 21, 2016||Commissioning for both
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 and for
Dekpor Horme Town Toilet. Annnnnnd, they are open for business!
|March 14, 2016||
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2 is almost complete!!!|
Dekpor Yia Town Toilet Facility #2
|March 13, 2016||With the donation that our Austrian friends,
Conny and Edi Schmickl, brought us, we used part to make another book shelf for the library!|
Bookshelf for library
|March 12, 2016||Our high school painters are working on the
Dekpor Horme Town Toilet today. The project is almost done!|
Dekpor Horme is almost done!
|March 11, 2016||What a day!
Linda and Abraham distributed clothing, and shoes (from
AYSC, Carol and friends, and
Conny Schmickl). Every single student at Dekpor Basic received something, as did the teachers! Such excitement!
our blog and 2016
Step by Step.|
Back in Ontario, AYSC donated hats and jerseys, shorts and socks that will be happily received in Dekpor!
Students wearing donated clothes
|March 6, 2016||Independence Day...and to celebrate, there is a marching competition held amongst the schools in the Weta region.
This year it was held at Dekpor Basic School. |
Marching on Independence Day
|February 29, 2016||Welcome to
Edi Schmickl and Dr. Conny Schmickl who are visiting Dekpor again! They brought suitcases full of shoes, clothing, sports items and school supplies... and a donation from family, friends and
Racketlon Federation Association that will be used to build more furniture.|
Conny and Edi present us with a cheque for 2400 euros!
|February 28, 2016||Thanks to
Ken Glance who volunteered at Dekpor Basic for the past 6 weeks. The students especially enjoyed the sports day he ran!
|February 24, 2016||Carol took another van load of clothing to be baled and shipped. Everything is leaving our shipper on Saturday and heading to Ghana!|
|February 22, 2016||Carol took a van load of two bicycles and 7 bins with trophies, soccer clothes, and teacher resources to our shipper.|
|February 10, 2016||A day of giving! Thanks to
Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating trophies that they could no longer use. Thanks to
Rita Goverde and Erik Lemaire for donating bicycles... two students will be able to go to high school because of you! Thanks to
Omars Shoes for donating 7 pairs of shoes!
|February 8, 2016||Thanks to
Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC) for donating 5 boxes of new t-shirts and 3 bags of jerseys!|
5 boxes and 3 bags of goods from AYSC
|February 5, 2016||We got word that we've been accepted as one of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon's charities for the fourth year in a row.|
|January 11, 2016||Thank you to Ken Glance for taking more luggage and volunteering at Dekpor Basic for 6 weeks. This is Ken's 4th visit!|
|January 14, 2016||We've had our business ladies make batik shelf covers for
use in the library. See
Step by Step 2016
for more photos.
|January 13, 2016||A library shelving unit for the teachers' resources was completed thanks to a donation from
Dianne and Ken. See
Step by Step 2016
for more photos.
Library shelving unit for teachers' resources
|January 6, 2016||Thank you to Natalia, (one of our original 8 volunteers who spent the summer of 2010 in Dekpor), for selling bracelets. She sold $260 worth of jewelry to her friends and colleagues over the holidays!|
|December 28, 2015||The roof has been lifted off Dekpor Horme's toilet facility so that things can be extensively repaired.|
|December 27, 2015||The construction of Dekpor Yia Town Toilet #2 is motoring!|
|December 25, 2015||We are thrilled with the reception of our 'catalogue'! A lot of wonderful gifts were given and received!|
|December 22, 2015||Happy news! Two more children being sponsored. That is 47 elementary students now!|
|December 19, 2015||Thank you to
Louise for selling $185 worth of bracelets...and her ABC (Aurora Book Club)
friends raised $200 to be put toward purchasing books written by African authors for our library.|
New books for the library
|December 16, 2015||What a celebration day at Dekpor Basic! We had an entire school lunch, thanks to Karen Burke. To top it off, Madi and Becky's birthday donations and a memorial gift that Kim Nelson made in memory of her dad, allowed us to give a pencil or pen and notebook to every student in the school! Becky and Madi also donated 5 high quality soccer balls to the school! Donations from Dagmara and Ezra, Laura and Andrea, and Heather allowed us to give the teachers some much needed supplies too!|
|December 12, 2015||Second day of communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2.|
|December 9, 2015||Mason and labourers have started cutting blocks for Dekpor Yia Toilet #2!|
|December 8, 2015||Pouring of libations, prayers, sod cutting and communal labour at Dekpor Yia Toilet #2. They cleared the site and dug down 4 feet today!|
|December 7, 2015||Dekpor Yia's Town Toilet #1 Facility has opened for business!|
|December 6, 2015||The reclaiming of the Horme toilet started today.|
|December 3, 2015||Congratulations to 6 year old
Pippa who sold $145 worth of bracelets tonight!
|December 2, 2015||Two more elementary students are being sponsored! That's a total of 45 elementary, 7 high school, 3 apprentices and two transitioning from high school.|
|December 2, 2015||Wahoo!! Thanks to Aurora Rotary, we have funding for our third town toilet facility! Absolutely amazing!|
|November 27, 2015||
Carol was invited to speak at Aurora Preparatory Academy -- what a wonderful group of students!|
|November 22, 2015||Thank you to both the Schuetze and Muir families for donating bikes for us to send to Dekpor.|
|November 21, 2015||A big thank you to
Becky in B.C. for spending her day selling bracelets and letting others know about DSDO. She sold almost
$300 worth of jewellery!
Becky Sells Bracelets
|November 21, 2015||Dekpor Dome's town toilet facility has opened for business!!!|
|November 13, 2015||
Becky and Madi Schuetze celebrated their
13th birthday in a big way. In lieu of gifts, they asked their friends from
Mount Albert Public School and Highview P.S. to make a donation, with half going to their graduation fund and half coming to DSDO.
Get a load of this... DSDO received $862.50!!! They have allocated their funds very wisely! What an amazing example of
Becky and Madi Schuetze
|October 18, 2015||Our third year participating at the
Marathon and 11 of us raised $15,872!
Linda, Carol & Andrew at ScotiaBank Marathon
|October 3, 2015||At the moment, we have 42 elementary students, 7 high school students, 3 apprentices, and two who are just finishing high school exams, all being sponsored by wonderful people from all over the world!|
|October 2, 2015||Today was graduation day for the three girls being trained at NEWIG. They will be coming back to Dekpor and preparing to set up a soap-making business!|
|September 25, 2015||The comissioning of the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet, Dekpor Yia Town Toiliet and library extension! Lots of cheers and much excitement!|
|September 20, 2015||The MP stopped by to see what DSDO has on the go!
Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP visits Dekpor
|September 17, 2015||Reusing wood from the construction sites to build new benches for the library.
|September 15, 2015||Hundreds gathered at the school-- students from the school, and adults from Yia, Dome and Horme, to take part in a learning session with DEHO's staff. What sort of info was covered?
Our goal? Improved health!
DEHO's Learning Session
|September 10, 2015||The election of the water and sanitation (WATSAN) committee happened today!
|September 8, 2015||Dekpor Basic students have started their new year!|
|September 7, 2015||Students were busy at the school cleaning up getting ready for the new year to begin.|
|September 4, 2015||Vacation school is over. It was great for the students to get to use the laptops!|
|September 2015||Three huge projects on the go, and Linda and Abraham are managing to keep everything running smoothly! There is the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet facility, the Dekpor Yia Toilet facility that we are now also overseeing and funding, aaaannnnd the extension on the library!|
|August 22, 2015||Busch Systems and friends competed at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival--and did they ever rock the waters! They came second overall in the Platinum Division, won the Genesis II Barrie Championships Trophy, and the Moore Packaging Corporate Challenge Cup. They raised $2875 for DSDO to use on our water initiatives!
|August 16, 2015||We are thrilled that our student sponsors are choosing to set up their sponsored child(ren) with two hens and start-up feed! For only $20, we are able to purchase two hens and a substantial amount of food! Hen Project Album.|
|August 13, 2015||Carol was invited to speak at the Barrie Rotary Club meeting. This is the club that sent her for an adventure of a life time, so it was wonderful to be able to say 'thanks' so many years later.|
|August 3, 2015||'Summer' Vacation School starts today for our fully sponsored and food programme students. It is 5 weeks of math- and literacy-focused learning.|
|August 2015||Linda and Abraham have their hands full! Three big projects all at once!|
|July 29, 2015||Things are hopping at the Dekpor Dome Town Toilet site!|
|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!|
|July 19, 2015||A generous sponsor has financed a Dekpor entrepreneur who is setting up a barber shop.|
|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