About DSDO

Dekpor is a village located in Ghana, West Africa.  It is a small area consisting of three interconnecting villages, Dekpor Horme, Dekpor Dome and Dekpor Yia, and the surrounding area.  It is governed by councils of elders, their chiefs (torgbui) and Queen Mothers.  The local economy is based on growing rice, maize and cassava as the principal crops.  The population in Dekpor and the surrounding Volta Region, live well below the poverty line.

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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
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!
Van with 9 of 10 suitcases
Van with 9 of 10 Suitcases
Shoes and laptops on airport trolley
Shoes and Laptops on Airport Trolley
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
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.
Shoe Pile
October 19, 2014 Our second time participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon...and it was a great day! $11,117 raised for our food programme. See the photo album for more details.
DSDO Directors at Marathon
DSDO Directors at Marathon
September 22, 2014 Barriston Services Limited donated 19 laptops!! What an incredible difference that will make in our computer lab!
Donated Laptops
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!
Van with shoes in back
September 12, 2014 Thanks to Busch Systems for collecting 30 lbs of shoes!
Shoes in Bin
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.
Mackenzie and Friend making belts
Mackenzie & Friend Making Belts
Making Belts
Making Belts
Macrame Belts
Macrame Belts
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 PDF File.
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!
Busch Buccaneers Team Photo
Busch Buccaneers
BDO Dragon Boat
BDO Dragon Boat
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!
Running Room logo
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)
July 28, 2014 'Summer' Vacation School has started and will continue for the next 5 weeks. It's a great chance for our fully sponsored and food programme kids to get some extra math and language work done when the student-teacher ratio is much lower. We have hired 6 of our DSDO teachers to deliver the classes. Photos here.
July 24, 2014 The water tower is getting taller!
July 16, 2014 Tribute gifting is a wonderful thing! Because of Karen Burke's special birthday on July 16th, several of her friends donated towards both the food programme and teachers' wages. We took some of that food money and held an end of year celebration lunch that we called 'We Love Karen'. See the photos.
Happy Birthday Karen
We Love Karen Lunch
July 11, 2014Concrete for the second level of the tower was poured.
July 11, 2014Third day of National Health Insurance card registration at the school. Thank you to Busch Systems for making this happen!
July 4, 2014Thanks to Ken Glance for volunteering at the school again this year. Today was his last day.
July 3, 2014Concrete for the water tower was poured! (photo album coming soon)
July 1, 2014 Thanks to a generous donation from Linda and Abraham, our new computer lab is up and functional!
June 30, 2014Our friend, Greg Farrell, former principal of Louis-Honore Frechette Public School and more recently of Sam Chapman P.S., bid au revoir and on his behalf a wonderful donation was made to our food programme. We wish Greg all the best at his new job!
June 27, 2014The foundation for the water tower was dug.
June 24, 2014After 3 unsuccessful drilling attempts, we have come up with a viable plan. We will be using two old existing boreholes and installing a reverse osmosis unit.
Drilling Rig
Drilling Rig
June 20, 2014This was the last day of exams for our JHS3 (equivalent to grade 9 in Canada) students. For many, this was their last day of school -- ever.
June 19, 2014The Pavilion Classroom, built with funds generously donated by Lucy Romyn and Timothy Romyn, is complete!
June 7, 2014 Carol and Andrew sold bracelets at the spring AYSC festival. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to find out more about DSDO!
May 25, 2014We are beyond excited to announce that the geological investigations for drilling a borehole have started!
May 16, 2014The Aurora Youth Soccer Club continues to support our work. Check out the article in the latest copy of Blades of Grass, 4th edition.
May 14, 2014 Another big thank you to Ken Glance for lugging an extra suitcase of goods for us. Ken is going to spend 6 weeks volunteering at the school again!
May 9, 2014 Ms Duggan and her Me to We group at John F. Ross CVI in Guelph did an great job of selling jewellery at their school and at the Guelph Farmers' Market! Their sales reached $911!
Hewan
Hewan
May 9, 2014A big shout out to Mr. Adam Sanderson and the students of St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham for selling $2584 worth of bracelets! This is the second time this wonderful school has done fundraising for DSDO!
Bracelets on Table
Bracelets
May 9, 2014Thank you to Ms Marchand and the grade 6 social studies students at Highview Public School in Aurora for selling $1200 worth of bracelets and to Mrs. Durno and her grade 2/3 class for buying $152 worth of beads to make special gifts for their moms! Highview has been a great supporter of our work, right from the get-go! We thank you!
Kids at Table
Kids at Table
May 5, 2014 We are excited that three schools are going to sell bracelets to help raise funds. A big thank you to John F. Ross CVI in Guelph, St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, and Highview Public School in Aurora!
April 21, 2014 Thanks to a very generous donation from Lucy and Timothy, friends from UK, we have started building a pavilion room! (Album coming soon)
April 4, 2014 We hosted a special celebration at the school today as we supplied 'Lunch on Us' for all of the students. Big smiles. Read more about it in our blog post Lunch on us or see the Step by Step - 2014 album.
March 24, 2014 We now have 2 whiteboards in every classroom because of Busch Systems! Thanks to our very own DSDO teacher, Mr Hologbe, for installing them!
March 18-19, 2014 National Health Insurance registration days at the school. More than 500 kids registered so far! Our emergency medical fund has made a difference already. Huge thanks to Busch Systems for this life-saving donation!
March 17, 2014 Our third water reservoir is functional and ready for the rains to fill it. Thank you to the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival participants: Busch Systems, BDO, and Barriston Law for funding this essential project!
March 13, 2014 'Outdoor' classrooms are completed. Even though they weren't quite finished, they've been in use since early February, because we are literally bursting at the seams.
March 11, 2014 We've got a blog!  Check it out at http://dekporschool.blogspot.ca.
Blogger Logo
March 7, 2014 Edi and Conny Schmickl return to Ghana! They brought supplies for the school, soccer clothes and a generous cheque from family, friends and Racketlon Austria for 2300 EUR!! We are purchasing/repairing furniture for the teachers. Our staff is so happy… most have not had a desk or even their own chair in their classroom!
March 3-4, 2014 Cool accomplishment! Dekpor Basic teams competed in an interschool competition with approximately 20 other schools, and our kids brought home 3 of the first place trophies! See Carol's blog for more photos and details.
February 15, 2014 Yikes! The administration building needed some major emergency repairs. See the Administration Building Emergency Repairs album and Carol's blog for details.
February 5, 2014 Curriculum kits for each subject area have been started, thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers are very excited to have some materials!
February 2014 Landscaping is still a work in progress. Students continue to add plants; now we're just looking forward to seeing all the planting the students did grow! Full details and photos can be found in our Landscaping album.
February 2014 Our showcase volleyball court is done! This was a joint venture… read more in the Volleyball Court album.
January 27, 2014 HAPPY DANCE!!! In an incredibly generous series of donations, Busch Systems has taken every item off a wish list and is going to financially back us so we can make them all happen! This includes: supporting 3 brothers who desperately need assistance; painting the inside and outside of both the JHS block and administration buildings; 18 locking cabinets; whiteboards for each classroom; basic curriculum kits for design and tech, science, math, phys ed and music; AND allowing us to put the balance of the students enrolled at Dekpor Basic on National Health Insurance!!! With the clinic now open, and only a 15 minute walk from the school, this will give our kids access to health care--for most of them, for the first time ever! Add to this miracle, we now have an emergency medical fund and we'll be able to purchase a first aid kit for the school and have some basic supplies and medicines on hand. Photo albums coming. We are so extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness!
January 20, 2014 3 more hand washing stations have been built to service the Admin Building, the Library, and the Staff KVIPs.
January 18, 2014 Wooden cabinets have been made for every class... thanks to Busch Systems. The teachers, up until now, have had nowhere to put things in their classroom.
January 2014 We are giving our school yard a facelift!  Landscaping is being done, and we're tying it into the curriculum.  Each class is responsible for the area outside their room, and a section around the volleyball court.  The older classes have some extra areas such as the library and administration building.  Not only will this help with the general appearance, but it will also make a difference to the challenge of erosion and drainage when the torrential rains fall. Photo album coming soon!
January 2014 Thanks to Edi and Conny Schmickl and Racketlon of Austria, DSDO, Dekpor Basic students and staff, and the town residents, we have pooled funds and effort to build a fantastic new volleyball court! Photo album coming soon!
Volleyball Court
Volleyball Court
December 2013 Thanks to Busch Systems, we were able to paint the inside and outside of both the JHS building and the Administration building!  JHS & Administration Building Painting album
Painting
Painting
December 2013
One busy month!  We are excited to announce two big water projects that are being funded by the proceeds of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival that Busch Systems, BDO and Barriston Law raised on our behalf.  We have set up the filtered water stations so they are ready for implementation in January AND we put gutters on another building so we can harvest more rain water and started our 3rd water reservoir (photo album coming soon!).  Both of these projects are extremely important.  A supply of clean water is essential...and we're making great steps to improve the situation at Dekpor Basic School.
Water Station
Water Station
Digging Reservoir
Digging Reservoir
December 25, 2013
We had several people generously give gifts in honour of some special people.  So we went shopping for shoes, notebooks, Ghanaian-written books, soccer balls and teachers' supplies!  See our donation page for details!
Shoes
Shoes
Exercise Books
Exercise Books
New Books
New Books
Teaching Supplies
Teaching Supplies
Soccer Balls
Soccer Balls
November 18, 2013 Snappy sales!  Sam Chapman P.S. students do it again!  This time, six super grade 6 girls sold trendy elastic bracelets and made $286.50! We think you're awesome!
Six Super Grade 6 Girls!
Six Super Grade 6 Girls!
November 18, 2013 Three more elementary students are being sponsored--yahoo! That takes our 2013 school year to 21 elementary, 5 high school, and 3 apprenticeship sponsorships.  We just keep helping more kids, thanks to generous people like you!

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